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Frequently Asked Questions

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Who attends St. Mary of the Hills School?

St. Mary of the Hills School educates nearly 360 culturally diverse students, both Catholic and non-Catholic, representing 20 cities and towns. St. Mary of the Hills School admits students of any race, religion, color, national & ethnic origin and does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, or other school administered programs.  

How is the school set-up?

There are generally 2 classrooms of each grade (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8). The School is divided into three sections—Early Childhood (Preschool, Pre-K & K), Elementary (Grades 1-4), and Middle School (Grades 5-8)

How many students are in each class?

The classroom capacity is 24 students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes have their own class maximum based on the physical size of each of the classrooms. 

Does St. Mary’s provide transportation?

St. Mary of the Hills does not have any system of transportation. Milton residents have the option of taking the Milton School Bus. Out-of-town residents must arrange for their own transportation.

LUNCH PROGRAM

Is there a lunch program? 

Lunch is served on Tuesday (pizza), Wednesday (chicken nuggets), and Thursday (macho nacho’s, chicken Caesar salad, meatball subs, or turkey sandwich). Each serving is $3.00. There is a lunch voucher program sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization. The Lunch program is solely organized and served by parent volunteers. 

DAILY LOGISTICS

What are the school hours?

School begins at 8:50 a.m. Dismissal is at 3:00p.m. (Early Childhood Center to dismiss as 2:45). 

What vacations will my child have?

St. Mary of the Hills School follows the Milton Public School calendar for the December, February and April vacations. We also observe standard holidays and some Holy days. A calendar of the school year is published in June and is updated as needed.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE

Are before and afterschool programs offered?

Before School Program—daily, 7:15-8:40a.m., $7 fee per morning After School Program—daily (except for half days), 3:00-5:30p.m., $15 fee per afternoon

ACADEMICS

What is the school’s curriculum?

St. Mary of the Hills School offers a full academic curriculum including Religion, mathematics, language arts, literature-based reading, phonics, social studies, science, and Spanish.

What will my child learn about the Catholic faith?

Religion is an intricate part of a student’s school day. The school day begins and ends with prayer. Religion is taught in all grade levels, and students attend monthly Liturgies. Each grade prepares the monthly Liturgies or a special prayer service. As part of the Religion curriculum, students are involved in mission programs and community service opportunities.

How will I know if my child is progressing academically?

Students in Pre-K and K receive report cards twice per year (January and June). Students in Grades 1-4 receive progress reports and report cards three times per year. Students in Grades 5-8 receive progress reports and report cards four times per year. Parent Conferences are scheduled during the school year.

TUITION

What is the tuition at St. Mary’s?

The tuition is established by the school’s Finance Board in early Spring for the upcoming school year. There are rates for St. Mary of the Hills parishioners (you must be a contributing member of the parish via weekly envelopes), as well as non-parishioners. There are sibling discounts available.

Is there tuition assistance available?

There is limited funding available through the Catholic School Foundation. Parents must apply annually (submitting a W-2) through the F.A.C.T.S. Management Program to be considered. 

How do I pay my tuition?

There are three methods to paying tuition:

  • Full payment directly to School (due July 1st)

  • Two payments (July 1st and December 1st) through the FACTS Tuition Management Company

  • Ten monthly payments (July-April) through the FACTS Tuition Management Company

Families failing to meet tuition payments schedules may forfeit their enrollment.

What is the refund policy?

If a student withdrawal/termination date is prior to the start of the school year (July 1st through the first day of the school year), the school retains any and all registration fees, advance deposits for new students, and the July and August tuition payments. If a student withdrawal/termination date is after the first day of school, the school retains any and all registration fees, advance deposits for new students, the July and August tuition payments, and tuition up to and including the last date of attendance. For example, if a student withdraws in November, the school would retain all fees, advance deposits for new students, the July and August tuition payment and tuition payment for September, October and a prorated rate for November.