SS. COLMAN - JOHN NEUMANN SCHOOL
Saints Colman—John Neumann School
The history of Ss. Colman—John Neumann School reaches back into two earlier histories which it shares.
The starting point is St. Colman Parish which was founded in Ardmore in 1907. The parish opened its school staffed by the Sisters of Saint Joseph from Chestnut Hill eight years later. Blessed John Neumann Parish was founded forty-nine years later in 1964 in Bryn Mawr. The Sisters of Saint Francis from Glen Riddle staffed the school which opened in 1967.
The hopes, dreams and qualities of both schools prospered and flourished for a time. As pupil enrollment dwindled in both schools, definitive plans were made to merge the two schools from the Fall of 1975 to the Spring of 1976.
The unique history of the consolidated school, Saint Colman Blessed John Neumann began in the fall of 1976. The staff composed of Sisters of St. Francis, Sisters of St. Joseph and lay faculty endeavored in conjunction with parents and students to capture the charisma of each separate school and use them to ignite a new flame which would give light to many.
The school was renamed Saints Colman-John Neumann in 1977 at the time of the canonization of St. John Neumann. Since the time of the merger the school has expanded to include a parish center and computerized library.
Today the school is staffed by laity. The enrollment is consistent at 250 students, with a staff of twenty-one professionals.
Admissions and Withdrawals
In order to be admitted to Ss. Colman-John Neumann School, families must reside within the territorial limits of St. Colman Parish, Ardmore or St. John Neumann Parish in Bryn Mawr. Exceptions to this rule will be made by the pastors.
Children must have been immunized against the following;
· Diphtheria and Tetanus
· Measles, Mumps and Rubella
· Hepatitis B
A baptismal certificate and a birth certificate must be presented.
Children entering Kindergarten must be five (5) years of age on or before September 30 of the current school year.
Those entering Grade 1 must be six (6) years of age before September 30 of that current school year.
Transfer students must supply satisfactory evidence of prior grade work by bringing a transfer slip, current report card, immunization record card, and any certificates required by State Law or accepting school. When a student withdraws from school, his/her parent or guardian should notify the school office regarding the transfer. He/she may write a note or telephone the school office, giving the new school and the expected transfer date. The student will be given the transfer slip on his/her last day. School records will be forwarded to the child’s new school upon request from that school.
If a student transfers to an area public school and would like to return to Ss. Colman-John Neumann, that student must wait until the following academic year.
Registrations for enrollment for each school year will be considered in the following order:
1. Parish families already enrolled;
2. Parish families not yet enrolled;
3. Families outside the parish who are already enrolled;
4. Families outside the parish.
After this order, the waiting list order would be controlled by the date of registration, beginning with the earliest registration date and ending with the latest.
Registration of new students from families outside the parish will be taken after March 15, giving parish families ample time to register their children for the coming year.
Since the parish subsidizes the Catholic education of its children in Ss. Colman/John Neumann School, there are some conditions that must be met for a family to receive the Parishioner tuition-rate:
· Each family must be attending Mass regularly and be a contributing member of either St. Colman or St. John Neumann parish;
· Tuition payments must be up to date in order to be considered for registration in the following year.
No child is ever refused admittance because of financial difficulties.
Home and School Association
The goals of Ss. Colman - John Neumann Home and School Association are:
1. To advance Catholic education and the welfare of all school children of the parishes;
2. To act as an advocate in promotion of parent-teacher activities and to increase, on the part of its members, interest in education and civic affairs related to our Catholic community;
3. To provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to work together for the good of the children.
Supermarket Certificate Program
This certificate program, conducted by the Ss. Colman-John Neumann Home and School Association, raises money by selling script and vouchers at school and after Mass on Sunday. The certificates are used to purchase groceries and hardware at local markets and Home Depot. The school receives 5% of the total purchased. This simple program is an easy way for all parishioners to provide financial support to the school.
PREP (Parish Religious Education Program)
The primary purpose of our PREP program is to assist parents in sharing the faith with their children. Parents whose children do not attend Catholic schools are strongly encouraged to enroll their children in the PREP program. Instructions are necessary for public school children to receive the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation.
Elementary Program (Grades 1-6)
PREP classes are held on Tuesdays in the Parish Center from 4:15 to 5:15 PM.
Middle School and High School Programs (Grades 7-10)
For information regarding enrollment, schedule, etc., or if you are interested in volunteering as a teacher or aide, contact the Rectory at 610-525-3100.
Pre-School Program — Children’s Church School
Catechetical instructions are provided for children of pre-school age on Sundays during the 10:30 AM Mass, September through May, in the school. Registration information is provided in the Sunday bulletin in early September.