Frequently Asked Questions

RW Hall ShotDo I or my child have to be Catholic in order to attend a Catholic School?

Saint Timothy Catholic School warmly welcomes students regardless of parish or religious faith. Students study the Scriptures and the Tradition of the Catholic faith, participate in Catholic liturgies and, if Catholic, are prepared to receive the Sacraments.  Non‐Catholic students are expected to participate in liturgies, religious functions, and religion classes that are part of the academic curriculum. While non‐Catholic student are expected to be knowledgeable about Catholic teachings and practices, they are not expected to give their assent to the Faith.

Is Saint Timothy Catholic School accredited?

The Virginia Catholic Education Association accredits each diocesan school and every teacher meets the VCEA or Commonwealth of Virginia certification requirements.

What is a Blue Ribbon School?

Blue Ribbon Schools are those schools that have been nationally recognized for their excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.  STS was one of the first schools in the diocese to be awarded a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and has held this distinction since 2001.

Does STS accommodate children with special needs? 

Yes.  STS has a fully staffed resource center including a part time Speech/Language Therapist, Reading Specialist, Resource Teacher, Advanced Academics Coordinator, and Counselor.  The philosophy of the St. Timothy Resource Center is based on the assertion that every student has a right to a Catholic school education when space is available and the individual needs of the student can be met by the Resource Center Staff. The Resource Center serves as an umbrella offering services in advanced academics and special education.

How do I apply? Click here!

What are the school hours?  What is the procedure for having my student dismissed from school early?

The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:15.  Children can be dropped off as early as 7:35, and carpool ends at 3:35.  Early release of a student should be requested in writing.  Written requests will be accepted by noon on the day of request. Parents must come to the office to sign out their student who will then be called to the office. No child will be called to the office during normal dismissal. If you need to have your child dismissed early, you must come to the office no later than 20 minutes before dismissal. That means 2:55 p.m. Monday through Friday. Do not park directly in front of the school when you come to pick up your child, as you will get parked in due to the carpool line.

What do I need to do to change the way my child goes home? (Change in Dismissal)  A Change in dismissal form needs to be sent into school by noon to change the way your child is going home.

How do I transfer transcripts?

Schools may disclose a student’s cumulative record (i.e. permanent record card, attendance card, test results) to another school with legitimate educational interest provided a written request for such records, or when those individuals to whom the custodial parent has given written permission, have requested the child’s records to be released. Parent signature is required for release of a student’s confidential file (i.e. special education records, psychological reports, disciplinary records, anecdotal information or reports by the school counselor).

Only copies of student records may be released.

Can I purchase used uniforms?

Used uniforms can be purchased from the STS Tiger Closet for $5 for each article of clothing.  The Tiger Closet is open most Fridays during the school year from 8:00 am – 9:00 am, and is located right next to the water fountain outside the second grade (2A) classroom.  Summer hours are limited and will be posted on the website calendar.

Does STS provide after care?

An After School Care Program is offered to our school families for children in preschool through 8th grade.   The program is located above the school cafeteria with an entrance stairwell opposite the cafeteria bathrooms. The regular hours of the program are from dismissal until 6:00 p.m. The children sign in, receive a snack and drink, play outdoors, create crafts and are given the opportunity to do their homework.   The preschool after care program is in the preschool rooms.

What happens when there is an unplanned delayed opening or school closing?

When there is a weather related delay to school opening or school closing, STS will following Fairfax County Schools.  Click here for our inclement weather policy.

Is it true I need to complete a criminal background check and attend a class in order to volunteer in my child’s class?  

Yes, keeping our children safe is of utmost importance at St. Timothy Catholic School.

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with significant contact with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school. In accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in positions that involve contact with students. Those who will be volunteering in the school on a regular basis or even repeatedly are required to complete the background check. Those who have not yet completed the background check process are invited to click here to  view our VIRTUS web page.

 

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