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Admissions Process

Immaculate Conception - St. Joseph School is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. The main entrance point for ICSJ students is PreK3 (student must be 3 by September 1st of the year they enroll), however we welcome applicants at any grade level. Admission to Kindergarten through Grade 8 will be determined both by capacity availability and a comprehensive review of the student’s academic standing. Students will be assessed by an ICSJ Learning Specialist to determine his/her academic fit within our program. Applicants must be in good academic, disciplinary and financial standing in their current school for their admission to be considered. 

Calendar of Key Admissions Dates


Application Requirements

An application to ICSJ will not be considered complete until the Admissions office receives all of the following elements by December 6, 2019:

  • An application for admission
  • A $100.00 non-refundable application fee
  • A certified copy of the child’s birth certificate
    • Please note - original, certified documents must be submitted and will be returned pending verification
  • A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (if applicable)
  • School transcripts and standardized test scores (applicants to Grades K-8)
  • Enrolled ICSJ family referral form (optional)


Application Considerations

The following factors will be considered in determining priority for admission:

  • Children with a sibling currently enrolled at the school.
  • Families who have been active, registered parishioners of Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish for at least two years.
  • Families who are committed to continuing their child’s education at ICSJ through grade eight.
  • Families who are registered parishioners of neighboring Catholic churches.


Application Reference Form

Applicants who know currently enrolled ICSJ families are encouraged to request and submit references. While this does not ensure a higher priority in the admissions process, referrals from current families gives the Admissions Team a more complete picture of your application. Please complete the Family Referral Form on the Apply Now page.


Age of Admission

A child entering school must be in compliance with the age requirements of the State of Illinois. Children must have their birthday on or before September 1st of the current school year. A child must independently and successfully use the toilet in order to attend preschool. Pull-Ups or other similar products are not acceptable.

     PreK3 - 3 years old on/before September 1st

     PreK4 - 4 years old on/before September 1st

     Kindergarten - 5 years old on/before September 1st


Transfer Students 

Applicants must be in good academic, disciplinary and financial standing in their current school for their application to be considered. Student consideration requires completion of the inquiry form, including submission of school transcripts and standardized test scores. Should it be determined that capacity is available in the grade, the student will be invited for a shadow day and a formal academic assessment. ICSJ will consider mid-year transfers on a capacity availability basis in accordance with ICSJ academic admission standards. 


Probationary Period

All new and transfer students to ICSJ School will be admitted on academic and disciplinary probation for their first year of attendance. Future enrollment and attendance is subject to administrative approval. 


In accordance with archdiocesan policy, school authorities may amend these policies in order to fulfill the school’s mission to be a model urban educational experience.

ICSJ admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students in this school. Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender or national and ethnic origin in administration of educational or employment policies, athletic or other school administered programs.