Parents should call the elementary school principal. For more general information, please call (502)-634-1315.
Catholic schools provide an excellent academic curriculum and a faith-based environment. Christ-centered values are emphasized as schools focus on the development of the whole child within the context of a caring community. School programs address the spiritual, academic, social, physical and emotional needs of children.
Catholic elementary schools serve students in grades K-8; most schools also have preschool programs. Some programs accept 3-and-4-year old children and some accept 4-year old children. Please see individual schools for information.
Approximately 13,100 students attend 40 elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Enrollment can range from 100 to 800 per school. Check with individual schools for specific enrollment figures.
Some Catholic elementary schools offer fee-based contract bus transportation to students and families. Please check with individual Catholic schools about bus service availability. All schools will assist parents in establishing and organizing carpools or identifying other families that can assist with transportation.
Most schools either have after-school care programs or have arrangements with other care providers for after-school care. Check with your school about the services available. In addition, many Catholic elementary schools have preschool services for 3- and 4-year-old children. See individual schools for information about the preschool, after-school, and daycare services available.
For initial admission, children must be five years of age before August 1 of the current school year to enter kindergarten. To enter first grade, children must be six years of age before August 1 of the current year and must have attended a certified kindergarten.
All children must have up-to-date immunizations, and all are required to have a physical examination. An eye exam is required for students aged 3 through 6 upon their initial admission to school.
Individual schools may have more specific and detailed admission requirements, including pre-kindergarten testing. Please contact the school for specific information.
Parents apply for admission at individual schools between November and March; most schools have registration in January and February. Each school sets its own admission policies and dates for pre-registration and registration.
For initial admission, the documents needed include birth and baptismal certificates (if applicable), current immunization certificates, and physical examination and eye examination results (for students age 3-6). Students who are currently enrolled in grades K-8 in other schools will need to present copies of academic/permanent records.
Schools set their own enrollment policies.
The Archdiocese suggests the following for admission priorities for elementary schools:
- Children of active parishioners:
- Children from parish families with children already enrolled;
- Oldest child just reaching school age;
- Children of new parishioners who are transferring from a Catholic school or children of new parishioners from an area where a Catholic school was not available but the children participated fully in the religious education programs offered.
- Children from non-parish families with students already enrolled.
- Other Catholic children.
- Non-Catholic children.
Approximately 15% of students in Catholic elementary schools are from other faith traditions. All students take religious classes, and programs are built upon a shared sense of faith and respect for the unique contribution of each student.
Each school has its own specific statement of philosophy. The archdiocesan mission and vision statements for Catholic schools are:
The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Louisville exist to serve and engage young people in response to the call of Jesus Christ to “teach all nations.” In partnership with families and parishes, we seek to form our students, and through them, transform our world in light of the Gospel message. Our diverse community of schools, each with its own unique history, spirit, and tradition, prepared our graduates to live their faith as maturing adults and provide Christian leadership for Church and society.
As stewards of Catholic education, our community of schools leads the way to a just and life-giving future without limits. Through collaboration, our faith and learning communities empower each other to learn our Catholic teachings, achieve academic excellence, embrace diversity, accept challenges, take risks, and seek God’s image in self and others. We are called to transform ourselves, one another, and the world through the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this complex time of rapid change.
Class size will vary from school to school. The Archdiocese recommends the following class size limits:
- Grades K-3 = 29
- Grades 4-6 = 31
- Grades 7-8 = 35
Local school boards may set different limits.
Teacher assistants are recommended when primary grades have more than 25 students.
Curriculum guides are available for all content areas. These are based on national and state standards and are updated on a regular cycle. The guides outline what students should know, understand and be able to do. They include the specific concepts and skills appropriate for each grade level. Performance standards detail the ways students will demonstrate their learning.
Students in Catholic schools study mathematics, reading and literature, science, social studies, religion, physical education, music and art. Many schools also offer a foreign language.
The complete Archdiocese of Louisville Curriculum Handbook can be found here.
Teachers in Catholic schools have appropriate college degrees for the grade levels and subjects they teach. Three out of four teachers have advanced degrees. Teachers are certified by the state of Kentucky for the grade levels and subject areas that they teach.
Teaching experience will vary by school. Archdiocesan schools offer a variety of experience levels from teacher interns through veteran teachers.
Chromebooks, tablets, laptops, and tablet computers are the tools that students in Archdiocese of Louisville elementary schools use daily. Brands and types of technology vary from school to school. Philosophically, however, the schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville agree that using technology increases student learning. Many schools have one-to-one programs in certain grades with the hope of expanding to more grades as finances allow. Interactive whiteboards and interactive tablets give students opportunities to demonstrate their learning on both large and small scales. Some schools have moved to a paperless classroom environment where all assignments are submitted electronically to the teacher. Google Drive allows students to produce collaborative work such as presentations or to develop class polls. Students in Archdiocese of Louisville schools are truly 21st century learners using 21st century tools to frame their learning. Technology allows students to do old tasks in a new way, but even better, to do tasks that were never possible before technology was available.
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville use a model of inclusion for students with special learning needs. Students with mild to moderate learning disabilities are enrolled in regular classrooms. A special needs coordinator works closely with teachers and parents to identify strategies, modifications and/or accommodations that can help a student with learning differences achieve success.
Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville administer the Terra Nova, 3rd Edition, a norm-referenced achievement test, to students in grades 3, 5 and 7. Individual schools may choose to administer the Terra Nova to students in other grade levels. Terra Nova assesses the subject areas of reading, language, mathematics, science and social studies.
Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville consistently perform above the national average on the Terra Nova, and several Catholic elementary schools have been recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Please contact individual schools for detailed information about test scores.
Catholic elementary schools also administer the Assessment of Catechesis Religious Education (ACRE) to students in grades 5 and 8. ACRE provides questions to assess faith knowledge and questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions to assist in the evaluation of religious education programs in Catholic schools and parishes. Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville consistently perform at the proficient level on this assessment.
Elementary school students are regularly assessed through a varied and balanced combination of practices. Assessment is designed to be a comprehensive analysis of student progress. Assessment in the Archdiocese of Louisville includes a balance of formative and summative assessment. In this way, students are assessed throughout the learning process (formative assessment) so that the results can be used to guide decisions regarding future instruction. Summative assessment takes place after instruction to determine if the anticipated learning has occurred. This type of assessment validates a student’s readiness to proceed. Summative assessment is evaluative in nature and provides the information needed to support grading.
As the primary educators of their children, parents are welcome and encouraged to become involved in a variety of ways. Regular Parent-Teacher-Student (PTS) conferences are required to discuss students’ goals, academic achievement and other school-related issues. There are many volunteer opportunities available in Catholic schools, including assisting in classrooms, tutoring students, leading enrichment programs and helping in the school office. In addition, parents serve in vital leadership positions on Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) and School Advisory Boards. Please contact individual schools for specific opportunities.
Almost all Catholic elementary schools have a counselor on staff who can provide assistance and referrals to students and families. Some schools and/or parishes also offer support groups on various topics for students and parents.
Extracurricular opportunities will vary by school. Programs found in many of our schools include: Young Authors, Book Bee, Outstanding Catholic Reader, Quick Recall, Ecology Club, Junior Achievement, Great Books, Mathcounts, science fairs, academic fairs, scouts, sports, school newspapers and school broadcasts, student council, 4-H, Red Cross, etc.
At Catholic elementary schools, athletics are administered through the sponsoring parish(es) and are open to all active parishioners as well as students who attend the elementary school. Some parishes join with other parishes to sponsor athletic programs. Opportunities include volleyball, football, basketball, baseball, softball, track, soccer and, in some cases, tennis, cheerleading, golf, field hockey, swimming and lacrosse. For more information about policies and schedules for Catholic athletics, please visit the Catholic School Athletic Association site at www.loucsaa.org.
The Catholic Education Foundation offers financial assistance to families of elementary school students, and some parishes or schools offer additional assistance. Tuition assistance has expanded due to the Catholic school elementary plan; for more information see here. For all types of aid, families must apply through FACTS by the end of February. One application can be used for all of the children in your family, even if they attend different schools. The application form is available beginning December 15 at www.ceflou.org and copy of your 2017 returns must be submitted with the form. For more information, please call (502)-634-1315.
Some schools charge a general fee for books, athletics and other expenses at the time of registration, and some schools incorporate these fees into the overall tuition figure. Check with your school about how they handle fees. Before- and after-school care and bus fees are charged separately if your school offers these services. Parents also should budget for the cost of school uniforms. Many schools hold used uniform sales.