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I am interested in sending my child to a Catholic school. Where do I start?

Congratulations! You are making a great decision for your family and child. You can start by visiting our locations page, click here to find a Catholic school in your area. Next, contact the school(s) to set up an interview to find the school that is the best fit for your child. Then, check with the individual school to answer questions like:

  • What is the application deadline?
  • What school records will you need?
  • Are there any admission requirements?
  • What are the immunization requirements?

How much does a Catholic Education cost?

Tuition fees vary from school to school, but the average tuition costs are $5,100 for Elementary School and $10,200 for High School. These average tuition costs do not account for the total cost of educating one child.

Is there financial aid available?

Financial aid is available from the dioceses McMahon Parater Foundation and the individual schools.

Families wishing to apply for tuition are asked to apply at your individual school or the school you are wishing to attend first. Click here to download application from FACTS.

What types of Catholic schools are there?

  • Regional schools – serve more than one parish and are under direct supervision of the superintendent of schools.
  • Parish schools – serve one parish and are under the supervision of the Pastor.
  • Private schools – owned by a religious community or exist as a separate corporation.

How do I get a teaching job with your school system?

Individual schools hire their own teachers, click here for Employment Opportunities.

Where do I find a copy of the curriculum?

Click here for the School Curriculum.

How do I know if my child’s test scores are good?

The diocesan results for each grade will give you an idea of how other children in the Catholic Schools of the Diocese have done in the same grade.

What is the difference between a School Board in the Public School versus a Catholic School?

A Public School Board is a policy making board with governing powers. The School Board in the Diocese of Richmond is called “Diocesan Advisory School Board.”

This board supports the work of the school and advises the principal in designated areas. The Catholic School Advisory Board does not make policy or have any governing power.

Is there fiscal accountability for a Catholic School?

All Diocesan Schools must submit monthly finance reports to the Office of Catholic Schools and the Office of Finance. These reports are reviewed regularly to ensure that all schools follow diocesan fiscal policies as well as comply with accepted accounting procedures.

What is the average student ratio to teachers?

Class size should not exceed 30, but it is highly recommended that the class size not exceed 25 students. Each school’s ratio differs but the average is 18:1.

What is the administrative structure in the Office of Catholic Schools?

  • The Administrators of OCS work together to create a Catholic School System that reflects the work of Jesus Christ within a community of Faith.
  • The Chief Education Administrator oversees the Office of Catholic Education, including Christian Formation, Catholic Schools, manages strategic planning and serves as President of the McMahon Parater Foundation.
  • The Superintendent of Schools manages the day-to-day operations of the schools and serves as the liaison to all state, regional and national boards. As Superintendent, this person directs the staff to meet the Vision of Catholic Schools, as well as overseeing crisis management planning, legislation, teacher certification, school accreditation, and school advisory boards.
  • There is one Assistant Superintendent in the Office of Catholic Schools.
  • The Assistant Superintendent is charged with curriculum development, professional development of teachers, and all auxiliary programs that complement the curriculum of all schools.