Application Process

We use TADS Online Admissions to process applications for all new students attending our school. We have outlined our application and admissions process below so that you can familiarize yourself with the requirements. Please note that for Kindergarten applicants, a student must be five years of age by September 1st, and that acceptance is based on specific criteria for developmental readiness.

Any questions can be directed to our Admissions Director, Emily Ogden, by calling 415-924-0501 ext. 26 or by emailing e_ogden@stpatricksmarin.org

TADS Apply

The following items must accompany the application:

  1. A non-refundable $100 processing fee
  2. A “Confidential Student Evaluation Form” from your child’s teacher
  3. A photo of your child
  4. A copy of County Birth Certificate (not a hospital copy)
  5. A copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate (as appropriate)
  6. Proof of immunization
  7. Copies of all Standardized Test Scores (Grades 2-8)
  8. Copies of the previous Report Cards (Grades 1-8)

Shadow Visit and Assessment

Kindergarten Applicants
Kindergarten applicants will attend “K Days”, a mini version of a typical Kindergarten day condensed into one hour. On K Day your child and other applicants will visit the Kindergarten classroom and participate in small group activities. This enables the children to be observed and evaluated in a warm, informal setting. Following the K Day, your child may be called back for an additional formal assessment. If you miss K Days, an individual assessment will be scheduled.

1st – 8th Grade Applicants
Graded level students will meet with our Resource Teacher for an assessment. Students in 3rd Grade and above will also spend the morning “shadowing” in the classroom.

Students are assessed to ascertain the appropriate grade level for their success, and to determine the level of their basic skills. If a student is found to be deficient in particular skill areas, one or both of the following may be required as a condition of acceptance:

  • Tutoring during the summer and/or during the school year. Follow up will consist of: written verification of summer school attendance and/or tutoring, and reassessment.
  • Entering at a recommended grade level which would accommodate the social and academic needs of the child.

Acceptance Guidelines

New applicants have priority according to the following criteria:

  • Children of families currently enrolled
  • Established Parishioner: An established parishioner is one who is registered in the parish and has been a participating parish member for at least one year. A participating parish member is one who attends Sunday mass regularly, contributes using envelopes or checks, and participates in the life of the parish.
  • Catholic, Non-Parishioner
  • Children of families who practice other faiths

All new students are accepted on a probationary basis for one school year.

  • This probationary time is designed to ensure proper adjustment both socially and academically to our school environment and curriculum.
  • If social or academic problems arise during this time, a student may be asked to withdraw from St. Patrick School.
  • If a student has a particular need that cannot be met at St. Patrick School, it may be recommended that the child be referred to a school where his/her needs can be met.

Please note that it is our policy not to accept transfer students into 7th or 8th grade unless the student has been attending a Catholic school and the family is relocating to Marin from out of county or state. Transferring in can be very challenging both academically, socially, and emotionally for a student. This policy exists for the benefit of potential transfers.