Saint Paschal Baylon School (SPBS) is a Catholic parochial elementary school supported by Saint Paschal Baylon Parish. The primary purpose of the school is to serve parishioners of our parish and other local parishes, who sincerely wish to have their baptized Catholic children educated in the Catholic faith and tradition. Active supporting members of Saint Paschal Baylon Parish have priority enrolling their children and receive a reduced "in-parish" tuition rate (see below).
SPBS has again earned the maximum term of accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Educators Association (WCEA).
Religion is taught as an academic subject in all grades, 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 with the entire school and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation once a year. Prayer services and para-liturgies are held on several special occasions throughout the year for students and families, and our Junior High students attend several retreats throughout each academic year with their classes.
Our SPBS academic curriculum meets or exceeds California State Standards, Los Angeles Archdiocesan Religion Standards, and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) guidelines. As SPBS believes in "educating the whole child", in addition to the core academic curriculum, SPBS employs additional Enrichment Teachers and provides all students with the following: Computer/Technology instruction, Physical Education classes each week, school-wide Art/Art Appreciation program, Music/Choir program, Spanish language classes, Accelerated (Honors) Literature for students who qualify in Grades 6 - 8, along with Accelerated (Honors) Mathematics for students in Grades 7 and 8 who meet certain requirements, and a Resource program for students experiencing difficulty meeting grade level standards in specific academic areas. SPBS also provides a well-stocked, fully-automated Library staffed by a full-time Librarian and part-time Teacher Aide, who coordinate 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, altar serving and Valley Catholic Schools League team sports for students in Grades 5-8.
School is in session from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on a regular school day. SPBS provides an academic year with 180 school days. 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 SPBS sports, are officially enrolled in after-school parish/school classes/programs, and/or signed into the SPBS Extended Care program.
All SPBS students wear uniforms, which must be purchased from our uniform company: Dennis Uniform Company. SPBS uniforms may be purchased at our annual July "Uniform Sale" held at our school in the SPB Hall. Our required Dennis Uniform Co. items for students may be purchased via their website throughout the school year at www.dennisuniform.com (enter SPBS code SH00BR), or at their company store in Woodland Hills (818-703-7493).
In-Parish 2017-2018 Tuition & Fees:
Kindergarten: $6,125.00 per year Per Child (No Family Discount Applied)
Grades 1-8: $6,025.00 per year 1 Child
In-Parish Family Rate for Grades 1-8:
$11,025.00 per year 2 Children
$15,375.00 per year 3 Children
$19,695.00 per year 4 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 outlined below for SPBS tuition payments:
- Tuition may be paid in full on or before August 1st.
- Tuition may be paid through the SMART Collection Program-ten automatic monthly payments beginning in August and ending in May; a $50 annual fee applies.
- Tuition may be paid through the SMART Collection Credit Card Program-ten automatic monthly charges beginning in August and ending in May (2.85% credit card courtesy fee is added each month and a $50 annual SMART fee). American Express, Discover, or MasterCard credit cards only are accepted.
SPBS Stewardship Responsibilities for Families
As Catholic education is a collaborative effort among school, home, and church, we believe that parent involvement is critical in the formation of our students, and in order to provide Stewardship, volunteer support and build strong community spirit at SPBS. All families in our school are, therefore, expected to support the school with their "time, talent, and treasure", and each family is automatically a member of the SPBS Parent/Teacher Organization - the "PTO". The PTO Board is designed as an elected, consultative, parent leadership and support group for SPBS. It exists to encourage Stewardship among families, help provide financial assistance to the school through fundraising, and promote continued parental involvement in both the school and parish communities.
In addition, the following are annual commitments which all parents of SPBS students are expected to fulfill:
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 is an average of about one hour per week during the school year. Twenty of the required Volunteer Hours may be fulfilled at the parish level, but twenty hours must be directly related to school activities. Families will be billed for any hours not fulfilled at the end of May, during each school year at the rate of $25.00 per hour.
Fundraising 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 generate a minimum of $250 in “Profit Dollars” during the course of the school year. Profit Dollars can be earned by participating in specified fundraisers – SCRIP Gift Cards, the Jog-a-thon, the Magazine Drive/Wrapping Paper Sales, and the purchase of SPB Fall Fest Car Raffle tickets, along with additional occasional identified fundraisers. The actual net profit received by the school from these fundraisers is applied by the SPBS Accounts Manager toward our school parents' annual $250 Profit Dollar commitment. (At least $125 is required by the end of January each year). Profit Dollars help SPBS continue to provide Excellence in Catholic Education, while maintaining a reasonable rate of tuition.
NOTE: Profit Dollars are tax deductible as allowed by law.