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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076

Admissions Policy

Welcome to SJB Admissions!

We hope that you visit our school and feel that you, too, belong here. Our students and their families feel that way every day.

Applications for the 2017-18 school year will be available right here on Dec. 1, 2017.

Admissions Policy

St. John the Baptist is a Catholic elementary school with 270 boys and girls. We have one class in each grade from pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

While the school primarily serves parish families, it is open to all parents who want to send their children to a school with qualified teachers, high academic standards, and a supportive, faith-filled atmosphere. SJB does not discriminate on race, religion, or ancestry. Class size is limited. Here is our priority list: 

1. siblings of SJB students

2. children of SJB parishioners

3. children of parents who are registered in other Catholic parishes 

4. children of parents who are committed to their child's education


  • Pre-Kindergarten -- must be 4 by Sept. 1
  • Kindergarten – must be 5 by September 1.
  • First Grade – must be 6 by September 1.

Open House 

All are welcome to take a tour of our school. Parents of current students will be your tour guides. Here are the dates planned so far:

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 -- 6-8 pm 

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 -- 9-11 am 

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 -- 9-11 am


Applications are free and must be made online through TADS, our enrollment and tuition management system. If you do not have access to a computer to complete an application, please call the school office, and we will schedule a date and time for you to use one of ours. The computer lab is available to families during each Open House.

The child's birth certificate and a signed Release of Information form (Form 19) must be completed and uploaded on TADS as part of the application process, or the forms must be delivered to the school.

After we receive the required forms, we will schedule the applicant for a visit to our school -- if the applicant is applying for grade 2-8. During the visit, the applicant will spend the day in classes with students in the same grade, and the applicant will take a math and reading assessment.

Within two weeks of the child's visit, parents will receive notice from our admissions committee

Kindergarten and pre-K applicants receive might receive admissions notice earlier. Kindergarten applicants must attend an assessment day in March, and during that assessment there will be an opportunity for new parents to meet with the principal.

Kindergarten Assessment

Kindergarten applicants go through a series of tests in five areas: language, visual, auditory, fine motor skills, gross motor skills. Several qualified teachers or classroom aides monitor the assessments in one large room. There is a waiting room for parents, with coffee and wireless internet, next to the screening room.

Screenings for students in grades 1-8 will be scheduled in January. 


You will receive notice to complete the enrollment process and to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your child's place. The registration fee must be paid by the end of April 2018. The fee will be applied toward tuition for the upcoming school year.

Wait List

If a class is full, a child's application will be placed on the wait list. We will notify parents whose children are on the wait list as soon as there is an opening. Parents will not be asked to pay a fee or come to the screening until we know that space is available. 

What does Blue Ribbon mean? 

SJB won the Blue Ribbon award in 2010 and has consistently performed above the Blue Ribbon mark in each grade level. Last year, once again, each SJB grade scored above Blue Ribbon marks in math and reading. When considering a Catholic school's Blue Ribbon application, the U.S. Department of Education looks at Scantron test scores of students in grades 2-8. The students in each grade must perform in the top 15 percent nationally in reading, math and attendance. Students in different demographic groupings must also hit those marks.

Catholic schools that have already won the Blue Ribbon Award have been advised to wait 10 years before seeking another one.




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