What is the school’s history?
St. Louise is a grade pre-K through 8, co-ed, Roman Catholic school which was opened in 1961 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. We continue over 55 years later with a committed lay staff who carry on the Catholic school traditions of providing a values-based education with high academic standards taught in lovingly-disciplined classrooms. We are known for having strongly supportive parent volunteers and a well-rounded curriculum that is infused with Gospel values.
Can you tell me about the faculty, administration, and staff?
The St. Louise teaching faculty is comprised of 28 teachers, including specialists in math, reading, art, music, computer, physical education, library, Spanish, and student-support. The staff also includes six instructional assistants, four before-and-after-school care supervisors, two development directors, two secretaries, a bookkeeper, a technology support specialist, and a school nurse. The principal is Dan Fitzpatrick, who has been the administrator at St. Louise since 1988 – making him the longest serving principal at the same school among the 73 other Catholic schools in Western Washington. Mike Fuerte, who was once a student himself at St. Louise, is our vice-principal.
What are some of the unique features of St. Louise School?
Are the curriculum and test scores of high quality?
High academic expectations from our teachers are one of the reasons why we have hard working students and well above average scores in assessments. (See the separate sheet showing our impressive test scores.) The curriculum at St. Louise consists of religion, language arts, reading, social studies, science, math, physical education, computer education, library skills, art, music, handwriting, Spanish, personal safety, and drug education, with a study skills program integrated throughout the curriculum. All curricular areas are updated and evaluated by the staff on a regular basis.
Do you offer before and after school child care?
Affordable daycare is provided by the St. Louise Kids’ Club on-site between 7:00 and 8:20 a.m. and between 3:00 and 5:45 p.m. (2:00 and 5:45 p.m. on Mondays). Space is limited, as the maximum enrollment in Kids’ Club is 70 children. Children accepted for admission to St. Louise School are not necessarily admitted to Kids’ Club. For more information on the program regarding application and fees, please go to our website - http://www.stlouiseschool.org/ - and click on the “ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS” tab.
Are there extra-curricular activities available for my child?
All grade K-8 students have different opportunities to participate in extra-curricular offerings. K-8 students may participate in soccer and cross country athletic programs, while grade 4-8 students are also able to play on our basketball, volleyball, baseball, and track teams. We compete in the CYO league (Catholic Youth Organization) against other Catholic schools in King County. A Spanish language class, a drama program, a speech team, a robotics team, a chess club, a choir, a math club, an art club, and a science club are offered after school for various grade levels. Band is offered before school for grade 5-8 students. Fifth graders comprise our safety patrol program, sixth graders participate in a weeklong, overnight, environmental education camp near Mt. Rainier, and seventh and eighth graders attend weekly elective classes, which enrich their education by providing unique learning experiences not typically offered to middle school students.
What does it cost to give my child a Catholic school education?
St. Louise Parish School’s tuition is the most affordable of all the Catholic schools on the greater Eastside (i.e. Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, Mercer Island). Our tuition is based on the number of children in a family enrolled at St. Louise and the family’s parishioner status. A reduced “contributing parishioner” tuition rate is available for registered/contributing parishioners from St. Louise Parish or any of these Catholic parishes on the Eastside:
Please note that the standards to be considered a “contributing parishioner” are established by each parish’s administration. Tuition may be paid on a monthly basis from July through June. The tuition rates may be found on the “Admissions” page of our school website.
What are the steps to apply for admissions?
A complete packet to submit for admissions consideration includes an application form, tuition contract, application fee, current report card and standardized test scores, a recommendation from the child’s current teacher, and an addendum form noting past evaluations/accommodations. For kindergarten entrance, a readiness assessment is conducted by our teachers after all paperwork is received. For junior high students, an interview with the administration may be conducted. Informal testing of students may be required in other grade levels.