St. Therese School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
As openings become available, the following priorities will be used to accept students to St. Therese School:
1. Siblings of students already attending St. Therese School
2. Members of St. Therese parish
3. Members of other Catholic parishes
4. Non-Catholic students
Children entering kindergarten must be five (5) years of age by September 1. Children entering first grade must be six (6) years of age by September 1. At the time of registration, all new students seeking admission to St. Therese School are evaluated on the basis of standardized test scores, report cards, and other available information. Requirements include:
- Verification of active parish affiliation/stewardship
- Birth Certificate (original)
- Baptismal Certificate (Catholic applicants only)
- Standardized Test Results
Students applying for admission in Grades 1-8 must present a copy of the current report card and any standardized test results. These will be reviewed to determine whether the program at St. Therese School will meet the educational needs of the students. An interview with the student and the family is part of the admission process.
All new students will be given a trial period in which to prove himself/herself both socially and academically. If during this trial period there are any problems, a student may be asked to withdraw his/her attendance at St. Therese School.
Non-Catholic students whose parents accept the philosophy of St. Therese School will be accepted on a space available basis. Non-Catholic students are required to participate in all religious classes and activities provided by the school.
If a student has special needs beyond the scope of a regular classroom, St. Therese School reserves the right to determine whether the school can accept such a student.
Each January, the school hosts an Open house where our principal, Donna Illerbrun, presents an overview of the school and answers questions. Tours of the school are offered at the open house. Tours are also conducted on a monthly basis from August through April. Please call the school registrar to schedule a tour.
To apply for admission to school, complete an admissions application form and submit it with a $250 non-refundable application fee. Checks should be made payable to St. Therese School.
Upon receipt of the application and fee, prospective students will be placed on the enrollment list (or waiting list if no opening is available at the time of application) and the registrar will schedule appointments for testing and interviews. Payment of the application fee does not guarantee placement in the school.
Registration for the the new School Year is underway. For questions or interview call 344-4479.
New families will be interviewed by the principal. Children entering Pre-school must be 4 years old by September 1 and fully toilet trained. Students entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1.
Previous school records are necessary for students entering grades 1-8. Placement tests may be given at the principal's discretion.
- Tuition rate per child: $4,500.00
- Registration rate per child: $ 250.00 - Please note: this fee is non refundable and as of March 27 the fee will be $300.00 for returning families.
- Raffle tickets per family: $ 300.00
- Subsidy per child: $ 500.00
- Testing & Technology Fee per child: $ 50.00
- Work service hours (20 hours per family or $10 per hour assessment) see page 12 of the handbook
Families with more than one child attending St. Therese School will pay tuition on a sliding reduced-fee scale (85% for each child after the 1st child.) The tuition is $4,500 for 1 child, $8,325 for 2 children, $12,150 for three children, and $15,975 for 4 children. (A family is defined as a single unit housed under one roof where children share the same parent/guardian who has legal custody and financial responsibility for the children.)
Tuition Payment Options:
- Pay in full by May 27 (receive a 3% discount), or
- Pay ½ annual tuition by June 5 and the remainder by December 5 by enrolling in FACTS® Tuition Management Service, or
- Enroll in the FACTS® Tuition Management Service with ten monthly payments which begin in July.
- Please note that you may pay in full for one child and utilize FACTS® for another.
- To guarantee placement, the registration fee for returning students is due by February 28.
- All registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
- There is a $25 returned check fee for all checks made payable to St. Therese School that do not clear the bank.
- • There is an annual non-refundable $41.00 fee for enrollment in the FACTS® program per family. This fee will be collected by FACTS® – please do not make this payment to the school.
- All families not selecting the FACTS® tuition plan in their registration packet are expected to make direct payment in full to St. Therese School no later than the first day of school.
TUITION AND FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
Fees and tuition are subject to change without notice.
Financial aid scholarships are available for qualified applicants. You can apply for financial aid at www.FactsTuitionAid.com. The Tuition Aid program includes the ST. THERESE SCHOOL scholarship and other scholarships available through the Archdiocese including the Catholic Foundation. Educate New Mexico is an independent, non-profit organization established by volunteers to promote and finance excellent educational opportunities for students from families with modest incomes. www.educatenm.org. The Catholic Schools Office offers financial aid through the Adopt-a-Student program. This program provides monetary help for families who need tuition assistance. For more information, call (505) 831-8173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Therese School is pleased to offer tuition payment plan options through FACTS Management Company. FACTS is mandatory for all families. Through FACTS you will be able to:
- Arrange for full, semester, or monthly payments
- FACTS will allow you to make payment(s) by:
- Automatic Bank Payments from your Checking or Savings account
- Automatic Charges to your Credit Card*
There are no setup fees or interest charges.
*There is a 2.5% convenience fee for credit card payments.
We believe that tuition payments are an investment in your child’s education and religious formation.. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the Council to ensure that adequate financial resources are available for the school, and that enrollment is as available and affordable as much as possible to all families.
I. All families shall be expected to make tuition payments according to one of the following payment plans. Each family’s preferred manner of payment must be submitted each year at the time of student registration. Unless indicated, payment will be submitted using the FACTS Tuition Management Plan. Options for payment shall include:
A. Full Payment. Under this plan the entire amount of tuition is paid through the FACTS plan on July 1.
B. Semester Payment. Under this plan the entire amount of tuition is paid through the FACTS Plan in two installments due in July and December. Through this plan, the family authorizes the bank to transfer the tuition payment from a checking or savings account.
C. Monthly Payments. Under this plan the entire amount of tuition is paid monthly over an eleven (11) month period beginning in July through the FACTS Plan. Through this plan, the family authorizes the bank to transfer the tuition payment from a checking or savings account.
II. Late Registrations
A. Families registering after July 1 or on the first day of school shall be expected to fulfill their tuition obligations according to the tuition policy stated previously.
B. Tuition for students registering after the first day of school shall be prorated over the number of school days they will be in attendance plus an additional month of tuition. This additional amount covers the Books/Instructional Fee/Supply Fee that is included in the annual tuition cost.
C. A late re-registration fee of $50.00 will apply to families registering after the registration deadline as established each school year. The re-registration fee does not guarantee placement.
III. Late Payments
It shall be the responsibility of each school family to keep the Business Manager or school office informed of their need to make any changes in their preferred tuition payment plan or adjustments in the amount of tuition expected to be paid. Without such information, the following policy will apply when tuition payments are received late.
A. Re-Registration. Suitable payment arrangements must be made on delinquent accounts before re-registration will be accepted.
B. Full Payment. When full payment has not been made by July 1, the family will be contacted by the Business Manager within five (5) working days concerning the missed payment.
C. Semester Payments. When a semester payment has not been made by the due date, the Business Manager will contact the family within five (5) working days concerning the missed payment. At this time, if payment is not made, the family will be required to pay monthly through the FACTS Plan.
D. Monthly Payments. School families who choose the eleven (11) month payment plan and miss a monthly payment due to insufficient funds, will be automatically charged a $25.00 missed payment fee by FACTS and may incur a similar penalty from their own banking institution. After being informed of a missed tuition payment by FACTS, the missed payment will be re-attempted on the next available payment date. If an emergency has occurred, suitable arrangements must be made with the Business Manager or school office.
In addition, school families who are 45 days in arrears will be informed that their child/children will not be allowed to attend school according to the “Non-Admission” specifications of this policy.
Tuition assistance is available through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Families may apply on-line at www.FactsTuitionAid.com. Financial aid is also available from Educate New Mexico at www.educatenm.org or by calling 505-797-4002.
For the sake of your family’s security and peace of mind, and for the general financial stability of our school, we encourage parents or guardians to contact the school as soon as possible when they are experiencing economic difficulties.
NON-ADMISSION OF STUDENTS DUE TO TUITION DELINQUENCY
School families failing to pay tuition according to the agreement that they have made with the school or who have been unwilling to make suitable alternative arrangements with the school will be informed that their child/children will not be allowed to attend our school.
All families must be current in their payment of tuition:
By August 5th:
If not, students will not be admitted on the first day of school.
By December 20th:
If not, students will not be re-admitted on the first day of class in January.
By May 5th:
If not, final exams will not be given students and report cards will show an incomplete in each subject. In addition, eighth grade students will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies or receive their diploma.
DELINQUENT TUITION FROM PREVIOUS YEAR (S)
All previously unpaid tuition must be paid by June 15 if a student is to be re-admitted on the first day of class for a new school year. Payments are made directly to the school. After June 15, the student’s enrollment position will be made available to any student on the waiting list. If payment is not possible, suitable arrangements must be made with the Business Manager.
TUITION MUST BE CURRENT BEFORE STUDENT WITHDRAWALS WILL BE PROCESSED.
ALL WITHDRAWALS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING.
A separate, non-refundable registration fee is paid to the school at the time of registration each year. The current fee is $250 per student.
A late re-registration fee of $50.00 will apply to families re-registering after the deadline. The late fee will be added to the FACTS contract if not paid at time of registration. The responsible party will be notified by mail.
The re-registration fee does not guarantee placement.
BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
The cost of books is included in the total tuition fee and is paid according to one of the options offered for tuition payments, either annually, semi-annually, or according to the FACTS automatic monthly deduction plan. A supply fee for notebooks, pens, pencils, paper and other consumable supplies provided by the school is also included in the total tuition fee. However, the school administration may request that parents purchase additional supplies specific to their student’s grade level. A supply list is sent to families before the start of school.
ARCHDIOCESAN SUBSIDY POLICY – Parish Subsidy for Elementary Schools (Pre-K through 8)
Since tuition does not cover the full costs borne by the school to educate the student, each parish (whether the parish has a school or not) will pay a $500 subsidy per student for registered parishioners with the following stipulations: (a) the parent/guardian of this student must be registered, for at least one calendar year prior to the subsidy year, in the parish from which they are requesting the subsidy and meet the minimum attendance requirement; and (b) to demonstrate that the family satisfies the contribution requirement, the family must use the Sunday envelopes, given at Mass, at least twice a month as evidence of regular attendance at Sunday Mass and financial support of the parish. Any family that does not meet these criteria must pay the subsidy to the appropriate Catholic elementary school. Families relocating from outside of the school area (i.e., city, state, or town) are to be considered in an equitable manner in regard to the aforementioned criteria.
The subsidy is to be paid to the school by the family’s parish (if they qualify) or by the family (if they do not qualify) as a means of offsetting the operating burden of Catholic elementary schools. The subsidy is not to be used to reduce individual tuition.
The parish subsidy fee is non-refundable and is due by July 1st. Families will be billed through the FACTS Tuition Management Plan.
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