Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg focus on Christ-centered, values based learning. All schools in the Diocese, including St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School, are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and are members of the National Catholic Education Association. Our school also carries the distinction of being STEM certified.
St. Teresa of Calcutta School enrolls students in Kindergarten through 8th grade throughout the school year on a space available basis. Some of our grade levels have two classes, with a maximum class size of 28 students. Our core teachers are PA State certified, and all of our teachers receive continuing education throughout the year.
Our school day starts at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal begins at 2:35/2:45 p.m. Morning drop-off beings at 7:30 a.m. Aftercare is available until 6:00 p.m. for an additional cost.
Our Kindergarten curriculum meets or exceeds the standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition to instruction in the core subjects, kindergarten students at St. Teresa of Calcutta are guided by their teachers as they explore their boundaries and develop personal standards of behavior, and explore social interactions with their teachers, their peers and other students. Our kindergarten curriculum includes instruction in Religion, Art, Physical Education, Music, Technology, including Microsoft Office products, and Spanish language. A copy of the Diocese of Harrisburg Kindergarten curriculum can be found here.
Our elementary and middle school curriculum also meets or exceeds the standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition to instruction in the core subjects, our elementary and middle school curriculum includes instruction in Religion, Art, Physical Education, Music, Technology, including Microsoft Office and Google Suite products, and Spanish language. A copy of the Diocese of Harrisburg curriculum can be found here.
Students in grades 4-8 are also provided with a school owned chromebook to use for the school year both in and out of school. By integrating technology into the curriculum, our teachers are able to supplement book learning with hands on, technology based projects. These types of projects teach students to work cooperatively, understand real world give-and-take situations, time management, online etiquette and more. By using chromebooks to supplement and not replace physical books, all types of leaners can be engaged in the classroom.
Our integrated language arts curriculum is actually spread across class periods every day. Not only do our students learn about composition of written words and proofreading, they also focus on printing and cursive at the elementary level, as well as grammar concepts, including a daily grammar practice in our middle school level.
What does an average school day look like?
Conewago Campus Schedule
|8:23 – 10:26||Core Classes|
|10:29 – 10:49||Moring Break|
|10:51 – 11:51||Core Classes|
|11:53 – 12:53|
|12:53 – 2:02||Core Classes|
|2:05 – 2:35||Special|
McSherrystown Campus Schedule
|Period 7||1:08-1:53||ILA (Grammar)|
|Period 8||1:55-2:40||ILA (Literature)|
**This schedule is a representation only and is subject to change **
Does my family need to be a practicing Catholic to attend your school?
While we are a Catholic School which focuses on the tenets of the Catholic faith, not all of our students are practicing Catholics. As a non-public school, we can focus on character development through exposure to values such as morality and integrity. We strive for a solid academic foundation for each child, while also integrating faith in our curriculum via prayers, church and instruction from teachers, priests and seminarians.
It is not the school’s mission to convert non-Catholics. We merely show our students how to deepen their own beliefs through everyday actions and good deeds.
Does your school offer instructional support services?
We are blessed to be able to offer additional support to our students who are consistently not hitting benchmarks. We have an Instructional Support Team made up of certified teachers who assist students that do not qualify for services under PA Act 89, including those students who reside in Maryland. Additionally, STC is able to offer speech/language services, counseling services, and remedial math and/or reading services to qualified students who live in Pennsylvania. Currently, these services are provided by staff from the Lincoln Intermediate School Unit 12.
Due to the rising need of emotional support services in both the elementary and middle levels, St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School has added a full-time Guidance Counselor to our staff. This position is an employee of the school and will focus on the issues facing our students, including social skills, social media safety, study habits, prevention/intervention and more. This service will be open to both Pennsylvania and Maryland students.
Is student safety a priority at our school?
Absolutely! We have many programs designed to ensure that children and staff are safe at St. Teresa of Calcutta:
- Security in Schools – locked secondary doors with key card access; main doors with key card access and visual door bells to ensure only approved individuals are entering our facilities; frequent security checks by local police department officers during the school year.
- Safe 2 Say Something Program
- Digital Citizenship Responsibilities – to address cyberbullying and safety issues resulting from online content.
- Bullying Prevention Team to ensure that there is respect for all students in our school
- Background checks for all staff and school volunteers
- Health – First aide, CPR and AED training for all staff; PT nurse on duty at both campuses
Can I take a tour of the school?
We welcome all prospective families to take a personal tour of our school any day of the week during school hours. We do offer tours in the evening on an as needed basis.
To schedule your tour, please contact our Director of Marketing & Enrollment, Mrs. Melissa Guy, either via email or by calling 717-637-3135.
We look forward to meeting you and your family!
I really like what I saw on the tour, but how do I know my child will like the school?
We encourage all students transferring into 1st – 8th grade to spend either a 1/2 day or a full day shadowing with a STC buddy. This allows your child to see what a day is like at STC and allows them time to interact with their prospective classmates.
To schedule a shadow day for your child, please contact our Director of Marketing & Enrollment, Mrs. Melissa Guy, either via email or by calling 717-637-3135.
Our family loves your school, what is next!
1. Submit and Application for Enrollment
The Application for Enrollment for new/transfer students (including siblings not currently enrolled at St. Teresa of Calcutta School) is available here: New/Transfer Student Enrollment 2023-24.
Please follow instructions on the online form. Any Application for Enrollment which is missing required documents will not be considered complete until all documents, including enrollment fee, are received by the Admissions team. The non-refundable Application fee for new families is $75.00 per family. This fee is waived if the family has already paid the re-enrollment fee for a current student. You will be invoiced for this fee.
As part of the application process, all new students will need to provide copies of the following documents. These can be uploaded as an attachment (no more than 5 MB per file – photos of documents are acceptable) to the student’s online enrollment application:
- A copy of your child’s birth certificate for all new students
- A copy of your child’s baptismal certificate, if applicable
- A copy of your child’s last report card for children entering 1st – 8th grade
- A copy of your child’s latest standardized test scores for children entering 3rd – 8th grade
St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School admits students without regard to race, color, sex, religious and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the school. It does not discriminate in the administration of its policies. The school reserves the right to deny attendance to anyone whose behavior is contrary to the ideals of the school or whose behavior or attitude is disruptive to the proper functioning of the school programs. All families, regardless of religion, must sign a Memorandum of Catholic Understanding each school year.
All new or transfer students will be subject to a three (3) month probationary period. At the end of such time, the parent(s)/guardian(s) of any student who is not progressing emotionally, socially and/or academically will be required to attend an in-person meeting with Administration, Teachers and an Instructional Support Staff Team member. Personnel from Lincoln Intermediate Unit may also attend this meeting if the student is a resident of Pennsylvania. At this meeting, it will be determined if any additional accommodations can be made to assist the student emotionally, socially and/or academically. If additional accommodations cannot be made or are outside of the offerings provided by either St. Teresa of Calcutta School and/or Lincoln Intermediate, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be required to withdraw the student from St. Teresa of Calcutta School and enroll the student in an appropriate educational setting.
2. Records Review, Evaluation and/or Interview
Once your child’s online application and documents are received, a member of our admissions team will review your application and an instructional support teacher will review your child’s records, if applicable. An educational valuation of your child and/or a parent interview with the principal may be scheduled at a mutually convenient time. Per Pennsylvania state law, St. Teresa of Calcutta School does accept students with learning plans as long as those plans do not require a major alteration to our curriculum.
Students will be admitted on a space available basis within the following guidelines:
- Current STC students (if Application for Re-enrollment is received after re-enrollment deadline);
- Siblings of current STC students;
- Registered active members of Annunciation BVM Parish, Immaculate Conception BVM Parish and Sacred Heart Basilica;
- Registered active members of another Catholic parish without a school;
- Registered active members of another Catholic parish with a school;
- Those who desire a Catholic, Christian education for their child(ren).
If a specific class has reached capacity, a wait list will be established. A second class may be opened ONLY IF sufficient interest exists and student numbers make a second class a financially sound decision.
Please note: To coincide with our local public school districts, all children enrolling in Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1st.
3. Acceptance Letter
An email acknowledging the prospective student’s acceptance to STC, or a request for more information, will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of any new or transfer student in a timely fashion. Additionally, all new students will receive a Welcome Package in late June with important information, and then an automated email in early August with homeroom assignment, etc.
4. Apply for Financial Assistance and Establish Tuition Account
All families MUST create a Simple Tuition Solutions “STS” account and complete a financial aid application if any tuition assistance is being sought from either the Neumann Scholarship or any St. Teresa of Calcutta School scholarship fund. This step must be completed no later than February 1st to ensure eligibility for any scholarship funds for both new and returning families. All new and returning families must set up a tuition plan in the STS system prior to May 15th, 2023. Please use this link to create your family’s STS account.
5. Provide Medical Documentation to our Business Office
Prior to the 1st day of the school year, students should provide the following to our business office:
- Complete immunization records (PK-8th) (a screen print from an online patient portal is acceptable as long as the practice or doctor’s name is visible).
- Report of Physical Exam from Doctor (K, 6th, transfer students)
- Report of Dental Exam from Dentist (K, 3rd, 7th, transfer students)
Medical records for all new/transfer students in K – 8th should be mailed to 316 North Street, Attn: School Nurse, McSherrystown, PA 17344 or faxed to 717-637-1715.