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Admission Process

The St. Raymond Admissions Process

Welcome to St. Raymond School! We are thrilled you are interested in learning more about our application process. The Cathedral of St. Raymond School, mindful of our mission to be witnesses to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the school. St. Ray’s does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, or disability in administration of their educational policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

While St. Ray’s does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available to them.

Our objective throughout the admissions process is to ensure a good match between our program and our students, and to guarantee that our parents are knowledgeable about, comfortable with, and confident in our philosophy and practice.

The admissions process begins in January 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Admissions Steps

  1. Family Interview and Tour – A tour or open house visit is the first step to admissions.  It is during this time a prospective family will learn more about St. Ray’s approach to teaching and learning.  A tour can be scheduled or an RSVP given for an open house by calling our school at 815-722-6626 or by completing the request for information form on our website.
  2. Completed application packet – If after learning more about St. Ray’s, you feel your values and views on education align with St. Raymond, then the prospective family submits an application with the required application fee to our school office. The following documentation is part of the application packet:
      1. Your child’s original birth certificate (will be photocopied and returned)
      2. Copy of baptismal certificate (if applicable)
      3. Your child/ren’s report cards for the past two years and any standardized test scores (if applicable)
  3. Classroom visit – (This has been put on hold for the 2021-2022 application cycle due to COVID protocols and restrictions.) Children entering Pre-School or Kindergarten spend approximately a half hour block of time, preferably in the morning, in the pre-school or pre-kindergarten classroom. Parents are welcome to join their child, but if possible we would like the child to be on their own for at least 15 minutes. It isn’t always possible, but we try to give it a go! For students entering 1st-8th grade, the student spends the day with their respective classmates and takes a math and reading inventory. This is scheduled on a mutually determined date between the family and St. Ray’s.
  4. Admissions decision is made – A formal letter of acceptance is sent to families on the 15th and 30th of each month.

My favorite thing about St. Raymond is how everyone shows kindness towards each other.

- Aidan Flood, 6th grade student

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