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Admissions Criteria

Roncalli High School will be an open enrollment high school for Catholic students whose families are participating members of South Deanery Catholic parishes and who have completed the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade at a South Deanery grade school.  Each South Deanery parish assumes the responsibility for determining whether or not a family meets their parish’s standard to be classified as “participating”.   

The maximum enrollment for the school will be 1,325 students.  A maximum of 175 students will be admitted as part of the STARS program which serves students with learning disabilities.  A maximum of 10 students will be admitted to the Life Academy program which services students with cognitive disabilities.

Students in categories 5 through 9 listed below will be required to participate in a personal interview to assist determination of acceptance of the student.  The interviews will be used as a part of the evaluation process to determine qualifications of students not enrolled in South Deanery grade schools during their seventh and eighth grade year.
 
Student applicants in categories 5 through 9 will be evaluated based upon both the completion of the application form, their transcripts, and the results of the individual student interview.  Final admission decisions for students in categories 5 through 9 will be made after student interviews.  A weighted priority will be given to students who have siblings who are current students at Roncalli or who are graduates of Roncalli. 

The following criteria will be used for all who have submitted a complete application for admission by March 1.  Completed applications received after March 1 will be considered and added to the waiting list in the order received.

Admission criteria for incoming freshmen not in the STARS/Life Academy program

  1. A Catholic student whose family is a participating member of the parish and who successfully completed the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade at a South Deanery grade school will be guaranteed admission.  In order to guarantee admission families must meet all application and registrations deadlines.
  2.  A student who is a child of a Roncalli faculty or staff member.
  3. A Catholic student whose family is a participating member in a Catholic parish outside the Indianapolis deaneries (i.e. St. Rose, St. Joseph, etc.) and who successfully completed the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade in a Catholic grade school.
  4. A non-Catholic student who successfully completed the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade at a South Deanery grade school.
  5. A Catholic student whose family is a participating member of a South Deanery parish and who successfully completed the eighth grade at a school other than their deanery grade school.
  6. A Catholic student whose family is a participating member of a Catholic parish in an Indianapolis deanery other than the South Deanery who successfully completed the eighth grade at a Catholic grade school in one of the other Indianapolis deaneries.
  7. All other Catholic students whose families are participating members of a Catholic parish.
  8. A non-Catholic student who successfully completed the eighth grade at a Catholic grade school outside of the South Deanery.
  9. A non-Catholic student who successfully completed the eighth grade at a school other than a Catholic grade school.

Admission criteria for STARS/Life Academy students – The following criteria will be used for any Catholic student who has provided to the director of the STARS/Life Academy program all requested documentation on the disability and who falls within the spectrum of services our STARS/Life Academy program can provide:

  1. A Catholic student whose family is a participating member of a South Deanery parish who successfully completed the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade at a South Deanery grade school.
  2. A student who is a child of a Roncalli faculty or staff member.
  3. A Catholic student whose family is a participating member of a South Deanery parish but who could not attend a Catholic grade school due to a lack of an appropriate program for that student at the grade school level. 
  4. A Catholic student who has a sibling that is attending or has attended Roncalli but they were unable to attend Catholic grade school due to lack of appropriate programing at the grade school level.
  5. A Catholic student whose family is a participating member in a Catholic parish outside the Indianapolis deaneries (i.e. St. Rose, St. Joseph, etc.) and who successfully completed the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade in a Catholic grade school.
  6. A Catholic student who successfully completed the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade at a Catholic grade school in one of the other Indianapolis deaneries and who is a participating member of their parish and whose deanery high school principal determines the student’s learning and/or cognitive disabilities cannot be served effectively through their deanery high school’s resource program.
  7. A non-Catholic student who successfully completed the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade at a South Deanery grade school.
  8. A Catholic student whose family is a participating member of a South Deanery parish and who successfully completed the eighth grade at a school other than their deanery grade school.
  9. All other Catholic students whose families are participating members of a Catholic parish.
  10. A non-Catholic student who successfully completed the eighth grade at a Catholic grade school outside the South Deanery.
  11. A non-Catholic student who successfully completed the eighth grade at a school other than a Catholic grade school.

Roncalli High School Admission Requirements for S.TA.R.S. (Students That Are Ready for Success)

  1. Students must have written documentation of a disability. This documentation must include the current IEP/ISP and a current battery of testing that includes the student's diagnosis.
  2. Students must possess independent mobility.
    • must move from one class to another, including physical education and lunch
    • must be able to use a combination or key lock on personal locker
  3. Students must maintain appropriate personal hygiene. - must be able to care for personal restroom needs
  4. Student must be able to follow the Roncalli High School discipline code.
  5. Students must participate in Catholic religious activities while at school. - must attend scheduled school Masses and seasonal liturgical services - must participate in four years of religion classes when deemed appropriate
  6. Roncalli High School reserves the right to decline admittance to any student for whom we feel we cannot adequately provide a program.

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