8th Grade Application Process, FAQ’s and “What We Believe”
Please find here a guide produced for the benefit of parents and their 8th grade sons in advance of the St. Charles Open House. We hope this helps to answer some questions you might have about the school’s philosophy and enrollment process. _______________________________________________________________________
For nine decades St. Charles has been very successful in educating young men of this diocese with a solid college preparatory course of study. If you are the least bit familiar with our school you may know that many of our graduates hold important leadership positions in our community and that they exhibit well their St. Charles education.
First and foremost St. Charles is a Catholic school. Our primary mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and, as our American Bishops expressed it so eloquently, “To teach as Jesus did.” It is within this Christian framework that we offer a rigorous college preparatory course of study. If you have been following the recent state and national discussions concerning education, be aware that our curriculum is now the recommended norm for any student who intends to go on to obtain a college degree.
Our academic success is reflected in, among other things, the results of our students on the SAT and ACT standardized tests in which St. Charles ranks in the top 10% in the nation. It is also reflected in the quality of the colleges and universities from which our alumni graduate.
The reason for this success is our belief in five basic tenets. They are the cornerstone of our academic philosophy and success:
I. We believe that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers. What parents do to help their children learn is more important to academic success than any other factor.
II. We believe that many highly successful individuals have above-average rather than extraordinary intelligence. Achievement in a particular activity depends more often upon hard work and self-discipline than on innate ability.
III. We believe that teachers, who set and communicate high expectations to their students, obtain greater academic performance than teachers who set low expectations.
IV. We believe that how much time students are actively devoted to learning contributes to their achievement. Student achievement rises significantly when teachers regularly assign homework and students conscientiously do it.
V. We believe in strong instructional leadership, both administrative and teaching, coupled with a safe and orderly school climate.
Academia, however, is not the only place where young men learn to grow during their high school years. Students who complement their academic studies with extracurricular activities gain experience that contributes to their success in college. Besides the 15 varsity sports we offer, students are able to participate in an array of interesting activities. Almost two-thirds of our students participate in some type of sport, student activity or organization. Involvement helps growth; growth leads to success.
Frequently asked questions by parents and students
–When does the application process begin? The answer is now. Those 8th graders who attended the St. Charles Open House in November filled out a registration card and received a thank you note for taking time to visit us and a courtesy application. When eighth-grade first quarter grades have been received, preliminary application may be made. The student’s most recent standardized testing scores (6th or 7th grade) should be submitted along with the application and grade card. Students who apply during the month of January should send in their 8th grade standardized test scores. Interviews with prospective students and their parents are also part of this process but will be arranged after we have received your application.
—What about eighth grader visits during a regular school day? Starting the second week of January, 8th grade students interested in attending St. Charles next year will be given the opportunity to spend a half day here. During their visit they will meet with each of the administrators, have an opportunity to talk with some of the coaches, and sit in on two or three freshman classes. Notification of these visitation days will be sent out at the end of December.
—How much does it cost to attend St. Charles? Our tuition for this 2017-2018 school year is $9865.00 for Catholics registered in a parish and $10,195.00 for non-registered students. There is a discount for a second son and the third attending son is free. If you have financial need, both the diocese and St. Charles sponsor significant grant programs. This year alone St. Charles provided nearly $1.6 million in scholarships, grants, and work-study aid to those who need help. Our scholarship exam this year will be given at St. Charles on Saturday, January 28, in two sessions, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eighth grade boys will receive notification for registration after Christmas.
—Is St. Charles too far away? Transportation should not be a major problem. Public school buses provide transportation from almost every district in Central Ohio. Our school is centrally located for easy access by COTA bus. Our office is willing to provide information for setting up car pools by letting you know who lives in your area and is attending St. Charles.
If you would like more information about the Open House, to have your name placed on our “prospective student” mailing/e-mail lists, you are invited to call the school’s Main Office at 614-252-6714.