Admission Process

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We accept applicants year-round. All application deadlines listed below have been extended.



Admission Policies


St. Athanasius welcomes all applicants. Students must be three years old by September 1 for preschool (junior kindergarten), and five years old by September 1 to enter kindergarten their starting year.

The Principal meets with all prospective new families.

Meeting with Principal Carol McClay provides the family an opportunity to discuss their needs; it also helps our staff gain a better understanding of the students entering the school. Please schedule an appointment through Judy Berg, Communications Coordinator, at (847) 864-2650. School Tours and Shadow Visits are also available. Visit Us >

Applications accepted throughout the year.

While we encourage early consideration, we accept applications year-round. Forms are available from the school’s Communications Coordinator, Judy Berg, or online. There is no application fee for new students. Please submit an application by February 7, 2020, for first round consideration.

Admission for those who submit after February 7 will be on a first-come, first-served basis. St. Athanasius School gives admission preference in the following order: Siblings of current students, Catholic students that are St. Athanasius parishioners, Catholic students from other parishes, Non-Catholic students. Application Forms > 

Financial Aid Application and verifying documents are due Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Requests for financial aid information can be made with your application. Decisions are made in April. Apply for Aid >

Transfer Students

Please bring a copy of your child’s transcript or most recent report card to the meeting with the principal. Reviewing your student’s previous academic record helps determine appropriate placement at St. Athanasius. Reading and math levels for students entering Units B, C, and D (grades 3-8) will be assessed before an admissions decision is made. Contact will be made with the student’s school when appropriate.

Notification of Admission Status

A letter postmarked Friday, March 6, 2020, will inform families of admission status. If a place in class cannot be guaranteed at this time, parents can request placing the child’s name on the wait list. Changes frequently occur during the spring and summer that make space available in a class.

Admissions Confirmation

Confirmation to attend St. Athanasius School should be received by April 23, 2020. In the case of a special circumstance, please contact the principal. 

School Forms due by August 15, 2020.

Please return the following forms to the school office: Emergency Contact Form and Medical, Dental and Vision Forms. The State of Illinois requires a physical examination for all kindergarteners, sixth graders, and new students. And eye exam is also required for new students. Forms are available here.


Key Dates

  • February 7, 2020 — Application and Release of Records Due
  • March 6, 2020 — Admission Letters Received-By Date
  • April 16, 2020 — Financial Aid Application and Verifying Documents Due


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