Application FAQ’s

We hope that the following information will answer some questions that you might have as you begin to choose a school for your child. If you have any further questions, please contact the school at and we will be pleased to give you additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

QWhere is the school located?
AThe school is located in Redwood City, in the historic Mount Carmel district, about 2 blocks behind Sequoia High School.

QWhat is the maximum class size?
AThe maximum class size is 35 students for grades K - 8,  16 for TK, 15 for Pre-Kindergarten.

QAre there aides in the classrooms?
AYes. Pre-K & TK each have a full-time aide. Kindergarten has both a full-time and a part-time aide. Grades 1 – 5 each have a part-time aide.

QHow old must a child be to apply for Kindergarten?
AStudents applying for Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1st of the year in which they start school.

QWhat is the length of the Kindergarten day?
AKindergarten is a full time program and the children begin and end their day with the rest of the student body.

QHow old must a child be to apply for Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?
AStudents applying for Kindergarten must be 5 years old by December 2nd of the year in which they start school.

QWhat is the length of the TK day?
ATK students begin their day at 8:30 a.m. On Mondays and Fridays, they dismiss at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, they dismiss at 1:30 p.m.

QWho does the TK and Kindergarten evaluation?
AThe TK, Kindergarten or Resource teacher will individually assess children entering TK or kindergarten. The first grade teacher or Resource teacher will test students entering first grade. The classroom teachers or the Resource teacher will test the older applicants.

QHow long does the evaluation take?
AAll new families will meet with the Pastor and the Principal as part of the application process. For students entering TK or Kindergarten, the assessment lasts between 20 and 25 minutes and takes place while parents are interviewing with the Principal and Pastor. For students entering grade 1 the testing takes about 35 to 45 minutes and for those entering grades 2 through 7 testing times are between 1 hour and 1 hour 45 minutes. For the older applicants, every effort will be made to schedule parent interviews at the same time as the testing.

QIs there after school care?
AOur extended care program, A Kid's Place, is available before and after school to all enrolled students in grades TK – 8.

QWhat is the cost of tuition and other fees?
ATuition Plans & Fees for the 2017/18 School Year.

QDoes the school offer tuition assistance?
AYes. The school participates in The Basic Fund, the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program and has its own Tuition Assistance Program called Adopt a Student. Please contact the school for more information and forms after your child has been accepted..

QAre early applications given priority over later ones?
ANo, there is open enrollment at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and all applications are reviewed after the initial application deadline for grades 1 through 7, typically mid to late February.

QCan I visit the school before submitting my application?
AYes. The school has an Open House on the last Sunday in January each year. At this time you will be able to visit the classrooms and talk to the faculty and administration. You will also have the opportunity to meet with current parents, students, alumni and School Board Members. In addition, school tours are available, by appointment only, at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday mornings, November through January, when school is in session.  Please call the School Office at 650-366-6127 to schedule a tour.

QAre the faculty credentialed?
AAll teachers are credentialed, and the staff have an average length of service of 27 years.

QWhere do students go after graduation?
AOn average, 90% of each graduating class chooses to continue their Catholic education and are accepted into the Catholic College Preparatory High School of their choice, including Bellarmine, Junipero Serra, Mercy, Notre Dame, St. Francis, St. Ignatius and Woodside Priory.