Frequently Asked Questions
When is Mass celebrated?
Students (K-8) attend Mass on Wednesdays. Upper school students are matched with lower school prayer partners and host the Mass on a monthly basis.
Priests visit classrooms and teach religion classes in Grades 5, 6, 8.
Outreach or service projects are held throughout academic year.
How often do the students have extra subjects?
Music ~ Pre-K 3&4 (1X/week) Gr 5-8 (1 X/week)
Choir starts in Grade 3
Art ~ K-5 (1X/week) Fine Arts/Integration 6-7-8 (1X/week)
Computer/Library ~ small groups once/week, primary grades
Technology is integrated into subject areas
Pre K 4 1X Computer and Library
Gym ~ Pre-K 3&4 1X/week, K 2x/week; 1-4 2X/week; 5-8 3X/week (once single sex)
Spanish ~ Pre-K4 (1X/week), K 2X , 1-6 (2X/week) 7-8 (3X/week)
What extracurricular activities are available for the children?
Drama Club (6-8); Chess Club(1-5); Yearbook(7-8); Newspaper (6-8), Mercy Leadership Team (7-8); Art Enrichment( 2-5) ; Altar Servers (5-8); Band (4-8); Choir (3-8); TV Broadcasting (7-8); Patrols(7); Student Council (5-8), Robotics (2-5)
How many children are in the school?
How large are the classes?
Reading and Math classes meet in small groups every day (average 6-11 students in K-3; 12-14 students in 4-8). Best of both worlds to have small groups for academic instruction but a larger group for social interaction. Grouping allows for differentiated instruction and individual attention.
How long have the teachers been at this school?
Over half the faculty has been here for more than 15 years
Do any of the teachers have advanced degrees?
About 75% of our faculty hold a master’s degree
How long is the school day?
7:50 – 3:00 Doors open at 7:30 am. After care is available until 6:00 pm. (Students depart from the Kennedy Room at 7:45am)
What are the Pre-K hours?
Pre-K 4 hours are from 8:15 – 2:45
There is also a half day option from 8:15 – 12:00
Pre- K 3 8:15-12:00; full day w permission
How many recesses do students have?
K-5 has 2 15 minute recess periods; 6-7-8 15 minute break in am, 20 minute recess at lunchtime; the PE teacher runs an Intramural sports program for grades 5-8 during lunch recess
What CYO sports does the parish sponsor?
Soccer, basketball, t-ball, softball, baseball, track and field. Although they are not CYO, football and lacrosse teams are also available in the local area.
How much exposure do the children have to computers and how many are in the school?
Technology is integrated into all subject areas (power point presentations for language arts reports, video book reports, etc.) The school has wireless internet. We recently purchased over 132 Chromebooks providing an interactive learning environment: each 6th, 7th and 8th grader has one for their individual use – technology stations and a roaming class set of Chromebooks are available for student in grades 3 – 5. Classrooms have interactive white boards. The kindergarten, first and second graders use class sets of color Nooks for reading enrichment activities.
What type of parent volunteer opportunities are there and is there a required number of volunteer hours for parents?
Requirement: 2 one-hour recess duties per year.
Opportunities for parents to become involves: Get Moving Expo, Annual Party, Bingo, Catholic Schools Week, Computer Program, Fathers’ Club, MPTO, Grandparents’ Day, Mercy Market, PR/marketing, Book Fair, Sock Hop, Special Olympics, Uniform Exchange, Hot Lunch, etc.
What high schools do the children typically attend and how well prepared are they?
High School Admissions Directors tell us that our students are extremely well prepared for high school and every year our students are accepted to the following area Catholic schools: Stone Ridge, Visitation, Holy Child, Holy Cross, Georgetown Prep, Gonzaga, St. John’s, Good Counsel, and The Heights.
For the past three years, our students were accepted to their first choice high schools.
How long has the school been in existence?
Established in 1961 by the Sisters of Mercy
Do you have resources for children with learning disabilities?
We have resource teachers who provide academic support in lieu of Spanish for children with learning disabilities. Students with significant developmental delays work with Inclusion teachers and their program/schedule is modified.
We also have an Extension Program that provides enrichment for students who are identified as academically gifted. Schedules may be modified depending on the program that is offered.