Common questions asked by Parents, Students and Prospective Families
What sets St. Cecilia Cathedral School apart from other schools?
Our school's international AdvancED Accreditation and two-time recognition by the United States Department of Education is something that few other schools in the nation can claim. We are proud of the diversity of our student body. We draw students from over 30 different zip codes.
How big is the school and classes?
The school has an average enrollment of 315. Most grades have two sections. The student to teacher ratio is 14:1. The PreKindergarten ratio is 12:1. Class sizes in grades K-8 range from 11 to 24. The average class size is 17 students.
What is the cost to send my child to St. Cecilia Cathedral School?
Although the cost to educate a child at St. Cecilia School is $5,156 per child, St. Cecilia Parish helps subsidize that cost. In-Parish tuition is $2700 per student and non-parishion tuition is $3,650 per year per child. The cost of the half-day PreKindergarten program is $1,850 per year.
There are no extra fees for books, technology, etc. The $200 registration fee is deducted from the tuition amount. At this time there is no discount for multiple children in the same family.
Do I have to pay the tuition all at once?
Tuition can be paid through a monthly or quarterly electronic plan, semi-annual or annual payments.
Is there Tuition Assistance?
Tuition assistance is available in two forms. The Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha accepts applications based on family income. Applications are accepted in the spring at csfomaha.org. St. Cecilia Parish also has limited financial assistance to those families who demonstrate need. Those applications can be obtained in the school office in the spring.
When does the school day begin and end?
The school day for grades K-5 is 8:00 A.M. – 3:15 P.M.
The school day for grades 6-8 is 7:55 A.M. – 3:10 P.M.
The morning PreKindergarten is from 8:00 A. M. -11:15 A.M.
The afternoon PreKindergarten is from 12:00 Noon – 3:15 P.M.
Is there before and after school care available?
Before and after school care is available through the St. Cecilia Cathedral Child Care. The center is open from 6:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. A half-day care program is also available for our PreKindergarten students to provide a full day of care for families.
The cost of before school care - $32/week or $8/daily.
The cost of after school care - $48/week or $12/daily.
Half-day PreK care - $122/week or $43/daily.
All-day care when school is out - $160 weekly or $35/daily.
What is the curriculum?
We follow the Archdiocesan Curriculum Standards for Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Religion, and Technology. In addition, our students participate in classes in P.E., Music, Art, and Library. In the Middle School, Spanish is also a regular part of the curriculum.
How does one apply for entrance into the school?
To apply for entrance, contact the school to request a registration packet, or click here to review registration documents which includes a registration form, an Omaha Public Schools Non-Public Student Enrollment Form, and an Authorization for Release of Personal Records and Student Information Form (grades 1- 8).
Other documents required are:
- Copy of birth certificate
- Copy of baptismal certificate, if Catholic
- Updated list of immunizations
- Physical Examination documentation for those students entering Kindergarten, 7th grade, and any student transferring from an out-of-state school.
A $200 deposit is required at registration which is applied to the tuition.
How do I get more information about the school or arrange for a tour?
To request additional information, you may fill out this form.
You may also call the school at 402-556-6655 for more information or to arrange for a tour.
Do the students wear uniforms?
Yes, PreKindergarten through 5th grade students wear a navy blue and red themed uniform. Middle School students, 6th through 8th grade, wear a khaki and navy blue themed uniform.
Uniforms may be purchased at Alamar Uniform, 3105 Leavenworth Street.
How can parents get involved in the school?
We love our parent volunteers! From serving lunch, assisting in the library, coaching sports, to being club moderators, parents (and grandparents) are a vital part of our community. Parents take the lead in two major annual fundraisers each year: the parish festival, Cathedralfest, and our dinner/auction, Comedy and Cuisine. We also have two active parent organizations, the Home and School Association and the Activities Booster Club (ABC).
Are there any extracurricular activities my child can be involved in?
Students can be involved in sports, academic competitions, music activities, and clubs such as Chess Club, Robotics, Code Club, Math Club, and Roots & Shoots. Please click HERE for a complete list of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
What high schools do St. Cecilia students attend after they graduate from 8th grade?
Our students go to a variety of area high schools. The majority of our students go to Catholic High Schools such as Creighton Prep. Duchesne Academy, Marian High School, Mercy High School, Skutt Catholic High School, or Roncalli Catholic High School. Those attending public schools usually attend Central High School.
We are proud of our graduates. The high schools let us know that they are grateful to get graduates of St. Cecilia Cathedral School. The students come prepared with the study skills and the academic knowledge to be successful in high school and beyond.