Admissions FAQ

How do I start the admissions process?

To start the admissions process, contact the admissions office at (716) 372-8122 and request a Tour.  Plan to schedule a physical or virtual visit to the school, which typically involves a tour and an interview. 


When is the deadline to enroll?

There is not a deadline, as Walsh/STCS uses rolling admissions.  Enrollment can occur at any time throughout the school year once a student has gone through the admissions process.


What if I can’t afford Walsh/STCS?

65% of our families receive financial aid.  We are so passionate about our ability to provide a superior education environment, that if you desire a Walsh/STCS education for your child(ren), our team will find a way to make Walsh/STCS possible given your financial situation.    


How do I apply for financial aid?

For families interested in applying for financial aid, go to the Smart Aid website ( and register as a new user.  For the Southern Tier Catholic School the Smart Aid school code is 10963 and the Archbishop Walsh Academy code is 10924.


How old does my child have to be for Montessori?

Montessori is for children 3-5 years old, and they may enter Montessori as soon as they are 3 years old.  Students can enter Kindergarten if they will turn 5 by December 1 of that school year, or they can continue in Montessori for that year.


Do you have an anti-bullying policy?

Absolutely. At Walsh/STCS, we provide a safe environment where all members of our community show respect and kindness to one another and protect and honor each other’s rights, dignity, and individual differences. The Walsh/STCS Student handbook contains sections on Student Behavior, including bullying, and the faculty is trained in helping students so they understand their role in issues/disputes and constructive issue resolutions.


Does Walsh/STCS offer admissions and financial aid to non-NY state residents?

Yes, Walsh/STCS allows for non-NY state residents to be admitted into the school and to receive financial aid.  If you are a Catholic family, you will want to contact your local diocese or parish to see if they offer subsidies for families seeking a private Catholic education.


Do I or my child(ren) have to be Catholic to attend Walsh/STCS?

No. All students and families and all faith backgrounds should apply.

Walsh/STCS is an inclusive and diverse environment and focuses on a values-based education.  We invite and celebrate diversity.


Does Walsh/STCS accept transfer students?

Yes.  Before a student can transfer, they must complete the admissions process and be accepted for admission.


Does Walsh/STCS have a dress code?

Yes.  Walsh/STCS requires uniforms for grades K – 12.  Uniforms are available through Flynn & O’Hara and our onsite Uniform Room.


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