PMA is a private Catholic school, sponsored by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. We welcome students from families of all denominations in Pre-kindergarten through grade eight. The following process for application applies to all families interested in enrolling their child.
PMA admits students of any race, color, national origin, religion or ethnic background to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students in this school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin or ethnic background in the administration of educational policies and financial programs administered by this school.
ADMISSIONS PROCESS (Pre-K-Grade 8)
Families interested in enrolling their child/ren at PMA will be required to complete an application form for each child and provide a copy of his/her birth certificate. Once an application form is completed, the child’s name will be placed on a prospective student list.
- Students admitted to grade 1 must be six years old by September 30 of the current year.
- Students admitted to Kindergarten must be five years old by September 30 of the current year.
- Students admitted to Pre-Kindergarten 4 must be four years old by September 30 of the current year.
- Students admitted to Pre-Kindergarten 3 must be three years old by September 30 of the current year.
After an internal registration is conducted in December-January, new families on the prospective student list will be considered for enrollment in the date order that their application forms and fees were received.
At the time of registration, prospective parents must provide the following information before the child is accepted at PMA:
- the birth certificate (original);
- a medical record RSV 200:38, grades Pre-K– 8;
- a baptismal record (for a Catholic child only);
- copies of most recent report cards and standardized test results;
- copies of IEP, 504 and/or Title 1 records (where applicable);
- a record of serious medical conditions;
- completed registration form and applicable fee.
ACCEPTANCE AND REGISTRATION
FOR CURRENT FAMILIES
Each family must complete a registration form and return it to the school office by the posted due date with the non-refundable registration fee for each child.
Registration for current students is given first priority over new students. Kindergarten students who have siblings at PMA in grades 1-8 will be given first priority provided they are among the first fifty registrants during in-house enrollment period. Second priority will be given to children who attended the Preschool Program provided they are among the first fifty registrants during in-house enrollment period. Children presently enrolled in the PMA Kindergarten program who did not attend the Preschool Program will be given third priority, provided they are among the first fifty registrants during in-house enrollment period. All other students on a space availability basis. In-house registration takes place between December and the first week of January. Dates are announced each year.
TRANSFER FAMILIES AND PROBATION PERIOD
The following admissions guidelines apply to students transferring into PMA at any grade level.
Parents or guardians of students seeking admission to PMA must present copies of the most recent report card, standardized test results, IEP’s, 504’s and other evidence of achievement from the last school attended. You may download a copy of a Transcript Request form here. In addition, the Principal will interview prospective students (grades 2-8) and their parents to determine reasons for seeking admission.
PMA, respecting the rights of all involved, retains its authority to refuse admittance to, or ask parents to withdraw, at any time, any student whose special needs cannot be met within the school setting, or whose presence would seriously impair the development of Christian education. The decision to accept a student is the responsibility of the Principal. Ordinarily, new students are accepted on a probationary basis of one semester.
During the probation period, parents are encouraged to maintain communication with their child’s teachers. At the end of the probationary period, if there are concerns, a conference will be held with the teachers, parents, and Principal to decide whether to continue the probationary period, or to withdraw the student from the school.
Families seeking admission to PMA who have outstanding financial obligations to other Catholic and private schools will not be accepted until those financial obligations are met.