Admissions

Thank you for your interest in St. Mary’s Academy.  You will find SMA to be a faith-filled, academically rigorous, safe, and caring environment for your child or children.

St. Mary’s Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at archdiocesan schools. St. Mary’s Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

The Admissions Office is happy to assist you with any questions or concerns about the application or admissions process.

We are excited to meet you and your family!

2022-2023 Applications

To be considered for admission, for the 2022-2023 school year, a completed application with all supporting documents should be received by the Admissions Office by our Priority Application Deadline.

  • Applications open October 25, 2021.
  • The Priority Application Deadline is February 1, 2022. The online application and supporting documents must be submitted by the deadline for priority consideration. 
  • For admission to pre-kindergarten, your child must be four years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • For admission to kindergarten, your child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • Rolling admissions begin February 2, 2022. 
  • Tuition assistance is available to both Active/Non-Active Catholic and Non-Catholic families. Applications must be submitted by the Priority Application Deadline to be considered for assistance.

For information about St. Mary’s Academy Admissions, please contact:

Kiesha Porter
Director of Admissions
(770) 461-2202 ext. 410 admissions@stmarysbobcats.org

For information or questions about Financial Aid, please contact:

Mark Beno
Director of Operations
(770) 461-2202 ext. 403
mbeno@mercycatholic.org

Important Dates

tuition

We want to make a St. Mary’s Academy education possible for your family. We do our best to financially assist families in need. Call our financial office to learn more. Tuition assistance is available to both Active/Non-Active Catholic and Non-Catholic families. Applications must be submitted by the Priority Application Deadline to be considered for assistance.

  • Financial Aid applications are available. Apply below.
  • FACTS tuition applications and supporting documents must be submitted by March 1 for priority consideration.
  • Approximately 73% of current students receive financial aid.
  • Multi-student discount rates will be available.
  • Active Catholics must submit a Parish Verification form to receive the tuition discount.

2022-2023 Tuition Rates

Active Catholic Families
PK4-5th
6th-8th
9th-12th
Total Cost of Tuition
$8,400
$9,400
$13,300
Average per Child Financial Aid
$3,300
$4,300
$7,000
Average Tuition per Child After Aid
$5,100
$5,100
$6,300
Inactive/Non-Catholic Families
PK4-5th
6th-8th
9th-12th
Total Cost of Tuition
$9,900
$10,900
$14,300
Average per Child Financial Aid
$3,300
$4,300
$7,000
Average Tuition per Child After Aid
$6,600
$6,600
$7,300

how to Apply: Eight easy STEPS

COMPLETE ONLINE APPLICATION & SUBMIT CERTIFICATES

Complete the Online Application and submit certificates by Tuesday, February 1, 2022 (rolling admissions begins on February 2, 2022). After completing the online application, submit copies of the following certificates in one of two ways:

  • Email a copy of the following documents to admissions@stmarysbobcats.org. Put the subject line APPLICATION FORMS – (Your Child’s Name) in your email.
  • Bring copies to the front office of the school in an envelope with your child’s name on it.


You will need the following certificates:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Immunization Certificate (3231) To enroll at St. Mary’s Academy, a student must be current with all immunizations in compliance with the State of Georgia. We do not recognize an exemption based upon a matter of conscience/religious exemption; a medical exemption provided by the child’s pediatrician documenting a medical contraindication will be accepted.
  • Copy of Baptismal Certificate – PK4-8th-grade applicants only.

Need Help?

Families interested in receiving help with completing the online application are invited to attend a help session. Registration required. call Kiesha Porter at (770) 461-2202 ext. 410.

Help session dates:

Please note these dates coincide with SSAT testing on our campus (see Step 6).

PAY APPLICATION FEE

Pay the non-refundable application fee of $100.00. Your application is not considered “active” until the application fee is received.

COMPLETE STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE
(Students Grades 6-12 Only)

Students in grades 6-12 need to complete the Student Questionnaire.

  • Email the student questionnaire to admissions@stmarysbobcats.org. Put the subject line STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE – (Your Child’s Name) in the email.

Download Release of Records Form

Download the Release of Records Form. Complete and submit the form to your current school. Your school will, in turn, send the following documents to SMA: 

    • school transcript 
    • report card
    • standardized test scores
    • discipline/behavior records 

Download & Submit Student Evaluation Form(s)

Click your child’s grade to see the required forms. Download and submit the appropriate Student Evaluation Form(s) to your child’s current teacher(s) and principal.

Teacher Evaluation Form

Teacher Evaluation Form

Principal Evaluation Form

Math Teacher Evaluation Form

Language Arts Evaluation Form

Principal Evaluation Form

Complete Admissions Screening/Testing process

Click your child’s grade to see the required admissions screening/testing process. Monitoring academic progress begins with admissions screening/testing for each student to provide benchmark data. School administrators and teachers work from this information to coordinate resources and prepare all students for St. Mary’s Academy’s rigorous academic program. 

Applicants must complete the admissions screening as part of the admissions process. You will be notified of your screening date and time in January once your application is complete and processed. Screenings take place in February.

All 9th-grade applicants must take the Secondary Admissions Test (SSAT), and send scores to St. Mary’s Academy (Our Lady of Mercy)–school code: 5585. Applicants must register online at www.ssat.org

The SSAT will be administered on our campus on the following dates:

  • Saturday, November 13, 2021
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • Saturday, January 8, 2022

All grades 10 – 12 applicants must have either SSAT or PSAT scores from their current school.  Applicants who need to take the SSAT must register online at www.ssat.org. Send scores to St. Mary’s Academy (Our Lady of Mercy)–school code: 5585.

The SSAT will be administered on our campus on the following dates:

  • Saturday, November 13, 2021
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • Saturday, January 8, 2022

DOWNLOAD PARISH VERIFICATION FORM
(Catholic Applicants Only)

Download and submit the Parish Verification form to your home parish. Your parish will complete it and send it to St. Mary’s Academy for you.

SUBMIT ADDITIONAL OR UPDATED EDUCATIONAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING AND EVALUATIONS (If Applicable)

If have completed the online application and need to submit additional Educational Testing, Psychological Testing, or Evaluations, please email a copy to admissions@stmarysbobcats.org. Please put the subject line TESTING EVALUATIONS – (Your Child’s Name) in your email. 

St. Mary’s Academy intends to provide students with diagnosed needs the opportunity to receive the benefits of a Catholic school education according to the school’s available resources.  We strive to provide the accommodations and/or modifications necessary within the scope of our resources for students who are identified as needing additional support.  Admissions decisions are made after a review of all educational, developmental, and relevant medical history related to the disability/learning challenge. 

Campus Visits

Join us for a Bobcat Breakfast and experience our new PK4-12th-grade Catholic school, St. Mary’s Academy. Our Bobcat Breakfast offers prospective families an opportunity to enjoy a light breakfast and learn about our new curriculum, technology, and campus upgrades. Before touring our campus, guests will hear presentations about the admissions process, financial aid options and will meet representatives from athletics, campus ministry, and fine arts. St. Mary’s is located on the current Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School Campus at 861 Highway 279,  Fayetteville, GA, 30214. Masks are required and must be worn while on campus. RSVP is required. To find the date of our next Bobcat Breakfast, please check the Important Dates section of our Admissions page.

Reserve your spot below:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR BOBCAT BREAKFAST

For questions, please contact Kiesha Porter, Director of and Admissions, at kporter@stmarysbobcats.org.

 

If you cannot attend a Bobcat Breakfast, sign up for a tour. Come get an inside view of the new technology and campus upgrades at St. Mary’s Academy. As we expand to a PK4-12th grade Catholic school, we invite prospective families to see the transformation in person.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A TOUR

Shadow Day provides a unique opportunity for prospective students to explore the distinguished learning environment and welcoming community at St. Mary’s Academy. Prospective students will be paired with a Student Ambassador and will follow the class schedule of their host. Shadow students will learn about our athletic and fine arts programs, student ministry, clubs, and engage with teachers and coaches. Plus, lunch is on us! Shadow students will enjoy lunch, meet other students, and see some of our new technology and campus upgrades.

Please check the Important Dates section of our Admissions page for the next available date.  Shadow day is available to students in the eighth grade or older. The day runs from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. 

Attire: We ask that students wear their current school uniform if applicable. Otherwise, please wear business casual attire.

Materials & Lunch: We encourage students to bring a notebook and pencil/pen to take notes during the day. We provide lunch! Students will choose from the menu in the cafeteria.

We are excited to welcome you to our campus!

Please contact Kiesha Porter, Director of Admissions, for all inquiries at kporter@stmarysbobcats.org | 770-461-2202

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR OUR NEXT SHADOW DAY

ADMISSIONS FAQ's

Application decisions will be sent via email to families on April 1, 2022.

Our admissions committee is comprised of administrators, counselors, and teachers. This committee recommends students for admission to the principal.

When we receive a completed application, the Admissions Committee begins a comprehensive, holistic review of the application. In other words, we consider the applicant as a whole individual, not merely select parts. We strive to find students who will contribute to our community in meaningful ways, both academically and through our robust extracurricular programs. Therefore, one part of the application is not “more important” than the other parts. 

No. We only read the required evaluations.

No. If we need additional information or request an interview, then we will contact you.

Unfortunately, we are unable to meet with students and parents to discuss admissions. You are welcome to take a tour and your student is encouraged to attend a Shadow Day. 

Yes. We are able to provide some accommodations but we do not modify the curriculum. Students with documented educational plans who are accepted will meet with the Assistant Principal and School Counselor before the beginning of the school year to set up a Student Support Plan.

Yes. We accept a limited number of International Students every year.