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"As two full-time working parents, sending our children to SLDM has been a fantastic choice for us.  We need a strong community around us that both knows our family and has a vested interest in our children.  The personalized attention and strong relationships we have built with the staff and other families at the school have given us peace of mind. Our children are surrounded by those who genuinely care about their academic, social, spiritual, physical and emotional well-being.  That combination makes SLDM the right place for our family and a place my children look forward to going each day."  

SLDM Parent 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the admissions process?

Open enrollment begins in early November with the Open House when tours are given and Application Registration Packets are available for interested families.  Your application is considered complete when all the following items are returned, including a non-refundable $200 fee:

  1. Completed Application for Enrollment
  2. Copy of Immunization Record
  3. Copy of Birth Certificate
  4. Copies of Roman Catholic Sacramental Records (not applicable for non-Catholic applicants)
  5. Academic Transfer Notification (K-8)
  6. Probationary Admissions Contract for Transfer Students (1-8)
  7. Non-Catholic Agreement Form, if applicable
  8. $190 Registration Fee
  9. Parish Registration Form if newly registering at SLDM
  10. Confirming Membership Letter from surrounding Carmel Deanery Parish (for tuition rate distinction)
  11. If registered or in process of registering  please be sure to submit your current family stewardship card

Please contact Jennifer Podlogar, Administrative Assistant, at 317-842-1125 x391 or email to inquire about this process, check on availability or to have an application packet mailed to you.

Notification of your child’s enrollment status will occur on or before January 29th

How would we arrange for a tour?

Contact the school office at 317-842-1125 x391 to request a tour of the school.  You also may email your tour request to Jennifer Podlogar.

Can we schedule a "shadow" experience for our child?

A prospective student may “shadow” from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. on certain days. “Shadow mornings” are typically reserved for prospective students in grades three through eight.  Plesae email  Jennifer Podlogar to schedule a shadow morning.

When does open enrollment begin?

Open Enrollment begins in early November.

What is the tuition?

Tuition rates may be found here.

Do you offer an in-parish tuition rate?

Active parishioners are extended an in-parish tuition rate. All families will be asked to complete an annual form detailing their involvement in the parish—subject to review by the Pastor. Families who do not qualify for parishioner rates will be notified. Loss of “active” parishioner status only affects the tuition rates and not enrollment for currently enrolled students

Parishioners of Holy Spirit Geist, St. Elizabeth Seton, and St. John Vianney are eligible for the SLDM in-parish tuition rate.

Please see the tuition and fees page for more information.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

Yes, please visit the tuition and fees page to see how sibiling discounts are applied.

My child has a 504 and/or an IEP, can you accommodate him/her?

SLDM employs two full time academic support teachers who are available to help children with learning exceptionalities.  Although our resources are more limited than most public schools, we hope to provide a Catholic education to families with special needs students if they desire one.  Admission to SLDM is decided on a case-by-case basis taking into account our ability to best serve the needs of the individual child with a learning exceptionality.

 

Do you offer academic support?

Yes, St. Louis de Montfort School employs two full-time teachers who provide support for all students in all grade levels.  They work in small groups for students who need more individualized support and also offer support in the classrooms to help students with individual learning differences. SLDM supports all students including those with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) as well as students who were tested, but do not qualify.

Do students have access to a school social worker?

Students have access to a social worker twice per week.  The school counselor works closely with teachers and academic support to determine where there is a need.    

How does SLDM celebrate its Catholic heritage?

While students receive daily, formal instruction in the Catholic faith and participate in weekly all-school Mass there are many additional opportunities for students to practice and enrich their faith.  Students participate in classroom Masses, monthly adoration, retreats, the Living Stations, May Crowning, and advent prayer services.  Opportunities are provided for students to participate in the sacrament of confession.  We also celebrate Catholic Schools Week and Holy Days of Obligation. 

How often do students attend Mass?

Students attend weekly Mass as well as on Holy Days of Obligation.  Our priests also celebrate the Mass in each classroom throughout the year.

Do you offer extended care?

Extended care is available on regular school days from 3:15-6:00 p.m. through AYS, Inc., a not-for-profit agency.  AYS provides activities, such as homework time, arts & crafts, music time, supervised free play, cooperative games and nutritional snacks.

All staff members are drug tested, have background checks, are first aid certified and meet training requirements each year.  There is at least one CPR certified staff member present.  AYS maintain a staff to child ratio of no more than 1:15.

AYS is open on all regular school days. AYS is closed Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the last Friday before summer break begins.

Each child must be registered and payment received each year to attend AYS.  This includes a non-refundable registration fee. 

AYS offers a Prepaid Pass for families needing occasional usage. 

For more information, please visit AYS at St. Louis de Montfort.

Do you offer bus service?

Students who live in Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) school district have the opportunity to utilize afternoon bus service.

The school registration packet will contain information regarding bus sign-up. Details on your child’s bus schedule and location will be sent to you.  Please note that bus service is available only when Hamilton Southeastern Schools are in session.

Are uniforms required?

Uniforms are required. The required items--logoed shirts and the plaid--as well as other approved optional items may be purchased through our vendor: Land's End.

The custom shopping experience for Saint Louis de Montfort School may be viewed here.  Our Preferred School number is 900171034. If you use the link directly, you should not need to enter the preferred school number. 

If you use the above link, it will take you directly to our custom site on which you can shop by gender/grade. It will show only the approved uniform dress code items for that gender/grade. The only required items to be purchased through Land’s End are the logoed shirts and the plaid.  

  1. You may set up an account which will allow you to save profiles/preferences of each of your children.  You also will be able to view your ordering history.
  2. You also may sign up to receive emails from LE to learn of the various promotions.  Use this link to sign up!
  3. Sign up for Scrip.  LE offers a 16% rebate—one of the highest—on purchases made using gift cards via Scrip.  Parents: for the ShopWithScrip enrollment code, please login to our Parent Community
  4. Visit the coupons page of the LE website to look for deals.  Also, other pop up deals will appear in the banner at the top of the LE homepage. 

When you enter a gender and grade to shop, it will automatically sort by “recommended” items—which are the current, best-selling items.  It may be easier to shop by category which can be done by clicking on the “show checklist” arrow at the bottom right of the blue file at the top of the page.  It will expand to show all the items categorized by type.

When shopping on the custom website, “online chat” is available as well as 24/7 customer service by calling 1-800-963-4816.  You may visit the FAQ page here.  You also can find the definition of many Lands' End words and terminology by viewing the Lands' End Glossary

What specials classes are offered?

Enrichment classes offered are:

Spanish

Art

Library

  • Library usage is weekly for grades Pre-K-4; periodic use for grades 5-6; scheduled basis for grades 7-8

Music

P.E.

Technology

 

How is technology utilized in the classroom?

St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School, in collaboration with the parish community, provides a learning environment rich with diverse, contemporary technology that integrates with the curriculum and augments learning goals and Indiana Proficiency expectations. Our mission is to use technology in a competency-based curriculum for Kindergarten through 8th grade and to keep our staff trained in the use of new technology as it emerges.

Aside from formal technology classes, students have access to and are encouraged to utilize technology in the classroom.  Classrooms are equipped with Smart Board technology in PreK through 8th grade and a dedicated unit in Library and Tech Lab.  There are four portable iPad carts and laptop carts to be shared by classes as well as two computer labs.  Apple TV and a digital media connection are available in all classrooms.

Students are instructed as to how to utilize technology responsibly.  The Technology Handbook may be accessed here.

What opportunities exist for students to serve as mentors/leaders?

Students in the upper school have many opportunities to serve in leadership roles including Mass Buddies or Book Buddies; students in grades seven and eight can participate in Student Council, help lead Family Groups and sit among younger grades during Mass. Students in the upper school also practice leadership skills in the community when fulfilling their service hours.

All children have an opportunity to participate in student-led liturgies or prayer services. 

What extracurricular activities are offered?

Examples of some of the extracurricular activities offered are:

  • Band (Explorer Band, Concert Band, Church Choir, Cardinal Voices)
  • Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
  • Chess Club
  • Choir
  • CYO Sports
  • Math Bowl
  • Safety Patrol
  • Spell Bowl
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook Staff

 

Is service a requirement of the curriculum?

Yes, community service is required as part of the curriculum for middle school students. Students in 5th grade are expected to complete 12 hours of service per year; students in 6th grade are expected to complete 16 hours of service per year; students in 7th grade are expected to complete 20 hours of service per year; and students in 8th grade are expected to complete 24 hours of service per year.  

What safety measures are in place to protect the students?

Safety is of the utmost importance at SLDM.  Four staff members are state-trained “safety specialists” and all staff participate in safety training each year.  Students and staff participate in monthly safety drills including fire, tornado and lockdown.  Doors, both inside and outside, remain locked at all times and surveillance cameras are installed around the facility.  No students are allowed outside the building unattended by a staff member.