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 info@mountcarmel.org or 650-366-6127. We will be pleased to give you additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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, 16 for TK, 15 for Pre-Kindergarten.

Are there aides in the classrooms?
Yes. Pre-K, TK and Kindergarten each have a full-time aide. Grades K – 5 each have a part-time aide. 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 time program and the children begin and end their day with the rest of the student body Monday - Thursday and release early on Friday.

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).

What is the length of the TK day?
Effective 2019-2020: TK students begin their day at 7:53 am. On Mondays, they dismiss at 12:50 pm, and Tuesday-Friday, they dismiss at 1:30 p.m.

Who does the TK and Kindergarten assessment?
The 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.

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. Extended Care Fees for the 2018/19 School Year

What is the cost of tuition and other fees?
Tuition Plans & Fees for the 2019-20 School Year.

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 important to get started 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, 2019 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 and a 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, from November-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 teachers are credentialed and most have Masters degrees.

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, St. Francis, Bellarmine, St. 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,