Prospective Family FAQs

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Are you a private school?

No. We are a parochial school.  While this seems like a technicality, we are more than a non-public school.  St. Mary’s Catholic School is owned and operated by a parish – in this case St. Mary’s Catholic Parish. Some schools may be operated by a religious order like the Jesuits or secular organization and therefore are called private schools.  In a practical sense, St. Mary’s receives support and subsidy from the parish and shares many of the facilities with the parish’s ministries.

How much does St. Mary’s Cost?

The 2016-2017 tuition for members of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish is $5,450 per student with a discount for multiple children. Similar rates and sibling discounts apply to Non-Parishioners or Non-Catholics.  For more information about tuition rates and discounts, please read Prospective Family Information. There is an Application Fee of $25 and a Registration Fee of $375 due at the time of admission.  The Registration fee includes books and supplies.  There is Family Building Fee of $150. The tuition of families entering during the school year is pro-rated as determined by the principal and pastor.

What are the tuition payment options?

Families have the choice between a lump sum payment or financing their tuition through FACTS.  FACTS allows families to make monthly payments for a small fee.  

Does the school provide scholarships or financial aid?

St. Mary’s Catholic School offers scholarships and financial aid to families in need.  More information can be obtained by contacting the school office or reading Scholarships & Tuition Assistance. Applications can only be accepted AFTER a student has been accepted to St. Mary’s Catholic School.

Do St. Mary’s students wear uniforms?

Yes. Students at St. Mary’s Catholic School wear official school uniforms from Parker Uniform. The St. Mary’s Home & School Association (HASA) holds a Used Uniform sale annually in August, prior to school starting. Our Preschool students do not wear uniforms.

Do St. Mary’s Students attend Mass?

Every student at St. Mary’s School attends the Wednesday children’s mass. Anyone is invited to attend.

Do we have to be Catholic to attend St. Mary’s?

No. We encourage any interested families to apply to our school.  The school does not proselytize or try to convert non-Catholic children. If you would like to speak with current, non-Catholic families, please contact the school office for references.  

How large are the class sizes at St. Mary’s?

Our largest class size for 2014-2015 was 20 students.  The average class size is 15 students.  In some cases, an aide may be assigned to a classroom.

How many field trips do students take a year?

St. Mary’s is dedicated to the premise of hands-on-learning. Students in each grade level can expect to attend at least two field trips a year. Additionally, students in 5th & 8th grade attend retreats or overnight camps.

Is preference given to sibling and parishioner children?

Our Admission Priority is as follows:

  1. Currently enrolled students
  2. Siblings of currently enrolled students.
  3. Members in good standing of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish.
  4. Catholics who are not members of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish.
  5. Non-Catholics.
  6. Late applicants

How does the school determine the parishioner status of a Catholic family?

One of the questions on the student application asks the name of the parish/church in which the family is registered. For families listing St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, the school confirms with the parish office.  A specified amount of tithing is required to qualify for the parishioner discount.  

How would you describe the faculty at St. Mary’s?

The St. Mary’s faculty is comprised of all certified teachers. They bring years of wisdom and experience into the classroom every day. Our longest tenured teacher has over 30 years.

Does St. Mary’s have a before and after school program for my child/children?

Yes. St. Mary’s offers an on-site before and after school program from 7:30 am – 7:50 am and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm on school days. Only students enrolled at St. Mary’s Catholic School are eligible for this program.

Where do graduates of St. Mary’s School attend to high school?

St. Mary’s eighth grade students have a reputation for being well prepared for their secondary education. Graduating students have attended John Paul II High School in Plano, Sacred Heart Catholic School in Muenster, Ursaline Academy in Dallas, Sherman High School, Tom Bean High School and many other local public high schools..

 What curriculum do you follow?

The school curriculum standards were adopted from the Diocese of Hartford, Connecticut, which are based on national standards. Adjustments were made by the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) of the Diocese of Dallas to incorporate specific curriculum standards for Texas (i.e. Texas History). Anyone may view this curriculum in its entirety by visiting the the CSO website at Catholic Schools Diocese of Dallas or by viewing their curriculum link. Basics to the curriculum include the following:

            Religion, Language Arts (reading, English, spelling, writing and library), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Literacy, Spanish (grades K-5), Music (grades K-5), Electives (grades 6-8), Physical Education (grades K-8)

What time does school start and end?  

School begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:35 pm.

What accreditation does St. Mary’s have?  

We are accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department under the auspices of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools and the Texas Education Agency.

What kind of religious instruction will my child receive?

While all religion classes are taught by Catholic teachers, every teacher and staff member of St. Mary’s aims to form the student with insights into the life of Jesus Christ. All our religious textbooks are approved by the Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Catechism.

Does the school offer sports?

Yes.  The school has an extensive archery program under the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP).  We have qualified for nationals in Kentucky for many years since the inception of our program.. The school offers girls volleyball, boys basketball and girls basketball under the Dallas Parochial League. Through this same league, one can compete in individual competitions (i.e.tennis, swimming, track).

What are the age requirements for attending school?   

PK:  3 years old on or before September 1.

Kindergarten:  5 years old on or before September 1

Grade 1-8:  Successful completion of previous grade

What supplies do I need to buy for my child? What does th school provide?

St. Mary’s provides school supplies.  We build this expense within the registration fee. Items like backpacks or lunch boxes are the responsibility of the parent. Sometimes we run out of supplies (i.e. tissue boxes) and ask parents to bring some to school.