Admission/ Registration/ Policy
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The Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools POLICY
Approved: July 1, 2013
Revised: September 1, 2019
The Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic schools admit qualified students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national and ethnic origin, in the administration of educational policies, admission policies and scholarship and loan programs.
Preference in admission shall be granted to practicing members of the Catholic faith as well as siblings of currently enrolled students.
The Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic schools may not be able to provide an appropriate education to all students with special needs due to their limited resources.
The age of kindergarten and grade 1 admission shall be determined by the State of Connecticut Department of Education (Connecticut General Statutes, Sec 10-15c). Schools may not admit students who are below the age established by the State of Connecticut. Entrance into pre-kindergarten program must reflect kindergarten guidelines.
No student shall be permitted to repeat a grade level already successfully completed without approval from the Superintendent of Schools.
By applying for admission to a Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic school, parent(s)/guardian(s) acknowledge and agree that they will support the school’s mission and commitment to the Catholic faith.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) shall enter into a tuition agreement and agree to be bound by the policies and procedures of the school.
Sec. 10-15c. Discrimination in public schools prohibited. School attendance by five-year-olds. (a) The public schools shall be open to all children five years of age and over who reach age five on or before the first day of January of any school year, and each such child shall have, and shall be so advised by the appropriate school authorities, an equal opportunity to participate in the activities, programs and courses of study offered in such public schools, at such time as the child becomes eligible to participate in such activities, programs and courses of study, without discrimination on account of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin or sexual orientation; provided boards of education may, by vote at a meeting duly called, admit to any school children under five years of age.
The school’s admission policy shall be clearly stated on each school’s website and in the parent/student handbook.