St Vincent’s Castleknock College has an open admissions policy which appears on the policies section of this website. An application form is available on this website and can be submitted by post. Since 2012 St Vincent’s Castleknock College has had a scholarship scheme for those who would not be able to afford the fees, and an application form for this scheme is available on the website. Please note that it is not possible to apply for a regular place and a scholarship place for the same student as applying for the former implies one can afford the fees and applying for the latter implies one cannot.
The normal entrance age for 1st year at St Vincent’s Castleknock College is 12 to 13 years. Applications are accepted for prospective students from birth, however sending in an application form does not guarantee a place at the college. An open evening for prospective students and their parents is held in the college each year and this normally takes place in the spring. It is aimed at students in 5th class and their parents but other families are welcome.
In the year before a student’s intended entry each applicant, together with his parents, is invited to meet with one of the following: the Headmaster, the Deputy Principal, the President of the College or a senior member of the college management team. The purpose of this meeting is to afford applicants and their parents an opportunity to discuss their choice of St Vincent’s Castleknock College on a one-to-one basis and get answers to any questions that they and their son may have.
Following the interview, places are offered to those who fulfil the conditions laid down in the admissions policy. A letter offering the place is sent out and a deposit is required to guarantee it. Because the college is an excellent one with high academic standards, highly-motivated teachers, smaller classes, a wide curriculum, a vast choice of sports and co-curricular activities, there may be more applicants than places. In that case students will be offered a place in accordance with the admissions policy. A waiting list may be compiled when all places have been filled.
Applicants who have accepted a place in the college are invited to attend an assessment test in the spring before their entry to first year. The purpose of this test, when taken in conjunction with an applicant’s school reports, is to assist the college in forming balanced, mixed-ability classes in the junior cycle and to flag any special needs which the college will prepare to meet.