Students of any race, creed, or ethnic origin are admitted to St. Catherine Labouré School’s educational program, provided they meet the academic requirements. All students must be of the appropriate age for enrollment, in accordance with the guidelines of the Maryland State Department of Education and the Archdiocese of Washington. Students entering school in kindergarten through 8th grade are required to take a pre-admission standardized test to determine grade eligibility and appropriate grade placement.
Beginning in February registration is open to all families according to the following priorities:
St. Catherine Labouré Parishioners with enrolled siblings
St. Catherine Labouré Parishioners
Non-Parishioner Catholics with enrolled siblings
Non-Catholics with enrolled siblings
Students may enroll when the following protocol is followed:
The application forms are completed
The registration and testing fees are paid in full
Testing is completed
Current health and immunization records have been received.
Transcripts and anecdotal records from any previous schools have been received
Birth and Baptismal certificates have been received, if Catholic.
Students and parents are expected to comply with school regulations and support the school philosophy and goals.
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A well supervised and licensed Before and After Care Program is available for any student registered at St. Catherine Labouré School in Grades Pre-K-8. This service is available from 7:00 a.m.- 8:10 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m.- 6 p.m. on all days that the school is in full day session and from 12:15 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. on all days that the school is in half day session.
Students at Saint Catherine Labouré School bring their own lunches to school. However, hot lunch is offered to students twice a week in the cafeteria, which is managed by a licensed caterer and certified food handler. Milk, juice and ice cream are offered separately. Families may qualify for the federally subsidized milk program based on socioeconomic criteria.
A full-time health technician certified in First Aid and CPR staffs our Health Room. The Health Room is a one-bed facility centrally located across from the School Office. The Health Room is equipped in compliance with the Maryland State Department of Education guidelines. The health technician when prescribed by the student’s doctor gives daily medications.
Emergency care given at school is limited to immediate and appropriate assistance necessary for the prevention of further injury to the student. Immunization and health records are completed and reviewed annually in accordance with Maryland State law. An emergency card that contains pertinent information is on file for each student. Parents complete cards annually and a persistent health problem list is compiled and distributed to the faculty. The health technician also acts as a resource person to the faculty and provides annual OSHA in-servicing as required by law. St. Catherine Labouré School has adopted a Comprehensive School Crisis Plan in accordance with the Archdiocese of Washington.
Guidance services are provided by a state licensed social worker three days per week. Services include: consultations with parents and staff, evaluations, short-term individual and group counseling, and classroom presentations. Staff members and parents may request a referral for guidance services for a student, or a student may self-refer. Consultations and referrals are also provided to parents and staff. In addition the guidance counselor coordinates the Rainbow Program® for grief and loss, teaches character education in the individual classrooms, maintains a web site with information for parents and students, and provides a parent lending library on various topics of interest such as parenting, behavior difficulties, and medications for children.
St. Catherine Labouré School provides specialized instruction for students achieving at all academic levels within their regular classrooms and in small groups through one full-time resource teacher. The school offers limited academic accommodations for students with mild learning differences. Both one full-time and one part-time ESL teachers are an integral part of the faculty to support students that do not consider English their first language. One part-time federally funded Title I teacher provides small group math and reading remediation for qualified students.
The majority of our students are transported to school in private cars or carpools. Some students walk to and from school and others take advantage of public transportation. For field trips and other off-site activities, school buses are chartered.