Q: Do families have to be Catholic to send their children to Trinity Catholic School?
A. Being Catholic is not a requirement to enroll a student at Trinity Catholic School. Our school has several students who are not Catholic. Because the mission of our school is to integrate the Catholic faith in all aspects of life; religion is taught daily and is a required subject for all students. All students participate in Prayer Services and school liturgies that are celebrated weekly and monthly.
Q. Is financial assistance for tuition available at Trinity Catholic?
A. All families may apply for financial assistance toward tuition. Trinity Catholic School exerts every effort to make Catholic education accessible and affordable for every family. Last year close to $80,000 in scholarships were awarded to students enrolled at Trinity Catholic School. Families who wish to apply for scholarships may receive applications through the school office. Scholarship awards are based upon each family’s financial need and ability to pay. Please note: financial assistance IS NOT available for our Pre-K program, but IS available beginning in Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten.
Q. What are the classroom sizes at Trinity Catholic School?
A. Currently, Trinity Catholic School has both 1/2 day and full-day Pre-K students. For a Pre-K classroom that has either only 1/2 day students or only full-day students, the maximum number of students would be 15. If the classroom has both 1/2 day AND full-day students, the maximum number would be 18 students for a single class with one teacher or 19-24 with a teachers’ assistant. This is because 1/2 day students would be leaving at 11 a.m. each day. The maximum number for Jr. K is 12 students, and the maximum number for Kindergarten is 18 students. All other grades have a maximum of 25 students per class, but an average class size of 15.
Q. Do students at Trinity Catholic School receive any special services?
A. Speech and Occupational Therapy services are provided for students who go before the CSE committee and qualify as being in need of services. These special services are provided at Trinity Catholic by qualified personnel from the Massena Central School district. Trinity Catholic School employs a school counselor, which the students and staff can see any time, as well as during scheduled groups, an academic interventionist, who will help teacher-identified students where they are struggling, and a family support coordinator, to help families connect with various resources.
Q. Are teachers at Trinity Catholic School required to have a New York State Teaching License?
A. All teachers at Trinity Catholic have degrees in Education and 92% of our classroom teachers have Master’s Degrees, with specialties in early childhood education, literacy and reading. The Trinity faculty is highly professional and qualified. They participate in professional development on a regular basis to ensure their level of instruction is current, appropriate, and connected to New York standards.
Q. What documents are required to register a child at Trinity Catholic School?
A. Electronic documents that are required for registration are: copy of a birth certificate, copy of a Baptismal certificate (if children have been baptized) and copies of immunization records.