Students must apply to attend a Catholic school. The details of the admissions process vary. In general, the process for elementary schools begins with an interview and may include an entrance test.
Registration periods usually begin in January during Catholic Schools Week, but families are welcome to arrange school visits at any time of year. Depending on enrollment, a school may accept late applications until the start of a new school year.
Most Catholic elementary and middle schools are run by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Each of these schools has its own admissions policy and application form. Find out more by searching for the school's profile on the Find a School search feature and clicking the "Apply Now" button.
Independence Mission Schools operates 15 independent Catholic elementary and middle schools in Philadelphia. To apply, complete an online application here.
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