Saint Paschal Baylon School (SPBS) is a Catholic elementary school supported by Saint Paschal Baylon Parish. The primary purpose of the school is to serve parishioners of the parish who sincerely wish to have their children educated in the Catholic faith and tradition. Active supporting members of the parish have priority registering their children for enrollment.
SPBS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and by the Western Catholic Educators Association (WCEA).
Religion is taught every day as a subject and Catholic doctrine is emphasized in all areas of instruction, as well as in attitudes and conflict resolution on the playground. Students attend Mass every Friday and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation twice a year. Prayer services and para-liturgies are held on several special occasions throughout the year.
Our academic curriculum follows all state and archdiocesan guidelines. In addition to the core curriculum, SPBS offers computer instruction for all grades, an organized physical education program, a school-wide art program, a music program, Spanish language classes for all grades K-8, accelerated literature for students in grades 6 to 8 along with accelerated math for students in grades 7 & 8, who meet certain requirements, and a resource program for students experiencing difficulty in specific academic areas. We also offer a well-stocked library staffed by a full-time librarian, who also coordinates our software-based Reading Renaissance ("Accelerated Reader") program. SPBS provides an up-to-date Science lab for our Junior High students, and we offer numerous extra-curricular activities and sports for students in grades 5-8, who meet certain requirements.
SPBS makes every effort to conform to the following guidelines regarding the number of students accepted into each grade level:
Kindergarten 30-34 Students
Grades 1-5 40-45 Students
Grades 6-8 40-42 Students
Kindergarten and First Grade have the assistance of a full-time teacher’s aide. Grades 2 through 8 have the assistance of a teacher’s aide for four hours each day. However grades 2 and 5 also have a teacher's aide in the afternoon to support their large number of students this year.
School is in session from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students are not to arrive at school before 7:30 a.m. and must be picked up no later than 2:45 p.m., unless they are involved in organized after-school sports or signed into the Extended Care program.
All SPBS Students wear uniforms, which must be purchased from our two uniform companies: Dennis and Campus Uniform Companies. Uniforms may be purchased at the July Uniform Sale held here in the SPB Hall or by calling the companies directly. Campus Uniform Co. (310-787-1012) comes to the school several times a year and dates are noted in the SPBS Newsletter. Dennis Uniform Co. comes in July and may also be purchased on line at www.dennisuniform.com (enter SPBS code SH00BR) or at their company store in Woodland Hills (818-703-7493).
Upcoming In-Parish 2014-2015 Tuition & Fees:
Kindergarten: $5,325.00 per year Per Child (No
Family Discount Applied)
Grades 1-8: $5,225.00 per year 1 Child
In-Parish Family Rate for Grades 1-8:
$9,560.00 per year 2 Children
$13,320.00 per year 3 or more Children
$17,075.00 per year 4 or more Children
Registration Fee $350.00 per child (Non-refundable; Separate from Application fee)
Technology Fee $100.00 (Annual Per Student - All Grades)
Science Lab Fee $100.00 (One Time Fee – Junior High Families)
Junior High Art Fee $35.00 (Annually - Per Student)
Eighth Grade Graduation Fee $250.00 (Per Eighth Grade Student)
There are three choices for tuition payments:
- Tuition may be paid in full on or before the 1st day of school.
- Tuition may be paid through the SMART Collection Program-ten automatic montly payments beginning in September; a $45 annual fee applies.
- Tuition may be paid throught the SMART Collection Credit Card Program-ten automatic monthly charges beginning in September 2011 (2.65% credit card fee added each month and a $45 annual fee). American Express, Discover, or MasterCare only are accepted.
Parent/Teacher Organization Requirements
As Catholic education is a collaborative effort between the school, home, and church, we believe that parent involvement is extremely important and necessary, in order to provide stewardship, volunteer support and to build strong community spirit at SPBS. All families in our school are, therefore, expected to support the school, and are automatically members of the Parent/Teacher Organization - the "PTO". The PTO is designed as a support group for SPBS. It exists to provide financial assistance to the school through fundraising, and to promote continued parental involvement in the school community and parish.
Volunteer Service Hours:
Each school family is required to provide at least 40 hours of volunteer service to the school during the course of the school year. This averages out to one hour a week during the school year. Twenty of those hours may be fulfilled at the parish level, but 20 hours must be directly related to school activities. Families will be billed for any hours not fulfilled at the end of each school year at the rate of $25.00 per hour.
Fund raising is an integral part of our program at SPBS and provides money for operating expenses not covered by tuition and fees. Therefore, each family is expected to contribute a minimum of $250 in “Profit Dollars” during the course of the school year. Profit Dollars can be earned by participating in these fundraisers – Scrip, Jog-a-thon, Grocery Store Rewards Programs, the Magazine Drive/Wrapping Paper Sales, along with occasional specifically identified fundraisers. The actual net profit received by the school from these fundraisers is applied toward your $250 Profit Dollar commitment. (At least $125 is required by the end of January each year.) Profit Dollars help SPBS to provide excellence in Catholic education at a more reasonable rate of tuition. Profit Dollars are tax deductible as allowed by law.