Guidelines for Admission
- Preferences shall be given to active members of the parish.
- Under Archdiocesan guidelines for financial considerations, the optimum number of students per classroom is 32.
- The recommended age for transitional kindergarten students is 4 years of age on or before September 1, but required by December 1.
- The recommended age for kindergarten students is five 5 years of age on or before September 1, but required by December 1.
- The recommended age for first grade students is six 6 years of age on or before September 1, but required by December 1, unless waived by the principal.
- All students must comply with current California immunization and health requirements prior to enrollment.
- The parish school will strive to have Catholic education accessible to as many students as possible, both with its educational programs and financial considerations; however, it may have insufficient resources to meet the educational and financial needs of all students.
- The Parish Life Director and principal will review a students’ continued eligibility for enrollment in the parish school.
- Each school shall establish procedures for admission and enrollment.
School Student Non-Discrimination Policy
Blessed Sacrament, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students regardless of race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.
Blessed Sacrament does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, sex, or national and/or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies and practices, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs, although certain athletic leagues and other programs may limit participation and some archdiocesan schools operate as single sex schools.
While Blessed Sacrament does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available to them. Decisions concerning the admission and continued enrollment of a student in the school are based upon the student’s emotional, academic and physical abilities and the resources available to the school in meeting the student’s needs.
The mission of Blessed Sacrament School is to support the learning of all students by appropriately addressing the unique learning needs of students with special needs. Special needs students are identified through comprehensive testing provided by the student’s neighborhood public school.
As a Catholic school every attempt is made to serve students whose parents desire a Catholic education. Although a full range of services may not be available to every student, the school will strive to include students with varied learning needs. All educators in Catholic schools follow “Directions for the Inclusion Process in Catholic Schools: Support Team Education Plan Process (STEP) and Minor Adjustment Plan Process (MAP)”. Parents or guardians who feel that their student may need a minor adjustment to enable him/her to participate in the general education curriculum of the school should talk to the student’s teacher and principal to implement the STEP or MAP process. Parents or guardians who need a structure for resolution of complaints arising out of a student’s disability may request the “Disability Discrimination Complaint Review Process” from the principal.
Preference for Catholic Students
The schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are established as religious schools; therefore, preference in admissions shall be given to contributing members of the Archdiocesan Catholic community. In the case of parish elementary schools, preference shall be given to the admission of children of parents/guardians actively engaged in the parish. Therefore, at Blessed Sacrament School, preference is given to:
- Families registered in Blessed Sacrament Church and any other parishes without schools
- Families who financially support the parish at which they are registered and have a letter from their parish as proof of regular contributions.
No one shall be admitted as a student in Blessed Sacrament School unless that child and the parent/guardian subscribe to our philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of our school, parish, and Archdiocese.
Parents have the primary responsibility for the education for their children. The school, Church, and community support and complement this role. It is important to realize that the school has a stated philosophy and specific expectations for families and their students enrolled at Blessed Sacrament School. Parents’/Guardians are expected to contribute to the educational process. Parents/Guardians who do not agree with the school’s philosophy and expectations, should withdraw their students from Blessed Sacrament.
Parents have the responsibility to supervise their child(ren) in the actions that place on the Internet. At times, student Internet postings can be a derogatory nature and such postings can be construed as harassment, or worse, of a fellow student or a faculty and staff member.
It is the policy of the school that all students take the required religion curriculum. In these classes, all students are graded on academic achievement and not on their religious affiliation, personal belief or the practice of their faith. All students attend the general religious activities of the school; sacramental participation in liturgy is not required of non-Catholic students.
Parents are expected to attend Parent Organization Meetings and Parent-Teacher Conferences held throughout the school year. The PTO is the school organization that represents all Blessed Sacrament parents. One of the primary objectives of the PTO is to promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, parish, and community, by promoting a closer relationship between home, school, parish, teachers, and parents. Officers are selected each year to carry out the responsibilities of the organization and provide the communication levels necessary for a positive school environment.
Every parent and guardian, by virtue of his/her child’s enrollment at Blessed Sacrament School, is a member of the PTO. All parents are encouraged to attend the scheduled meetings and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the school and key events that affect students and parents.
Blessed Sacrament School was build through the generous support of Blessed Sacrament parish and the Jesuit community in 1915. Since that time, families of students have funded capital improvements through similar generous sacrifices. Parents of current students are expected to continue this support during their years at Blessed Sacrament.
Parents are highly encouraged to participate in the school’s two annual fundraisers (Parish Carnival and the Star Awards).
Expectation of Students
Students who are accepted to Blessed Sacrament must abide by the following school standards:
- Respect for the religious beliefs of the Catholic Church, its moral principles and liturgical practices (respect does not imply adherence by those who are non-Catholic).
- Respect and care for the property of the school, including adherence to standards of campus order and cleanliness.
- Respect for the person and property of others, including faculty and staff members and fellow students.
- Adherence to the standards of the school as set forth in this Handbook, including the requirements of dress and hair codes.
- A basic attitude of respect for those in authority.
- Regular attendance and participation in class.
- A dedication to studying and learning in accord with the ability of the individual student.
Religious formation is the primary reason for a Catholic school and it should be the primary reason for sending your child to Blessed Sacrament School. Religious formation can only be effective with your example, which means that the parents/guardians take religion seriously and practice faithfully. All parents/guardians and students enrolled in Blessed Sacrament School must support the values we strive to teach and show respect for members of the school community.
Blessed Sacrament School retains the right to set admissions standards and policies in addition to those specified in this Handbook.
Ordinarily, admission to Blessed Sacrament School carries with it the understanding that the student will be retained until the 8th grade unless that student withdraws voluntarily, gives, has given, or is given cause for dismissal. No student shall be admitted unconditionally to Blessed Sacrament School; a student may be admitted on a probationary basis with criteria for evaluation and reporting clearly established in writing.
Blessed Sacrament begins the enrollment process in the spring for the new academic year. All applications are reviewed by the administration. On approval of administration, current students will be invited back for the next academic year based on the standards of admission. Any new student seeking admission will be required to take an entrance evaluation and the previous school will be contacted.
A child must be 3 years old and be potty-trained to be admitted to Pre-Kindergarten. A child must be 4 years old to be admitted to Transitional Kindergarten. A child must be 5 years old to be admitted to Kindergarten.
For any child requesting enrollment for the first time, parents/guardians are required to present the following documents for the child:
- Birth certificate
- Baptismal certificate
- Mandated health assessment form
- Proof of compliance with immunization requirements
- Social Security card
For the admission of students beyond the First Grade, parents/guardians are required to present the following documents in addition to those listed above:
- Last report card and standardized test scores
- Proper transfer or some appropriate notification from the previous school
Although special consideration will be given to siblings of students currently enrolled in Blessed Sacrament School no student is automatically accepted. Actual admission is determined by these categories.
- Supporting Parishioners
- Active participation in parish ministries
- Regular attendance at Mass
- Families transferring from other Catholic Schools
- Have just cause for transfer
- Left in good standing (report cards/conduct, completed financial obligations)
- Non-Supporting Catholics/Non-Catholics
Blessed Sacrament School will accept any child for whom an appropriate program can be designed and implemented, following the enrollment procedures. Each child’s admission and continued enrollment is based upon the emotional, academic, and physical needs of the child, and the resources available to Blessed Sacrament School in meeting those needs. The final decision in this matter is made by the administration in collaboration with the child’s teacher and the leadership team. Enrollment is on a one-year probationary period to be reviewed after every six to eight week period or at the discretion of the administration.
Admission of new families and continued enrollment of current families will be determined by the following:
- Parents/Guardians value our Catholicity and support the Church’s traditions and practices
- Parents/Guardians/Students exhibit conduct becoming Blessed Sacrament
- Parents/Guardians/Students cooperate with and support administration, faculty, and staff
- Parents/Guardians/Students actively participate in school events and activities
- Tuition and fees paid as due and remain current
- Service hours and other obligations are completed
- Academic performance of the student