Frequently Asked Questions
1: Where is the school located?
A: St. Gregory Catholic School is located near Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo at 2701 Hacienda St., San Mateo, CA 94403.
2: What are the school day hours? Are they different for kindergarteners?
A: St. Gregory School’s normal hours of operation are:
|Grades K-8||Monday||8 A.M. - 1:05 P.M.|
|Tuesday-Friday||8 A.M. - 3 P.M.|
Kindergarten will also be dismissed at noon everyday for the first two weeks of school.
3: What is St. Gregory’s age requirement for admissions?
A: A student entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of that year, and a a student entering first grade must by 6 years old on or before September 1 of that year.
4: How does the St. Gregory admissions process work ?
A: All prospective students are tested for academic and social readiness. Parents also will meet with the pastor and principal. Candidates are prioritized as follows: siblings whose families are already in the school; children of active parishioners; Catholics out of parish; and non-Catholics.
5: What forms do I need to register my child for kindergarten? For older grades?
A: In order to apply for admission to St. Gregory School you will need to complete an application, parish involvement form and have your child’s current school mail an evaluation form. Once you submit your application, the school office will advise you regarding testing or other admissions requirements. We also need a copy of your child’s most recent report card and most recent standardized test results. Please go to http://stgregs-sanmateo.org/admission/admission_process for more information about the admissions process.
6: How will I be contacted regarding my child's acceptance into the school?
A: The school office will notify, by mail, acceptance information in March of 2017. In some cases, your child will be placed on a waiting list, and you will be notified by phone when space becomes available. If you have any questions regarding your child’s enrollment status, feel free to contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org
7: How does the St. Gregory administration communicate with parents?
A: The most widely used communication vehicle is known as the “Electronic Wednesday Envelope.” The Wednesday Envelope is issued weekly and contains a letter from the principal, news updates, and flyers featuring various events, activities, and announcements. This is sent home electronically weekly. St. Gregory also maintains a school web site featuring calendars, contact information, sports updates, and downloadable forms.
8: Where does St. Gregory purchase their school uniform?
A: Detailed uniform requirements can be obtained in the Parent/Student Handbook. All uniform items can be purchased at Dennis Uniform in Redwood City or online at www.dennisuniform.com. St. Gregory also supports an ongoing free Uniform Exchange program, in which all school families can participate.
9: What is the parent participation commitment for volunteer hours?
A: Parent participation is a hallmark of St. Gregory School and essential to the successful operation of the school. Each family is required to give 40 hours to the school annually (20 hours for single parent families). There are many ways to earn those hours including participating in the Parent’s Club, assisting in your child’s classroom, chaperoning fields trips, helping with parish or school events—like Breakfast with Santa, Crab Feed and the annual parish festival—to name just a few.
10: Do you have an Extended Care Program? What are its hours?
A: St. Gregory Extended Care program offers quality care to all St. Gregory students. We provide a program designed to meet the growth and development needs for all children, in a safe and nurturing environment. We present a variety of activities, an afternoon snack, and homework time. Extended Care operates on school days from 7 A.M. - 8 A.M. and beginning after school until 6 P.M. Extended care fees for morning care are $30 per month or $3 per day. After school care is $6 per hour. Students sign in at the start of extended care and a parent must sign them out.
11: What is the school tuition and when is it due?
A: St. Gregory tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $ 6,784.80 for one child. For two children, tuition is $13, 197 and for three children it is $18, 452. This includes annual registration fees. Tuition is expected to increase each year according to standard of living. Tuition is paid monthly, twice a month (via convenient electronic debit) or payment in full.
12: What other fees can I expect besides tuition?
A: Our tuition includes registration and book fees. We do charge a $100 technology fee per child. In addition each class has two separate fees including a class fund fee (ranging from $20-$60) and a supply fee ($25-50). We offer three large trips to our students in 4th grade, 6th grade and 8th grade. Students in 4th grade attend Gold Camp at a current cost of $280. 6th grade attends Outdoor Education for a week. This fee is covered by the school. 8th Grade attends Yosemite for week at a cost of $680.
13: How does your sports program work?
A: The St. Gregory sports program supplements our academic program by encouraging the development of physical fitness and skill development, school spirit, teamwork, and sportsmanship. All students in grades 4th-8th are encouraged to participate. St. Gregory offers the following PPSL sports: boys’ baseball, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, and track (boys and girls, grades 5th-8th). Girls in 7th and 8th grade can also participate in cheerleading.
14: Do you have a hot lunch program? How does it work?
A: St. Gregory’s Hot Lunch Service is offered every Tuesday-Friday through Choice Lunch. The program is optional—hot lunches can be ordered on–line at https://www.choicelunch.com. The school code to sign up is "GREGORY". Your child will enjoy a wide variety of hot and cold choices all prepared with a commitment to providing the students with a well-balanced, nutritious meal.
15: Do St. Gregory classes participate in off-campus field trips?
A: Yes! All classes participate in age-appropriate field trips throughout the school year. Most field trips feature performances, museums, science programs and other enriching activities. In addition, there are several longer trips, including: 4th graders enjoy an educational, fun 3-day trip to the Gold Country; 6th graders participate in a 5-day outdoor education adventure; and 8th graders spend a week together in Yosemite to bond, learn and celebrate their years together.
16: What is Scrip or eScrip? Do you have a scrip commitment for school families?
A: Scrip is a fundraising program where the school receives a small percentage of participants’ retail purchases. Yes, every school family is required to participate in St. Gregory’s eScrip program. You simply register at www.escrip.com our account number is 138387513. Register one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program. Participating merchants will make contributions to St. Gregory, based on purchases made by you, just by using the cards you have registered. Every family is required to participate in e-scrip with a minimum spending of $3500.00 each year. Single parent families are responsible for half of that amount.