Admissions - FAQs

We’re moving to Louisville. How do I enroll my child in St. Patrick?

Welcome to Louisville! Whether you are brand new to our city or relocating back to be near family, we are confident you will find a second home here at St. Patrick. Our families consistently say “Community” is what they like best about St. Patrick. The East End has many beautiful rural neighborhoods filled with families for you to explore and St. Patrick sits tucked away in the middle of it all. It truly does contribute to why our community is so vibrant.

We understand many of you want to find the right school first before picking a neighborhood which is why we value the opportunity to show you what makes us special and personally walk you through the admission process. The goal is to help make your transition to Louisville and finding the right school a little easier.

When you are in town on a house and school finding trip Our Director of Admissions will be happy to provide a tour, provide all the necessary paperwork and answer your questions. You can request an information packet at any time.

You can contact her Suzy Mackowiak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (502) 244-7083 ext. 279.

To learn more about the enrollment process you can click on the Admissions Welcome tab to the left to start.

We’re not Catholic. How does that work?

We happily welcome all families from any faith into our school. A Catholic education is an exceptional option for all students, and we appreciate that you see the value it provides for your child.

Not being Catholic is not a limiting factor in your opportunities to participate in our entire school/church community. We welcome you to join us for mass or participate in any of our ministries. Families are encouraged to be active volunteers in our school. Maybe you have a Scout, an athlete, an actor or a budding scientist. Simply put, there are many many ways to be involved!

We have a wonderful RCIA program for people who want to learn more about being Catholic and potentially choosing to initiate into the Catholic Church. This program begins in September and culminates on Easter weekend.

Our base tuition rate is offered to our registered Catholic parishioners with an adjusted rate accordingly.

We’re Catholic and looking for a new parish to join. How do I become a member of St. Patrick Church?

It’s easy! You can pick up a parish registration packet at the Welcome desk in the church gathering space or in the church office. You can request a packet be sent if you are out of town. The packet includes information about the many ministries and clubs you and your family can participate in. Just call the parish office at (502) 244-6083.

St. Patrick is a fairly ‘new’ parish with generations sharing their faith. From baptisms and sunday school to adult faith formation and the active seniors ‘Lephrachaun’ group there is a place for every age!

Simply complete the green Family Registration form and the parish Stewardship form (Time, Talent and Treasure) and return it to the church office. Once those forms are turned in to the parish office and you actively participate in the life of the parish you are considered a Registered Parishioner.

St. Patrick hosts 4-5 New Parishioner Welcome events throughout the year. You will be contacted and invited to attend one to learn more about getting involved and being connected.

Do you have after school care?

Yes. St. Patrick contracts with the YMCA to provide on site after school care from dismissal time to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please contact the Northeast YMCA at (502) 637-1575.

Do you have bus service?

Yes. St. Patrick Catholic School contracts with Miller Transportation to provide bus service to our school families for an additional fee. This annual fee per family is determined by the number of families requesting bus transportation and the subsidy amount provided by the state. Routes and availability are determined by Miller Transportation. For more information, please call the school office at (502) 244-7083

My child is gifted. Will they be challenged?

Louisville Catholic schools do not have a Gifted and Talented Program. St. Patrick Catholic School implements the Archdiocese of Louisville Curriculum Framework for all subject areas. You may access the entire curriculum HERE. The framework is designed to be rigorous. St. Patrick students typically attend Catholic high schools and go on to excellent colleges and universities, and perform exceptionally well on standardized assessments and the High School Placement Test.

Our faculty and staff care for the individual needs of each child, ensuring that pace and content are appropriate and on-level. It is a team effort to challenge our entire student body.

In addition to regular classroom instruction, St. Patrick has over 25 extracurricular activities that enrich the total St. Patrick Catholic School experience. Academic teams and clubs include Quick Recall, Governor’s Cup, Geography Bee, Kentucky Youth Assembly, Kentucky United Nations Assembly, Chess, STEM, and more! We also have many students who qualify for DUKE TIP and an annual offering from regional Catholic schools entitled GATES. We encourage your questions about these offerings.

My child has a learning difference. Can you accommodate them?

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville use a model of inclusion for students with special learning needs. Students with mild to moderate learning disabilities are enrolled in regular classrooms with strategic teaching methods and appropriate accommodations. A school Learning Coordinator works closely with teachers and parents to identify strategies, modifications and/or accommodations that can help a student with learning differences achieve success. St. Patrick is blessed to have two Learning Coordinators on staff. For more details, click HERE.

What does Kindergarten readiness mean?
What is Junior Kindergarten?

St. Patrick Catholic School staff administers the Gesell developmental screening for all incoming junior kindergarten, kindergarten, and 1st grade students before the start of the school year. Parents will be asked to schedule an appointment for the testing when students are pre-registered.

The Gesell assessment does help to determine a child’s current developmental age level by measuring personal/social maturity, language skills and adaptive behavior. The Gesell Assessment does not determine IQ, learning differences, or a child’s social skills in a large group setting. Adaptive behavior reflects the area of development that includes cognitive thinking, memory, perception, and attention to task (putting knowledge into action).

School readiness and placement decisions are based on multiple factors and after consultation with a variety of individuals including, but not limited to, parents, teachers, administrators, the school guidance counselor, and/or the learning support coordinator. It is recommended that students score at a developmental readiness level of 5.5 to start kindergarten. Parents will receive results in writing and if a question of school readiness for a child surfaces, parents will be asked to come in for a conference. Possible interventions, observations and alternatives may be discussed at this time.

Junior Kindergarten

Junior Kindergarten provides a nurturing learning experience for children who are age eligible for Kindergarten entrance and are not quite developmentally ready. Junior Kindergarten includes activities encouraging creativity, exploration and discovery in a developmentally appropriate learning environment. It has a strong emphasis on learning independence and developing a sense of community.

The Junior Kindergarten curriculum is a modified version of the Archdiocese of Louisville curriculum for Kindergarten grade level. The modifications include appropriate areas of interest to the Junior Kindergarten students leading the children in study from a focus on self to an appreciation of an ever expanding community. Community building and social skill development are central to the Junior Kindergarten program. Children practice and learn responsibility for self and others while developing problem solving and choice making skills.

Educational Goals:

The Junior Kindergarten will provide students with a developmentally appropriate education based on the following learning goals for the four-to-five year old child.

Language Acquisition and Development

    • to understand and use language for complex communication and to express ideas and feelings.
Cognitive Development
    • to recognize and use opportunities for learning through language reading, and the arts,
    • to encourage problem solving strategies and divergent thinking,
    • to enhance thinking processes and increase an understanding of the environment,
    • to facilitate the learning of math through exploration, discovery, and solving meaningful problems.
Social Competence
    • to experience play individually and with peers,
    • to learn to function as a member of a group and gain an awareness of the value of interdependence,
    • to encourage creativity while discouraging violent and frightening play and activities.
Self Regulation
    • to gradually adjust to time away from parents,
    • to develop self-control and self-discipline.
Self Esteem
    • to enhance self-respect and sense of self in relation to others.
Disposition to Learn
    • to be able to sustain an interest in an activity,
    • to feel secure at school and to be able to work in the classroom environment,
    • to learn how and when to listen.
Intrinsic Motivation
    • to continue to be curious about and challenged by the world,
    • to promote and enhance aesthetic development.
Physical Development
  • to further develop fine motor skills and coordination to help promote writing, reading, and math skill acquisition,
  • to further develop and enhance large motor skills.