Guiding principles, per Archdiocesan policies #7000 and 9210:  The student is a reflection of God’s love …the child is made in the image of God.  Every measure must be taken to respect and nurture the dignity and potential of each child and young adult in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.  St. Matthew Catholic School is committed to meeting the needs of all students.  There are some conditions, however, for which the school cannot provide the necessary resources.


Students are expected to treat one another and all those with whom they come in contact in a manner consistent with the teachings of our faith. Any measures taken by adults in a school community to ensure this student behavior must be done so in the loving spirit and model of Jesus.


SMCS admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin and gender.  St. Matthew Catholic School is operated by and for the benefit of registered St. Matthew parishioners. St. Matthew Catholic School is supported by the parish. All parishioners are expected to support the parish through total stewardship by giving of their time, talent and treasure. Parish families have priority for available placement in school. Catholic families who are not parishioners will be given priority over non-Catholics.


The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas welcome students of every race and admit them to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students in these schools. The school principal is responsible for implementing the policy and using curriculum that promotes respect and harmony. The procedures should prohibit discrimination and disrespectful behavior based on prejudice (e.g. toward any race, gender, age, color, or national origin) among students, faculty, staff and volunteers in school and in school-sponsored activities.

Acceptance requirements include:


  • Parish membership and current stewardship commitment cards (time/talent & treasure). (St. Matthew parishioners only.)

  • If the family are members at another parish, communication with the St. Matthew Pastor that we have permission to admit their student(s).

  • Completed application for admission

  • New Family questionnaire

  • Copy of child’s birth certificate

  • Copy of baptismal certificate for student and Catholic parent(s)

  • Adoption or custody verification (if applicable)

  • Health Assessment

  • Immunization record/permission to access records from the Kansas Immunization Database

  • Completed Records Request form; we will submit this to the previously attended school.

  • Agreement to school code of conduct (signified by signing and returning the last page of this handbook)