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We hope that the following information will answer some questions as you begin to explore educational opportunities for your child and school communities for your family. Elementary school is a family experience!

FAQs

The school is located in Redwood City, in the historic Mount Carmel district, at the corner of Grand Street and Katherine Avenue. The school is an integral part of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, which is the block framed by James, Fulton, Katherine, and Grand Streets. The school is one block behind Sequoia High School, which is on El Camino Real.

The maximum class size is ~36 students for grades K-8, 15 for TK, 15 for PreSchool.

Yes. TK and Kindergarten each have a full-time instructional aides. Grades 1-5 each have a nearly full-time instructional aides. Our current staff to student ratio is 1:12.

Students applying for Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1st of the year in which they start school.

Kindergarten is a full day program - Monday: 7:53am - 12:50pm; and Tuesday - Friday: 7:53am - 3:00pm

Students applying for TK must child must turn five during the school year (note age change from prior years). OLMC will assess for TK readiness.

TK is a full day program - Monday - 7:53am - 12:50pm; Tuesday-Friday - 7:53am - 3:00pm

The TK, Kindergarten or Resource Specialist will individually assess children entering TK or Kindergarten. The first grade teacher or Resource Specialist will test students entering first grade. The classroom teachers or the Resource Specialist will test the older applicants.

All new families will meet with the Pastor and the Principal as part of the application process. For students entering TK or Kindergarten, the assessment lasts between 20 and 25 minutes and takes place while parents are interviewing with the Principal and Pastor. For students entering grade 1 the testing takes about 35 to 45 minutes, and for those entering grades 2 through 8 testing times are between 1 hour and 1 hour 45 minutes. For the older applicants, every effort will be made to schedule parent interviews at the same time as the testing.

Our extended care program, A Kid's Place, is available at 7am-6pm before and after school to all enrolled students in grades TK-8. (TK students younger than 4.9 years must wait until they reach 4.9 years to attend A Kid's Pace.) Extended Care Fees for the 2019-2020 School Year. Extended Care Fees for the 2020-2021 school year have not yet been determined.

Please see Tuition Plans & Fees for the 2020-2021 School Year.

Yes. The school participates in The Basic Fund, the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program, and the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Tuition Assistance Program. Please see the Tuition Assistance page for important due dates and further information. Please note: The BASIC Fund, which is designed to assist families transitioning into private school, has a March 15 deadline, so it is essential to meet this March 15 deadline and submit a complete application before you hear our admissions decisions.

No, there is open enrollment at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and all applications received by February 1, 2020 will be reviewed together. After February 1, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis based on available seats in classes.

Yes. The school has two Open Houses: an evening in November and a Sunday afternoon in January each year. At this time you will be able to visit the classrooms and talk to the faculty and administration. You will also have the opportunity to meet with current parents, students, alumni, and School Board members. In addition, school tours are available, by appointment only, at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday mornings, from October-January, when school is in session. For a tour, please contact Mrs. Mock at 650-366-6127 or info@mountcarmel.org.

Most faculty members are credentialed with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and most faculty members have Masters degrees. Dr. Farrington, our Principal, has a Doctorate in Education, Masters in Education, Masters in Public Policy, Bachelors in Economics and holds a California Multiple Subject Credential as well California Single Subject Credentials in Mathematics, English, and Social Science. Please visit our Faculty/Staff page to learn more about our extraordinarily talented team.

Many students of each graduating class choose to continue their Catholic education and are accepted into the Catholic College Preparatory High School of their choice, including Junipero Serra, Notre Dame, Mercy, Sacred Heart Prep, Saint Francis, Bellarmine, Saint Ignatius, and Woodside Priory. We also have students who attend local public high schools in the Sequoia Union High School District, including Sequoia, Woodside, Summit, and Everest in Redwood City, as well as Carlmont in San Carlos and Menlo-Atherton in Menlo Park.

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Admission Events

Virtual Open House

Join OLMC for a virtual open house where you will be able to hear from the Leadership Team, hear from teachers, and chat with parents to learn more about our curriculum, student engagement, and community. We will also discuss the application & financial assistance process.

December 9
5:00-6:30pm

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January 13
5:00-6:30pm

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Catholic Schools Week Open House 
Jan 31, 2:00-4:00pm

Current & prospective families are invited to come to school, visit with Faculty & Staff, visit classrooms to see the products of our academic programs (school work, art & project-based learning), and speak with students & parents about Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. This January Open House is our community opportunity to come together & celebrate all that we love about being an OLMC Padre!