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Frequently Asked Questions

 
These are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have more questions, please contact our Admissions Office at admissions@allsaintsnorwalk.com, call us at 203-847-3881 or come pay us a visit! 
 

Can you tell me about your school 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.

What are your 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. 
 
 
 

What is the dress code or uniform?

The complete uniform guidelines can be found here. All Preschool students take part in a dress code; navy blue pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers, long /short sleeve polo shirts. Sneakers. White socks or tights. Navy blue sweaters are optional.

In Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, girls wear a jumper and a white short/long sleeve blouse. Navy blue socks or tights and navy or black shoes. The boys wear navy pants with a gray short/long sleeve polo shirt. Navy or Black socks and shoes.

Girls in Grades Six through Eight wear a navy blue skort with a white short/long sleeve polo shirt. Navy blue socks or tights and navy or black shoes. Boys in Grades Six through Eight wear navy pants with a white short/long sleeve polo shirt. Navy or Black socks and shoes.

On gym day, the children wear a gym uniform, a blue shirt or sweatshirt with blue sweatpants or shorts.

There is an optional summer uniform as well which includes walking 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 is the size of your school?

While enrollment varies slightly year to year, we have approximately 450 students in our school. We have two classes per grade with an average class size from 20 to 25. 

What are the qualifications of your teachers?

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.

Do you offer any foreign language instruction?

We offer Spanish beginning in Preschool through Grade 8.

Do you have 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. In addition, we have a drama club for students in grades 5-8.

What are your organized sports and extracurricular offerings?

Our students can participate in school organized sports teams and clinics including basketball, volleyball, track, field hockey, soccer and gym games, 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 are your Physical Education classes held?

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

Do students attend Mass?

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.

Does my child have to be Catholic to attend the school?

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

What are the age requirements for your school?

  • Pre-K 3’s: The child must be 3 years old by December 31 and must be toilet trained.

  • Pre-K 4’s: The child must be 4 years old by December 31.

  • Kindergarten: The child must be 5 years old by December 31.

Do you have an 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. You can find out more about it here. 

How are the test scores for the school? Are they compared to public school?

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 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.

What is the school security protocol?

All the doors in the building are kept locked and security cameras monitor the main doors and all of the first floor hallways and playgrounds. In addition, we have a full-time security guard on campus at all times. 

Is Tuition Assistance available?

Yes. Tuition assistance 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 bus service for my child?

Yes. If you live in Norwalk, the Bus Company provides bus service to our school. Schedules can be found on the Norwalk Public Schools website during the last weeks of August.

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 or emergency?

The school will send a Robo call and text 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.