Important Admissions Information Regarding COVID-19

Until our office reopens, some parts of the admissions process have been put on hold.    Those who are interested in applying for the 2020-21 school year may download the application and mail it along with the appropriate fees to our school office to the attention of Patrice Appold.    Normally, the next step would be an onsite meeting followed by an onsite assessment of the applying student.   Both of those steps are on hold until our offices are open again.   However, upon receiving your application, Ms. Appold will reach out via phone to the applicant's parents to answer any questions.   Any questions or concerns may be directed to Ms. Appold at pappold@sjlschool.org

Admissions

St. John's Lutheran School is a school with a rich history and a vibrant future. We have been serving the educational community of Bakersfield for close to 60 years and look forward to many years ahead.

St. John's Lutheran School (SJLS) is open to serve the whole community and admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. SJLS also has a non-discriminatory policy regarding its administration of educational policies, admission policies, financial aid program,  athletic and other school administered programs.

St. John's Lutheran School welcomes visitors and encourages families considering enrollment to tour the campus in person. To schedule a campus visitation and tour, please contact our school office between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, at (661) 664-8090.

Financial Aid

St. John's provides tuition assistance to desiring families with demonstrated financial need. Families must apply through an intermediate agency before the school year begins and award amounts are based on the information determined through this agency. Families desiring financial assistance need to apply by May 15th.

Enrollment for Returning Students

Returning students are eligible for priority enrollment. The priority enrollment period begins in January and ends Friday, March 6 at 4:00pm.

To register during this time, follow these steps:

  1.  Open the link to the Student Profile Form.
  2. Complete one Student Profile Form for each student. This is a fillable PDF form to be completed by the parent and printed from a personal computer.
  3. Print one Tuition Agreement for your family.
  4. Submit one Student Profile Form per child, one Tuition Agreement form per family, and the registration fee of $250.00 per child to the school office.

When all steps are complete and all accounts are current, enrollment for returning students is complete.

Enrollment procedures that are completed by the March 6  deadline secure a spot for that student.

Admissions Procedures for New Students 

New students may submit enrollment applications starting in January; however, applications will be processed after March 13 and will be considered only if there are openings in the class. If there are no openings in the class, new applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

The enrollment process consists of the following  steps:

  1. Complete the enrollment Application.
  2. Submit this application to the school office along with the registration fee of $250.00, the most recent report card, current standardized test scores, and a copy of the applicant's birth certificate. 
  3.  Make an appointment with the appropriate principal. (Ms. Appold for students applying to grades 1-3, and Mrs. Spiva for those applying to grades 4-8. )

After March 13, the school will determine if there are any classroom openings for new students; if so, assessments will be scheduled for those new students who have completed the above three steps.

Openings will be filled in the following order:

  1. Qualified children currently enrolled at SJLS
  2. Qualified children of staff employed by St. John's
  3. Qualified siblings of currently enrolled students of SJLS
  4. Qualified siblings of currently enrolled students of SJCC
  5. Qualified new students from SJLC and the community

Note: Students are considered "qualified" if they have successfully completed the enrollment process, submitted all necessary paperwork, have been successfully assessed, and are students in good standing.

Enrollment for Kindergarten Students

Enrollment applications for Kindergarten students will be made available in January. Recommendations are required for students not currently enrolled in SJCC. Priority enrollment is available to current SJCC students and siblings of current SJLS students through March 6. Applications for those new to St. John's will be processed after March 13 and only if there are openings in the class. If there are no openings in a class, new applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Children applying to Kindergarten must be five years of age by September 1, 2020, and verified by a birth certificate at the time of application.

Complete the enrollment application above. Submit this application to the school office along with the registration fee of $250.00 and birth certificate. Make an appointment with the principal.

After March 13 the school will determine if there are any classroom openings for new students. If so assessments will be scheduled for those new students who have completed the above three steps.

Openings will be filled in the following order:

  1. Qualified children of staff employed by St. John's
  2. Qualified siblings of currently enrolled students of SJLS
  3. Qualified siblings of currently enrolled students of SJCC
  4. Qualified new students from SJLC and the community

Students are considered "qualified if they have successfully completed the enrollment process, submitted all necessary paperwork, have been successfully assessed, and are students in good standing.