Frequently Asked Questions
(Q) Are students distance learning or in-person?
(A) Following LA County Dept of Health guidelines, we have been distance learning since the start of the school year on August 31, 2020. Once County guidelines allow for a safe return to in-person instruction, we hope to see our students on campus once again.
(Q) Will my child be required to take an admissions test?
(A) Yes and there is a testing fee. The kindergarten applicants will be given a readiness test in February or March. The test takes approximately twenty minutes. All other grades require at least 30 minutes to complete their test.
On the scheduled test date every parent must bring the following items for their child/ren: birth and baptismal certificate, immunization records, social security card, most recent report card, and a First Communion certificate.
(Q) What is your school schedule?
(A) School schedules are consistent most days of the week for every student.
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friday
8:00 a.m. Mass every Wednesday
(Q) What areas does the curriculum cover at your school?
(A) The Pastor and the Principal are responsible for providing the curriculum, adopted by the Department of Catholic Schools and based on the State standards and the Archdiocese Benchmarks. The basic curriculum prescribed for all elementary schools, beginning in kindergarten and continuing through eighth grade includes the following:
- Religion / Family Life / Good Touch Bad Touch
- Reading & Literature
- Spelling & Vocabulary
- Social Studies
- Science/Health and Safety
- Physical Education
(Q) Does your school have an extended day care program?
(A) Yes we have after school child care.
The afternoon program is available daily from dismissal until 6:00 p.m.
(Q) Does your school have a hot lunch program?
(A) Yes. The school has a hot lunch program for our students. All orders are online through Crack of Dawn Catering
and are final the night before. If a child does not wish to participate in the hot lunch program, then he/she must bring a bag lunch. Parents are asked that the lunch be nutritious.
(Q) Does your school have an after school sports program?
(A) Yes. Our school participates in the Archdiocesan C.Y.O. Program. Students in grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are invited to participate in volleyball, basketball, flag-football, and Cross-Country Running. Teams compete against other Catholic schools in the area.
(Q) Do the students have a computer class?
(A) Yes. Our computer lab has computers connected to the internet. Grades TK-8 have the opportunity to go to the lab for a formal classes every week.
(Q) Do the students have a religion class every day?
(A) Yes. All students are taught religion on a daily basis. The Family Life Program is taught for 10 weeks in the fourth quarter. All students attend a school liturgy service once a week and have the opportunity to go to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation twice a year with their class.
(Q) What are the fundraisers in which the families are expected to participate?
(A) Families are required to participate in the three (3) major fundraisers: Parish Festival ticket sales, Walk-A-Thon and World’s Finest Chocolate, which are organized by the School PTO. There is a waiver fee of $400 for those who choose to not participate in the fundraisers (families with more than one child must add an addition $100 per child to opt out fee.)
(Q) What is the requirement for Service Hours?
(A) Each school family is required to give 40 hours of service during the year. Ten hours are given during fundraising events (festival, rummage sale, auction, catalog sales) and twenty hours are given to the school during the year. The additional ten hours are "flex" hours and can be applied to either category, as best meets the needs of the individual family. Families can also opt out of service hours, by making a donation to the school towards improvement efforts.
Thank you for your interest in Our Mother of Good Counsel School. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.