3950 Lourdes Drive
Decatur, Illinois 62526

(217) 877-4408
3950 Lourdes Drive | Decatur, IL 62526 | (217) 877-4408
3950 Lourdes Drive | Decatur, Illinois 62526
(217) 877-4408
3950 Lourdes Drive | Decatur, IL 62526
 (217) 877-4408

Admissions and Tuition



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

Admissions Policy


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 -

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)