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?
What are your uniform guidelines?
Mass, Daily and P.E. uniform guidelines are outlined in our Family Handbook. Students not wearing the correct uniform will have Detention on Friday during lunch/recess period; we will give two warnings prior to giving a detention.
What is the current student enrollment
We enroll just over 90 children in preschool through 8th grade. Our student/teacher ratio is 15:1.
Does the school offer tuition assistance to families unable to pay the 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 are the educational backgrounds and credentials of the faculty?
All of our teachers have B.A. degrees from accredited colleges and universities. 70% of our teachers hold masters or advanced degrees.
What are the school's curriculum guidelines?
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 offer multi-age classrooms?
Yes. Classrooms are Multi-age in 1/2, 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8. PK is 3-4 year-olds and K is a single age classroom. 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, or concert choir.
Does Saint Cecilia conduct standardized testing?
Yes. Starting in second grade our students take the MAP, Measures of Academic Progress – MAP, a comprehensive national assessment.
All 1st-8th grade students take the MAP test is in the Fall, Winter and Spring on Chrome Books. Subject specific tests include Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Language Usage.
Test results support teachers in four key areas:
- Individualizing instruction
- Setting achievement goals for students and our whole school
- Understanding achievement patterns
- Evaluating student performance
All elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle use MAP test results to measure progress and assess growth.
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's 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.
What is Saint Cecilia's Inclement Weather Policy?
In the case of inclement weather, St. Cecilia School will generally follow the Bainbridge Island School District’s decision about closures or late starts. You may listen to local news that usually begins about 5:30 am when it snows, or call the Bainbridge Island School District at 206-780-1556 for the recorded message.
In the event that the Principal decides to do something other than the BISD, the Principal will post our schedule via email, facebook and here on our website.
What are the procedures in the event of an emergency while children are at school?
Should an emergency occur while the children are at school, they will be gathered in Conger Hall, the Church or the School. No child will be allowed to leave school until they are picked up by a parent or another person listed on their release form.
It is a good idea to have a family emergency plan so you know how you will contact one another, and who will be able to pick up your child/children in the event of an emergency.
If you have not sent your Emergency Kit to school yet, please do so, we will ensure that basic needs be met in the event of an emergency.
Over 20 Years of Developing Minds, Hearts and Character.
- A Catholic school on Bainbridge Island for students in preschool through 8th grade. -