General Admissions Policy
Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School operates under the auspices of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita. Pursuant to the stewardship-based model of Catholic education as adopted by the Diocese of Wichita, Kapaun Mt. Carmel offers admission to any diocesan Catholic high school student who is:
- an active member of his or her parish;
- committed to the stewardship spirituality adopted by his or her parish; and
- sponsored by his or her pastor to be a student at KMC.
Catholic students who do not meet any one of the three preceding criteria may be admitted as a student in KMC in the discretion of the KMC Administration and the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Wichita.
High school students from other faith traditions may also be admitted to Kapaun Mt. Carmel in the discretion of the KMC Administration, provided all Catholic students who meet the three criteria above have been served.
Students who are promoted to Kapaun Mt. Carmel from a parish-based school within the Wichita diocese will receive their admissions and enrollment information and documentation from their school during their 8th grade year. Other students who desire admission into Kapaun Mt. Carmel may call the school to receive admissions application documentation and other important information concerning admissions and enrollment. All students must submit to Kapaun Mt. Carmel an official transcript from their immediately prior school to show their qualification for enrollment in the grade level into which they seek admission.
Admissions Process for Non-Feeder School and Transfer Applicants
Students who are not currently enrolled in a diocesan parish grade school, attend another high school or are new to the diocese are considered transfer students. We consider transfer students for admission on a case-by-case basis. Our Admissions Committee meets on a regular basis to review applications.
To be considered for admission to KMC, please submit the following items in a single envelope and mail/deliver to Veronica Hill. Applicants will not be considered until all items are submitted.
- Completed Application Form
- $150 Application Fee (checks made payable to Kapaun Mt. Carmel)
- Completed Student Survey
- Most Recent Transcript
- Current Schedule of Courses and Grades
After we receive these items, we will contact you to schedule an interview. Your student will complete an introductory interview with an administrator and counselor.
Following your interview, our Admissions Committee will review your application to finalize a decision. Acceptance can be issued contingent upon health updates, immunizations and completion of any other mandates (final semester grades, probationary status acceptance, behavioral contract) if needed.
If a shadow day would be helpful in your decision-making process, your student may spend a half or full day with a current KMC student. Your shadow day can be for the entire length of our school day (7:50 am - 3:00 pm), or for a half day, to be released around lunchtime. We will set up shadow visits on most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, beginning September 15, through May 10. Due to schedule disruptions, programs or other interruptions to a normal school day, we will reserve some days as non-shadow days.
When you arrive for your shadow visit, we will introduce you to an ambassador student, who will be your host for your shadow day. You will not be allowed to participate in P.E., but you will be an active participant in other classes. You will be able to enjoy lunch with our students in our fantastic cafeteria. The cost of your lunch will be about $5.00, and you will be able to pay at the register in the lunch line.
Thank you for considering Kapaun Mt. Carmel for your education in the United States!
As a diocesan Catholic high school, our primary concern is our local students. However, each year we typically welcome 10 international students to KMC and our school is greatly enriched by their presence.
It is important to note that two criteria must be met by international students for consideration. First, students must be Catholic. KMC is a Catholic school first and foremost. International students who have no introduction to the Catholic faith struggle with our religious nature and requirements. Secondly, KMC does not have an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program. Therefore, students must have very high scores on English proficiency exams and must be able to understand, speak, read, and write English very well. KMC does not have the capability to teach ESL. Some indication that a student is Catholic and that a student is proficient in English is required.
KMC does not have a dormitory, nor do we offer placement services for international students. We prefer to work with agencies and require that the agency have local representation. The agency is responsible for homestay vetting and selection as well as any compensation to the host family.
KMC operates on a semester system, with two semesters per school year. The first semester begins in August. We only accept international students for an August start date. We do not accept international students for a January start date.
Tuition for all international students is US $9,600, plus book and technology fees of US $650, plus application and registration fee of US $150. All of these costs are annual costs. We do not offer financial aid or scholarships of any kind.
To be considered for admission and for KMC to issue an I-20 visa request, the following items are required:
- Student's transcript from their current school
- English proficiency test results
- Color copy of student’s passport
- Date of birth
- Home address in home country
- Address where they will be staying in Wichita, Kansas, while attending KMC
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year in the fall of 2019.