FAQs

 
Q: How many students are there at St. Matthew’s and how many grades?
A: St. Matthew’s is a Preschool-Grade 8 School with approximately 350 students. There are three divisions: Early Childhood (Preschool and Pre-K); “Lower School” (Kindergarten-Grade 4); and “Upper School” (Grades 5-8).
 
Q: For which grades do you accept applications?
A: St. Matthew’s Parish School welcomes applications from qualified students at all grade levels. However, there are several key entry points, which include Preschool and Grades 5-6 where spaces are built in. While openings at other grade levels are unpredictable and based on attrition, interested families are encouraged to apply.
 
Q: When should I begin the application process?
A: Applications should be requested in the fall before the anticipated year of entry. Applications are generally available in the first week of September. The application deadlines are as follows:
 
 Preschool & Pre-K (SIBLING)  October 7, 2016
 Preschool & Pre-K (NON-SIBLING)  November 22, 2016
 Kindergarten – Grade 4  December 9, 2016
 Grades 5-8  January 20, 2017
 
Applications received after these dates will be considered only if spaces remain available.
 
Q: Are there age requirements for entrance into the Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten programs?
A: Yes, age requirements are as follows:
 
 Preschool   Boys: 3 before June 1, 2017  Girls: 3 before September 1, 2017
 Pre-K  Boys: 4 before June 1, 2017  Girls: 4 before September 1, 2017
 Kindergarten  Boys: 5 before June 1, 2017  Girls: 5 before September 1, 2017
 
Q: Are there open houses and opportunities to tour the campus?
A: We have several dates scheduled for Open Houses and Tours throughout the fall. Please see the schedule below. Open Houses for Preschool & Pre-K and Kindergarten-Grade 4 are for parents only. Parents and students applying to Grades 5-8 are welcome to attend one of our Upper School Open Houses.
 
 Preschool & Pre-K Open House & School Tour (1)  Thursday, October 20, 9:15 am
 Preschool & Pre-K Open House & School Tour (2)  Thursday, November 3, 9:15 am
 K-4 Open House & School Tour  Thursday, November 15, 8:45 am
 5-8 Open House & School Tour (1)  Tuesday, December 6, 8:45 am
 5-8 Open House & School Tour (2)  Thursday, January 12, 8:45 am
 
Q: Are there any testing requirements for applicants?
A:  Applicants to St. Matthew's are required to attend an assessment based on the grade level to which they are applying.
  • Preschool: Applicants (except those currently enrolled in the Bridge program) are required to attend one of our "Preschool Playgroups" scheduled in December. 
  • Pre-K: Applicants are required to attend a Playgroup on February 3, 9:15-9:45 a.m.
  • Kindergarten: Applicants must attend one of our two scheduled afternoon assessments: February 15 and March 3, 12:45-2:30 p.m. 
  • Grades 1-4: Applicants are required to attend a Saturday morning assessment, currently scheduled for March 4. 
  • Grades 5-8: All applicants must take the ISEE at a local secondary school. A schedule of test dates may be found at www.iseetest.org. Please use the St. Matthew's school code: 054075.
 
Q: How much does St. Matthew’s cost?
A: Please see the Affording St. Matthew’s page of our website for further details on tuition rates and financial aid.
 
Q: What if we missed the admission application deadline?
A: Please contact the Admission Office directly. We will be happy to discuss availability at that point.
 
Q: My child’s name was placed in the Applicant Pool. How does this differ from a Wait List?
A: Due to the high number of students who return and a large pool of qualified applicants each year, St. Matthew’s is typically unable to accept all applicants who are qualified for admission. In this situation, we offer qualified students a place in our Applicant Pool. Because all students in our Wait Pool are qualified for admission we refer to it as a “Pool” instead of a “List”, which implies a certain rank order.
Should any openings occur before the beginning of the next school year, the Admission Committee selects candidates from this pool using the same criteria applied in the initial admission process.
 
Q: How far in advance do I need to apply for Preschool?
A: Unlike some Preschool programs, St. Matthew’s does not have a waiting list for applicants prior to the normal timeline for the next year. All families with children eligible for entry into Preschool are given the opportunity to apply at the same time (the year prior to entry).
 
Q: What if my child is too young for Preschool? Are there any other programs offered?
A: St. Matthew’s offers a weekly Parent-Infant/Toddler class for parents who have children of age three and younger. In addition, we offer a Bridge Program, which meets 2-5 afternoons a week in the Preschool for children of age two to three. For more information about these programs, please visit the Program section of our website.
Please note that participation in these programs is not a factor in Preschool Admission decisions.
 
Q: If we have applied in the past, do we need to fill out a new application for the current year?
A: Families who wish their children to be considered as candidates for the current admission year must submit a new application at the appropriate time. Current references and academic records are required.
 
Q: How are admission decisions made at St. Matthew’s?
A: Please see our Principles of Admission Practices section for more information on how our decisions are made.
 
Q: When will I be notified if my child has been accepted?
A: We have two dates for sending admission decision letters.
  • Preschool letters will be mailed on February 9, 2017.
  • Pre-K - Grade 8 letters will be mailed on March 17, 2017.