Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the first step in the admissions process?
A: The first step is to visit our school. Please reach out to our Admissions Office to inquire about our next Open House or arrange a private tour.

Q: What are the expectations of families regarding fundraising and volunteering?
A: We are grateful to all who generously contributes their time, talents, and resources each year! At SMM, it is expected that every family will engage in school fundraisers and offer service to the school and parish community. This active involvement not only benefits the school but also fosters a deeper sense of belonging within our community and sets a positive example of service for your children.

  • SCRIP:  Each family with students Kindergarten through 8th grade has a yearly SCRIP fundraising obligation of $400.
  • Raffle Tickets: All families are required to sell 25 raffle tickets at $20 each.
    Families may earn additional SCRIP or sell additional raffle tickets and have the overage applied to the overall fundraising obligation.
  • Service Hours Kindergarten – 8th grade:  Each family with students in Kindergarten through 8th grade are asked to volunteer 30 hours of their time.
  • Service Hours Preschool – Families with Preschool students only, are asked to volunteer 15 hours of their time.

Any family unable to complete service hours will be charged $20 per hour in lieu of volunteering.

Q: Do you offer financial aid?
A: It’s our commitment to ensure that a Catholic education at SMM is within reach for all families. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying families with students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. Here are the various ways to apply for financial aid.

  • Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Grants (TAP Grants): Families are required to first apply through the Fulcrum Foundation for a TAP Grant. Applications are generated using the FACTS Grant & Aid Application platform. Grants are processed by the Fulcrum Foundation in January, and families will receive notification of their eligibility throughout February and March for the subsequent school year. It’s essential to submit all required paperwork by the specified due date for consideration of the application.
  • In-House Tuition Assistance: Annually, the school conducts a comprehensive review of In-House Tuition Assistance applications. Grants allocated to students may fluctuate depending on demonstrated need. Families are required to reapply each year to validate their level of need. Late applications will only be considered if scholarship funds are still available.

To learn more, click here.

Q: What does Accreditation mean?
A: Accreditation is the process for determining the quality of a school’s overall catholic identify and educational program. The Catholic school examines itself in order to understand what is working well for the total school community and what it needs to do better to meet the learning needs of the students and to ensure long-term viability and vitality. St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School is a fully accredited Catholic School by the Western Catholic Education Association. To learn more, click here.

Q: How many classes are there per grade, and how many students are in each class?
A: We offer two classrooms per grade level, from Kindergarten through 8th grade. For Preschool (3-year-old program) and Pre-K classes, the average class size is 20 students. In Kindergarten through 2nd grade, the average class size is 16 students. The average class size 3rd through 5th grade is 17 students, and 6th through 8th grade, the average class size is 19 students.

Q: Do you require uniforms?
A: All students, from Preschool to 8th grade, are required to wear the official school uniform. The uniform can be obtained either through the Dennis Uniform company or our Used Uniform program. For further information on purchasing uniforms, please click here.

Q: Do you offer hot lunch?
A: Hot lunch options can be purchased through class or club fundraising programs on specific days, organized by parent volunteers. Otherwise, students will need to bring their lunch from home daily.

Q: What are your school hours?
A: You can find the Student Schedule here. The main office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The main office as reduced hours during the summer months. Please call 425-353-7559 before stopping by during the summer.

Q: Do you offer extended care, before and after school?
A: Yes, SMM offers an Extended Care program conveniently located on-site. Morning care begins at 6:45 am, and afterschool care is available until 6:00 pm. The cost is $10 per hour per child, with rates prorated accordingly. Fees are billed monthly through your FACTS account.

Typically, Extended Care operates on early dismissal days, including teacher in-service or professional development days. However, it is not available on early dismissal days preceding holidays such as Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or spring break.

Please note that Extended Care is not provided during holiday breaks or over the summer months.

Q: Do all students attend Mass?
A: Yes, students gather for Mass as a school every Wednesday morning and on Holy Days of Obligation. Mass begins at 8:30 am on Wednesdays and welcomes all, including parents and guardians. Students typically sit with their designated Mass buddy when applicable.

Q: What technology resources are utilized for classroom instruction?
A: At SMM, technology is seamlessly integrated into classroom instruction from Kindergarten through 8th grade. In Kindergarten, students engage in one-to-one activities using iPads, while students in 1st through 8th grade utilize Chromebooks provided through portable class sets.