About Our School
Fr. Arthur Wright, Pastor
Ms. Lisa Fasano, Principal
St. Mary of the Hills is a diverse Preschool through Grade 8 Catholic School inspired by our love of Christ. By valuing excellence in education, our programs promote spiritual growth, personal academic achievement and social development in a safe and nurturing environment.
ACADEMICS & SPECIALS
St. Mary of the Hills School is an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and offers a full academic curriculum including Religion, Mathematics, Grammar, Writing, Reading, Phonics, Spelling, Social Studies, and Science. Spanish is a part of the curriculum in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. Accelerated and honors Math courses are currently offered to students in Grades 6 to 8. A full-time Academic Advisor is available to support students with their classroom learning providing more individualized attention when needed. The following specials are available to students: Technology, Music, and Physical Education are offered to students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8, Art is offered to students in Grades 1 through Grade 8, and Library is offered to students in Grades 1 through Grade 4.
The St. Mary of the Hills School campus consists of two buildings and ample green playspace. School safety is a priority and our building remains locked throughout the school day. There is a camera located at the front door, and we ask all visitors and volunteers to check-in at the Main Office. The school has a technology center, library, music, and art rooms and a multipurpose room for lunch and assemblies including, morning prayer services, physical education, drama productions, and band practice. Our facility includes Internet access in all classrooms with high-level content filtering and security.
FACULTY to STUDENT RATIO
The classroom capacity is 24 students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Pre-Kindergarten classes have their own class maximum based on the physical size of the classrooms.
SCHOOL DAY HOURS
Our school day hours are 8:50 am to 3:00 pm.
EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM
We offer a before and after-school program. The before school program is available beginning at 7:20 am. The after school program runs from 3:00 - 5:30 pm and offers a structured period of time for completing homework assignments. There is an additional fee for both of these services.
Students have the option of participating in activities that may occur either before or after school. Recent activities include art lessons, band, book club, Continental Math League, drama, instrumental lessons, liturgical dance troupe, monthly dances and/or socials, Odyssey of the Mind, Spanish club, step club, and over eight sports. Sports such as. basketball, lacrosse, and volleyball are just a few. Extra curricular activities are supervised by the teaching staff and an additional participation fee may apply.
The school offers all students the option of a hot lunch three days a week. The cost for lunch is $3.00. Students also have the option to pre-purchase milk at the beginning of the school year.
The 2011-2012 tuition rates are as follows for one child, out of parish. Family discounts and in-parish discounted rates are available. Tuition rates for the upcoming school year will be published in the Spring.
Preschool & Pre-K $7,400 (3 or 4 years old by 8/31, respectively)
Kindergarten $5,900 (5 years old by 8/31)
Grades 1-5 $4,450
Grades 6-8 $4,950
There is a limited amount of aid through The Catholic Schools Foundation. Parents are encouraged to apply beginning in February for the upcoming school year. To obtain more information please visit www.factsmgt.com.
All students wear uniforms (click here for an online catalog). Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students wear the school embroidered sweatshirt and athletic pants. Our uniform supplier is Lands' End. Orders can be made online at www.landsend.com/school, by calling 1-800-469-2222, or by visiting your local Sears store. Our Preferred School Number is 900125816.
APPLYING FOR ADMISSION
The application process for each school year begins in November. Each student applying for admission is required to submit an application with all required forms before an admission screening/test date will be scheduled. There are three ways to obtain application materials:
The school has an active School Board consisting of parents, parishioners, and others supportive of Catholic education. The school has a Parent-Teacher Organization consisting of experienced parent representatives from each grade who meet frequently with the administration.