Skip Navigation

Admissions & Financial Aid FAQs

Click on each question to expand.

 

Admissions FAQs

We invite you to complete your application online. Receipt of the application and fee opens a prospective student’s admission file. The $85 application fee must be paid online via credit card or ACH before the application may be submitted.

St. Luke’s Episcopal School is currently accepting applications for 2022-2023. The application deadline is February 11, 2022. After this date, applications will be considered on a rolling, space-available basis.

  • Students applying for PK3 must be three years old by August 1st of the enrolling year.
  • Students applying for PK4 must be four years old by August 1st of the enrolling year. 
  • Students applying for kindergarten must be five years old by August 1st of the enrolling year.

All Early Childhood students (PK3, PK4, K) are expected to be toilet-trained and capable of handling their own bathroom needs on the first day of school. Accordingly, there are no facilities for diaper changing.

Parents may request that their child’s application and application fee be deferred for up to one year. However, updated transcripts, teacher recommendations and testing will be required for future admission consideration.

Currently, student shadow visits are suspended, due to COVID-19. Campus tours are available most days and can be scheduled directly with Ms. Zandra Cook, Director of Enrollment Management & Marketing by calling 210.826.0664 or emailing zcook@sles-sa.org.  Additionally, families can meet with Ms. Cook via Zoom before or after submitting their application for admission to gain more information about St. Luke's. 

St. Luke’s welcomes families of all faiths and actively seeks out faculty and students of diverse backgrounds and traditions. In keeping with the inclusive spirit of Episcopal education, we encourage respect for others’ beliefs.

All St. Luke’s students attend daily chapel, which is our opportunity to open each school day as a unified community in prayer, song and reflection. Parents are always welcome to attend.

After-school care (ASC) is available every day that school is in session, with the exception of early dismissal days. PK3 & PK4 students may attend ASC from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and for all other grades 3:15 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on a monthly or drop-in basis for an additional fee. You may learn more about After School Care here.

The tuition at St. Luke’s includes:
 
* Educational materials & textbooks
* Art & elective materials
* Student school supplies for grades PK3-4th
* Daily lunch 
 

When two applicants are otherwise equal, St. Luke’s gives preference to candidates with siblings who are attending or have attended the school, are parishioners at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, or are children of our school alumni.

PLEASE NOTE: For admission purposes, alumnus status is defined as anyone who attended SLES for three years or more.

Fifth grade. St. Luke’s offers a no-cut policy in its athletic program.

Financial Aid FAQs

Financial aid is a need-based financial assistance program similar to those used by many independent schools, colleges, and universities. This program allows families to apply for assistance that will help them bridge the gap of affording St. Luke's Episcopal School.

No, all families at SLES are required to make a financial investment in their child's education. Our commitment to providing Financial Aid means that we are sharing in that investment with you.

Under our existing program, 22% of our current students are receiving financial assistance. Though award amounts vary, the average is 39% of the tuition cost.

Any parent (current or new) of a Kindergartner - 8th grader may apply for Financial Aid. Many factors are considered when determining the Financial Aid award, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family.

The school cannot estimate the Financial Aid award without the completion of a Financial Aid Application. Applications are submitted directly to FACTS, a third-party financial review agency. FACTS evaluates the application based on criteria set by the school and makes a recommendation to the school's Financial Aid Committee. The Committee notified an applying family about their Financial Aid award.

Unfortunately, the school is not able to meet the full demonstrated need of all deserving students. SLES works within its available resources to make the school accessible to as many families as possible.

The cost to apply for Financial Aid is $40 per family. This fee is paid directly to FACTS when the online application is submitted.

The deadline to submit the Financial Aid Application for returning SLES families is January 14, 2022. The deadline to apply for families new to St. Luke's is February 11, 2022. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on an as-available basis.

Parents/Guardians submit their financial information directly to FACTS via the FACTS Portal. Application for admission and for Financial Aid are two separate processes at St. Luke's. Admission to St. Luke's is need-blind and does not guarantee receipt of a Financial Aid award. FACTS will notify St. Luke's when your Financial Aid Application is submitted and complete.

  • Copies of your 2020 IRS Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ
  • Copies of all 2021 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements (if your 2021 W-2 is not yet available, you may instead include your year-to-date payroll stub totals)

There is no set income level to qualify for Financial Aid. Each family's situation is unique and will be carefully evaluated.

Yes, both parents (custodial and non-custodial) are required to complete the application process with FACTS for Financial Aid consideration.

St. Luke's expects both the custodial and non-custodial parent to participate in the support of their child attending St. Luke's. Both the custodial and non-custodial parent will be expected to provide their information on the Financial Aid Application.

For purposes of calculating Financial Aid, an income of $10,000 will be attributed to any non-working parent without a child under age five.

Yes. Financial Aid is awarded annually. A family's financial circumstances can fluctuate from year to year, as can the overall financial aid resources of the school. The Financial Aid Committee's decision to make an award one year does not set a binding precedent for Financial Aid awards in the future years.

Financial Aid awards are provided with a student's enrollment contract. In order for aid to be awarded, all financial obligations to SLES much be current. Access to Financial Aid applications is kept restricted and confidential. We ask that families receiving Financial Aid awards hold these details in strict confidence. Breach of confidentiality may result in forfeiture of a Financial Aid award.

Once an award has been made, any parents who feel that their circumstances are exceptional and warrant further consideration should submit a written appeal to the Financial Aid Committee. 

Yes, a family that does not qualify this year is welcome to reapply the following year.

 

Should you have additional questions, please contact the St. Luke’s Office of Admissions at 210.826.0664 or admissions@sles-sa.org.

Accreditation & Memberships

Non-Discriminatory Policy

St. Luke's Episcopal School admits qualified students of any race, national and ethnic origin to all 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 the administration of educational policies, admission policies or financial aid programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.