St. Rita School Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the school day hours? Do you have extended care?
Students enter school at 8:05 am and are dismissed at 3:10 pm. The school office is open most days from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm. The parish's CARES program is available in the school building before and after school and on most vacation-days from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm most days of the year.
- Is Kindergarten half-day or full day? What is a typical class size?
We have full-day Kindergarten that includes the full range of academic and special subjects, paced for an early-childhood environment. On average our classes have about 18-20 students. We currently have one classroom per grade level in kindergarten through grade 8. We employ teacher’s assistants in the younger grade levels.
- Do students wear uniforms?
Our students do wear school uniforms. The uniform policy and a list of acceptable clothing can be found here.
- How do St. Rita students do on Achievement tests?
Our students generally score fairly high on standardized tests. We are satisfied to score well while serving a wide range of students, but such scores are not our main focus. These scores serve us in helping us to assess ourselves as educators as well as the progress our students are making. Our main commitment is providing the best education possible for each of our students.
- Do you have programs for gifted and remediation needs?
We teach a wide range of students and work with the children and their families to provide the appropriate support or acceleration to fit their needs. We employ a full-time resource teacher and our level teams work together to ensure that our students achieve a strong academic foundation. Throughout our program we emphasize good study skills and high expectations for our learners.
- Will my child be bused to school?
Each Racine Catholic School is assigned a boundary, if your family lives within the boundary your child(ren) will be eligible for busing. Our boundaries are: Lake Michigan to the East, Three Mile Road (out to Franksville) to the South, Nicholson Road to the West and the Milwaukee County Line to the North.
- What if we are not Catholic or parishioners?
We welcome all at St. Rita School. All of our students attend mass weekly and participate in religion class. Some of our students are not Catholic and may not participate in sacramental rituals but this is not problematic. Our Catholic faith is the core of our school’s identity and is imparted in the classrooms and throughout the school. Many of our non-Catholic families attest that the values that we uphold are universal to many other religions.
One goal of the Siena Catholic School System of Racine is to provide an affordable Catholic education to families of all parishes, including those that do not have a school. For this reason all Catholic Parishes in Racine are contributing to the Siena School System and families are encouraged to choose the school they feel best fits their family’s needs. Sacraments (First Communion, Confirmation) will still be prepared for and received at the family’s home parish.
- Is financial assistance available? Does St. Rita participate in the Parental School Choice Program?
Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, St. Rita will accept Parental Choice Vouchers as space allows.
Financial Aid is also available for tuition paying families. Families may apply through the FACTS Management program on-line at: https://online.factsmgt.com
- Are extra-curricular activities offered at St. Rita School?
There are many opportunities for our students to participate in extra-curricular activities. This includes sports, scouts, service/religious based opportunities, science & STEM, academic challenge teams, just to name a few.
- How does St. Rita School keep the students safe?
Our priority is the safety and well-being of all of our students. The school is secured at all times. Visitors must buzz in at the school office and are identified prior to entering. The school staff has a crisis plan in place, and students practice fire and tornado drills throughout the school year. All volunteers wishing to work with children are required to complete Safeguarding training and submit information for a background check every five years. Click here for information regarding Safeguarding: