Frequently Asked Questions 2018-01-08T19:37:49+00:00

Catholic Culture

Why Catholic school?

In choosing a Catholic school, you are providing your student with the spiritual developmental and academic skills they will need to build a bright future. Catholic schools in our Diocese set high expectations with a challenging curriculum, hold a proven record of academic excellence, promote self-discipline with moral values to serve others and help develop leadership, have caring and effective teachers, teach respect of self and others and prepare students to be productive citizens and good stewards of resources.

  • Catholic schools provide unsurpassed academic excellence in a faith-filled environment.
  • Catholic schools partner with parents, their child’s primary educators, in their children’s faith formation.
  • Catholic schools expect much from students and work closely with them to help them succeed.
  • Catholic schools offer an advanced curriculum that educates the total child—spirit, mind, and body.
  • Catholic schools embrace the role of technology in the world and educate students to use it responsibly.
  • Catholic schools place an emphasis on service to the whole world, instilling students with a sense of moral responsibility that includes self-discipline and respect for self and others.
  • Catholic schools give students the sense that they are citizens of a larger world that needs them to be productive citizens and strong future leaders.
  • Catholic schools in the Diocese of Phoenix have a 99.9% graduation rate, with 99% of students going on to higher education or service.
  • Catholic schools welcome everyone.

What qualifications set Catholic school teachers and administrators apart?

Catholic school teachers and administrators ensure that intellectual growth is harmonized with faith formation and social development. As St. John Bosco said, “Education is a thing of the heart.” Our Diocesan teachers are genuinely invested in the lives of their students. Every teacher, administrator, counselor, etc. in our schools is a certified catechist through the Kino Institute. Our teachers are given the foundation to teach every subject and approach every situation through the Catholic worldview and ensure that our students learn the Truth of our faith.

Is there a place for non-Catholics at a Catholic school?

Yes. It is not necessary to be Catholic to attend any of the schools in the Diocese of Phoenix. All are welcome.

In choosing a Catholic school, you are providing your student with the spiritual developmental and academic skills they will need to build a bright future.

Cost and Tuition

How can our family afford a Catholic education?

Many options make Catholic education affordable to families. In the State of Arizona, we are blessed with School Choice laws that allow School Tuition Organizations (STOs) to provide financial assistance to families. STOs use individual and corporation contributions to provide scholarships to families seeking K-12 Catholic Education. Click here for a list of STOs and links to their websites which will provide information about eligibility and details on how to apply.

Each of our Diocesan schools can also assist you in identifying the appropriate resources for your family. Our schools understand the sacrifices families make to obtain a Catholic education and work hard to help them afford the Christ-centered education they desire.

What is Catholic Education Arizona and how does it work?

Catholic Education Arizona is the largest provider of scholarships to families in the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools. More than 13,000 donors contribute over $15 million each year. The CEA website provides simple instructions on how to apply for these scholarships as well as how to redirect your Arizona State Tax dollars to support Catholic Education in our diocese.

Catholic Education Arizona

Who decides how much tuition costs? Is it the same at every school?

Tuition varies by school and is established by the Pastor and/or Administration. Tuition for the upcoming school year is generally announced in the Spring of each school year. Please see each school’s website for tuition details.

Is there a “Catholic Discount” for tuition?

Most of our Diocesan schools do offer a discount for active Catholics who are registered parishioners. Details and qualifications would be specific to each school.

“Catholic schools in our Diocese set high expectations with a challenging curriculum, hold a proven record of academic excellence, promote self-discipline with moral values to serve others and help develop leadership, have caring and effective teachers, teach respect of self and others and prepare students to be productive citizens and good stewards of resources.”

Enrollment, Choosing a Catholic School

How many schools are in the Diocese of Phoenix? How many elementary? How many High Schools?

There are currently 28 elementary schools, 6 stand-alone preschools and 5 diocesan high Schools in the Diocese of Phoenix.

What is the closest Catholic school to me?

See our interactive map which shows the location of each school in the Diocese of Phoenix. Note that you may attend any Catholic School regardless of where you live.

How do I enroll at a Catholic School in the Diocese of Phoenix?

The enrollment process does vary by school but typically requires completing a registration form, providing a birth certificate and vaccination records, sacramental records, parishioner registration form, previous school records (if transferring), and other documents as per the school’s request.

If a student has an IEP or documentation from any academic or psychological testing, this should also be submitted at the time of application. Students with IEPs and/or learning or emotional challenges attend most of our schools. Catholic schools do not have the staff and resources to follow all aspects of most IEPs, but there are many ways our schools can make accommodations for students to be successful despite learning exceptionalities. Each school approaches students with learning differences according to their own available personnel and resources.

The entrance requirements for the Diocesan High Schools are a bit more rigorous than for the K-8 schools. All Diocesan High Schools require the applicants to take the High School Placement Test. Additional details regarding the application process at each High School are available through each school’s website.

How do I enroll at an International student in the Diocese of Phoenix?

International students seeking enrollment into one of our Catholic schools must follow the following process:

  1. A family must contact the specific K-12 school within the Diocese and a request must be made for the child to be enrolled as an international student.
  2. The school will make a decision for acceptance of the international student. If the student is accepted by the school, all school enrollment paperwork will then be requested by the family. In addition to the standard enrollment paperwork, the school will require the International student to provide a Birth Certificate and copy of the student’s Passport.
  3. Once the student is accepted by the school and completed the enrollment process, I-20 paperwork will be generated by the Catholic Schools Office and then provided to the school. The school will provide original I-20 paperwork to the family.
  4. The family must pay the I-901 Fee required by the Department of Homeland Security.
  5. The family must contact the United State embassies or consulates in the child’s home country to setup an interview appointment for F-1 Visa review. The U.S. Department of State will make the final decision on F-1 Visa issuance.
  6. Once the child’s F-1 Visa has been issued, the student must report to the approved school by the agreed upon start date.
  7. The family must pay the child’s full year’s tuition prior to starting school.

For specific information regarding Studying in the United States, visit the following website: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/

“Catholic schools in our Diocese set high expectations with a challenging curriculum, hold a proven record of academic excellence, promote self-discipline with moral values to serve others and help develop leadership, have caring and effective teachers, teach respect of self and others and prepare students to be productive citizens and good stewards of resources.”

Excellence

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99% of Catholic High School Students Graduate

Are the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Phoenix accredited?

Yes. All of the schools in the Diocese of Phoenix are accredited through the Western Catholic Education Association. Some schools have dual accreditation through AdvancEd as well.

Who determines the curricula for Diocesan Schools and how are they developed?

Curriculum standards are developed by committees of experienced Catholic educators and a Catholic schools office representative. Committees research Catholic (arch)diocesan standards from throughout the country, national standards, and state standards to determine how our schools’ standards will be determined. Our curriculum guides include Catholic identity and Catholic social teachings that cannot be found in state or national guides. Each school determines how these standards will be mapped and which materials will be used to deliver the curriculum. Standards for the Diocese of Phoenix can be found here:

http://www.catholicschoolphx.org/curriculum.php

Is there one approach to discipline or classroom management for all Diocesan Schools?

The majority of our K-8 schools have adopted the Discipline With Purpose Program, an approach to self-discipline which is based on three classroom rules and student growth in 15 particular skills.

15 Fundamental Elements of Self-Discipline

The Discipline With Purpose Program hopes to enable students to be more knowledgeable, more confident, and more capable in the areas of:

  1. Listening
  2. Resolving
  3. Problems
  4. Leadership
  5. Cooperation
  6. Asking
  7. Questions
  8. Distinguishing Fact from Feeling
  9. Setting Time Limits
  10. Completing a Task
  11. Social Skills
  12. Following Instructions
  13. Initiating Solutions Communication
  14. Reasons for Rules
  15. Sharing Service

DWP School and Classroom Rules

  • Respect yourself, others, and things.
  • Contribute to the learning environment.
  •  Follow classroom procedures.

If I have a concern with my child’s school, what process should I follow?

Any concern or problem that arises at a school should be addressed directly with that individual before going to his/her supervisor. Most schools outline a protocol for addressing concerns in the Parent/Student Handbook. The process includes contacting the teacher or staff member most involved with the issue first, followed by school administration, the principal, and the pastor (in the case of an elementary school). Engaging the Catholic Schools Office should only be done in collaboration with the school, not in lieu of contacting the school. For elementary schools, the supervisor or personnel and final decision maker is the pastor.