Admissions & Tuition

Admissions Process

The admissions process commences with the scheduling of school tours and the distribution of information and application packets.

Admissions processing for the next school year begins after return from Christmas break in the beginning of January. The school office will accept applications prior to that, but applications will not be processed before the first business day of January.

Please call us at 619-223-8271 or email with questions about the application process.

Completed application consists of:

  • Application form & fees
  • Birth & baptismal certificates
  • Immunization records
  • Report cards and standardized test scores for current and previous year
  • Tour and parent/student interview with principal
  • Any additional documentation relevant to child’s educational needs (i.e. IEP/504)

St. Charles Borromeo Academy offers tuition discounts for those families who are registered and contributing members of St. Charles Borromeo, St. Agnes, Sacred Heart (Ocean Beach) and other Catholic parishes. More information and the Tuition Discount Application can be found here.


To be eligible for admission:
A Transitional Kindergarten applicant must be four by September 1.
A Kindergarten applicant must be five by September 1.
First grade applicants must be six by September 1.


All new students are admitted on a probationary status for the first two quarters.

The Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Diego, mindful of their mission to be witnesses to the love of Christ for all, admit students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. The Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Diego do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex or disability in the administration of educational policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Likewise, the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Diego do not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color and national and/or ethnic origin. (California Catholic conference, March 1994; revised January 1997).

Tuition and Fees 2022-2023

Yearly Tuition Rates (effective 2022-23 school year)

Catholic Rate $6,350

Non-Catholic Rate $7,830

Tuition Discounts

(financial assistance awards will be applied on top of any qualifying discounts)

Catholic (2 students) – Annual Tuition: $12,400 ($300 Discount)
Catholic (3 students) – Annual Tuition: $17,450 ($1,600 Discount)
Catholic (4 students) – Annual Tuition: $23,200 ($2,200 Discount)

DISCOUNT ELIGIBILITY – Proof of discount eligibility must be submitted as part of the registration process. Discounts will only be offered to eligible families. Families needing additional financial assistance are encouraged to apply for Tuition Assistance.

To qualify for Catholic status, you are required to provide a letter of good standing from your parish, confirming you have been a registered parishioner as of August 1, 2021 and gave a suggested donation of $500.

Other Fees

Application Fee

The application fee is $75 for each student entering Academy. This fee is non-refundable.

Registration Fee

Registration for students entering the Academy will be $295, due and payable at the time of registration and is non-refundable.


Paid through FACTS by 9/17/21: $265 per family (includes PTG dues and two prepaid tickets to the Spring Auction & Dinner). This fee is non-refundable.

Volunteer Time

In addition to the above listed tuition and fees, each family is expected to perform service hours to help the school and to assist in a fundraising program for the benefit of the school. Two-parent families are required to perform twenty (20) service hours and single parent & military families are required to perform ten (10) service hours. Service hours may be earned in the following ways: School Board officers, PTG board members and officers, athletic coaches, field trip supervisors, involvement in fundraisers, traffic supervisors, and yard duty aides. Other option for earning service hours may vary based on special skills that parents may offer the school. All parents must complete service hours in order to register for the next school year.

In the event that a student is withdrawn before the end of the school year, for any reason, other than a military transfer out of San Diego, tuition refunds will be calculated as follows: 75% refunded for withdrawal any time during the first quarter, 50% refunded for withdrawal any time during the second quarter, 25% refunded for withdrawal any time during the third quarter. No refund will be given for withdrawal any time during the fourth quarter; the full year of tuition must be paid. 

Registration Fees are not refundable at any time.