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We hope that the following information will answer some questions that you might have as you begin to choose a school for your child.


Where is the school located?

The school is located in Redwood City, in the historic Mount Carmel district, at the corner of Grand Street and Katherine Avenue. The school is an integral part of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, which is the block framed by James, Fulton, Katherine, and Grand Streets. The school is one block behind Sequoia High School, which is on El Camino Real.

What is the maximum class size?
The maximum class size is ~36 students for grades K-8, 15 for TK, 15 for PreSchool.

Are there instructional aides in the classrooms?
Yes. TK and Kindergarten each have a full-time instructional aides. Grades 1-5 each have a nearly full-time instructional aides. Our staff to student ratio is 1:15.

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

What is the length of the Kindergarten day?
Kindergarten is a full day program - Monday: 7:53am-12:50pm; and Tuesday-Friday: 7:53am-3pm.

How old must a child be to apply for Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?
Students applying for TK must child must turn five during the school year (note age change from prior years). OLMC will assess for TK readiness.

What is the length of the TK day?
TK is a full day program - Monday - 7:53am-12:50pm; Tuesday-Friday - 7:53am-3pm.

Who does the TK & Kindergarten & grades 1-8 assessments?
The TK, Kindergarten or Resource Specialist will individually assess children entering TK or Kindergarten. The first grade teacher or Resource Specialist will test students entering first grade. The classroom teachers or the Resource Specialist will test the older applicants.

How long does the assessment take?
All 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 8 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.

Is there after school care?
Our extended care program, A Kid's Place, is available at 7am-6pm before and after school to all enrolled students in grades TK-8. (TK students younger than 4.9 years must wait until they reach 4.9 years to attend A Kid's Pace.) Extended Care Fees for the 2019-2020 School Year. Extended Care Fees for the 2020-2021 school year have not yet been determined.

What is the cost of tuition and other fees?
Tuition Plans & Fees for the 2019-2020 School Year. Tuition & Fees for the 2020-2021 school year have not yet been determined.

Does the school offer tuition assistance?
Yes. The school participates in The Basic Fund, the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program, and the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Tuition Assistance Program. Please see the Tuition Assistance page for important due dates and further information. Please note: The BASIC Fund, which is designed to assist families transitioning into private school, has a March 15 deadline, so it is essential to meet this March 15 deadline and submit a complete application before you hear our admissions decisions.

Are early applications given priority over later ones?
No, there is open enrollment at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and all applications received by February 1, 2020 will be reviewed together. After February 1, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis based on available seats in classes.

Can I visit the school before submitting my application?
Yes. The school has two Open Houses: an evening in November (11/4/19) and a Sunday afternoon in January (1/26/20) 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 am on Wednesday and Friday mornings, from October-January, when school is in session. For a tour, please contact Mrs. Mock at 650-366-6127 or info@mountcarmel.org.

Are the faculty credentialed?
Most faculty are credentialed with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and most faculty have Masters degrees. Dr. Farrington, our Principal, has a Doctorate in Education, Masters in Education, Masters in Public Policy, Bachelors in Economics and holds a California Multiple Subject Credential as well California Single Subject Credentials in Mathematics, English, and Social Science.

Where do students go after graduation?
Many students of each graduating class choose to continue their Catholic education and are accepted into the Catholic College Preparatory High School of their choice, including Junipero Serra, Notre Dame, Mercy, Sacred Heart Prep, Saint Francis, Bellarmine, Saint Ignatius, and Woodside Priory. We also have students who attend local public high schools in the Sequoia Union High School District, including Sequoia, Woodside, Summit, and Everest in Redwood City, as well as Carlmont in San Carlos and Menlo-Atherton in Menlo Park,