Non-Discrimination Policy

Bridgeport Catholic Academy has a non-discriminatory policy in accordance with the Archdiocese of Chicago.  This policy is:

  • Every Catholic child, whether his parents are Catholic or not, has the right to attend his/her parish school;
  • Neither race, sex, creed, ethnic or national origin may prevent a child from being admitted to Bridgeport Catholic Academy;
  • As a general policy, any child admitted in September shall be allowed to complete the school year.

Order of Admission

Admission of students to any site of the Bridgeport Catholic Academy shall be accepted in accordance with the following guidelines in the order of priority as listed:

  1. Students currently enrolled at Bridgeport Catholic Academy
  2. Brothers and sisters of currently-enrolled students
  3. Children of parishioners seeking enrollment for the first time or now reaching school age
  4. Applicants whose residence is in the Bridgeport Community: a.) Catholic; b.) Non-Catholic
  5. Transfer students from other Catholic schools: a.) From schools that are merging or consolidating; b.) From schools not offering full programs or from parishes with no schools
  6. Applicants whose residence is outside the Bridgeport community, only if and where space is available and as follows: a.) Catholic – with approval of Pastor and Principal in the home Parish; b.) Non-Catholic.

Age of Admission

A child entering Bridgeport Catholic Academy must be in compliance with the requirements of the State of Illinois regarding admission.

  • Pre-Kindergarten 3: Child must be three years old by September 1st
  • Pre-Kindergarten 4: Child must be four years old by September 1st
  • Kindergarten: Child must be five years old by September 1st

Admission of New Students

For the admission of a Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, or First Grade student, parents shall present:

  • An official copy of the child’s birth certificate
  • The baptismal record (if applicable)
  • A record of compliance with the local and State of Illinois health requirements.

Admission of Transfer Students

For the admission of transfer students, parents shall present the proper transfer or some appropriate notification from the school previously attended. Upon written request from BCA, all records from the former school, including health records, shall be transferred.

All transfer students will be subject to an evaluation and conference at the end of the first semester. Bridgeport Catholic Academy reserves the right to recommend alternative placement if the student is unable to comply with BCA’s academic standards and expectations or conform to BCA’s rules and regulations.

Examination of Past Records

Registration will not be finalized until previous academic records are furnished by the parent or the transferring school, and examined by Bridgeport Catholic Academy school officials to insure proper placement.

Definition of Parishioner

Bridgeport Catholic Academy is the parish school for the following parishes:

  • All Saints/Saint Anthony
  • Nativity of Our Lord

Active parishioners are entitled to the parishioner rate provided that they:

  • Meet criteria of local parish, approved by Bridgeport Catholic Academy Pastors
  • Attend Mass regularly as a family
  • Participate in parish life