Admissions

Admissions


2017 - 2018 School Year Registration

We are now enrolling for the 2017 - 2018 School Year. To register a child, or to arrange for a tour, kindly contact the school office at 412.661.0288 or email school@straphaelpgh.org. We thank you for your interest in Saint Raphael Elementary School and look forward to welcoming your family soon!

Selecting a private, Catholic school that will meet the expectations of both parents and students is a very important step in the life of a young child as well as his or her family. A school must have the right fit, a sense of being at home. A student must feel comfortable as well as challenged, they must excel in their academic work, and there must be opportunities in athletics and extracurricular activities for them to commit their time and attention to develop their potential. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our mission and culture.

Details regarding admissions and enrollment at Saint Raphael Elementary School can be found below or by contacting the school office at 412.661.0288 or email school@straphaelpgh.org

Registration Everything You Need to Know About Admissions

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Tuition & AidTuition, Fundraising and Assistance Information


The Registration / Admissions Process

Saint Raphael Elementary School is a ministry of Saint Raphael Parish. The resources to sustain the school are provided by:

  • direct tuition payments of families of enrolled students
  • an annual contribution from the parish
  • general fundraising efforts as well as limited Diocesan assistance in the form of an annual grant

The mission of Saint Raphael Elementary School is to consciously nurture every student's faith through instruction and example in a challenging, safe, disciplined and respectful environment. Academic experiences are to be based on sound educational principles providing for the individual needs of the child. With the parents and school personnel working as a team, we strive to develop in the children a fundamental respect for all people and their cultural heritage. Together, we uphold virtues that are core to a Spirit-filled community which include justice, peace, and reverence.

Saint Raphael Elementary School has established an Admissions and Enrollment policy which seeks to:

  • ensure that class size and composition is appropriate to insure the best possible education in each age group.
  • foster a sufficient enrollment that will provide an appropriate base of students in foster a full and varied program with tuition that is as affordable as possible.
  • establish for the school a community of families committed to utilizing and supporting the school to the full extent of its program.
  • acknowledge the sustaining support of Saint Raphael parishioners as students are accepted into the school.

While Saint Raphael Elementary School accepts students from any background or faith tradition, it does so in the light of the above provisions. This means that while as far as possible acceptance into the school is based on objectivity and fairness, the school reserves the right to make decisions regarding admissions and enrollment that best reflects its mission and the provisions above.

Saint Raphael Elementary School does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, athletic or other school administered programs. All students have the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students formally accepted into the school. Students in grades 1 – 8 are not formally accepted until completing a nine-week probationary period. Children who are not Catholic are expected to participate in religion classes and to respectfully attend all religious functions of the school.

Children of parishioners who are active members of Saint Raphael Parish receive first priority during Spring Enrollment. If room allows, consideration is then given to other applicants.

  • Students entering the Preschool program must be 3 or 4 years of age, respectfully, by September 1 of the school year.
  • Students entering kindergarten must be five years old by September 1 of the incoming school year.
  • Students entering Grade 1 are required to take a readiness test and must be six years of age by September 1 of the school year.
  • Those registering for Grades 2 - 8 must fulfill the age requirement for the desired grade.
  • Grade level and academic group determinations are made on the basis of school records.
NEW STUDENTS will need to return the following to the school office once they have been enrolled:

RETURNING STUDENTS will need to return the following to the school office once they have been re-enrolled and prior to the start of the school year:



Schedule a Prospective Family Private Tour

We are always happy to meet with prospective families and students and discuss all that our school has to offer.

Saint Raphael Elementary School offers ongoing individual and/or small group tours throughout the year to accommodate each family's individual needs while witnessing learning in action on a typical school day at SRES. To arrange for a tour, simply contact the school office at 412.661.0288 or email school@straphaelpgh.org. We thank you for your interest in Saint Raphael Elementary School and look forward to welcoming your family soon!

Tuition and Tuition Assistance

Please select from the following for information:

Click here for our 2017/18 Saint Raphael Elementary School Fact Sheet which summarizes the information below.

Tuition Schedule

Grades K - 8 Annual Tuition Registration Fee*
One Child $3900.00 $300.00
Two Children $5950.00 $300.00
Three or More Children $7600.00 $300.00
Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Annual Tuition Registration Fee*
Three Year Old Preschool $1400.00 $100.00
Four/Five Year Old Pre-Kindergarten $2700.00 $300.00

*Registration Fees are paid directly to the school and will be deducted from your total tuition cost. Registration cannot be accepted without the $300.00 registration fee and is due to the school office by Friday, June 9, 2017.

Payment Options

  • Pay in Full
    Families choosing to pay in full before June 9, 2017 will receive a 3% discount off of their tuition and will not need to enroll in SMART or pay the SMART annual fee of $50.00.

  • Pay Monthly
    Families choosing to pay monthly must enroll in SMART and make 10 monthly installments to SMART from July 2017 through April 2018, via debit from checking or savings or credit card payment.
Tuition Assistance and Financial Aid may be available. Please click here for complete details, and an application, from The Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Please know that your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. We ask that you contact the school office, at 412.661.0288 with any questions or concerns you may have regarding financial aid or any administrative processing fees should they pose a hardship.

These measures must be enforced to maintain the financial integrity of the school and parish.

Registration Fee
The registration fee is paid directly to the school and will be deducted from the total tuition cost. Registration cannot be accepted without the $300.00 registration fee and is due to the school office by Friday, June 9, 2017.

Time and Talent Fee
Each family is obligated to volunteer 30 hours during the school year, which earns the family $20.00 per hour towards their $600.00 "Time and Talent Fee." If hours are not fulfilled, the amount will be added to the family's tuition.

Mandatory Annual Church Contribution
There is an annual mandatory church contribution of $156.00 ($3.00 per Sunday).

Cafeteria Fee
Cafeteria fees are $30.00/year for Pre-K Grade 4 and $60/year for Grades 5 - 8. All families are required to pay Cafeteria Fees. Families may also work off their cafeteria fees by working in the cafeteria a total of five times per semester or ten times for the school year. All cafeteria volunteers must be registered in the Diocesan Safe Environment Database, and have all the necessary clearances, (criminal and child abuse).