Admission Policy

    It is the mission of St. Patrick School to educate children of families in the Rodeo, Hercules, Crocket and Pinole Communities. Registration means that the family is willing to comply with the programs and policies of the school and actively participate in the activities which support the school in its programs and philosophy. Catholic schools are a primary means of Catholic education. The Catholic school is to assist Catholic families in the formation and education of their children in the Catholic faith, Gospel values, and traditions.



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    The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland, mindful of their mission to be witnesses to the love of Christ for all, admit students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, program and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex or religion.

    St. Patrick School is a parish school, established for the children of the parish. The school also recognizes its responsibility of mission and service to the community at large, so other families are welcome to send their children to the school if space is available and if they pass other admission criteria.

    Since St. Patrick School is a parish school, priorities are given to ACTIVE parishioners first as stated below. In all categories, things being equal, developmental placement will be the determining factor in each category.

    An active parishioner is determined by the following criteria: registered in the parish, worshiping regularly, involvement in the parish, contributing members (determined by regular use of the Sunday envelope).

    1. Children of ACTIVE parishioners who have brothers/sisters presently

      attending or who have graduated from St. Patrick School.

    2. Children of ACTIVE parishioners.

    3. Children of NON-ACTIVE parishioners who are willing to become involved in

      the parish community.

    4. Children of Catholic non-parishioners (actively involved in another parish).

    5. Non-Catholics

    Applications are taken year round. Assessments are given for Kindergarten applicants in February. Assessments for other grades are ordinarily given in February/March. In some instances they may be given at other times if openings occur for which there is no active waiting list. Students are accepted both for openings and active waiting lists after these assessments.


    There is a $30.00 non-refundable application fee due at the time of application.


    No qualified students will be denied admission to this school on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin.

    Any new student is on six months probation upon entering the school. If academic or behavior ability is not up to grade level expectations, the child can be dismissed from the school anytime during the first year.



    Minimum Age

    To be admitted into kindergarten a child must be five (5) years on or before September 1st of the current school year. By State regulation the school may not have children younger than this without obtaining licensing for pre-school. To be admitted into the first grade a child must be six (6) years on or before September 1st of the current school year. Where a child has been legally enrolled in another school s/he may be admitted to the school and placed in a lower grade as age appropriate at the discretion of the admitting school.


    Records at Entrance

    Students entering school for the first time are required to bring a birth record, a baptismal record (if applicable), and a record of state required immunizations.


    Transfer Student Process and Requirements

    All financial obligations to previous school must be current.


    Special Needs

    Admission of transfer students with special needs will be dependent upon the school program’s ability to meet these needs.