Admissions Information

It is the policy of St. Mary of the Assumption School that we do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, disability, and/or national ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance, and any other school administration programs. Since St. Mary of the Assumption School is a parish school, preference in admissions is given to registered and participating members of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish. A parishioner is defined as one registered in St. Mary of the Assumption Parish who attends Mass regularly and uses the envelope system. Consideration for admission will be given in the following descending priority, where spaces are available, within the recommended class size:

  • Parishioner applicants with siblings presently enrolled
  • Parishioner applicants with no siblings presently enrolled
  • Non-parishioner applicants with siblings presently enrolled
  • Non-parishioner applicants with no siblings presently enrolled
  • Non-Catholic applicants

Admission Requirements

  • To enter pre-kindergarten, a child must be four years old by September 01, 2015.
  • To enter kindergarten, a child must be five years old by September 01, 2015.
  • To enter first grade, a child must be six years old by September 1, 2015.
  • Registration is done using TADS Registration. If you have any questions, please contact at 301-627-4170 or Ms. Campbell.
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Birth certificate
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Proof of all immunization requirements
  • Academic records (entering grades 1 – 7)
  • Contractual Agreement (Handbook and Financial)
  • Interview with pastor and principal
  • All kindergarten students are administered the Early Prevention of School Failure Assessment (Archdiocesan regulation #643 0)
  • All students entering grades 1-7 are administered assessment tests in math and language arts.
  • TADS Registration 2015-16 School Year

All new students are accepted on a probationary basis for one year. The purpose of this policy is to determine whether St. Mary of the Assumption School can meet the student’s needs and if the student is able to adjust to the unique and challenging environment of our Catholic school.

Students with academic, psychological, emotional, physical, educational or other needs, exceeding the scope and resources of St. Mary of the Assumption School, will not be accepted.

Registration, Tuition, and Fees

This year St. Mary of the Assumption is using TADS Registration for the 2015-16 School Year. If you are in need of a paper registration, please contact Ms. Campbell. Registration for new families, relocating into the area, is accepted throughout the school year. Tuition and fees are set by the pastor, in consultation with the Parish Finance Council and the Finance Committee of the School Advisory Board.

2015-2016 Tuition Rates and Fees  View Tuition Rates. It is the expectation of St. Mary of the Assumption School that all families will honor their financial obligation to the school in a timely fashion.

Tuition may be paid in full by August 1 or through installment payments via Tuition Management Systems. Any tuition payment delinquent 30 or more days will be subject to a $30. per month, late fee. Re-registration for the following year WILL NOT be accepted for families whose tuition and/or fees are not current during the re-registration period. Any family with an eighth grade student must have that student’s tuition and all family fees paid in full by May 15 or that student will not be eligible for graduation and final grades and transcripts will not be advanced to the student’s high school. In an effort to keep tuition and fees at an affordable rate, each family is required to participate in our Hours Program and Playground Duty Program.

  • Hours Program: each family is required to work 20 or more hours, per school year. If unable to work any or all of the 20 hours, families will be assessed $20 per hour not worked.
  • Playground Duty Program: each family is required to work three days, per school year. See details under Home and School Association.

Families are welcome to seek financial assistance through the Archdiocese of Washington. Applications are available in the office, upon request. The pastor should be consulted regarding any financial arrangements or in cases of hardship.

Prospective Students

The Archdiocese of Washington follows the guidelines of the State of Maryland for students entering Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, respectively. St. Mary of the Assumption uses the Scholastic Testing Services Kindergarten Readiness Assessment screening program together with student and parent interviews to assist us in making an appropriate enrollment decision with regard to admittance to our Kindergarten Program.

Children entering Pre-Kindergarten 3 must be three (3) years of age as of September 1 and must be fully toilet trained.

Children entering Pre-Kindergarten 4 must be four (4) years of age as of September 1 and must be fully toilet trained.

Children entering Kindergarten must be five (5) years of age as of September 1. Students turning 5 years of age between September 2 – October 15 can seek early placement in Kindergarten through their home public school. Students must be approved for early entrance by the local school system prior to completing St. Mary’s KRT screening required by all incoming Kindergarten students. Excellent scores on the KRT and a successful principal interview are also required for acceptance into our program. Please note that due to a limited number of spaces in our program, students that meet the September 1st cut off may be given admission priority over early entrance students. Please contact the office by January of the school year prior if early entrance is requested. Please note this is an exception given to very few students. Most gifted students are able to be challenged in our differentiated classrooms while remaining with their peer group in order to facilitate appropriate social development.

Children entering Grades 1-8 must submit report cards and standardized test scores prior to acceptance. All new students seeking admission to St. Mary of the Assumption are evaluated on the basis of current standardized test scores, report cards, and, if applicable, IEP, 504, ICAP or Private Assessment. Applicants must complete the Scantron Performance Series Assessment in Reading and Math if the previous school did not administer the assessment. Permanent records from the student’s previous school are required, including medical and immunization forms. No student may attend class until these records have been received and the tuition and student fee are paid.

All new students will be given a trial period in which to prove themselves both socially and academically. If during this trial period there are any problems, a student may be asked to withdraw his/her attendance from St Mary of the Assumption.

Non-Catholic students whose parents accept the philosophy of St. Mary of the Assumption will be accepted on a space available basis.

Applications for the 2016–2017 Archdiocesan

Open Enrollment Period Begins

Applications for the 2016–2017 Archdiocesan
Tuition Assistance Program are now available online. The deadline for applicants to apply is Friday, December 4, 2015. The deadline date for new families to apply is Monday, February 22, 2016. Families may apply online by logging on to their Tads account and go to financial Aid Assessment or by going to www.adw.org and completing the following steps:

  • Click on “Education”
  • Click on “Catholic Schools”
  • Click on “Tuition Assistance”
  • Click on the appropriate (English or Spanish)

Please email Tamera Campbell