All Saints Catholic School Challenging Minds, Inspiring Hearts. For Students in Pre-K to Grade 8

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Curriculum
 
Can you tell me about the curriculum?
Our school’s curriculum follows the subject area Curriculum Maps developed by the Bridgeport Diocesan Schools using best practices and cutting-edge data driven research. The curriculum maps are dynamic – changing to reflect the teaching-learning process in the classroom. Tied to the state standards, these maps are the prescribed curriculum for all the Catholic schools in Fairfield County. Each grade level’s content, students’ skills and the types of assessment used to evaluate the students’ skills are clearly articulated in the maps. Please click here for a detailed description of the Curriculum by grade level.


General

What are the school hours?
The hours for Kindergarten through Grade Eight are from 7:50 am until 2:05 pm. The Preschool Program starts at 7:50 am and ends at 1:45 pm. There is an extended day program that ends at 5:45pm. 

How many students are in the school?
There are approximately 500 students in the school with an average class size ranging from 20 to 25 students.

What is the dress code or uniform?
All Preschool classes take part in a dress code;  navy blue pants, skirts, dresses, long /short sleeve Polo shirts. Sneakers. Navy blue sweaters are optional.

In Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, girls wear a jumper and a white blouse. The boys wear navy slacks with a grey polo.

Girls in Grades Six through Eight wear a navy blue skirt with a white polo shirt. Boys in Grades Six through Eight wear navy pants with a white polo shirt.

On gym day, the children wear a gym uniform, a white shirt or sweatshirt with blue sweatpants or shorts. All uniforms for Grades K-8 are purchased through Dennis Uniform Company. Preschool uniforms are available at Dennis, but may be purchased at any store. There is also a uniform exchange program where you may be able to receive a previously worn uniform at no cost.

What are the qualifications of the teachers? Do they hold an advanced degree?
We have 33 full-time teachers and 4 part-time teachers. 100% of our teachers are certified in the State of Connecticut and 75% have advanced degrees.

Are foreign languages taught?
We offer Spanish beginning in Preschool through Grade 8.

Is there a music program?
Yes. Children attend music classes weekly. We also have a school band for students in 3rd through 8th Grade, as well as a strings program for students in grade Preschool through 8th Grade. 
 
Do the children participate in organized sports or activities?
Yes. Our students can participate in school organized Basketball teams, Robotics club, Scouts, School Newspaper, Italian and Spanish Clubs, Yearbook Club, Student Council, Sign Language Club, and various community outreach projects.

Do you have a cafeteria?
Yes, we have a cafeteria with a full-service hot lunch program. Children in grades K-8 eat in the cafeteria. Children in Preschool eat lunch in their classrooms.

Where is Gym held?
When the weather is nice, gym class is held on the school property on one of our many fields. When the weather does not permit, gym class is held in our full-size gymnasium.

Do the children go to church? How often do they attend church?
Yes. The children go to church for special holidays, approximately once a month and on holy days. Children in grades K-8 prepare and participate in class masses and prayer services which are held in our chapel. We hold monthly school masses in our auditorium.

Do I have to be Catholic?
You do not have to be Catholic to attend the school. All religious affiliations are welcome.

What about your extended day program?
The extended day program is held daily from dismissal until 5:45 pm. During the after-school program, the children do their homework, have a snack, and play outdoors, weather permitting. All of our extended day programs are staffed by our All Saints faculty and staff.

How are the test scores for the school compared to public schools?
All Saints Catholic School, like many public and private schools throughout the United States, utilizes a standardized test of basic skills. On average, our students exhibit test scores that are one to two grades above their grade level in math and reading. Our testing data shows that the longer a child attends All Saints Catholic School, the better their academic performance.

What are the holidays for the school? Are they the same as the public schools?
In general, All Saints Catholic School follows the holiday schedule of the Norwalk Public Schools. For example, we have our Christmas, Winter and Spring Breaks at the same time. However, typically there are some days that public schools are closed while All Saints Catholic School is open, and vice-versa.

Are the parents involved in the school? Is there a parent association?
We have a very active Home School Association (HSA), the equivalent of a Parent-Teacher Organization. The HSA hosts events for the school community and buys necessary equipment for the classrooms and the grounds, and much more. Parents volunteer in numerous ways – in the classrooms as well as on a variety of projects and committees.

During the day are the school doors locked?
All the doors in the building are kept locked and cameras monitor the main doors.

Is financial aid available?
Yes. Financial aid is available. Tuition is set by the Bridgeport Diocese. There are discounts for families with more than one child at the school. Members of any Catholic parish in the Diocese receive a substantial discount.

Is there school bus service for my child?
Yes. If you live in Norwalk, the Bus Company provides bus service to our school.
 
What time does school start on Delayed Opening Days?
The school day begins at 10 am. Students can enter the building starting at 9:30 am. Please do not drop off your student before this time.
 
How will I be notified about School Delays, Early Dismissals or Closures due to inclement weather?
The school will call and send a text a message to enrolled parents as soon as a decision is made. All Saints Catholic School follows the Norwalk Public School District decision. 
 
What time does school get out on an Early Dismissal Day?
The school day ends at 11:45 am for K-8. Preschool students are dismissed at 11:30 am.