Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Much like our school building, the academic design of the school is “under construction”. We are working to create the best possible learning environment for the students of St. Ignatius Catholic School, while maintaining a sustainable budget. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about the school. Keep in mind that these answers may change slightly over time. We will be sure to keep this list and our website updated with the most current information. Thank you!
My child will not be 5 years old by September 1st but I would like to enroll him/her in kindergarten. Is that permitted? Children must be 5 years old before September 1st to enroll in St. Ignatius kindergarten. We want your child to have the best kindergarten experience possible, and we believe that requires allowing for the physical, emotional and social growth that takes place between the age of 4 and 5. Our academic program will be highly individualized and tailored to meet the specific academic needs of each student. Therefore, if your child requires a more challenging curriculum in kindergarten (and throughout their academic career at St. Ignatius), we will strive to keep them challenged and learning at whatever level they can support.
Will you offer a specialized “Gifted and Talented” program or curriculum? In the Ignatian tradition, we strive to recognize and support the individuality of each child, including their unique gifts and talents. Our academic program will be highly individualized and rigorous—tailored to challenge the specific academic needs of each student.
What is the intended student to teacher ratio? Our maximum class size will be 20 students for preschool and kindergarten. 1st-5th grade will have a maximum class size of 25. This will include a certified teacher in each class, along with a teacher aide during certain subjects. Grades 6th-8th will be similarly sized but may vary due to the departmentalization that will take place in middle school.
Will any foreign language opportunities be offered at St. Ignatius? We will offer at least one foreign language opportunity in K-8th grade at St. Ignatius. We intend to offer Spanish (and possibly other foreign language opportunities) but the specifics regarding the foreign language program remain under review and consideration.
Will any music opportunities be offered at St. Ignatius? We are committed to offering music opportunities in K-8th grade at St. Ignatius. The specifics regarding the music program remain under review and consideration.
Will you offer any services for students with special needs? In keeping with our Christian values, we strive to make St. Ignatius School accessible to every student that wishes to attend. While we recognize that we cannot meet all the needs of every child, and we are unable to offer the full extent of services provided by public institutions, we are committed to working with our families to provide as much accommodation to our students with needs as reasonably possible. With the collaboration of school counselor, principal, teachers and the family, we will make a working service plan to provide as many services as we can for students who need additional accommodations, and we will collaborate with families about additional resources for those services that we are unable to provide. We do not currently have details on what specific special services will be offered in our school, but we are certainly working on providing as many services as possible and will keep you abreast of our progress. If you know that your child has specific needs and is currently on an IEP, we encourage you to meet with our Principal, Andi Kane, about your child’s needs.
How will your middle school be different from your K-5th grade program? Our middle school will be departmentalized (meaning that we will have specific teachers teaching specific, and often ability-leveled areas of course work across grade levels 6-8). Students will regularly change teachers, classrooms, and peer groupings throughout the day. Middle school students will have different uniform choices, lockers and electives. Middle school students will have the opportunity to participate in the TVCS (Treasure Valley Catholic Schools) Athletics Program. Our middle school program is designed to prepare students for success in a rigorous high school academic program.
How will students be using technology in the classroom? Technology can be a fantastic tool for instruction when used well and in balance with traditional face-to-face instructional methods. We plan to have tablets available for K-3rd grade students and Chromebooks for 4th - 8th grade students.
Tuition and Fees
I am not a parishioner of Holy Apostles but my child’s grandparents are members of the Holy Apostles Parish. Can my child receive the in-parish tuition rate at St. Ignatius? The Holy Apostles “In-Parish” tuition rate is only applicable to students who have a parent or legal guardian who is a registered, participating and contributing member of Holy Apostles Parish. If you are not currently member of Holy Apostles, we encourage and welcome you to register at the parish. If you are not a member of Holy Apostles, you are also welcome to register your child at St. Ignatius during our open enrollment period in January/February 2017.
Will a sibling discount be available for pre-school students (either for multiple siblings in preschool or pre-school students with older siblings at St. Ignatius)? We do not offer a sibling discount for pre-school students.
Is the registration fee refundable? The registration fee is non-refundable once your child has been registered for our program (ie, once we have acknowledged that we have received your registration packet and that we have room in our program for your child). If we do not have room in our program for your child at this time, we will return your registration fee. If we do not have room in our program for your child at this time and you request that your child be placed on the waiting list for enrollment, we will hold your registration fees until such time as your child is confirmed to have been placed in our program.
Is the registration fee going to be applied toward payment of tuition? The registration fee is a separate fee and will not be applied toward payment of tuition.
Can girls wear shorts or pants to school? Girls are welcome to wear navy blue pants or shorts (or khaki for middle school students) most days of the week but are required to wear jumpers or skirts on days that the school will be attending Mass. We believe that this helps remind students that Mass is a special occasion to be treated with special honor and reverence.
Can we buy the uniform polo shirts from vendors other than Schoolbelles? No, we require that all uniform polo shirts be purchased through Schoolbelles in order to maintain consistency and uniformity throughout the school.
Can girls wear navy blue or white leggings under skirts in lieu of tights? After feedback from parents, the uniform committee has decided that leggings may be worn under skirts and jumpers. Leggings must be navy, black or white.
Can girls wear navy blue (or khaki for grades 6-8) skirts or skorts in lieu of pants or shorts? No. Two styles of plaid skirt are available for girls. Navy or Khaki skirts and skorts are not part of the K-8th grade uniform.
Will there be a casual day or a “Spirit Day” offered? Yes, on occasion, students will be allowed to wear St. Ignatius Spirit Shirts with navy blue (or khaki for grades 6-8) pants or shorts. Spirit Days will be outlined on the school calendar.
Other School Policies
Can preschool students participate in the before and after school care programs? Yes, before and after school care is available to all St. Ignatius students.
Will you offer a half day Kindergarten program? No, our Kindergarten program will be full day only.
If I have completed the Safe Environment Program through my parish or another area Catholic school, do I need to complete this program again? The Safe Environment Program is the same program offered throughout the Diocese of Boise. If you have completed this program through your parish or another area Catholic school in the state of Idaho, you do not need to re-take the program. However, the State Background Check needs to be updated every 5 years. If you are up for renewal, you will need to pay the $30 fee and complete the necessary paperwork for the Background Check. We appreciate the concern our community has for keeping our children safe.
Will there be a hot lunch program? Yes, we intend to offer a daily hot lunch program.
What organized sports will be available? We will be participating in TVCS (Treasure Valley Catholic Schools) Athletics Program. TVCS is a coalition of the K-8 Catholic schools in the greater Boise area that combine to participate in the Inter Valley Athletic League. We encourage you to visit the TVCS website for more details on that program. There are also plans forming for intramurals and sports programs that will be offered on site, exclusively for St. Ignatius students.
Does participation in the St. Ignatius pre-school program ensure a “spot” in the St. Ignatius Kindergarten program? While we cannot guarantee placement in our kindergarten program, students enrolled in the St. Ignatius preschool will have top priority in placement the following year for our kindergarten program.
Will you have a Home and School Association or Parent-Teacher Association? Yes, we are currently planning for and organizing our Home and School Association, and will be providing additional information to registered families on how to get involved with this important organization.
Is 25 hours of participation in the Family Participation Program required per student or per family? We require that each family contribute at least 25 hours of assistance per year to school sponsored events and activities, including involvement in at least one fundraising event. The 25 hours of assistance and participation can be completed by parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles—all family members are welcome to participate.
We are not enrolling students for the 2017-2018 school year but are interested in enrolling for future academic years. What should we do? Our current registration program is only for the 2017-2018 school year. Once we have completed registration for the upcoming year (sometime in the Spring of 2017), we will offer more information about getting on the pre-registration list for future school years.
Are teachers required to be Catholic? While we may hire teachers who are not Catholic, we will have Catholic teachers for religious education course work. Furthermore, all teachers must be willing and able to participate in school wide religious services and events.
Are students required to be Catholic? Students are not required to be Catholic. We welcome students of all faiths to our program, with the understanding that we offer an experience of the Catholic traditions and rituals along with instruction in the teachings of the Catholic faith.
When will you determine the school hours? The school hours will be from 8:30am-3:30pm Monday-Friday (with a late start on Wednesdays for teacher collaboration and development time- exact late start time TBD). These hours allow for 420 minutes of instruction per day (minus lunch and recess) and avoid major traffic times in the area during pick-up and drop off.