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FAQ’s

1) How do you achieve socio-economic diversity at St Elizabeth’s?

St. Elizabeth’s School is committed to enrolling a truly inclusive and diverse school community. Essential to this policy is our Family Commitment Plan, which is based upon a sliding scale tuition system that eliminates the categories of “scholarship” or “financial aid.” It is designed to determine each student’s tuition according to the principle that a family’s financial commitment should be equitable to its financial resources. Families annually submit a confidential financial worksheet to the head of school and fees are determined, up to a maximum amount, according to that family’s financial ability. A sliding scale system allows SES to enroll families from a broad economic spectrum representative of the neighborhoods and Denver communities we serve.

2) What is the student-to-teacher ratio?

St. Elizabeth’s is committed to maintaining a low student-to-teacher ratio. To achieve this, we cap our classroom size at 18 students. With a head teacher and an assistant in each classroom, the student-to-teacher ratio is never higher than 9:1 and in most of our classes, it is 7:1.

3) What support is available for a child who is struggling in the classroom?

Homeroom teachers continuously evaluate their students. If an area of weakness is discovered that cannot be addressed in the homeroom setting, they will be referred for Enhanced Learning Time. There is a highly qualified Learning Specialist on staff who is available three days a week to work with any student who needs extra assistance in core subjects.

4) How do you support the gifted student?

The learning experience is truly individualized for each student. We are able to do this because our classrooms are so small, and each teacher has a fully qualified assistant in the classroom during academic periods. Each class is comprised of children with a range of abilities in given academic subjects, and the students are supported at their individual level. With such a rich academic environment, gifted students are able to engage in more challenging work without leaving their homeroom class.

5) What are school’s discipline procedures?

Behavior and social virtues are addressed as unified school values from day one of the school year. Faculty and staff model appropriate and respectful behavior. There is a policy in place to address behavior issues progressing from the teacher to the parent to the principal and to the head-of-school.

6) What is an Episcopal school and what if we aren’t Episcopalian?

An Episcopal School is a Christian community whose mission integrates spiritual formation into the educational experience. Episcopal schools have been established, however, not solely as communities for Christians, but as ecumenical and diverse ministries of human formation for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Episcopal schools are populated by a rich variety of human beings, from increasingly diverse religious, cultural and economic backgrounds.
In fact, the intentional pluralism of most Episcopal schools is a hallmark of their missions. They invite all who attend and work in them – Episcopalians and non-Episcopalians, Christians and non-Christians, people of no faith tradition – both to seek clarity about their own beliefs and religions and to honor those traditions more fully and faithfully in their own lives. Above all, Episcopal schools exist not merely to educate, but to demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God.

7) What types of parent involvement are required?

Parent involvement is not required at St. Elizabeth’s School. However, the parent community at the school is very strong and highly involved. Because of St Elizabeth’s young age and ever-increasing size, there are constant opportunities to help cultivate new programs or enrich existing ones. There are many ways for parents to share their gifts and talents with the students, teachers, and Parent Association projects.

8] What programs does the Parent Association support?

First and foremost, the Parent Association supports the wonderfully diverse school community at St Elizabeth’s. This sense of community, and working together for the betterment of our school, is the underlying mission of all Parent Association fund-raising projects and social events.
As the school continues to grow, its financial needs are constantly changing. The PA, working in conjunction with the Head-of-School, annually re-assesses the rising needs of this dynamic environment. In 2011, the PA raised all of the funds necessary to implement an exciting new science curriculum for all grade levels.

9) What happens if my financial situation changes after my child is enrolled?

The Family Commitment Plan, designed to calculate a family’s just and fair tuition, may be re-evaluated at any time.

10) Does the school provide hot lunch?

Hot lunch is provided by a catering company three days a week, for a small fee. Families have the option of signing up for all three days, or on an a-la-carte basis. Children who do not sign up for hot lunch bring brown-bag lunches from home.

11) Do you have before or after-care programs?

The Extended Day Program is available until 6pm, for a reasonable fee. It is available full-time, or on a drop-in basis. Children are given healthy snacks, engage in outdoor/indoor play, and have homework/reading time. After-school enrichments are also offered each semester, such as Cooking and Crafts, Choir, Soccer, Dance, etc…
There is no before-school care offered.

12) Are students required to wear uniforms to school?

Students are expected to wear uniforms at St Elizabeth’s. The dress code is kept simple, with a few basic color options. Uniforms can be purchased through Land’s End, or at any department or clothing store.