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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 2019-20 school year are open.

Admissions Policy

St. John the Baptist is a Catholic elementary school with 241 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.

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.

Open House 

6:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018

9:00 to 10:30 am on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

Wednesday Walk with Principal

Take a tour of the school with the principal each Wednesday in February.

Call the school office ahead to reserve a place in the tour.

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

SJB Has PreKindergarten For 4-Year-Olds



Applications 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 computer. We will accommodate you.

Applicants for Pre-K & Kindergarten

Applicants accepted into Kindergarten will be asked to schedule a Kindergarten readiness assessment and meeting with the Kindergarten teacher. After an acceptance notice has gone out, the resource director or the Kindergarten teacher will call to arrange a meeting.

Students in the SJB preschool can graduate to Kindergarten by re-registering. A new application is not required.

Applicants for Grades 1 & 2

After the school has received a birth certificate and Form 19, a student readiness assessment and meeting may be scheduled with the parents. After an acceptance notice has gone out, the Kindergarten teacher will call to arrange a meeting.

Visitation Day for Applicants for Grades 3-8 

After the school has received Form 19 and if there is an opening in the child's grade, a half-day or full-day visit will be scheduled for an applicant for grades 3-8.

School Visit 

What to Bring? What to 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.

Where to go?

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 will be given a math and reading assessment during regular classes, probably during math and language arts classes.

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 the enrollment process and pay the registration fee by Monday, April 15. The $500 registration fee holds a place in the classroom for your child, and the payment will be applied toward tuition.

Applicants Accepted After March -- Registration and fee must be completed within two weeks from the child's acceptance date.

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.

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.

Kindergarten Readiness 

Kindergarten applicants are assessed in five areas: language, visual, auditory, fine motor skills, gross motor skills. 

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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