We understand that you go through a lot of questions when deciding on a school for your children. We are here to answer them all! Here are some myths and FAQs we get that you may not know about a Catholic school.

Myth: I can only apply during enrollment.

Fact: You can apply and we accept students at any point throughout the year (as long as we have space)

Myth: Private Catholic school is so expensive. I cannot afford to send my kids there.

Fact: It’s not as expensive as you think. We are among the middle ground in regards to private Catholic and we have a lot to offer in regards to small class sizes, academics, preschool programs, clubs, and activities. We also offer a variety of options for tuition assistance.

Myth: Being a small school, they may not have any activities or clubs to be a part of.

Fact: We have a lot going on! We participate in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) and partner with other Catholic schools to play sports like soccer, track and field, basketball, baseball, and volleyball. We also have a variety of clubs and activities students can participate in before and after school. We have a band, percussion ensemble, yoga, robotics and more!

Myth: A smaller school will have to sacrifice some of the arts programs.

Fact: We have a vibrant art and elective selection for our students! We offer art and music classes for all of our grades starting at Preschool and as more specific electives for our middle school. They have opportunities to participate in choir and band a well as a health and fitness elective, leadership and study skills classes.

Myth: Of course, you have to be Catholic to go to a Catholic school.

Fact: While not all of our community is practicing Catholic, that is absolutely not a requirement of enrollment. We teach religion and our students attend Mass once a week and hear back that this element of the curriculum builds awareness of spirituality and promotes universal principles such as honesty and being a good friend and citizen.

Myth: I have to be at work earlier than school starts and later than it ends. Do you have extended care?

Fact: We offer a before and after very affordable school care! We accept students as early as 7 am and then after school until 6 pm.

Myth: My kid has learning challenges and needs special assistance. It would be too much for a small school to handle.

Fact: True, there is only so much we, as a smaller school, have the resources to handle. But we have many programs and ways to help your children thrive in the ways they need to. We have an incredible resource specialist that meets with students one-on-one to work with them. We partner with Spring Academy to have in school tutoring, homework clubs. And with smaller class sizes teachers can pick out problems quickly and help students more intentionally.

Myth: My child is “not smart enough” to go to a “fancy” private school.

Fact: “Smart/Not Smart” is not a part of our conversation at St. Alphonsus. We believe each child has their own gifts, challenges and learning styles—some might be textbook learners and others more experiential. Regardless, we see our job to inspire a universal love of learning which will promote a lifetime of discovery. We do this through our classroom work (small class sizes help with individual attention) but also through special events, extracurricular activities that give each child a chance to shine. Our year is packed with activities for our children to explore their own talents and interests, including outdoor overnight nature camp, Junior Olympics, Talent Show, Science Fair to name a few.


If you have any additional questions reach out to our Admissions Director at admissions@stalseattle.org.