ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School is a Catholic School for grades PreK-3 through 8th grade located in Plymouth, Michigan. Our Mission is to offer a life-changing encounter with Jesus and equip leaders to transform the culture.

STEP ONE : INQUIRY FORM 

Please fill out THIS FORM and our Admissions Director will review your information.

STEP TWO : REVIEW THE ADMISSIONS POLICY BELOW

STEP THREE: SET UP A SCHOOL TOUR

The Admissions Director will set up a school tour based on the information provided on the inquiry form in step one.

  • For grades 3 – 8th: The applicant will spend a day at OLGC to shadow the classroom and to further discern if placement is a mutual fit.  Shadow Day will be arranged by the Admissions Director. Placement testing may be given to the applicant sometime during the Shadow Day. Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will be observed while on the tour with their parents.
  • A discussion will be scheduled with the parents and the Admissions Director at the end of the Shadow Day prior to the parents picking up the applicant.

STEP FOUR: APPLY TO OUR SCHOOL HERE

 

ADMISSIONS POLICY

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School accepts applications for grades Pre-K through Grade 8 on a yearly basis.

    • Siblings of currently enrolled students are given first priority.
    • Children of parish members receive first consideration for admission.
    • Children of other Catholic parishes are considered next.
    • Non-Catholic children may be admitted when there is space available, but only if their parents agree to their children’s participation in the integrated religious education program offered by the school.
  • Since it is the prime objective of OLGC to keep families together, children on the waiting list will be given top priority if it should occur that a sibling be accepted in a given year.

It is important to emphasize that tuition alone does not cover the cost of educating your child/children for a school year. Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish contributes a substantial subsidy to each student to help offset the cost of his/her education. Accordingly, families are expected to demonstrate active participation in the parish and provide financial support. Annual (Fall and Spring) fundraisers within the school also help offset the cost and provide updated resources and experiences for our staff and students. To qualify for in-parish tuition, a family must be registered at OLGC Parish, must participate in weekly attendance at Mass (barring the obvious), and participate in parish activities and fundraising. The measurement for weekly attendance will be the offertory envelopes.

 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Birth certificates are required regardless of the child’s grade level..
  • For PreK-3, the child must be 3-years old by September 1st (State Law).
    • All children entering preschool must be potty/toilet trained.
  • For PreK-4, the child must be 4-years old by September 1st (State Law).
    • All children entering preschool must be potty/toilet trained.
  • For Young 5’s, the child must be 5 or turning 5 between April 1st-December 1st (No exceptions). This grade level offers a transition year between Preschool and Kindergarten. .
  • For kindergarten, the child must be 5-years old by September 1st (State Law).
  • For first grade, the child must be 6-years old by September 1st and have completed an approved kindergarten program.

 

  • All students shall comply with the State of Michigan required Immunization and health laws prior to admission.
    • Immunization records are required when the child is enrolled.
  • To qualify for in-parish tuition, a family must be registered at OLGC Parish in Plymouth.
    • They must participate in weekly attendance at Mass (barring the obvious).
    • Participate in parish activities and fundraising.
    • The measurement for weekly attendance will be the use of offertory envelopes.
    • Tenure in the parish, as determined by parent date of registration in the parish, shall determine admission priority.
  • Volunteer Requirements: Each family is required to donate 20 hours (a single parent family requires 10 hours) of volunteer time, which directly benefits the children at the school.
    • As hours are completed, each family must record their hours in FACTS. If a family is unable to complete the required volunteer hours, they have the option to buy out their hours at $15 per hour. Parents that fail to submit their hours by June 1st of the current school year, will automatically be charged the $15/hour fee through the FACTS system.
    • All volunteers must meet the AOD Safe Environment requirements.
      • This includes a Criminal Background check and a completed Protecting God’s Children workshop.

To be eligible for the school year in September, the application must be received before the dated deadline.

    • Applicants accepted for admission will be notified by the Admissions Director, at which time a formal registration fee of $125 is required and non-refundable.
    • For students in grades 4 through 8:
      • Parents must submit a copy of the student’s latest report card showing final grades, satisfactory or better conduct, good attendance,
      • Copies of any standardized test scores and/or special support service evaluation (IEP, Speech, Accommodation plans etc.) reports
        • If your student has a plan of any kind, this must be submitted to the school with the student application. This ensures that all needs are considered and if services can be supported.
      • Letters of recommendation from the last teacher and principal if requested from OLGC.
  • Applications are considered incomplete until these records are received. 
    • Admission may be denied based on a deficiency in academic success, study skills, and/or behavior/conduct. It may also be rescinded if a parent does not disclose all needed information as mentioned above.
  • Admission does not roll over year-to-year. All families must re-enroll current students for the next school year.
    • Current families re-enroll in FACTS Family Portal and pay the $250 deposit per child which is applied to their tuition.
  • New families enroll in FACTS and pay the $250 deposit per child upon receipt of acceptance. This fee is applied to their tuition.
    • Students who were not recommended for promotion in their previous school will not be accepted to the next grade at OLGC.
    • Students requiring special support services will be considered on an individual basis and must be able to perform in a regular classroom. Their status will be reviewed annually by the Principal.
  • We reserve the right to deny admission to any child whose needs we do not have the resources and ability to meet, or whose parents are motivated by concerns not consistent with the goals of the school or policies of the Archdiocese of Detroit. If this is determined, parents may be requested to place the child in a school elsewhere.