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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 2018-19 school year are open.

Admissions Policy

St. John the Baptist is a Catholic elementary school with 253 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


  • 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 

We have already held our three Open Houses.

Wednesday Walks with the Principal 

Tours with the principal will begin at 8:30 am on

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21


Applications are free and must be made online through TADS, our enrollment and tuition management system. Please contact the school if you do not have computer access.

Applicants for Pre-K & Kindergarten

For applicants of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, uploading the birth certificate on TADS will speed up the response from the school.

Applicants accepted into Kindergarten will be asked to attend a Kindergarten-readiness screening in March. Parents of applicants are invited to a gathering with the principal and current SJB parents during the Kindergarten screening. The cost of the screening is $75 payable to St. John the Baptist Catholic School and paid on the day of the screening.

SJB Pre-K students are not required to apply for Kindergarten.

Applicants for Grades 1 & 2

Uploading the birth certificate and the Records Release Form (Form 19) on TADS will speed up the response. The Records Release Form allows the school to receive academic records from the child's current school. Once we have those records, we will contact the parents to schedule the child for a one-hour screening at the school.

Applicants for Grades 3-8

Applicants for grades 3-8 will be scheduled for a school visit once they have completed and uploaded a Release of Information form (Form 19) on their TADS application. The release form allows SJB to receive academic records from the child's current school. SJB will not schedule a school visit unless there is an opening and the Records Release Form has been submitted.

School Visit for Applicants for Grades 3-8

During the school visit, the applicant will attend classes, eat lunch and go to recess with students in the child's own grade. The applicant will be given a math, reading and writing assessment during classes. A $10 assessment fee is paid at the school office when the child is dropped off in the morning at 8 am.

SJB will review the assessment results and academic records before notifying parents that their child has been accepted or placed on the school's wait list.

After Acceptance, Time to Register

Once accepted, you will receive instructions to complete the enrollment process and pay a registration fee by April 6. The $500 registration fee holds a place in the classroom for your child, and it will be applied toward next year's tuition. If your child is accepted after April 6, the registration fee must be paid within two weeks of the child's acceptance date.

Invitations to 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 from 7 to 8 pm on Wednesday, March 7, and our Spring Musical on Thursday and Friday, April 26-27, at 7:30 pm. Both events are in the SJB Gym.

Kindergarten Readiness Day

During the screening in March, Kindergarten applicants will go through a series of tests in five areas: language, visual, auditory, fine motor skills, gross motor skills. Several qualified teachers or classroom aides will monitor the assessments in one large room. Parents will gather in a  waiting room with coffee and wireless internet. The principal and parents will meet to discuss the results of the readiness screening. 

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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