1. What is your daily schedule?
School begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. There are two lunch periods: 11:45 – 12:25 for grades K – 4 and 12:00 – 12:40 for grades 5 – 8.
2. What type of after school care do you offer?
Our CARES (Children Are Receiving Extended Services) is offered to students in grades K – 8. The program begins at dismissal and ends at 6:00 p.m. The CARES program adheres to Archdiocesan guidelines and is staffed by faculty. During CARES students receive a snack, complete homework, and have playtime, either outside or in the annex of the Church.
3. Do you offer a hot lunch program?
Yes, our hot lunch program is provided by Nutritional Development Services (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. NDS partners with over 100 Catholic, Charter, and private elementary schools in the five counties of Southeastern PA to provide healthy, affordable meals to students via the National School Lunch program. Meals are partially funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and have specific requirements regarding nutrition and price. For more information, including monthly lunch menus, please visit their website at www.ndsarch.org.
4. How is technology utilized daily in the classroom?
Each classroom is equipped with interactive white board technology which is used for interactive teaching. iPads are available to all students in grades 5-8 for classroom research and projects. Each teacher has a laptop computer with internet access. Technology reinforces and enhances the school curriculum. We also have our own closed circuit TV channel used for announcements and our student- run St. Dot’s Morning News show.
5. What type of music program do you offer?
Students are exposed to various types of music, composers, the composition of an orchestra and the various instruments that make up an orchestra. The music program provides opportunities for students to learn not only different types of songs but also to perform them. Our students have performed at Phillies’ games and St. Joseph University Basketball games.
In addition to the music curriculum, students in grades 4 - 8 may also learn to play an instrument through the Instrumental Music Program, which conducts weekly lessons at our school.
6. What type of art program do you offer?
Students are taught many components of art – value, color, mood, line, perspective, etc. They learn how to use various media in their artwork. We expose students to the artwork of many of the Masters and the students learn about their lives.
7. What type of religious programs will my child be exposed to?
The religion curriculum for students in grades K – 8 includes a study of Jesus, sacraments, bible (Old and New Testaments), saints, and history of the Catholic Church. Students in grade 2 are prepared to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist and students in grade 6 are prepared to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
Religion is incorporated into the school day including morning/afternoon prayer announcements, First Friday liturgies, celebrations of saints and holy days, Living Stations of the Cross, May Procession, Advent and Christmas programs.
8. What is your class size?
There are two classes for each grade (K-8). Class size ranges from 19 to 26, with an average of 24 students per class.
9. What opportunities are there for my student to get involved?
There are many events for child(ren) to get involved in at St Dorothy School, whether it be during the school day in many of our annual events and traditions, or in student extracurricular activites or Parish CYO athletic programs. Further information is available on those respective website pages.
10. What opportunities are there for me as a parent to get involved?
Many volunteer opportunities are available for parents and we welcome and encourage their involvement. Please see the Volunteerism page for further information.
11. What is your discipline policy?
Our school handbook, which is posted on our web site, outlines our discipline policy. Depending on the infraction, students may receive demerits, conduct referrals, detention or suspension.
12. How are “special needs” situations addressed?
St. Dorothy School receives the following services from the Delaware County Intermediate Unit: Reading and Math Specialist, Speech/Language Specialist, Psychologist, and Counselor. Educational testing for students who exhibit weaknesses is also available through the Intermediate Unit.
13. My child is not Catholic. How does that work?
Non-Catholic children are required to participate in religion classes, which are held 5 days/week. In addition, they participate in morning/afternoon prayer, as well as liturgical and para-liturgical services. If a non-Catholic child is in grade 2 or 6 where the children are prepared to receive sacraments, he/she participates in the classes. The child may attend the liturgical ceremony where the children receive the Sacrament.
14. What religious leaders will my child be exposed to?
Father Murphy, our Pastor of St. Dorothy, visits the classrooms and he and Father Silcox, a priest in residence, celebrate liturgies and prayer services with the children on a frequent basis. The Sisters of Mercy are very involved in our school. Sister Alice and Sister Thomasina are involved in Sacramental preparation.