What grades are served by the school?
SCCS offers Preschool (for 3-5 year olds), all-day Kindergarten, and 1st through 8th Grade.
What time does school begin and end?
- Kindergarten – 8th grade students start their day at 8:45 a.m. and are dismissed at 3:15 p.m., with the exception of Thursdays. On Thursdays, we have early dismissal at 2:15 p.m. to allow for faculty meetings.
- Preschool – Explorers (3 & 4 year olds) meets Tuesday & Thursday mornings, 8:45-12:00.
- Preschool – PreK (4 & 5 year olds) meets M/W/F from 8:45-3:15.
What is the enrollment?
We enroll just over 100 children in preschool through 8th grade. Our student/teacher ratio is 15:1.
Does the school provide tuition assistance to families who are unable to pay full tuition?
Tuition assistance is available for qualified families through the Fulcrum Foundation of the Seattle Archdiocese and also through SCCS. Families must apply first for a Fulcrum Foundation grant, and then apply for assistance from SCCS. Fulcrum and SCCS have different criteria, so families are encouraged to apply with both organizations.
What is the education level of the faculty?
Our elementary teachers are all Washington State certified and have B.A. degrees from accredited colleges and universities. 70% of our teachers hold masters or advanced degrees.
What are the curriculum guidelines for elementary grades?
Our school follows the curricula guidelines of Washington State and the Archdiocese of Seattle, which include specific learning outcomes for every grade and subject. We also use texts approved and recommended by the Archdiocese. More details are available in the individual program sheets. The entire curricula guidelines are available for review online at www.osww.org or in the school office.
Does SCCS have multi-age classrooms?
Yes and no. Classrooms are multi-age or single grade, depending on enrollment each year. In 2013-2014 the classroom assignments are 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th. Multi-age classrooms allow students to learn at their own pace (a fifth grader ready to move ahead, for example, can be part of a sixth grade math group.) Teachers design their classes to “loop” through the curriculum. For example, the social studies units required for 7th grade will be presented one year; the units required for 8th grade will be presented the next year. All students work at their grade-level ability, though teachers do have the flexibility to create individualized learning plans for children, as needed. Our teachers map the curriculum to ensure that students will cover all required units and topics. Middle school students rotate classrooms for science, social studies, technology, art, Spanish and either strings or concert choir.
Does Saint Cecilia conduct standardized testing?
Yes. Starting in kindergarten our students take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, a comprehensive national assessment. In the last four years, Saint Cecilia students, on average, were in the top 10 percent of the nation among schools taking the ITBS. For the first time this year, our 3rd grade students also took the CogAT test.
How are parents invited to participate in the classroom?
Many Saint Cecilia parents provide vital support in the classrooms, helping with tasks such as reading with students, working on art projects, or performing clerical tasks. All volunteers must pass a formal background check and attend volunteer training required by the Archdiocese and the school.
Does Saint Cecilia have a parent club?
Yes. Saint Cecilia has a very active parent club. Meetings are held on a regular basis. The meetings provide an opportunity for parents/guardians to discuss and to give input into policy, fundraising, student activities and special parent programs.
What are the facilities like for recess?
All students have outdoor playtime each day, weather permitting. Our parent club installed a wonderful play structure in our play yard. On rainy days students play under the covered area of the courtyard or in Conger Hall.
Do you have other questions about Saint Cecilia?
Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 206-842-2017.