Frequently-Asked Questions

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SCHOOL OFFICE
2303 W Main, Jefferson City MO 65109
Phone: (573) 635-5024
Email: office@sjcsmo.org

OFFICE HOURS
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

How is a Catholic school different from other school options?

There are 37 elementary schools and 3 high schools in the Diocese of Jefferson City, spread throughout much of the state. While widespread, our schools collaborate in bringing the best practices in education and staff development into the classroom. At St. Joseph Cathedral School, we have placed a strong emphasis on challenging students to engage at higher cognitive levels, especially through our strong writing program.

However, what sets Catholic schools apart is the covenant between parents and the schools. Parents are called to the amazing role as the first and best educators in the lives of their children, as well as the first to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with these young people.

Our Catholic schools partner with parents in this mission. The Catholic school program is rich in prayer and sacramental participation. Students will attend Mass, Benediction, adoration, and other liturgical prayers. Our engaging "Praise and Worship" assemblies punctuate the year with high-energy music and inspirational witness from others in our community.

At St. Joseph Cathedral School, students not only learn the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Church, but they learn how to put these teachings into action through practice and service.

What curriculum and testing does SJCS use?

All 40 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Jefferson City operate under the same curriculum, which is updated regularly by a team of educators. These revisions take into consideration local state guidelines and national standards, but also build upon the work of curricula guides that have been successfully implemented in other dioceses.

The curricula for the Diocese of Jefferson City can be accessed HERE. While the curricula is consistent across the diocese, the local level has the autonomy to make textbook and program selections that meet the curricular standards.

Our diocesan standardized test is the Iowa Assessment of Basic Skills. Administered in the fall, this test provides data that guides resource selection and professional development. While the diocese does not provide ranking from school-to-school, St. Joseph Cathedral School consistently performs in the top tier among mid- to large-sized schools in the diocese.

What guidance or support do you have for new families?

Our Ambassador family program matches new families (K-8) with established families. These Ambassadors can be a handy resource when new families have questions or need guidance, but this program also matches up families to make it easier to navigate school/parish social events. Ambassador families often have a student in the same class as the new family. This program is also available to preschool families upon request.

Does SJCS offer a preschool program?

St. Joseph Cathedral School offers more options for preschool than most other local programs. All of our programs have low class sizes and both a teacher and aide.

Students who are two by August 1st can take part in our part-time "Mother's Morning Out" program, focused on socialization, basic skills, and constructive play.

Students who are three-years-old by August 1st have a full-time option, as well as options for five mornings a week, three mornings a week, and three full-days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).

Students who are four-years-old by August 1st have the same options as the three-year-olds, but are enrolled in our pre-kindergarten program.

Contact Mrs. Gina Bailey at gbailey@sjcsmo.org for more information on preschool options or enrollment.

Does SJCS offer summer camp?

Our summer camp is very popular and filled with engaging activities and energetic staff.

The camp runs in two sessions through most of summer. Contact the director, Mrs. Camie Phillips, at camp@sjcsmo.org for more information.

Does SJCS offer before- and after-school care?

Before-school-care is offered from 7:00 until the start of school daily for a one-time fee of $40.

After-school-care runs from dismissal until 5:30 every day. ASC allows time for homework and supervised play. Snacks are provided and tutoring is sometimes available.

In addition to the $40 registration fee, ASC is $90/month for full-time enrollment, with siblings, discounted to $65/month. Part-time students can also be charged daily at $5/day. 

Contact office@sjcsmo.org for more information.

What are typical class sizes?

Preschool

For our "Mother's Morning Out" preschool class, enrollment is capped at 8 students with a teacher and aide.

For preschool (3-year-old by August 1st), enrollment is capped at 14 students with a teacher and aide.

For prekindergarten (4-years-old by August 1st), enrollment is capped at 18 students with a teacher and aide.

K-8

Our policy aims for 20 or fewer students per class. In kindergarten, this includes a teacher and an aide. Should class sizes exceed 20, considerations are made for a paraprofessional (often with a teaching background) or an additional session to decrease the student/adult ratio.

When is enrollment and how do I enroll?

Families can apply for enrollment at any time!

Contact the school at (573) 635-5024, by email at office@sjcsmo.org, or using the CONTACT US link in the menu on the left of this page.

Our office staff can answer any questions you have by email or phone, but we would love to set up a tour and an opportunity to discuss how St. Joseph Cathedral School can be your best support system for guiding your children to discipleship and citizenship.

What fees do families pay?

Registration Fees

  • $50.00 is per student, per year, for all students grade preschool through eight.
  • $40.00 After School Care registration fee is per family for children enrolled in the ASC program.

Due upon registration.

Resource Fee 

  • $395.00/year is per student from "active parishioner families", per year, for students in grades K-8. 

Due by September 30th

Tuition  

  • $4,800/year is per student, per year, and applies to students of families who are not practicing Catholics or not members of St. Joseph Cathedral.

Due in full by September 30th or in ten monthly payments of $480.00/month due on the 15th of each month (August through May). A $30 processing charge applies to fees broken up into more than two payments.

3 Year Old Preschool  

  • $125.00/month is per student for 9 months with 3 half-day sessions weekly.
  • $250.00/month is per student for 9 months with 3 full-day sessions weekly.
  • $420.00/month is per student for 9 months with 5 full-day sessions weekly.

Billing is generated at the beginning of each month and based on the total charge for the year divided by nine months.  Since the school year spans 10 months, August and September will be billed together.  Payment is due by the 5th of the month.

4- and 5-Year-Old Prekindergarten

  • $125.00/monthis per student for 9 months with 3 half-day sessions weekly.
  • $250.00/month is per student for 9 months with 3 full-day sessions weekly. 
  • $210.00/month is per student for 9 months with 5 half-day morning sessions weekly.
  • $420.00/month is per student for 9 months with 5 full-day sessions weekly.

Billing is generated at the beginning of each month and based on the total charge for the year divided by nine months.  Since the school year spans 10 months, August and September will be billed together.  Payment is due by the 5th of the month.

2 Year Old Preschool  

  • $48.00/month is per student for 9 months with 1 half-day session weekly.  

Billing is generated at the beginning of each month and based on the total charge for the year divided by nine months.  Since the school year spans 10 months, August and September will be billed together.  Payment is due by the 5th of the month.                                             

Before School Care

  • $40.00/yearly is per student, per school year, for all students who attend before-school-care between 7:00-7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. 

Billing is generated at the time of enrollment.  If you do not enroll your child(ren) in this program but they attend, the fee will be charged.  Random attendance will be taken and fees charged accordingly.

After-School-Care

Full-time

  • $90.00/month is per student for students enrolled in this program from 3:10 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday,
  • $65.00/month is per each additional sibling when school is in session.  Fulltime is defined as 11 or more days per month.   

Billing is generated at the beginning of the month.  Payment is due by the 5th of the month.

After School Care – Part-time

  • $5.00/day is per student for students with part-time enrollment in ASC. Part-time is defined as fewer than 11 days per month.

Billing is generated at the end of the month.  Payment is due by the 5th of the following month.

Due by the 5th of the month.

Lunch Fee

  • $2.75/meal This fee is per child, per lunch.

*Please note that milk is included in this fee.

This amount is posted at the end of the month and due by the 5th of the following month.

Milk Fee  

  • $.40/milk is per child for all students who bring lunch and take only milk at school.

This amount is posted at the end of the month and due by the 5th of the following month.

Preschool Lunch Fee  

  • $2.00/meal is per child, per lunch, for all preschool students eating school lunch.   

*Milk is included in this fee.

This amount is posted at the end of the month and due by the 5th of the following month.

S.M.A.R.T. Contribution

  • $90/family is a contribution to the Home and School Association, which provides activities and school resources outside of the normal school budget. This fee is already figured into tuition amounts for families who are not "active parishioners".

St. Joseph Cathedral School does not participate in solicitation-based fundraisers (e.g., magazine or pizza sales), so the S.M.A.R.T. contribution is the main funding source for Home and School.

Requested by September 30th.

Late Fee/Reinstatement Fee

  • $20/00 will be charged for any payments that are beyond deadlines unless other arrangements are made. For accounts that are disabled due to lack of payment or other reasons, a $20 fee will be charged to re-enable the account.

Due by the 5th of each month.

What is an "active parishioner family"?

Active parishioner families are not charged tuition for enrollment at St. Joseph Cathedral School. Under this model, the parish supports the education of children whose families are committed to the active practice of the Catholic faith.

The school is the largest of those ministries available to active parishioners. Being an active parishioner means fully embracing the "all-in" attitude of parish engagement. This includes:

  • A commitment to share one's talents and skills with God by filling out the Time and Talent card;
  • A commitment to share one's treasures with God by sacrificially supporting the operations of the parish and school;
  • A commitment to share oneself with God by faithfully participating in the sacraments, including every Sunday (or Saturday evening) and every Holy Day of Obligation;
  • A commitment to sharing one's children with God, including by guiding them in learning and practicing the faith and ensuring they receive the proper sacraments.
What programs are in place for special services or gifted students?

Our special education program serves children who are identified as having a learning disability or who have other identified challenges to learning. We cooperate with the Jefferson City public schools for resources related to tutoring, speech, and math/reading remediation. However, we also have our own in-house program, which includes pull-out instruction and intentional differentiation in the classroom. 

St. Joseph Cathedral School set the bar in mid-Missouri for assistance to students with dyslexia. Using a Susan Barton program, staff and volunteers give dedicated attention to helping students learn skills to be successful and confident at learners.

For our gifted students, we also cooperate with the local public schools to allow our students in the 95th percentile to participate in the E.E.R. enrichment program. In addition, students who are strong in math have the option to take accelerated classes in junior high.

Our teachers have gone through training on differentiating instruction in the classroom.

How is technology integrated into the curriculum?

Our school has been on the frontlines of responsibly incorporating technology in the classroom. In the past couple years, all of our SMARTBoards have been replace with interactive flat panels, which move away from projector-based displays, while still allowing students to interact with programs on the screen.

Our junior high is one-to-one with Chromebooks, though students still have sufficient hands-on and pen-to-paper instruction. Our goal is to use technology as a tool, but not replace skills that go beyond the screen.

Chromebooks, computers, and tablets are readily available to students through other grades, as well, and students in 4th grade and higher use Google Classroom for many class assignments.

What other resources are available for hands-on learning?

In addition to our strong technology, our facilities provide many other resources for teaching outside the box. Students learn to work with clay, having their projects fired up in our newly-restored kiln. Our green-screen studio and editing software allows students to create engaging video presentations. Our outdoor classroom takes instruction outside the school building on nice days. We also have one of the largest campuses among area schools, and our teachers use this space for a variety of activities, from physical education to preschool gardening.

Our state-of-the-art gymnasium and performing arts center support our athletic program and our popular spring musical.

What extra-curricular activities are available?

In order to help form the whole child, St. Joseph Cathedral offers a wide range of athletic and extracurricular activities, including participation in our amazing Spring musicals, as well as choir and band, on our new stage. Our EDGE youth group and girls Challenge club , Robotics and chess club, partnerships with scouting organizations, and student council offer opportunities for students to explore new challenges. Academic Bowl team and an optional Latin class (8th grade) offer scholastic challenges, as does our partnership with the public school gifted program. In athletics, our school was a front-runner in developing an archery program, and we regularly send students to state and national competitions. School-sponsored sports also include volleyball, basketball, cross-country, and track.

How can parents be involved?

Parent involvement is welcome and strongly encouraged!

Parents are always welcome to join their students for assemblies or worship events and lunch, checking in at the school office.

In addition, many volunteer opportunities, such as room parent or cafeteria help, allow parents to make a stronger home-school connection for their children. The Home and School organization coordinates many school-based volunteer opportunities, but parents can always contact the main office to inquire about other ways to be involved.