In the public school system, zoning decides which school your child attends. On the other hand, if you send your child to a faith-based school, it is up to you to choose where she or he goes.
The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford give you an abundance of choices. When you begin to research them, you’ll see that they are all known for integrating the Catholic teachings of core values with academic excellence and well-above-standard test scores and graduation rates. However, if you look closely, you’ll see that each one offers a little something different, whether it be location, grade range, or available programs and extracurricular activities. To learn about each of our schools, visit our directory on the Office of Catholic Schools page, and click on the title of each school. When you do this, you’ll be redirected to the school’s own website.
In order to help you make a decision on where to enroll your child, we’ve compiled a list of the common, yet important things people consider when making this decision:
Location: While you do have the freedom to enroll your child in a school any distance from your home, think about the practical implications of a long distance choice. Does the school provide transportation or will you be responsible for getting your child to and from school, including for extra-curricular activities? If transportation is your responsibility, consider carpooling with other parents — this is a great way to build friendships while helping out your community as well as the planet!
Size: When it comes to your child’s needs, the size of a school does matter. Some students do better in a small environment while others thrive in a larger one. The average teacher to student ratio in Catholic schools in 13:1, but you will find a bit of variation between individual schools.
Grade Range: First, how old is your child? Our schools are structured in various ways: Kindergarten through 8, Pre-K through 8, Pre-K through 5, and 9 through 12. Some of the Pre-Ks are open to 3 and 4 year olds, others, only to 4 year olds. Also, some schools provide half-day preschool and kindergarten, full-day pre-school and kindergarten, or both.
Available Programs: What activities does your child enjoy? Will she or he enjoy a school that offers soccer but not football? Is a mock trial or drama club more her or his style? How about a Lego, Dinosaur, or Scouting club? If your child is specifically technology-minded, which schools are piloting the Chomebook initiative or offering a Robotics Club? Catholic schools present choices for all interests.
And what about your needs? Are you looking for a school with before- and after-school programs? Summer programs? With all of our academic and extracurricular offerings, you’ll find that we have something for everyone.
Students and Staff: At the heart of every successful school are caring professionals, and every school in the Archdiocese of Hartford prides itself on its supportive administration, faculty and staff. So no matter which school you choose, you know your child will be in excellent hands. And since all of our schools have an open door policy, you are more than welcome to visit each one and meet our wonderful teams.
Deadlines: Our different schools have different deadlines for enrollment and financial aid options. Although deadlines should not be your sole reason for choosing a school, it is something to keep in mind as you pursue the school application process.
As you are researching your options, we want to welcome you to the family of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford. In joining us, you have made a huge investment in your child’s success, and we thank you because together, we will work on creating a world of good, one student at a time. If you have any suggestions to add from your experience in choosing a school, please leave them in the comment section — your input is always appreciated!