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St. Rita Catholic School

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Q: How much does St. Rita Cost?
A: The 2017-2018 tuition for members of St. Rita Catholic Community is $7,650 per student with a discount for multiple children. The non-member per student rate is $11,000. There is a Family Registration Fee of $375 due at the time of admission, or re-registration. Student Fees are invoiced at $345 per student, due June 1st.
 
Q: Does the school provide Financial Aid?
A: St. Rita School does offer Financial Aid to families who are members of St. Rita Church. Financial Aid information can be completed and submitted on-line. Financial Aid applications are available at the same time as admission applications.  Award letters will be sent along with the admission information in early March.
 
Q: Do St. Rita students wear uniforms?
A: Students at St. Rita Catholic School wear official school uniforms. The St. Rita Parents’ Club holds a Used Uniform sale annually in May.  The official uniform supplier for St. Rita School is Parker Uniforms.
 
Q: Do St. Rita Students attend Mass?
A: Students at St. Rita School attend a Friday, all school Mass each week. They also attend a grade level Mass, one Wednesday in each month.
 
Q: Do we have to be Catholic to attend St. Rita?
A: No. We encourage any interested families to apply to our school.
 
Q: What does it mean to be a parishioner in good standing with the church?
A: A parishioner in good standing is defined by an individual or family who has joined the parish, completed a pledge card for each year of membership, and has met the amount of tithing as indicated on the pledge card. 
 
Q: How large are the class sizes at St. Rita?
A: PK-4 classes are 16:2.Kindergarten classes are 22:2.  First through Eighth grade classes are comprised of 25 students.  First grade has two teacher's aides. There is one teacher's aid per grade for 2nd to 4th; one teacher’s aide for 5th and 6th; and one teacher’s aide for 7th and 8th grade students.
 
Q: How many field trips do students take a year?
A: St. Rita is dedicated to the premise of Hands-on-Learning. Students in each grade level can expect to attend two field trips a year. Additionally, students in middle school (5th – 8th) also attend retreats and overnight camps as well.
 
Q: Is preference given to sibling and parishioner children?
A: Our Admission Priority is as follows:
  1. Siblings of currently enrolled students who are Catholic.
  2. Members in good standing of St. Rita Church.
  3. Catholics who are not members of St. Rita Church.
  4. Non-Catholics.
  5. Late applicants.
Q: How would you describe the faculty at St. Rita?
A: The St. Rita faculty is made up of all certified teachers. They bring years of wisdom and experience into the classroom every day. Specifically we have 43 certified, degree teachers; 15 staff-members holding Master's; and 1 staff member holding a PhD.
 
Q: Does St. Rita have an after school program for my child/children?
A: Yes. St. Rita offers an Extended Day Program from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM on school days with an additional cost.  There is Extended Day available for PK-4 students as well.
 
Q: Where do St. Rita School 's students go to high school?
A: St. Rita’s eighth grade students are some of the best prepared students in the area. From the graduating class of 2016:
Ursuline Academy:  26
Jesuit College Prep:  28
Bishop Lynch High School:  4
John Paul II High School:  6
Other (including Booker T. Washington Magnet, Town View Tag Magnet, Law Magnet, Hockaday):  14
 
Q: What curriculum do you follow?
A: Basic curriculum
The school curriculum is designed by the Office of Catholic School of the Diocese of Dallas and is set forth in the Diocesan Curriculum Guide.
  • Basic to the curriculum is the study of the following:
  • Religion
  • Language Arts (reading, English, spelling, writing and library)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Computer Literacy
  • Spanish
  • Music (grades K-6)
  • Art (grades K-6)
  • Electives (grades 5-8)
  • Physical Education
  • Language Science (grades 1-4).