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Admissions Overview

Admissions

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our school! We work diligently to maintain a
strong educational environment, and this begins with our admissions process, which
begins in early November each year with Open House. At Open House, parents and
students receive further informational material, tour the school, meet and interview
administrators and faculty, and talk with current students.
 
Unlike other RI Catholic high schools, St. Patrick Academy does not require an
entrance exam or an entrance fee. The application process is ongoing and interested
families can apply at any time. We process applications on a first come, first served
basis. That begins with submitting a fully complete application, including an application
for financial aid, and an interview before a student can be accepted.

Our Admissions Committee is comprised of the Pastor, Principal, Admissions Director,
Dean of Student Life, Director of Guidance, and at least one academic teacher.
Together, the Committee reviews each student’s application to assess his/her ability to
perform well in our college preparatory program and the family’s need (financial or
otherwise) in according with the Academy’s Mission.

The Committee relies on the following information via application:
 Submission of a completed application, including application for financial aid;
 School transcripts or report cards that reflect current and past performance;
 A recommendation from a current teacher, counselor, or administrator
 An interview with the student conducted by a member of the Admissions
Committee;
 
Preference is given to applicants who are siblings of current students, provided the
student shows adequate preparation and readiness to meet the school’s academic
goals. We do so because we believe that a family that has demonstrated a strong
commitment and loyalty to the Academy deserves a positive response from us.

In addition, weighted consideration is given to the children of alumni and faculty, as well
as students who have been enrolled in Catholic elementary and secondary schools.
Again, this is only if the student’s application and information reflect the willingness and
ability to perform to Academy expectations.

Openings for junior year are generally reserved for students moving into the area and
coming from similar schools. Applications for senior year are accepted only in rare
circumstances.