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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.

We are accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. 

Admissions Policy

St. John the Baptist is a Catholic elementary school with 230 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 and parents committed to education



  •     Must be 3 by September 1 to enter the 3-year-old preschool program
  •     Must by 4 by September 1 to enter the Pre-K program


  • Must be 5 by September 1

First Grade 

  • Must be 6 by September 1

SJB follows Maryland law on age requirement for Kindergarten. Parents must have an early-admission waiver from their neighborhood public school before they may apply for their 4-year-old to enter Kindergarten. If there is a waiver for the child, the parents and principal will meet and make a decision to do what is best for the child.

Wednesday Walk with Principal

Take a tour of the school with the principal each Wednesday in February (except for Feb. 26, when there will be an Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:30).

Tour begins at 8:30 am and lasts 20-30 minutes.

SJB PreSchool -- For the 3's and 4's 

SJB currently will accept up to 16 students for the 4-year-old PreK program and up to 5 students for the 3-year-old preschool program. 


Applications for All Students

Applications for new students (PreK - 8th Grade) are free and must be made online through TADS, our enrollment and tuition management system.

Required Documentation -- Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate (if Catholic), Form 19 Release of Information Form

Release of Information Form -- When applying for placement in K-8, it is important to print, complete, and sign Form 19 and then upload the signed form on TADS or send it to the school office. Competing this step will speed up the admissions decision.

 Please contact the school for an interpreter or for the use of a computer. We will accommodate you.

Registration and Enrollment

Registration instructions will be sent in an email from TADS soon after the child has been accepted. We ask families to complete registration and enrollment two weeks after acceptance. The final step is selecting and submitting a tuition payment agreement. 

Parish Tuition Grant for Catholic Families -- Please complete the parish verification form and send it to the school office with names written clearly on the form. Parish policy is to provide a tuition grant to registered parishioners of St. John the Baptist and to families with written documentation of their membership to another parish. Please send the verification form as soon as you register.

When applying for preschool... be aware that potty-training is a requirement for children coming to SJB.

When applying for Kindergarten...  the parent may receive a call from the Kindergarten teacher scheduling a readiness assessment for the child. 

When applying for Grades 1 or 2...the parent may receive a request for a student-readiness assessment.

When applying for Grades 3-8... the parent may receive a call from the school scheduling a visitation date for the student. 

Questions About SJB

  • What do I bring for a visit? What do I wear?

The visiting student should arrive with a bag lunch, a pencil, a notebook, and should wear regular school clothes with a jacket if it's cold. The students usually go outside for recess. Sneakers are fine.

  • On the day of the visit, where should we go when we get to the school?

Parents should bring the visiting student to the school office at 8:00 am and should pick up the child at the same place at the end of the day (3:00 pm) or at an agreed-upon pickup time.

  • What happens during the visit?

The applicant will meet the homeroom teacher and student guide, and when the rest of the students arrive, the homeroom teacher will introduce the visiting student to the class. The child will go to all regular classes -- extra desk, chair and materials are arranged ahead of time -- and to lunch, PE, music, art, library, and recess with students in the applicant's grade, depending on the schedule for the day. The applicant may be given a math and reading assessment during regular classes.

  • Why are we being invited to school events?

Current school parents will no doubt reach out to invite our new parents and students to upcoming school events such as the Christmas Show, Arts & Academics, the SJB Gala, and the Spring Show. Our parents have lots of enthusiasm for SJB, and they love to welcome new families to the community. Please come to as many events as you wish. You are always welcome here. In particular, you may wish to attend the Arts & Academics festival. 

  • What is a 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.

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