Come and Visit

Prospective students may make an appointment to spend a day at Our Lady of Lourdes School. They will attend classes with an assigned student ambassador. This program provides an opportunity for each prospective student to meet teachers, and spend an entire day with students at the school. These shadowing experiences may be arranged by contacting Principal.

Parents are also invited to schedule a tour during the school day. These tours provide parents an opportunity to experience the unique family atmosphere of Our Lady of Lourdes School. Parents will have an opportunity to meet students and speak to members of the staff. These tours are conducted from September to May. Tours may also be arranged by emailing our Principal or calling 217-877-4408.

Admissions & Tuition

If there are questions regarding enrollment instructions or tuition amounts/payments please contact Joe Snow, business administrator at, 217-877-4404.

Admissions Policy

Non-Discrimination

Our Lady of Lourdes School admits students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

Admission Priorities

Students will be admitted to Our Lady of Lourdes School according to the following priorities. (An active parish family is one that is registered in the parish and regularly participates in the life and faith community of the parish/school. Regular attendance at weekend mass is essential in order to maintain active parishioner status.)

  1. Siblings of children of already enrolled in Our Lady of Lourdes School.
  2. Children of active Our Lady of Lourdes Parish families.
  3. Children of Catholic families who are registered in another parish. Catholic families who are registered in another parish must obtain approval of the pastors involved.
  4. Children of non-Catholic or inactive families.

Grade Size

Kindergarten through eighth grade may be limited to 30 students per grade. When a grade reaches the maximum enrollment, a waiting list will be established. Students on the waiting list may be offered enrollment according to the admissions priorities (stated above) as openings occur.

Transfer Students

The principal will review the suitability and records of all transfer students to determine whether a student should be admitted to the school. All transfer students are admitted conditionally on a three-month probationary period. The principal in consultation with necessary school personnel will determine enrollment beyond the probationary period. Our Lady of Lourdes School does not accept transfer students in the fourth quarter of a school year.

Religious Considerations

While a student or his parents need not be Catholic to attend Our Lady of Lourdes Schoolstudents will be admitted to Our Lady of Lourdes School only if their parents understand and subscribe to the concept that religious formation is one of the primary purposes of Catholic education. (Diocesan policy, 4313, #1)

Our Lady of Lourdes will not accept students whose parent(s) or guardian seek(s) to have them admitted not for the purpose of religious formation but merely to avoid racial integration. (Diocesan policy, number 4313, Number 6) - 4 -

Religious Considerations

While a student or his parents need not be Catholic to attend Our Lady of Lourdes Schoolstudents will be admitted to Our Lady of Lourdes School only if their parents understand and subscribe to the concept that religious formation is one of the primary purposes of Catholic education. (Diocesan policy, 4313, #1)

Our Lady of Lourdes will not accept students whose parent(s) or guardian seek(s) to have them admitted not for the purpose of religious formation but merely to avoid racial integration. (Diocesan policy, number 4313, Number 6) - 4 -

Age of Admission

Our Lady of Lourdes's School follows state and local public school requirements for the requisite age of children to be admitted into the school. (Diocesan policy, 4314) Children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1. Those entering first grade must be six on or before the same date. The child's birth certificate and social security number is required to be presented at registration. A certificate of baptism will also be required for any Catholic children who were not baptized at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Exceptions to Age of Admission

Students not meeting the age requirement to enter kindergarten or first grade may only be admitted if, at the discretion of the principal, the student possesses the requisite maturity. Likewise, with the consent of the pastor, the principal is authorized to exclude from admission to kindergarten or first grade students who, on the basis of testing conducted by the school, are definitely unprepared for regular classroom work and behavior expectations. (Diocesan Policy, 4315)

Extended Care

Before School Care

Hours: 6:45 am - 7:50 am

  • Daily Rates: $2.00 per child (6:45 am - 7:50 am), $1.00 per child (7:30 am - 7:50 am)
  • Payment: Payments are to be made Monthly, an invoice will be mailed. Please send payments to the church or school offices. Children may not be admitted to the Before Care Program if payments are not received and kept current.

After School Care

Hours: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm on regular dismissal days.
(The program is also offered from the time of dismissal on most early school dismissal days throughout the school year.)

  • Daily Rates
    3:00 - 4:15 pm: $3.00 per child, $5.00/2 children, $7.00/3children, $10/4 children
    3:00 - 5:30 pm: $6.00 per child, $8.00/2 children, $10.00/3children, $12/4 children
  • Close Time: The After Care Program closes at 5:30 pm. There will be a $1.00 per minute late charge for every minute after 5:30 pm. Time is kept according to the sign-out clock in After Care. This late fee is due the next day.

Payment: Payments are to be made Monthly, an invoice will be mailed. Please send payments to the church or school offices. Children may not be admitted to the After Care Program if payments are not received and kept current.

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