Admissions Process

Qualifications for Admission

An Application for Admission and a $100 non-refundable application fee must be submitted to the school by January 15th for each student applying for admission. The following qualifications will be considered in determining the priority for admission of new students:

  1. Families with a child currently enrolled at Saint Clement School.
  2. Families who have been active, engaged, registered and contributing parishioners of Saint Clement Church.
  3. Families who are registered and engaged parishioners of the neighboring Catholic churches, and families relocating to Chicago who have been registered and engaged parishioners of their current parish.

Transfer Students (K-8)

For students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade who are transferring from another school, the following additional steps in the review process will apply:

  1. Saint Clement School will review each application and necessary attachments to determine a prospective student's potential academic fit.
  2. If it is deemed that there is an academic fit, the student will be asked to shadow at the school and interview with the Dean of Students. The purpose of this request is to determine a social-emotional fit.
  3. If it is deemed that there is a social-emotional fit, the parents of the prospective student will then interview with the Dean of Students.
  4. Following these steps, an admissions decision will be made.

Acceptance Expectations

Within a week of receipt of a conditional acceptance letter, parents are required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 New Student Fee to hold a child’s position. At this time, the following documents shall also be submitted. If the parent is not able to submit the required documents for any reason, this information must be communicated within this two-week period so that a final admissions decision can be made.

1.Copy of the child’s birth certificate
2.Copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (if applicable)
3.Copy of the child’s health/immunization records


Age Requirements


Pre-Kindergarten 3: The child must be 3 years of age and fully potty trained by September 1st of the year he/she will begin school.

Pre-Kindergarten 4: The child must be 4 years of age by September 1st of the year he/she will begin school.

Kindergarten: The child must be 5 years of age by September 1st of the year he/she will begin school.


First Grade: The child must be 6 years of age by September 1st of the year he/she will begin school.

Additional Admissions Considerations

Admission to Saint Clement School is dependent on the respective class size and a thorough review of each prospective student's current academic files.

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

Students applying to grade levels with a waitlist will be placed on the waitlist according to their appropriate grade level and application date submission as well as in accordance with other admissions priorities described above.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Saint Clement is operated under the auspices of the Catholic Bishops of Chicago, a corporation sole, in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Saint Clement School 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. Saint Clement does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, or national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, loan programs, extracurricular activities or other school-administered programs.