Frequently Asked Questions

Does the school host open houses?

Faithful Shepherd Catholic School hosts several opportunities to get to know the school throughout the school year.  Below are the remaining open house dates for the 2019-2020 school year.  The 2020-2021 open house dates will be announced next spring.

Open House Events – 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Stop by anytime from 8:30 am – 10:30 am on our Open House days to see Faithful Shepherd in action during a typical school day, take a guided tour of the school and have your questions answered by Faithful Shepherd staff, parents and students.

To request more information and speak with an enrollment coordinator, you may call the school directly at 651-406-4747 or fill out our online request form found here.


What are Faithful Shepherd’s admission policies?

New kindergarten students must be 5 years old, and first graders must be 6 years old, on or before September 1. All new students are admitted on a probationary basis for one academic year.

How much are Faithful Shepherd’s tuition and fees?
Faithful Shepherd is committed to using our financial resources wisely and keeping tuition affordable for all families.

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is as follows:
Tuition Parishioner = $6,349
Tuition Non-Parishioner = $8,463

Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year will be set in January of 2020.

For families new to Faithful Shepherd, there is a $50 application fee, per child. Once accepted, a $75 per family annual registration fee along with a non-refundable tuition deposit, per student, is due. Deposits are applied toward tuition for the upcoming school year, but are non-refundable if a student withdraws. Current deposit rates and more detailed information about tuition and fees are available here.

In addition, a nominal activity fee is due in August that covers student expenses such as: student planners, auction projects, classroom parties, field day, Art Adventure and Catholic Schools Week.


How does Faithful Shepherd accept tuition payments?

All tuition is collected through the FACTS Tuition Management Program. Families pay tuition by automatic withdrawal from a savings or checking account. No tuition is paid directly to Faithful Shepherd. Families have the option of one, two, four, or ten payments. There is a small service charge depending on your choice of payment option. FACTS also offers a credit card option for an additional fee.

Is financial assistance available?

Financial assistance is available to qualified families. An outside agency, FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment, determines eligibility based on income, expenses, savings, debt and special circumstances. In addition, factors such as the number of children currently enrolled are taken into consideration when determining financial aid eligibility.

For more information about financial aid, please visit our Financial Aid webpage by clicking here


Is there ever a waiting list?
While a waiting list is not anticipated for this admissions cycle, from time to time, Faithful Shepherd may have more applicants than seats available. In those cases, students unable to be offered a seat by Faithful Shepherd Catholic School will be placed on a waiting list.

General Seat Assignment Policy
Seats will generally be subject to the following order of priority assignment for initial seat assignments and waiting lists:
  1. Siblings of registered parishioners from the sponsoring parishes with students currently enrolled at FSCS
  2. Siblings of graduates of Faithful Shepherd Catholic School
  3. Siblings of non-parishioners with students currently enrolled at Faithful Shepherd Catholic School
  4. Children of registered parishioners from the sponsoring parishes
  5. Siblings of children of registered parishioners from the sponsoring parishes
  6. Children of non-parishioners
Adopted 5-1-00, Revised 11-8-05 
It is the policy of Faithful Shepherd Catholic School to comply with State and federal laws prohibiting discrimination and all requirements imposed by or pursuant to regulations issued thereto, to the end that no persons shall be denied or excluded from enrollment or participation in any educational program or activity operated by the school, on the grounds of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, status with regard to public assistance, or disability.


What fundraising opportunities are available?
Faithful Shepherd sponsors three major fundraisers each year to contribute to the needs of operating our school and keeping tuition affordable for all families. These fundraisers are: Septemberfest (September), Gala For Giving Live & Silent Auction (February) and Readathon(April). Families are generally asked to volunteer their time and talents to support these fundraising activities. 

While our annual fundraising supports the school's yearly operating budget for our students, faculty and facilities, Faithful Shepherd may also sponsor other fundraising efforts (such as a major capital campaign) in order to focus on specific financial goals related to the school's future.