Applying to Kindergarten


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At St. Mark School, we are committed to the intellectual, spiritual, moral, social, and physical development of each child. We value diversity and recognize the individuality of every student.

Through our Personalized Learning Initiative, we develop a deep knowledge of every student and personalize instruction to ensure all students achieve both academic and personal growth.

Kindergarten students learn school culture and norms, how to self-advocate, interact with peers and problem solve.

We offer a challenging Kindergarten curriculum which includes:

  • Language Arts

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Writing and Journaling

  • Innovation and Technology

  • Music

  • Art

  • Spanish

  • Physical Education

Enrollment
In the event that there are more applicants ready for kindergarten than there are seats available, the administration will use the following criteria to determine acceptance:

1. Readiness: The child must be developmentally ready for Kindergarten, as determined by the screening team. Placement in full-day kindergarten is made with the child's level of development in mind. The BRIGANCE Test is an approved screening tool used in the Diocese of Bridgeport. It is designed for a child who is 4 years and 9 months old. Therefore, younger children may be screened in the summer. Children may need more time to mature. If so, they will not be accepted to the program for the upcoming year but will be offered the opportunity to re-register the following year. Acceptance is guaranteed if re-screening shows that they are ready.

2. Age: The child must be 5 years old prior to December 31 of the applicable school year.

3. Priority: Acceptance of students who are ready for school is made in the following order:

  1. First Priority: Children who have siblings currently enrolled at St. Mark School and for re-tested children

  2. Second Priority: Children of new families who are registered parishioners of one of the five Catholic parishes in Stratford or recognized National parishes

  3. Third Priority: Children of Catholic families in parishes outside of the Stratford area

  4. Fourth Priority: Non-Catholic children

4. Applicants for Kindergarten will be accepted for a probationary period of ninety (90) days in regard to academics and discipline. This means that the applicant must maintain satisfactory grades and a personal discipline, which does not impede his or her progress or the progress of his or her classmates. The probationary period may be extended or removed at the discretion of the Principal.