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ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

SCHOOL YEAR 2017-2018

 

 Admissions Procedures :: Tuition and Fees

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Admissions Information

 

Speech of Soyini Adams on New Parent Night

 

Hello, my name is Soyini Adams and I am...awkward. This is the absolute truth. I feel awkward waking up, I feel awkward going to bed. I feel awkward even crossing the street or ordering what I want on my Subway sandwich. This has been the case for me for as long as I can remember. Making brand new friends have not been a natural skill for me. Speaking to new people had to be practiced for a while by a subtle push from my family.

 

I have always felt different from my other peers. For instance, I listen to different music. At a young age, when many other kids prefered to listen to hip hop music or MTV, I actually preferred to listen to jazz. Or, when kids were into reading the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series, I was trying to read classics like Little Women. As you could imagine, fitting in has never been a strong suit of mine.

 

I actually transferred during my sophomore year. It was time for a change from my previous school, and after much prayer, we felt led by God to enroll into St. Mary’s. Unlike you upcoming Rams, I didn’t attend this school during freshman year. This was another way I did not exactly fit in.

 

Everybody already seemed to know each other pretty well, have bonded and formed their own social circles, and were pretty established. Coming into St. Mary’s, I did not know a single person. Not a single one. I was out of my comfort zone. Old anxieties of “fitting in” and “being accepted” from my middle school years seemed to briefly return. Plus, I had never EVER been at a Catholic school before. So, yes, you could imagine all the possible ways I was confused and internally panicking. I started to eat by myself or spent my lunches in the library.

 

On top of that, I did not know it at the time, but I was about to lose one of the most important, if not the absolute most important person in my life. My grandmother was in the hospital.

 

To give some background context, this is the woman who practically raised me, who instilled my morals and my faith. To lose her was so earth shattering in ways I could not begin to describe. This was all

during only the second month of the school year, during September. And so this lead me further away from being social and “out there”, if you will. I was planning to keep to myself.

 

This point, however, things started to change for me. I remember sitting at a table in the cafeteria all by myself (just a normal morning for me really) and all of a sudden, there was a group of girls that just came and sat with me. They wanted to know everything about me, my name, my grade, how I was feeling, how I was adjusting. They were just so nice and open that my first thought was, “Are these the kind of popular people you see on teenage movies like the movie Mean Girls?”

 

 Actually that was not the case at all, because the difference was that they were genuinely interested in

me. They were not fake at all, unlike the Plastics. I started to eat in the cafeteria with them during lunch and made more friends. This was a huge step for me because, up until that point, I was still in the library, and was really hungry from not eating during lunchtime.

 

Another huge step was when I had joined the fall play, “My Sister Eileen.” There was a day where I missed a performance because I was attending a funeral for my grandmother and I was so surprised the next day to find out that they had prayed for me and my family while I was gone.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a very significant and unique trait to this school. Coming to St. Mary’s you are joining a family. What is different here than from other high schools is that you will walk into open arms, which is Christ-like when you think about it. People care. The teachers care, the administration cares, the coaches care, the students care for one another. I promise you the community here is pretty tight. It took me a little while to come into to it, but once I was in, I was really in.

 

There was another point I wanted to bring up. This whole, “Be who you are and be that well” quote we seem to have everywhere. It’s always about “Be who you are and be that well.” There was a slight problem I realized when I saw this quote for the very first time- I had absolutely no idea who I was. I just wasn’t too sure. And it has always been like that for as long as I could remember. I guess this has in some way, contributed to my chronic awkwardness. So, in my sophomore year, I tried new things I

normally would never do. And some I have even ended up liking. Trying theatre during the fall forced me to go out and be in front of an audience, which is not always an easy thing to do.

 

I also joined the St. Mary’s symphonic band and played the clarinet. I was not exactly….good at playing the clarinet. I only knew five notes. To be perfectly honest, I was scared in band class. I felt like a phony because I didn’t know as much as the other students, but I was able to redirect that fear and I practiced a lot at home. I progressed pretty well, which is a common outcome of hard work and dedication.

 

And, as it turned out, I was not the only one who was shy in my lack of musical knowledge. Other students felt the same way- they just all happened to be the freshmen.

 

Another thing I tried was Track and Field. Now, anyone who truly knows me knows that I am truly not a sports person. But I thought I would give this sport a try. No way was I exactly talented at track and field, but I was proud to be doing something outside of my comfort zone. I even got my first sports related injury! However, out of my own personal preference, this sport was something that I may not return to, but at least I tried it and know with certainty an athlete is not “who I am.”

 

Parents and students, you are about to enter into a complex, confusing, and life changing rites of passage in life-high school. If you thought you were done with it all in middle school, you are sadly mistaken.

 

All the awkwardness of puberty and middle school does not end. It carries on into high school, college, your career and for the rest of your life unless you truly find out who you are and become comfortable in your own skin. In all honesty, this is not always easy for everyone. It certainly hasn’t been for me. I can tell you right now, when you become a freshmen, though everyone is trying to act cool, everyone is secretly afraid. It’s natural as a freshmen, I promise. But the awkwardness and uncertainty ends when you grow comfortable with yourself, when you decide that you are a unique and important individual with greatness that the world is waiting for you to share.

 

St. Mary’s High School is a place where you could grow in your potential into whatever it is you have to offer. Our arts and music programs are also very highly qualified. Our math and science clubs have so much to offer to cultivate young geniuses. We have excellent sports programs and are leading in some of the biggest championships. We have so much to help you find you. And on top of that, though many students have different interests, we still end up like a family, which truly is unique for a high school. St. Mary’s is one of a kind and so are you. In my opinion, that is a perfect match.

 


 

For additional information or questions, please contact:

 

Margaret Stephens

209-957-3340 EXT. 187

E-Mail


Su Towne, Registrar
209-957-3340 EXT. 103

E-Mail

 

Restarts October 2017

 

St. Mary's High School partners with Three W International to provide comprehensive international student enrollment management to students from China, Brazil and Vietnam.

 

Together, we are able to provide unparalleled support and service to our international students, from general admissions to post-arrival and beyond. If you are an international student interested in applying to St. Mary's High School, please use the following link for contact information:

 

3W PDF

 

Freshmen

 

Freshman

 

a) The placement test for all applicants will be administered at St. Mary’s

 

b) The Department Chairperson recommends courses according to Department criteria.

 

c) The course schedule proposed by St. Mary’s for each applicant will be approved by the parent and the student at a meeting in the spring. If parents have additional concerns, they should make an appointment with the Department Chair or the Guidance staff.

 

New Student Application

 

Transfer Students

 

Transfer Students 

 

a) As a rule, St. Mary’s does not accept transfer students into the 12th grade from local high schools.

 

b) St. Mary’s does not accept 12th grade second semester students transferring from local high schools.

 

c) Transfer student's application must include a transcript. The Dean of Students may be asked to review the attendance and disciplinary records of applicants and make the appropriate recommendations to the Vice Principal and/or admissions committee. Consultation with personnel at the student’s previous school will be made.

 

d) A placement test may be administered by the Guidance Department.

 

e) Upon acceptance, the transfer student will be scheduled into classes. It should be understood by each transfer student and the student's parents that St. Mary’s has established certain requirements for graduation. St. Mary's expects transfer students to conform to these requirements. It should also be understood that it is not always possible to provide a transfer student with all of the courses requested because of class enrollment capacity and/or other student requirements.

 

f) Transfer students who desire to participate in athletics should meet with the Athletic Director.

 

New Student Application

 

Procedures for Admission of Students After Start of School or Summer Break

 

Admission Of Students After The Start Of School Or During Summer Break

 

In order to better meet the needs of new students and at the same time to give us an opportunity to screen applicants, the following procedures will be in effect for students who apply for admission once school has begun or during the summer.

 

a) Registrar obtains completed application and current transcript.

 

b) If no test scores are available, testing with the guidance department may be arranged.

 

c) All documentation, including application, transcript, test scores and the registration fee of $300 will then be submitted to the Vice Principal.

 

d) Vice Principal will review the documentation, schedule the student and interview the student and their parents.

 

e) The application and other documentation will be reviewed by the admissions committee and a decision will be made concerning the student's acceptance.

 

f) All acceptances during the summer are probationary

 

New Student Application

 

Tuition and Fees 2016-2017

 

The St. Mary's Board of Directors determines tuition and fees for St. Mary's High School with consultation from the administrators in late January each year.

 

All tuition is payable through FACTS Tuition Management at factsmgt.com

 

Tuition 2017-2018*

 

Catholic Student

$8670.00 per year

Non-Catholic Student

$9070.00 per year

 

 * several installment plans available

First Installment is due August, 2017

 

 

 

Fees: (subject to change)

 
   
Application $75
Registration $300 non-refundable

Student Body Card Fee

(Mandatory for All)

$230 (includes Yearbook)

Graduation Fee (For Seniors)

$150 (Due and payable January, 2018)

Schedule Change Fee

$25

Campus Improvement Fee $100 (per family)

Optional Fees:

 

Parking

(Permits issued upon receipt of September payment)

$100

 

Financial Aid

 

We at St. Mary's High School understand that a Catholic school education is a gift that leads to a brighter future, and we know that this gift represents a significant investment and commitment for any family. St. Mary's works with families on a confidential, individual basis to ensure that qualified students have the opportunity to attend our school. Financial Aid may be available to those families who show demonstrated need of financial support. This assistance is made to as many students and families as possible, regardless of their ethnic or racial backgrounds.

 

Those applying for Financial Aid and/or Scholarships must complete a FACTS Grant and Aid Application. Financial Aid funds are limited so it is imperative that the application is submitted before the deadline. Scholarship and Grant award amounts will be communicated to applicants by St. Mary's, prior to registration in the Spring.

 

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DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

In compliance with federal regulations, Saint Mary's High School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national or ethnic origin. In this matter we follow diocesan policy. Diocesan policy on non-discrimination and on procedures to be followed in case there are complaints or grievances in this matter can be found in the Administrative Handbook of the Diocese of Stockton. A copy of this Handbook is available in the faculty library and in the school office. The principal coordinates local efforts to assure that our school complies with federal regulations on non-discrimination.

 

Saint Mary’s High School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). 

WCEA accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in nine western states (26 (arch) dioceses) and the US Territory of Guam.  WCEA co-accredits and is in partnership with three Regional agencies (WASC, NAAS, NCA CASI) and two private agencies (CAIS and HAIS).   WCEA began in 1957 in San Francisco and has a long and successful history of assisting school improvement through the accreditation process.

Saint Mary’s High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.

For additional questions, please contact:

Margaret Stephens

209-957-3340 EXT.

E-Mail


Su Towne, Registrar
209-957-3340 EXT. 103

E-Mail

 

 

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