St. Mary Catholic School Algoma Wisconsin
St. Mary Catholic School, Algoma WI Admissions and Enrollment


St. Mary School - A school you can have faith in!

Since 1876 St. Mary School in Algoma Wisconsin has been nuturing our children's educational as well as moral growth.

St. Mary School is a Christian educational community that offers parents the opportunity of a sound academic and faith-filled experience for their children.

How To Register
St. Mary School is accepting registrations for Preschool- 3, Kindergarten - 4 and grades Kindergarten through 8th for the 2009-2010 school year.

St. Mary School is open to students of all faiths and religions, offering physical education, art, music, computer, Spanish and library along with all basic subjects and religion classes.

For more information or to register, please call the school office at (920) 487-5004 or stop in the school office to pick up a registration packet at 214 Church Street, Algoma, WI 54201.

Preschool-3 and Kindergarten-4 Programs

St. Mary Preschool - 3 and K-4 programs are open to children ages of three through five.  The child must be 3 years of age by September 1 to enroll in the Preschool-3 program.  The child must be 4 years of age by September 1 to enroll in the K-4 program.  The child MUST be toilet trained to attend St. Mary Preschool. Practical, durable, and very washable clothing is best suited for preschool. 

As the Bible teaches, “God does not show favoritism”  Acts 10:3.  Therefore, St. Mary Preschool admits students of any sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin and all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities are generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, educational policies, admission policies, and other school-administered programs.

St. Mary Preschool-3 sessions are held Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:00 - 10:30.
The Kindergarten-4 program is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 - 10:30.

Preschool- 3 /K-4 fees are as follows:

*Fee based on Parish membership.

A non-refundable registration fee of $10.00 per student MUST accompany registration to ensure your child’s placement into the program. Preschool fee payments must be made monthly beginning September 1 and continuing through June 1 of the current school year.  Statements will be issued monthly for your convenience.

Registration is held in spring and throughout the summer as needed.  Tours of the school can be arranged in June or August by contacting the school principal at 487-5004.

Please visit our Preschool Section for more detailed information.

Kindergarten
A child must be 5 years of age by September 1 to enroll in Kindergarten. The child also needs to be screened in the spring semester previous to enrollment, and re-screened in early fall if requested by the teacher.

Along with registration and student emergency data, the school also needs a copy on file of the following:

  • Up-to-date Immunization Record
  • Health Examination Report signed by attending physician

Immunizations
In February 2008, the State of Wisconsin put in to place new immunization requirements. You can view the new requirements here.

State law requires all public and private school students to present written evidence of immunization against certain diseases (diptheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis and chickenpox) within 30 school days of admission. Parents and guardians of children who lack the proper immunizations will be notified and expected to make arrangements to receive the vaccinations.

Wisconsin State Immunization Law also requires that all students provide proof of varicella vaccination or an indication that the child has had the chickenpox disease.

Tuition
Tuition for grades K - 8 for the 2009 - 2010 school year is $1050.00 per student. If you are not a member of St. Mary Parish, there is a $600 per family, 'Out-of-Parish' fee.

Each school family also submits a $50.00 playground fee and is responsible to commit to 400 points of service or fundraising for the St. Mary School Home & School Association. Please see the Home & School Association section for more information. If you have any questions, please let us know!

Upon registration a minimum down payment of $50 per child plus the $35 playground fee is required. Any balance is to be paid monthly from September 1, 2009 - June 1, 2010. All checks for tuition payments are to be made to St. Mary School.

No child will be excluded from St. Mary School because of inability to pay tuition. Justice to the child is more important than payment for his/her schooling, even though the latter is needed. Tuition grants are available to assist families with payment of tuition. Please contact Father Bill Swichtenberg - 487-5001 or Principal Laura Krzysiak - 487-5004 to discuss your concerns. All information will be held in strictest confidence.

The playground fee and Home & School Commitment points do not fall under any tuition assistance programs.

Dress/Uniform Code
It is always expected that the clothing and one’s personal appearance will be respectable and appropriate so that it does not distract from the educational process. Extremes in hairstyles and dress are unacceptable and up to the discretion of the administration.

All students in Grades K-8 will wear St. Mary School uniform shirt. All uniform shirts must be purchased from the school.

The uniform also consists of PLAIN dress slacks or corduroys for both male and female students. Color choices are optional. NO JEANS, NO SWEATPANTS, NO WINDPANTS, NO TIGHT LEGGINGS, OF ANY COLOR. NO CAMOUFLAGE, NO EXCESSIVE SNAPS, ZIPPERS OR DECORATIONS.

Girls may wear skirts, knee-length or longer, of any color.

Sweaters and sweatshirts- Uniform sweaters and sweatshirts will be standardized through the school’s choice of supplier and available for purchase from the school. The uniform sweater or sweatshirt may be worn over the uniform shirt, but not in place of it.

Every Friday will be considered a “Casual Friday” on which students will be allowed to wear jeans and casual attire in place of the school uniform. No signs, logos, or statements encouraging the use of drugs or alcoholic beverages nor any statements or graphics that are contrary to the mission and philosophy of St. Mary School may be worn.

Students who wear pierced jewelry may wear one “stud” or “post” type earring per ear lobe at school or school activities. Students may wear a watch and one ring per hand but no bracelets or necklaces of any type may be worn.

Transportation
Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from school. Bus transportation is provided by the Algoma Public School System for those eligible to ride the bus. The public school system has contracted Dworak Bus Service from Kewaunee to provide this service. Parents can call Dworak Bus Service in Algoma (920) 487-2920 or Kewaunee (920) 388-2777 - directly to arrange for bus transportation for your student.

Parents may also consider car pooling, especially those who live outside the Algoma school district.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Q:
Do we have to be Catholic and/or members of St. Mary Parish to send our children to St. Mary School?
A: No. You do not have to be Catholic and can belong to any Parish and send your children to St. Mary School. St. Mary School is open to students of all faiths and religions.

Q: Do we have to live in Algoma, the Algoma Public School District or Kewaunee County to send our children to St. Mary School?
A: No. St. Mary School accepts students from the entire area.

Q: Do we have to apply via the public school district's open enrollment period in February of each year to send our children to St. Mary School?
A: No. St. Mary School is a private school and you can apply for enrollment at any time during the year.

Q: Can our children visit the classrooms?
A: Yes. Please call or stop in the school office to make arrangements for you and your children to visit the classrooms and receive a tour of the school.

Q: Our children once attended SMS but we transferred them to a different school. Can we transfer them back to SMS?
A: Yes. Please call or stop in the school office to register your children at SMS.

Q: Our financial situation has changed since the beginning of the school year and we no longer feel we can afford the tuition. Can we apply for help?
A: Yes. Please contact Father Bill Swichtenberg - 487-5001 or Principal Laura Krzysiak - 487-5004 to discuss your situation. All information will be held in strictest confidence.

Q: What time is school in session?
A: The entrance bell rings at 7:55 am. School begins at 8:00 am and students are released at 3:10 pm.

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