Considering sending your son or daughter to St. Dorothy School? Find out all we have to offer to make the best choice for your child's future.
St. Dorothy School admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin to all of
the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to its students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, its admission policy, or in any school-administered program.
The school endeavors to accommodate students with special needs, as the school’s resources and capabilities reasonably permit. The school reserves the right to decline admission or impose reasonable conditions of attendance.
The school follows the Upper Darby Township age requirements for admission. In this case, a child must be six years of age by August 31 for admission to first grade. The age for admission to kindergarten is age five by August 31.
Parental Commitment to a Catholic Faith Life
The decision to enroll children in Saint Dorothy School entails several serious responsibilities beyond the significant financial investment families make in support of their children's education. The parents of our school children are expected to embrace the spiritual responsibility of modeling adult Catholic living by their commitment to regular and
active participation in the sacramental life of the Church, to integrity and consistency in everyday moral decision-making, to a personal and family prayer life, and to a generous stewardship of time, talent and treasure in service of others, both within and outside our parish community.
Parents foster their children’s faith development both by consistently encouraging their
children to continue learning about the Catholic faith and by their own personal example of living the faith day to day. These two together form a strong foundation and support to the religious education and faith formation provided to children enrolled in Saint Dorothy
School. As the blessing of parents at the end of the Rite of Baptism proclaims: "May you, who are the first teachers of your children in the ways of the faith, also be the best of teachers, bearing example to the faith by all you say and do in Christ Jesus, our Lord".
Our kindergarten follows the curriculum presented to us by the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We offer a full-day program.
St. Dorothy School serves a variety of purposes, including the academic, social, and
physical development of the students. However, the primary purpose of our school is religious. We exist for the purpose of evangelization and catechesis, that is, the proclamation of the Gospel and formation of the entire school community of faith. Our school offers a complete Catholic religious education program and makes every effort to develop the faith of all the students so that they may live full Christian lives.
Non-Catholic students may be admitted to our school under the following conditions:
a. The permission of the pastor is obtained.
b. Adequate facilities and space are available, without denying the admission of eligible Catholic students.
c. The parents/guardians agree to permit their child/ren to attend religion classes and
religious functions that are offered as part of the school program.
d. The parents/guardians commit themselves to accept and to promote the philosophy,
goals, objectives, and regulations of our school.
e. The parents/guardians agree to assume responsibility for all financial obligations
After-School Care Program
CARES, which means Children Are Receiving Extended Services, is available to those children enrolled in St. Dorothy School, and is designed to meet the need for children to remain in a loving and caring atmosphere under the supervision of a qualified care-giver. The program operates from 2:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. every regular school day. Parents will be notified regarding the time CARES is in operation on early dismissal days.
Requests for a specific teacher will not be acknowledged or honored. Every effort is made to see that students are placed in the most appropriate class. Assigning a student to a certain class/teacher is a matter not taken lightly. Much thought and consideration is given to the placement of each student. Should you have special circumstances or considerations that we are not aware of, please feel free to pass these along, in writing, to your child’s classroom teacher who will forward the concern to the principal.