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MOTHER CATHERINE ACADEMY

WELCOME TO MOTHER CATHERINE ACADEMY

CATHOLIC TRADITION AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN A COMMUNITY GROUNDED IN FAITH

Mother Catherine Academy provides Catholic education to children in our three year old programs and into grades Pre-K through eighth through an Independent Catholic School. We offer a challenging curriculum and a broad range of extra curricular opportunities that broaden minds and prepare participants for a fulfilling life rooted in the history and traditions of Southern Maryland. The Catholic school seeks to help children grow into valued members of society guided by Christian morals.

Mother Catherine Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, and athletic and other Catholic school administered programs.

WHY MOTHER CATHERINE ACADEMY?

· STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)


· Agricultural Lab


· Vibrant Sports Programs


· Small Class Sizes.


· 40min Extra Instruction Per Day


· State Of The Art Computer Lab


· Community Service Outreach


· Healthy and Nutritional Lunches


· Interactive Smart Classrooms


· 3 & 4-Year-Old Educational Programs

· Tailored Classroom Instruction


· Grades 3, 4 & 5 Multi-Teacher Instruction


· No “Common Core” Curriculum


· Award Winning Faculty & Staff


· Weekly Mass & Core Bible Studies


· Mind Enrichment Program


· Advanced Math Classes


· National Student Council


· Speech Writing and Public Speaking


· Many More Extracurricular Clubs


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is an independent Catholic School?

An independent Catholic school is owned and operated by a non-profit legal entity. It is distinct from an archdiocesan school, which is owned and operated by a parish or group of parishes. An independent school adheres to all the religious education guidelines from the archdiocese, and remains free to extend its academic program to offer a unique education beyond the requirements of both archdiocesan and public schools.

How much does it cost to educate my child?

The cost to educate a child is more than twice the price of tuition. The difference is made up through the generous support of the community, area businesses, individual donations, prudent accounting and focused fundraising efforts that support the school and strengthen the community that has sustained this school through its storied history of providing Catholic education in St. Mary’s County. Many forms of tuition assistance ensure an education at MCA is available to every family who seeks it. To start, consider applying for Maryland’s new BOOST program.

How can MCA support my effort to homeschool my children?

MCA is developing an innovative program to offer support to families who choose to educate their children at home. The homeschool program is in its infancy, with a focus on opening arts, music and extra curricular opportunities to families who homeschool.

How will MCA support my rigorous work schedule?

Before- and aftercare is available, starting as early at 6 am and going as late as 6 pm. The after-care program includes an hour for children to run, play and exercise after the school day, then provides quiet time to focus on homework, with assistance available if needed.

Does MCA have Bus Service?

Yes. MCA is served by the county’s public school bus system. When you enroll you will have an opportunity to indicate if you would like to be part of the free bus service. More information about the county’s non-public school bus service can be found on their website.

Does MCA Have A Chaplain?

Yes. We are grateful to the Archdiocese of Washington, which has appointed Fr. Tietjen of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville, chaplain of the school. We strive to maintain close ties with all the parishes, and have instituted a Spiritual Life Committee, run by a member of the Board of Trustees, dedicated to forming and strengthening our ties to the Catholic community at large.

What are the hours of the school day?

Before-care is available as early as 6 am. Assembly begins at 7:30 am and the school day opens with a prayer at 7:40 am. The school day ends at 3 pm and aftercare is available as late as 6 pm. There is an additional fee for before- and after care, depending on number of days required per week; it can be paid weekly or monthly.

What Are The Volunteer Requirements?

Our volunteer program helps the school provide an outstanding education to all students at a reasonable tuition; further, it supports the familial atmosphere that Mother Catherine Academy is built upon. The generosity of our volunteers in sharing their time and talents cannot be overstated. All families are asked to commit 20 hours of volunteer service to the school, participate in three mandatory fundraisers, and help run six Bingo nights per year. While we encourage everyone to participate, we understand that for some families, a demanding schedule makes full participation impossible; a buy-out option is available for any of these volunteer requirements.