The school year runs from August to June. School begins at 8:00 a.m., with an arrival time beginning at 7:45 a.m. School ends at 2:55 p.m. for students in K-8th grade, and dismissal concludes at 3:15p.m. Pre-Kindergarten half day students dismiss at 12:00 p.m., and Pre-Kindergarten full day students may begin dismissal at 2:30 p.m. There will be early dismissal days scheduled throughout the year for faculty meetings and professional development.
Pre-kindergarten classes for 3-year-old and 4-year-old children are offered.
- Early Learners (Pre-K 3) must be 3 years of age on or before September 30th.
- Junior Kindergarten (Pre-K 4) must be 4 years of age on or before September 30th.
For the current 2023-2024 school year, the Early Learners program (Pre-K 3) will be available on a four-day (Monday-Thursday) or five-day (Monday-Friday) basis with a half day or full day option. Students must be fully toilet trained for three months (able to use the restroom independently) upon entering our Pre-K programs.
For the 2024-2025 school year, the Early Learners program (Pre-K 3) will be available on a five-day (Monday-Friday) basis, with a half-day or full-day option. The only option available for the Junior Kindergarten (Pre-K 4) program is a five-day, full-day schedule.
A full-day Kindergarten program is offered. Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age on or before September 30th. A first-grade student must be 6 years old by September 30th and have successfully completed his/her Kindergarten year.
Beyond the Bell (BTB)
Beyond the Bell (BTB) care is provided from 7:00-7:45 a.m, and immediately following dismissal at 3:15 until 5:30p.m. All BTB students must have a registration form and parent acknowledgment form on file to participate in the BTB program.
Uniforms are purchased from Flynn-O’Hara Uniform Company. Occasionally, used uniform items can be purchased at a reduced rate from the uniform closet. For more detailed information, please see our Uniform Policy document.
PARENT/TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)
The PTO is an active and integral part of the Saint Mary Star of the Sea School operation. It provides a wide variety of auxiliary services to the school. The PTO sponsors various social and fundraising events each year. The PTO lends substantial support to the professional staff throughout the year. In order to keep the cost of tuition down, all parents are expected to volunteer at least ten hours each year.
Saint Mary Star of the Sea School is a member of the Peninsula Independent Athletic League (PIAL). The purpose of the PIAL is to promote the athletic program of the member schools through cooperative planning, scheduling, and coordination of mutual athletic interest. Students in grades 5 through 8 may participate in soccer, cross country, basketball, and volleyball.