Admission & Tuition Policy and Guidelines

Admission Policy

First and foremost, St. Columban School is established to serve primarily the membership of St. Columban Parish. The parish believes that our school is truly an important ministry in the life of the parish community. Our school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, or national origin. Moreover, our school will accommodate students with disabilities, if, with reasonable accommodations, the student can meet the academic and behavioral guidelines of the school. Our belief is that every child who belongs to a family registered at St. Columban Parish should have the opportunity for a Catholic education to the best of our ability. That is why it is important to have a clear policy of acceptance.

Pre-K

St. Columban School welcomes children who are four years old on or before September 30th of the current school year, if deemed to be ready through the screening process.

  1. Children who were not accepted in the previous academic year for readiness reasons, who are now found ready, and whose parents have remained active parishioners.
  2. Children of active parishioners who have siblings presently enrolled in our school and whose tuition is current.
  3. Children from families of active parishioners whose older siblings attended St. Columban School.
  4. Children of active parishioners who do not have siblings presently attending our school.
  5. Children of inactive parishioners who already have siblings presently enrolled in our school and whose tuition is current.
  6. Children of inactive parishioners who do not have siblings presently enrolled in our school.
  7. Children of non-parishioners.

Based on the above criteria, acceptance will be prioritized by the program requested.  Options are: five full days, three full days, five half days, and three half days.

Preliminary acceptance letters, based on the above criteria, will be issued on or before March 1st. After that date, each registration will be considered independently.

Kindergarten

St. Columban School welcomes children who are five years old on or before September 30th of the current school year, if deemed to be ready through the screening process. Children will be granted acceptance according to the following priority list:

  1. Children who were not accepted in the previous academic year for readiness reasons, who are now found ready, and whose parents have remained active parishioners.
  2. Children of active parishioners who have siblings presently enrolled in our school and whose tuition is current.
  3. Children from families of active parishioners whose older siblings attended St. Columban School.
  4. Children of active parishioners who do not have siblings presently attending our school.
  5. Children of inactive parishioners who already have siblings presently enrolled in our school and whose tuition is current.
  6. Children of inactive parishioners who do not have siblings presently enrolled in our school.
  7. Children of non-parishioners.

Preliminary acceptance letters, based on the above criteria, will be issued on or before March 1st. After that date, each registration will be considered independently.

Grade One

Top priority will be given to currently enrolled students whose families remain active parishioners of St. Columban and whose tuition is current. Further acceptances will be granted according to the following priority list:

  1. Those children who were not accepted in the previous academic year for readiness reasons, who are now found ready, and whose parents have remained active parishioners.
  2. Children of active parishioners who have siblings presently enrolled in our school and whose tuition is current.
  3. Children from families of active parishioners whose older siblings attended St. Columban School.
  4. Children of active parishioners who do not have siblings presently attending our school, but who registered for kindergarten, completed the screening process, and were placed on the kindergarten waiting list.
  5. Children of active parishioners who do not have siblings presently attending our school. This will include families moving into the Loveland area, who were active in their previous parish.
  6. Children of inactive parishioners who already have siblings presently enrolled in our school and whose tuition is current.
  7. Children of inactive parishioners who do not have siblings presently enrolled in our school.
  8. Children of non-parishioners who registered for kindergarten, completed the screening process and were placed on the waiting list.
  9. Children of non-parishioners.

Grades Two through Eight

Top priority is given to currently enrolled students whose families remain active parishioners of St. Columban and whose tuition is current. Further acceptances will be granted according to the following priority list:

  1. Children of active parishioners who have siblings presently enrolled in our school and whose tuition is current.
  2. Children from families of active parishioners whose older siblings attended St. Columban School.
  3. Children of active parishioners who do not have siblings presently attending our school. This will include families moving into the Loveland area, who were active in their previous parish.
  4. Children of inactive parishioners who already have siblings presently enrolled in our school and whose tuition is current.
  5. Children of inactive parishioners who do not have siblings presently enrolled in our school.
  6. Children of non-parishioners.

Acceptance letters, based on the above criteria, will be issued on or before April 1st. After that date, each registration will be considered independently.

Occasionally, there is a waiting list for one or more of the nine grades here at St. Columban School. When a waiting list is enacted, it remains in effect during the current school year until the start of the official registration period for the next year, as determined by the school principal. However, at the close of the official registration period, those on the waiting list who were offered a place, but refused to take it for whatever reason, will have to re-register for the new academic year and be put on the waiting list with the others. Those who were on the original waiting list but were not offered a place in our school will be reconsidered following the criteria listed above and must complete a new registration packet. In the event that the number of applicants in a category exceeds the number of possible seats in any given grade, the school and parish administration will review the totality of the applications to determine admission. Discretionary review is reserved to the school principal and pastor in making admission decisions.

To apply for admission, complete the registration forms found under Quick Links on the home page. If you have questions, please contact the school office at (513) 683-7903 or via e-mail to ageier@saintcolumbanschool.org. School tours are available at your request.

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Tuition Policy:

Active parishioners are eligible for parish-subsidized tuition rates as follows:

  1. One child: $4,300 or $5,900 for non-parishioners
  2. Two children: $8,256 (8% off for 2nd child) or $11,800 for non-parishioners
  3. Three children: $12,040 (12% off for 3rd child) or $17,700 for non-parishioners
  4. Four children: $15,652 (16% off for 4th child) or $23,600 for non-parishioners
  5. Five children: $19,264 (16% off for 5th child) or $29, 500 for non-parishioners

Kindergarten classes are available for full day and half-day sessions.

  1. Full day: $4,300 (parishioner) or $5,900 (non-parishioner)
  2. Half day: $3,400 (parishioner) or $4,060 (non-parishioner)

A tablet fee of $150 will be assessed for students in grades 6, 7 and 8, which will be collected when the tablets are distributed in August.

*Please note: There are no multiple child discounts for kindergarten, tablet fees, or non-parishioner families; however, the 2% discount for paying in full before July 1st can be applied to kindergarten and non-parishioner tuition.

Limited tuition assistance is available for active parishioners in need. There is an application process which must be completed prior to being considered for assistance. Contact Mrs. Katelyn Viscomi in the Parish Office at (513) 683-0105 ext. 2106 or at kviscomi@stcolumban.org for additional information.

St. Columban is also a provider for the Ed Choice Expansion Scholarships for families with incomes under 200% of the poverty level. Please visit education.ohio.gov or contact the school office for information on the Ed Choice scholarships.

Registration

New students: New student registration begins January 29th. Acceptance letters for grades 1-8, based on the priority admission list, will be mailed by April 1; however, preliminary acceptance letters for kindergarten will be mailed by March 1. After the acceptance letters have been prepared, all other registrations will be considered independently.

Current Students: Current student registration begins Wednesday, February 8th and runs through Tuesday, March 1st. Forms will be available through the Weekly News on February 8th. Registrations received after March 1st are subject to a $25 late fee.

To qualify as an active parishioner a person must comply with all of the following:

  1. Be a registered member of St. Columban Parish
  2. Attend Sunday Mass on a regular basis
  3. Be actively involved in the church and/or school
  4. Support St. Columban community by making Sunday contributions
  5. Attend all sacramental programs in the Religious Formation Program that are applicable to your children
  6. Meet tuition obligations (tuition paid in full by the end of the year) or contact the principal or pastor in the event that there are problems in meeting the obligations
  7. Complete a Living Out Your Stewardship form each year

For inquiries about joining the parish community, please contact the Parish Office at 683-0105.