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WHO MAY APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO ST. CHARLES'S SCHOOL?

St. Charles's School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color and nationality and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at this school. St. Charles's School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and nationality and/or ethnic origin, age, sex, or disability in the administration of educational policies, admission, scholarships and loan programs, athletic and other school administered programs. Likewise, St. Charles's School does not unlawfully discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color and nationality and/or ethnic origin.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR ACCEPTANCE?

Applications must have: 1) a birth certificate 2) be accompanied by the last report card. If there is space available in a desired grade, then the application is reviewed. A readiness test is required of all students under consideration for acceptance. Completed health requirements must be verified by physician and form submitted before child can begin class.

WHAT KIND OF TESTING DO THE CHILDREN RECEIVE?

The children are tested by the classroom teacher, who is seeking to determine the readiness of the youngster to enter a given grade. This brief testing, along with review of the last report card, assist St. Charles's in screening for special needs. If special needs do seem present, the school must then evaluate if these needs can be effectively addressed at St. Charles's School.

Kindergarten and first grade testing are based on a developmental approach. A test is administered by the kindergarten teacher. The children's maturity and readiness to learn reading skills are evaluated.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER FEES?

  • Yes, Graduation fee is $90.00, non-refundable.
  • Yes, Yearbook fee is $35.00, non-refundable.
  • Yes, Placement testing fee is $15.00, non-refundable.

If, the student is accepted a non-refundable fee of $375.00 per student is required upon registration.

HOW MUCH IS TUITION AND HOW IS TUITION PAID?

The tuition for the academic year, 2014-2015, is $6,100.00.

The tuition for the year is divided into ten installments due by the 1st of each month–beginning with August and ending with May.

IS TUITION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?

Yes, an application form must be completed and submitted to the principal.

DO THE STUDENTS RECEIVE RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION?

Yes, every grade level receives daily religious instruction. St. Charles's School uses and integrated approach to religious instruction. In addition to the set time for religion, Catholic values and faith instruction permeates all other academic courses. Catholic community is lived at St. Charles's School. Students are encouraged to actively live the Gospel message discussed in the classroom.

Students pray and worship together on a daily basis. Children in second grade are prepared for First Eucharist. Students in second throught fourth grades prepare for Reconciliation. The eighth graders prepare and receive the Sacramment of Confirmation.All religion teachers are required to be certified for religious instruction by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

DO THE CHILDREN WEAR UNIFORMS?

Yes. Students are required to purchase a full uniform. Uniform information may be obtained at approved vendor stores.

WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL HOURS?

Grades K – 8 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Wednesday 8:00 AM– 2:15 PM)

IS THERE CAFETERIA SERVICE?

Students may purchase snacks or hot lunches daily.