St. Francis Solanus School is a special place where students, faculty, and staff are given the opportunity to live our Catholic faith each day. We strive to deliver the quality of education that inspires all families to send their children to our school. This is accomplished by collaboration between our parents and teachers, high academic and behavioral standards for our students, and maintaining a strong focus on our Catholic identity.
St. Francis Solanus Admissions Policy
St. Francis Solanus Catholic School accepts only students who desire both religious and academic formation. St. Francis Solanus Catholic School admits students in accordance with all policies established by the Diocese of Springfield as outlined in the "Handbook of Catholic Education Policies." In choosing to attend St. Francis Solanus, parents pledge their full cooperation to the school in preparing our students to be disciples of Jesus Christ. It is our collective responsibility to nurture students in their faith journey.
St. Francis Solanus Catholic School admits eligible students of any race, color, gender, national origin, ethnic origin and disability, which can be reasonably accommodated, in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs and athletic and school administered programs. Students with disabilities will be accepted on a case-by-case basis in order to evaluate the capacity of the school to meet the needs of the student.
For all applicants, the following information will be taken into consideration for possible admittance to St. Francis Solanus:
Academic Readiness (Kindergarten):
- Previous academic records
- Previous attendance records
- Previous behavior records
- In good standing, including financials, upon exit from previously attended school
If the information gathered indicates that St. Francis Solanus does not have the educational program which best serves the needs of the student, the student will not be accepted.
Upon acceptance, a comprehensive set of school records from the previous school is required as part of the enrollment process. The following documents are also required: an official, certified birth certificate, baptismal certificate (if Catholic), current immunization record and proof of required medical exams including dental and vision.
St. Francis Solanus School tries to limit class size to 25 students. Therefore, we will register students in the following priority:
- Those who are participating St. Francis Parish members with a sibling at St. Francis School.
- Those who are participating St. Francis Parish members and are new to our school.
- Those who are not participating St. Francis parish members with a sibling in St. Francis School.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
In accordance with the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois St. Francis Solanus School admits students of any race, color, sex, or national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally available to students. Appropriateness of educational programs, students in good standing, and/or the availability of space may be legitimate factors affecting admissions. A student's enrollment status may be changed or discontinued at any time during the year, as determined by the Principal and the Pastor. It is a privilege, not a right, to attend St. Francis School. Transfer students must be in good standing as indicated on our records transfer form to continue enrollment. Furthermore, we do not discriminate against immigrant children lacking in legal status.
Catholic School does not discriminate against immigrant students lacking legal documentation/status, via Plyler v. Doe.
From the ISBE probe for reviews:
E3(b)Relevant case law including Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202, 102 S.Ct. 2382 (1982)
Students with Disabilities
St. Francis Solanus School shall do everything in its power to provide Catholic education to students with disabilities. Those students who cannot be fully integrated into the total regular school program shall be encouraged to take advantage of dual enrollment. Present state statutes require that public school districts accept in part-time attendance, via dual enrollment procedures, students who are enrolled in non-public schools and who are in need of special education and related services not available in the non-public school. These students do not need to withdraw from the non-public school. Once enrolled part-time in the public school, they have all the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of special education and related services as any student in the public school. Children with physical limitations will be decided upon on an individual basis, depending on the severity of the disability. St. Francis students must live within the Quincy Public School district to qualify for dual enrollment.