General Information

No Catholic child shall be denied admission to a Catholic school because of the parent's inability to pay tuition (Diocese of Knoxville Policy # 1060). St. Mary's School admits students after evaluation of the following criteria: class size, admission priorities, operating budget, age requirement, class make-up, pre-existing concerns, and proper documentation.

Tuition Rates 2023-2024 St. Mary's School Online Application

Admission Priority

Students will be registered at St. Mary's School in the following order:

  • Current students
  • Siblings of current students
  • Members of St. Mary's Parish
  • Catholic non-parishioners
  • Non-Catholic students

Policy to Admit Non-Catholic Students

Non-Catholic students will be accepted on a space available basis as determined by the admission priorities of the school. Returning non-Catholic students in good standing are automatically counted in the class rolls for the next year upon return of their registration packet and registration fee. St. Mary's School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at the school.

Student Enrollment

St. Mary's is an elementary and middle school with Kindergarten thru 8th grade classes. Our student population reflects a blending of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Of the total population, approximately 27% are non-Catholic.

Age Requirements

According to the laws of Tennessee and Diocesan #1030, a child must be five (5) years old by August 15th of the year entering Kindergarten; a child must be four (4) years old by August 15th of the year entering Pre-Kindergarten

Tuition rates are set by St. Mary's School Board. Registration is in the Spring prior to the year of entrance. We do require each student to be tested. Payment for tuition may be made yearly, quarterly, or monthly (for ten months). There is a book fee and registration fee due at registration. The cost of tuition for Catholic students is shared between the parents (tuition) and St. Mary's Parish (subsidy). For parishes without schools, the Knoxville Diocesan Policy #2110 states that parishes shall pay to the school in which their children are educated the difference between the cost of education and tuition. In order for Catholic families to receive the parish rate of tuition, each family must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Parents must be registered members and maintain an active status in St. Mary's Parish
  • Children and their Catholic parents must attend Holy Mass weekly and other Holy Days of Obligation, as confirmed by their parish priest
  • Parents must contribute to their parish, as appropriate for circumstances of parents; time, talent, and treasure

If a family is Catholic, but not meeting these criteria, they will not be eligible for parish assistance.

St. Mary's School 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 the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Knoxville exist to assist the Church in accomplishing its mission of evangelization. The schools strive to prepare academically qualified citizens committed to the pursuit of learning and to the service of humankind. They strive to teach Christian standards to be followed in life, work, and leisure. Catholic Schools endeavor to instruct students in a religious way of thinking which will show the connection between the living out of Gospel values and the effect they will have on one's final end. They offer experiences of service both within and outside the school environment, which stretch beyond the boundaries of discrimination. Catholic Schools are called upon to make the Catholic faith a reality.

To ensure that St. Mary's School can best serve all its students, the following criteria will be considered regarding students transferring into St. Mary's School:

  • academic history
  • conduct history
  • attendance history

Each applicant's history and situation will be carefully evaluated on an individual basis. No student will be accepted until all documentation from his/her previous school is submitted to St. Mary's School and reviewed.

In order to process a student's application, the following must be provided:

  1. Completed Admission Application
  2. Copy of Baptismal Certificate
  3. Copy of Birth Certificate
  4. Copy of Social Security Card
  5. Copy of student's most recent Standardized Test Score, if applicable
  6. Copy of student's most recent and previous school year's progress report / report card
  7. Copy of student's Special Education file, if applicable
  8. Any other pertinent information

Failure to submit all of the necessary documentation slows the application process. Please submit all the necessary information when submitting the application. Failure to provide pertinent information may result in the student being denied admission.

Individual readiness screening for Kindergarten is required and administered by St. Mary's School staff.

After a student receives his/her Letter of Acceptance, the following items must be provided:

  1. Official transcript
  2. Tennessee Child Health Record - original green copy
  3. Non-refundable Registration Fee

Each year, St. Mary's provides scholarship funds for families who are in need of assistance and would not otherwise be able to send their children to our school. St. Mary's School employs FACTS to help assist in the management of our financial aid program.

FACTS, a Nelnet company, is located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is committed to making educational dreams possible through service and technology. FACTS serves more than three million students and families at over 11,500 schools, and manages $9 billion in tuition funds annually. FACTS offers a comprehensive suite of services including tuition management, a student information system, payment administration and processing, financial needs assessment, and online admisisons/enrollment solutions. In 2014, they purchased RenWeb and its suite of student administration solutions. After the acquisition, they integrated their team members and products into a single entity to better serve customers, and in 2018 they rebranded to do business as FACTS.

The Lifetime Support Program provides funds for tuition assistance. It offers an opportunity for members of the St. Mary's community to donate funds which directly pay tuition and fees for students with financial needs. This is an ongoing program and donations are gratefully accepted throughout the year. If you would like to make a donation, checks should be made payable to St. Mary's School and mailed to:


Becky Frye
St. Mary's School
2211 E. Lakeview Dr.
Johnson City, TN 37601


Please annotate on your check that the donation is for the Lifetime Support program.