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Admissions Information

Class Size:  All Catholic students or siblings of non-­Catholic students will be considered until class size reaches 29.  A priority ranking will help determine entrance if, by  registration of any year, there are more than 29 students enrolled for any one class.  The pastor or principal may deviate from this number if it is in the best interest of the  school.

Priority Ranking for Acceptance to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School:  A priority ranking will help determine entrance into Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School if there are more than 29 students seeking enrollment for any one class.  The priority ranking will be as  follows:

Students currently enrolled in classes  (K-­8).

  1. Catholic applicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish who resides in the same household with sibling(s) currently enrolled in or graduated from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.
  2. Catholic applicant from a neighboring parish who resides in the same household with sibling(s) currently enrolled in or graduated from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.
  3. Catholic applicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish who is seeking enrollment into Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for the first time.
  4. Catholic applicant from a neighboring parish who is seeking enrollment into Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for the first time.
  5. Non-­active Catholic applicant who resides in the same household with sibling(s) currently enrolled in or graduated from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.
  6. Non-­active Catholic applicant who is seeking enrollment into Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School for the first time.
  7. Non-­Catholic applicant who resides in the same household with sibling(s) currently enrolled in or graduated from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.
  8. Non-­Catholic applicant who is seeking enrollment for the first time.

The following definitions will be used:

Catholic Applicant:  Applicant must be baptized or have made official notification of baptism.  The applicant’s parent(s) or guardian(s) must be participating, registered Catholic(s) in a supporting parish.

Non-­active Catholic Applicant:  Applicant has not been baptized or the applicant’s family has not shown participation in church life through regular attendance in Mass (as determined by the Pastor).  Please note that this situation will be considered non-­Catholic for the purpose of tuition until official notification of Baptism and participation in church life has been recognized.

The school office will maintain a waiting list for all applicants.  Children of non-­Catholic families seeking enrollment for the first time will be placed on a waiting list and considered for enrollment on a case-­by-­case basis, taking into account the date their name was placed on the waiting list and the size for each class.

The principal will determine acceptance and final placement after consulting with the pastor on a case-­by-­case basis.  Any student who begins at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School will be allowed to finish his/her education here regardless of the class size.

Families enrolling for the first time will have the above priority ranking explained.  The principal would determine a tie in the ranking for a final placement after consulting with the pastor.


Tuition, Fees, and Assessments:

# Of Students         K-­8th Grade (CATHOLIC)            K-­8th Grade (NON-­CATHOLIC) 

              1                        $3,070.00 (yearly)                              $4,950.00 (yearly)  
                                    
($307.00 / 10 months)                        ($495 / 10 months)

              2                        $5,145.00 (yearly)                              $9,800.00 (yearly)          
                                     ($514.50 / 10 months)                     ($980.00 / 10 months)           

              3                        $6,420.00 (yearly)     
                                      ($642.00 /10 months)                         

              4                        $6,945.00 (yearly)
                                   
 ($694.50 / 10 months)

              5                        $7,470.00 (yearly)
                                    ($747.00 / 10 months

Athletic Fees = $ 20.00 per student (1sport) & $40.00 (2 or more sports)                        Band Fees = $ 30.00 per student        
PTO Fees 
= $ 10.00 per family
Registration Fee = $175.00 per student (books & technology)
Assessment Fee = $850.00 per Catholic family (or 24 hours volunteer service on a School 
                                 Committee fundraiser) 

Assessments:  Our Catholic tuition is considerably lower than our non-Catholic tuition – approximately $2,000 a year – and it is also one of the lowest tuitions in the entire Diocese of Belleville.  There are two reasons this is possible:

First and foremost, is the donation provided by parishes and supporting parishes to the education of each Catholic child – approximately $1,900 per year, per child.  Support of the church equals support of the school.  This is why we ask our parents to be active supporters of our churches as well as the school.

Secondly, is the donation of approximately $850 per family from the OLMC School Committee’s fundraisers.  Our Catholic families are asked to participate in one of these fundraisers in order to ensure the success of the committee.  The commitment is approximately 24 hours of work.

A family may opt out of working an OLMC Assessment and instead pay an Assessment Fee of $850.00 per family.  This should be paid directly to the OLMC School Committee.  It may be paid in full or in monthly installments of $85 a month for 10 months.

An $850 fee will appear on Teacherease accounts for all Catholic families at the beginning of each year.  It will be waived in full or in part when you have finished your volunteer hours (24 hours at approximately $35.42 an hour).  Hours worked are kept by the School Committee and turned into the office.  Please make sure you sign in for all activities you work.  

Non-Catholic school families do not receive a parish subsidy and pay a higher tuition, making them exempt from Assessment obligations.

Methods of tuition payment:

  Payment in full at registration

●  Two payments, one in July and the other in January

● Ten equal monthly installments through automatic withdrawal from a checking account or
    automatic credit from a credit card account on the 15th of each month beginning July and
    ending in April.                          

Parental concerns regarding delinquent tuition or family hardships must be directed to the principal.   Should a family become delinquent, and there is no communication or effort made to correct the situation, the children affected will be discontinued at the end of the quarter in which the delinquency occurs.  A family can reinstate their enrollment by the payment of all tuition and fees that are due to date.  Payment must be made prior to the first day of the next quarter.  Tuition refunds will be issued on case-­by-­case bases.  Refunds will not include the period the student was present.

Non-­Discrimination Policy:  In keeping with the Diocesan Policy #511.1, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.

The school does not discriminate of the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin an administration of its educational policies, admission policies, local programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

Entrance Requirements:  Children will be permitted to enter Kindergarten following policies upheld by the State of Illinois and the Diocese of Belleville.  The child must be five years old by September 1st.  All Kindergarteners will be screened for readiness.  All students entering Kindergarten must have physicals with proof of immunizations, dental exam and vision exam.  Students entering 6th grade must have physicals with proof of immunizations and dental exam.  Students entering 2nd grade must have a dental exam.

Probationary Statement:  Any new students (other than those entering kindergarten) that register to attend Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School are considered probationary until such time as records are received from the transferring school and a “sufficient period of time” has passed to guarantee that any special needs of the child can be met by existing Our Lady of Mt. Carmel curriculum and resources.

“Sufficient time” is to be judged by the principal and teachers involved, on a case-­by-­case basis, preferably not to exceed six weeks.  Each student and parent will confer with the principal and teachers after this time to ensure that the student is able to meet success in his/her new environment.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School reserves the right at any time to require that any student with needs that cannot be met by existing curriculum or staff (as decided by the pastor, principal and teachers involved) not be enrolled at this school.  The board will be kept informed of all problem situations existing and the resulting actions taken. 


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