Following is an overview of what to expect when applying to St. Dominic School. We will work with you every step of the way to answer your questions and help you complete all the necessary admissions paperwork.
St. Dominic School hosts two Open Houses each year; one on a Sunday early in December, and one in late January/early February. While not mandatory, these events are a great opportunity to walk the halls, meet the teachers and current families, gain a feel for the school, and have your questions answered.
To begin the application process, please submit the following forms/documents on behalf of each applicant.
- Application for Enrollment
- Special Services Form
- Copy of student's Birth Certificate
- Copy of student's Baptismal Certificate (if applicable)
- Parent Questionnaire (Grades K and 1)
- Teacher Questionnaire (Grades K and 1)
- Two recommendation letters on attached form from current teachers and/or principal (Grades 2-8)
- Copy of last report card (Grades 1-8)
- Copy of all standardized test scores: IOWA, CogAT, OAA (Grades 2-8)
Once all of the above documentation has been submitted, the Admissions Team will review the application based on St. Dominic admissions criteria. Specifically, we look for students who are successful in their current academic environments; who conduct themselves in a manner fitting with the St. Dominic behavioral standards; and whose parents/guardians are invested in the education process. Applicants meeting these criteria will be invited to continue in the application process with the following steps.
The school principal, Mrs. Sue Biggs, schedules a personal meeting with each applicant and family, during which you can ask questions, share concerns and get an in-depth look at the opportunities a St. Dominic education can offer your child.
Applicants for Grades K and 1 are given the Gesell Developmental Observation screening. Candidates for Grades 2 through 8 take a grade level entrance assessment specifically designed to assess aptitude in Language Arts and Math.
Students applying for Grades 3 to 8 usually spend a day shadowing in the classroom of their peers. This enables the incoming students to get a feel for life at St. Dominic, and allows the teachers to get a sense of the new student’s personality and learning style. Generally, the student completes the grade level assessment (described above) during the same visit.
After the student has completed the above steps, the application will be evaluated and an enrollment decision will be made. As a Catholic school, our priority is to first select qualified candidates of Catholic faith. It is possible that a student may be put on a wait list for classes that are at or near capacity, and parish families have first priority in cases where class space is limited. In any event, families can expect to hear back from St. Dominic within two weeks of completing the review process.
If your child is accepted, you will receive a packet of registration materials that must be completed and submitted to the school office, along with a $100 registration fee, to secure your space.