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Catholic School FAQ

1) What’s the deal with the dress code?

2) Where can I get the uniforms?

3) Is there Financial Aid?

4) Is your Catholic school like the ones I’ve seen in the movies? I don’t want my child to get hit by a scary nun.

5) Your school is small, and it doesn’t have the programs my public school has. Is it really the best education I can get for my child?

6) Bullies seem to be everywhere. How do you deal with bullying at St. Agnes School?

7) My family isn’t Catholic and/or religious. Will my child be welcome here?

8) What does faith education look like at St. Agnes School?

9) You make this place sound like a paradise.  How do I know this isn’t just a lot of propaganda?

10) All right…I’m sold. So what I do now?

 

1) What’s the deal with the dress code?

Having uniforms and a strict dress code has a number of advantages.  Parents love them because there’s no fighting over what to wear in the morning.  Teachers love them because it helps children to learn the importance of presenting themselves as capable people and focusing their whole selves on the work at hand.  There are no snide comments from other children about clothes, no fights over what does and does not look cool.  And because the children all dress the same, they find other ways to express their creativity, through their expressed interests and activities.

 

2) Where can I get the uniforms?

Collared shirts and navy leggings, shorts/skorts, and trousers can be found at a number of retailers, including Old Navy, Macy’s, Children’s Place and J.C. Penney.  Our red plaid jumpers, skirts (for 4th-6th grade girls), and skorts can be purchased from Lands’ End (look for sales at the beginning of the summer).

In addition to purchasing uniforms new, families are welcome to participate in the school PTO’s hand-me-down program, which makes a limited number of previously-enjoyed uniforms freely available to those who want them.  For more information, call the school office at (585) 226-8500.

 

3) Is there Financial Aid?

We do have a limited amount of financial aid available.  For more information, call Principal Elizabeth Jensen at (585) 226-8500.

 

4) Is your Catholic school like the ones I’ve seen in the movies?  I don’t want my child to get hit by a scary nun.

Yes, we know the stereotype…the judgmental, inflexible Catholic school teacher who enforces order with the slap of a ruler.  That is NOT who we are.  St. Agnes School is a place defined by its loving, caring atmosphere.  When your child comes to St. Agnes School, you can rest easy knowing that they are physically, mentally, and emotionally safe.

See our school environment in action; talk to our students.  Drop in during the school day, or call the office at (585) 226-8500 and schedule a tour.

 

5) Your school is small, and it doesn’t have the programs my public school has. Is it really the best education I can get for my child?

Here at St. Agnes, we believe that education is about more than fancy toys and flashy technology.  It’s about providing a solid moral and intellectual foundation for children, so that they can grow into people who make this world a better, kinder place. Our rigorous curriculum focuses on important essentials while building intellectual strength, even as our teachers and staff foster a supportive environment that effectively encourages students to build life-long mutual empathy.  In this way, St. Agnes School provides a balanced education that will continue to benefit your child long after their diploma has been earned.

 

6) Bullies seem to be everywhere.  How do you deal with bullying at St. Agnes School?

Bullying is never okay.  By helping our students to develop mutual empathy and understanding, we tackle bullying at the root by maintaining an environment where children pro-actively care for each other’s feelings and physical well-being.  Issues at the school are rare, and when they do arise, we work hard to maintain the safety of our environment while maintaining open communication channels with both the children involved and their parents.

We pride ourselves on encouraging a supportive environment where students’ identities and individuality are fostered and encouraged. If you are a parent who cares about your child’s individuality, and about fostering their growth into a thoughtful, compassionate leader, then St. Agnes School is the place for you.

 

7) My family isn’t Catholic and/or religious.  Will my child be welcome here?

Here at St. Agnes School, we practice the love of God by welcoming and accepting everyone who comes through our doors, regardless of faith, creed, race, sexual orientation, nationality, socio-economic status, and/or gender identity.  No matter who you are, or what you believe, you are welcome in the St. Agnes School family.

 

8) What does faith education look like at St. Agnes School?

In this place, we believe that faith is about more than saying the right words and doing the right motions.  We believe that our faith should infuse every aspect of our lives.  As children learn about God and essential aspects Catholic life in religion class, they are constantly encouraged to see ways in which they can express their faith in real life, through serving others and sharing what they have. Children attend Mass with the larger community every Friday and/or on important Holy Days, and throughout the year, many of the children participate in projects to help our community through raising money or collecting food for our neighbors in need.

 

9) You make this place sound like a paradise.  How do I know this isn’t just a lot of propaganda?

Call our school.  Connect with our Facebook.  Visit with our teachers.  Talk with our parents and our students.  Experience it for yourself.  Schedule a tour by calling (585) 226-8500 or emailing Karin at sagnesdcs@dor.org.

 

10) All right…I’m sold.  So what I do now?

You register!  Get your registration packet by calling (585) 226-8500 or emailing Karin at sagnesdcs@dor.org, or by downloading our registration forms here.

Then give yourself a high-five…welcome to the family :).