Frequently Asked Questions
Q. WHAT IS THE AGE REQUIREMENT FOR ENTERING ALL SAINTS? September 1 of the school year is the benchmark All Saints uses to determine its age requirement.
Grade level Age by September 1
Preschool Three years of age
Pre-Kindergarten Four years of age
Kindergarten Five years of age
Students applying to grades 1-4 must also have a birth date of September 1 or earlier. For grades 5 – 12, an applicant’s age will be considered on an individual basis as part of the overall admissions evaluation.
Q. HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL BE IN MY CHILD’S CLASS? A low student-to-teacher ratio is a vital part of the All Saints experience. Faculty and staff have more time to dedicate to each student. For our Preschool programs, the ratio is 11:1. For Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, the ratio is 16:1. The ratio for Pre-First is 8:1. For grades 1-12, the ratio is 16:1.
Q. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TOUR THE CAMPUS? The best time to visit campus is in late September through early December proceeding the year you wish to enroll. This time frame will allow you to learn more about All Saints prior to all application and testing deadlines. However, the admissions staff is pleased to schedule campus tours throughout the year.
Q. DO WE HAVE TO FILE AN APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION BEFORE TOURING THE SCHOOL? No. Tours may be scheduled any time throughout the school year regardless of application status.
Q. WILL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS SPEND TIME IN THE CLASSROOMS? Yes. As a part of the admissions process, prospective students in grades Kindergarten through High School are encouraged to spend a half- to full-day on campus ‘shadowing’. Prospective students are paired with current students, who will take visitors with them as they go about their day. Lunch is on us in the cafeteria!
Q. WHAT ROLE DOES ADMISSION TESTING PLAY IN THE ADMISSION PROCESS? All prospective students, in grades Kindergarten through High School, are required to take an assessment. Prospective students must score at a certain level on the assessment to be considered for enrollment. These assessments can be scheduled to take place at the same time as the shadow day or at an alternate time. Assessments scheduled in the spring, traditionally in the March to May time frame.
For prospective Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students, there is not an assessment, but rather a visit. Applicants and a parent or guardian will be scheduled a visit with the Division Head over these grade levels. Visits last approximately twenty minutes and are scheduled in the spring, traditionally in the March to May time frame.
Q. IS THERE A WAITING LIST? Yes. Often there are fewer spaces available in a grade than there are qualified applicants. In that circumstance, prospective students placed on the waiting list may be contacted regarding possible admission if room becomes available.
Q. WE WILL BE APPLYING FOR ADMISSION FOR ALL OF OUR CHILDREN. HOW DOES HAVING MULTIPLE CHILDREN FOR DIFFERENT GRADES AFFECT THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS? Every candidate is considered for admission based on his or her own merits. The school does offer an additional child discount for families who have more than one student enrolled.
Q. WHEN SHOULD WE APPLY TO THE SCHOOL? Applications are accepted at any time, and families interested in enrollment are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. It is not unusual to have applications on file two and three years in advance of the anticipated start date.
Q. DO YOU OFFER FINANCIAL AID AND IF SO, HOW DO I APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID? All Saints offers financial aid to families with students in grades Kindergarten-High School. The aid is need based, and can fund up to 50% of tuition. The financial aid application process begins in February, and for more information, please contact Dana McNeice in the business office.
Q. TELL ME ABOUT DIVERSITY AT ALL SAINTS. All Saints strives to enroll academically minded students who bring diverse gifts to the table. It is hoped that our students share in a common bond of academic eagerness in addition to a broad diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, and socio-economic background. Echoing the words of the Episcopal Baptismal Covenant, we strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being.
Q. WHAT TIME OF DAY DOES SCHOOL BEGIN AND END? The school day begins for all grade levels at 7:45am and Preschool through Middle School end their days at 3:30pm. High School finishes their day at 3:45pm.
Q. WHAT IF MY FAMILY IS NOT EPISCOPALIAN OR IS OF ANOTHER FAITH TRADITION? The inclusive environment at All Saints is one of the most treasured aspects of our school. The religious diversity of our campus includes families from each of the five major religions as well as other faith backgrounds. The daily chapel services are Christian, based on the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. However, we feel that there is room for everyone within God’s circle.
Q. DO YOU OFFER AFTER SCHOOL CARE? Yes. All Saints offers after school care each school day from 3:30-6:00pm. The cost for after school care is $10.00 a day, in addition to tuition.