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Frequently Asked Questions

How old is All Saints?

All Saints Catholic School opened its doors for the first time for the 2003-04 school year. This school year we are celebrating our fifteenth year in operation.

What is your curriculum?

All Diocesan schools are required to follow a Diocese of Palm Beach integrated curriculum. The standards and curriculum use National Standards, National Catholic Identity standards, Florida standards, and some Common Core.  We are not testing using Common Core.  Our annual standardized test is the IOWA which examines knowledge that the average student in a class should know.  We are able to make comparisons in our Diocese, within our province, and nationally.  We are only compared to other private schools. 

Do the children receive religious instruction?

Yes, the students have a religion class period each day. The amount of time for instruction is dependent on the age of the child. All materials and textbooks are pre-approved by the Diocese. The children go as a school to St. Peter Church every Thursday for liturgy. Prayer services are held throughout the year within the school and/or classrooms. Children say morning and afternoon prayers and prayers before meals at noontime. The school is permeated with the Catholic faith and its traditions and symbols. Prayer is an integral part of the school whether adult or child. The school now has a much anticipated Chapel where the students take part in Adoration on a monthly basis.

Are students from other faiths accepted?

Yes, children who are not Catholic are accepted into the community. However, we must first accept those children who are Catholic and members of one of our six supporting parishes.  All our students are expected to participate in religion classes and attend weekly liturgy.  We respect all religions.

What parishes are members of All Saints?

The six parishes that built and support All Saints are:

  • St. Christopher in Hobe Sound
  • St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens
  • St. Jude in Tequesta
  • St. Patrick in North Palm Beach
  • St. Paul of the Cross on Singer Island
  • St. Peter in Jupiter
 

What are the school hours – per grade?

  • Pre-K4 and Kindergarten - 8:00 am - 2:15 pm; Part Time is 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • First through Third: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Fourth and Fifth: 8:00 am - 2:45 pm
  • Sixth through Eighth: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Children of families with different grade levels are dismissed with the oldest student's dismissal time.                 

Do the students take the FCAT?

Diocesan schools do not take the FSA’s. Our students take the IOWA Tests of Basic Skills Exams and the Cognitive Aptitude Tests. These tests are normed against other parochial schools in the state and other parochial and private schools in the nation. These tests are administered in March and results received sometime in April. Our children usually score at or above the Diocese and Providence (State) norms. Our Diocese does not “grade” their schools. We are currently piloting the MAPS program.

Does the school have a Resource Program?

We presently have part-time and full-time personnel for enrichment and remediation. We also have a Literacy Mentor group.

Is the school year the same as the Palm Beach County Schools?

The Diocesan schools follow as closely as possible the county’s calendar. However, some of our Professional Days and Teacher Workdays may be different, as well as the Spring Break and Easter Holidays.

What textbooks do you use?

All Saints, like other Diocesan schools, may select their textbooks from a pre-determined list developed by the Diocese.

Are the teachers certified teachers?

Yes. All Diocesan teachers must have current certification from either the State of Florida or a reciprocating state or be in process of attaining Florida Certification through Florida’s certification program. If the teacher holds a certificate from another state, that teacher must begin the process to obtain a Florida certificate as well.

How many of the teachers hold a Masters Degree?

A large number of our teaching staff have their Masters Degrees and several are presently working toward it.

Are there separate teachers for “specials”?

Yes, we have separate teachers for Music, Media/Library, Art, Spanish, Computer Technology, and Physical Education.                          

What are the class sizes?

The following numbers are the maximum number of students per grade level:

  • Pre-Kindergarten 4-year-olds: 20 with a full-time assistant
  • Kindergarten: 25 with a full-time assistant
  • First grade: 25 with a full-time assistant
  • Second: 30 with full-time assistant
  • Third: 30 with one full-time assistant
  • Fourth-Eighth grades: 30 or less with no teacher assistant
 

Are there student service personnel?

Yes, we have the following student service personnel:

  • Full-time Guidance Counselor
  • Two Full-Time and one Part-time Resource Teacher
  • Part-time Title I Teacher – not on staff
  • Part-time School Psychologist – not on staff
  • Part-time Literacy/Mathematics Enrichment teacher
  • Speech and Occupation Therapy are offered
 

Where are the uniforms purchased?

Uniforms are purchased at the Harris Uniform Store located on Blue Heron Blvd. or used uniforms are here at the school in the Home & School Room. 

What foreign languages are offered?

Children in 2nd grade and above receive Spanish instruction.

Are there Advanced Classes?

Yes, presently there are Advanced Math classes in fifth through eighth and Advanced ELA in eighth grade.  

Are there computers in classrooms and are there computer labs?

  • iPads are 1:1 throughout the school
  • Two Media:Scape Rooms for collaborative learning
  •  A computer lab with 32 computers, including two 3D printers and a virtual reality Zspace table
  • Four computers in the Media Center
 

Do students play and compete in athletics?

Yes, All Saints is a member of the Diocese of Palm Beach Athletic League.  These activities are only available for students in fifth through eighth grades. The children may participate in team and intramural play in the following team sports:

  • JV and Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Boys Varsity Flag-football
  • Girls Varsity and JV Girls’ Club Volleyball
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer
  • Boys Baseball
  • Girls Softball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming
 

Does the school have extra-curricular activities?

Yes, we currently have the following extra-curricular activities:

  • Band Program private contractor - Classes are held after school
  • Television production
  • Safety Patrol
  • Drama Club
  • Art Club
  • Choir
  • Yearbook
  • Student Council
  • Duke Talent Identification Program (T.I.P.)
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Builders’ Club
  • Running Club
  • Chess Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Third Party Extra-Curricular Activities for younger children: (Karate, Bricks 4 Kids, Tennis, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts)
 
Do the students go on field trips?
 
Yes, the fourth grade students participate in “living history” activities by attending a day at The Little Red School House in Palm Beach and the fifth graders participate in Junior Achievement (Biz Town) with the Chamber of Commerce as well as eighth graders in finance studies. Other field trips are taken by most grade levels but must be curriculum related.
 

The school prefers to bring events to the school for safety and security reasons. We have had presentations by the following:

  • Fire Department of Jupiter
  • Sheriffs of Palm Beach
  • Dental Health Programs
  • High Tech/High Touch Science Presentations
  • Numerous parent presentations e.g. a geologist, a blacksmith, a composer
  • Marine Biology studies at Sea World
  • Loggerhead Marine Center
  • Aquaponics
  • South Florida Science Center
  • Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
                    

Do the students participate in local academic competitions?

Yes, we have participated in the following academic competitions:                       

  • Stock Market Game
  • Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee
  • Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee
  • Geography Bee
  • Mathematics Competitions
  • Poetry Writing Contests
  • Technology in the Classrooms
  • Diocesan Writing
  • Art Competitions
 

Is there a Parent Association?

Yes, the Home and School Association. Catholic schools have HSA’s and not PTO’s or PTA’s. the HSA has a Board. We also have an Advisory Board, Finance Council and Parish Liaisons which are made up of representatives from each supporting parish community.  These representatives are volunteers and assigned by their pastors.

Is there an Extended Day Program?

Yes, we have an Extended Day Program.  We offer a study hall and age appropriate activities. Only children who are students at All Saints may participate. The cost is a nominal registration fee and then $175 per month. The program runs from dismissal until 6:00 pm and is held in the Dining Hall and outdoors during all school days. There is no Extended Day Program during holidays and Teacher Work Days.

Where do graduating 8th graders go to high school?

Approximately 22% of our students last year went to Cardinal Newman High School.  Other graduates attend other private schools (Oxbridge, Pines, Benjamin) and “Choice” public school programs (Suncoast, Jupiter, and Dreyfoos School of the Arts).  The remainders of students go to local public schools. Most of the students, regardless of school, are placed in honors, AP, and higher level classes.  Students are definitely placed in college-bound programs.

How does the school help welcome the parents/students to All Saints?

We also have the Guardian Angel program to welcome new families into the school, and we assign mentor students for our incoming students in older grades.