St. Joseph Catholic School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
As openings become available, the following priorities will be used to accept students to St. Joseph Catholic School: 1-Currently enrolled students, 2-Members of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3-Members of other parishes, 4-Students transferring from another Catholic school, 5-Non-Catholic students. The final acceptance is determined by the principal in consultation with the teachers, based on entry tests (if needed), records from the previous school, interview with the student and parent, and available space. To be eligible for tuition subsidies, all Catholic parents must be registered, active, and contributing members of their respective parishes.
Basic Legal Requirements for Admission (as required by the State of Florida):
HRS 3040, Student Physical Examination
HRS 680 Florida Certificate of Immunization and Social Security card.
The following is required by the Diocese of Orlando:
Birth certificate (original)
Certificate of Baptism for Catholic students.
Those students entering pre-K 3 must be three years of age by September 1st.
Those students entering pre-K 4 must be four years of age by September 1st.
Those students entering kindergarten must be five years of age by September 1st.
Upon acceptance all families agree to complete 20 service hours during the school year. In order to re-register for the following year, parents will need to have completed half of their service hours by re-registration time in the spring. Families who fail to complete their service hours will be charged $500. Parents can opt to pay the service hour fee instead of performing any service hours but one reason St. Joseph is a school of excellence is because of the commitment from parents.
The service hours requirement agreed upon by all families at St. Joseph Catholic School community sets our school apart from all other schools and has many benefits. It keeps tuition low so that more families are able to afford a Catholic school education. It shows students that their parents are present and involved. It is the reminder to all that the time of each of us is equally important and valuable. Everyone has something to give. Anyone performing service hours at school must be fingerprinted according to Diocesan policy.
Students in middle school (grades 6,7,8), in keeping with the school philosophy that we give service to others, must complete service hours each quarter. Failure to complete service hours will affect the Religion grade. Additionally students involved in National Junior Honor Society and Student Service Council are expected to complete additional service hours.