UPDATE as of 3/18/2023: STA has begun contacting applicant families via email and telephone, to share a status. This phase of our admission process is fluid, as we offer admission and must await completion of enrollment. Please be patient and continue to watch your emails as you await notification of your child’s admission status. It may be late-March/early-April before we have secured all spots on our rosters.


Click here to submit an APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION ($25 application fee). This step must be completed for your child to be considered for admission at St. Therese Academy.



K-8 Admissions Contact:              Preschool Admissions Contact:

Mrs. Darci Gorney                                   Mrs. Melba Jimenez

619-583-6270                                           619-583-1493

dgorney@sta-sd.org                               mjimenez@sta-sd.org


2023-2024  Preschool-8th Grade New Applicant Admission Process

  • We will begin accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year on October 1, 2022.  Please complete an ONLINE APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION for each child. There is a $25.00 application fee per child. This step must be completed for your child to be considered for admission to STA. We will begin contacting applicants regarding admission in late February 2023.

  • To attend kindergarten at St. Therese Academy, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1st.

  • Mrs. Gorney (dgorney@sta-sd.org) is available to conduct a K-8 school tour and/or answer questions via email/telephone. A K-8 school tour takes approximately one hour. Tour times are either from 8:45-9:45 a.m. or from 1:15-2:15 p.m. If you wish to schedule a tour, please send Mrs. Gorney an email, and share 2-3 possible dates/times. She will try to accommodate your schedule.

  • Mrs. Jimenez (mjimenez@sta-sd.org) is available to conduct a preschool tour and/or answer preschool questions via email/telephone. 

  • Please continue to check this page for updates regarding admissions. 


St. Therese Academy Preschool: 

  • We accept children ages 3-5 years old. Children must be 3 years old on or before September 1st, and must be fully potty-trained.

  • Our PK1 program is for children ages 3-4, and our PK2 program is for children ages 4-5.

  • Contact our Preschool Director, Mrs. Melba Jimenez at mjimenez@sta-sd.org, with your preschool program questions and/or to schedule a tour of our preschool

  • Visit our preschool web page for more information: St. Therese Academy – Preschool

  • Visit our preschool RESOURCES page for program details:  St. Therese Academy – Preschool Resources (sta-sd.org)


2023-2024  Current STA Family Re-Registration Process

Re-registration for our current STA families will take place February 6-17, 2023. Parents will receive an email with the steps to complete re-registration. Please contact Mrs. Gorney if you have questions dgorney@sta-sd.org


2022-2023 Applicants

  • We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Please email Mrs. Gorney to discuss your interest in joining our school at dgorney@sta-sd.org. The following Catholic schools are in close proximity and may have openings:  Our Lady of Grace, St. John of the Cross, St. Martin of Tours, Santa Sophia Academy, Holy Trinity, St. Kieran.

  • Prior 2022-2023 applicants will remain on our INTEREST list for the entire 2022-2023 school year. We will refer to this list if an opening comes available throughout the 2022-2023 school year.




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.