Admissions

Admissions


2017 - 2018 School Year Registration

Thank you for your interest in SKPS! We are now enrolling for the 2017 - 2018 School Year with very limited availability - please contact the school office for details.
Please click here to apply.

Prospective Family Tours

SKPS offers individual and/or small group tours throughout the school year to accommodate each family's individual needs while witnessing learning in action on a typical school day at SKPS. Tours for families inquiring for enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year will be offered starting in September 2017. Parents can click here to schedule a time online to tour the school and ask questions or contact Mrs. Lesley Stofko, Development and Events Director, at 724.625.1665 x.2121 to arrange for a tour. We thank you for your interest in SKPS and look forward to welcoming your family very soon!

Thank you for your interest in Saint Kilian Parish School. Selecting a Catholic school that will meet the goals and dreams of both parents and students is a very important step in the life of a young child as well as his or her family. A school must have the right fit, a sense of being at home. A student must feel comfortable as well as challenged, they must excel in their academic work, and there must be opportunities in athletics and extracurricular activities for them to commit their time and attention to develop their potential.

Saint Kilian Parish School has created a reputation that is second to none as a top preschool and elementary school, as well as a Catholic educational institution of faith. One has only to look at our students to see that Saint Kilian Parish School is the right place for you and your child.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our mission and culture. Complete details regarding admissions and enrollment at SKPS can be found below.

Registration Everything You Need to Know About Admissions

Schedule a Visit Schedule a Prospective Family Private Tour

Tuition & AidTuition, Fundraising and Assistance Information

QuestionsFrequently Asked Questions and Contact Information


The Registration / Admissions Process

In an effort to make our enrollment as fair and accessible as possible, Saint Kilian Parish School registration takes place entirely online that generally takes place in the Spring. A registration fee/tuition deposit of $150/student is required to confirm registration requests. Once your application is confirmed and accepted, tuition deposits are non-refundable for any reason.

All registration phases open at 7:00am SKPS time on the first morning of each phase and close at 11:59pm on the scheduled phase end date. Forms cannot be submitted without payment verification. Please note that we do not offer paper registration forms or accept cash or checks for registration fees. Payment must be made online at the time of form submission via Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover. Forms cannot be submitted without verified payment.

Applicants who do not receive a confirmed spot will be placed on the waitlist in the order of which their original application request was received. There is no charge to waitlist a child so a paid registration fee/tuition deposit will be refunded within 30 days.

Saint Kilian Parish School is a ministry of Saint Kilian Parish. The resources to sustain the school are provided by:

  • direct tuition payments of families of enrolled students
  • an annual contribution from the parish
  • general fundraising efforts as well as limited Diocesan assistance in the form of an annual grant

The mission of Saint Kilian Parish School is to provide a quality education in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the tradition of the Catholic Church. Saint Kilian Parish School achieves this mission in direct collaboration with every other ministry of Saint Kilian Parish as well as the mission of goals of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

In light of that mission, Saint Kilian Parish School has established an Admissions and Enrollment policy which seeks to:

  • ensure that class size and composition is appropriate to insure the best possible education in each age group.
  • foster a sufficient enrollment that will provide an appropriate base of students in foster a full and varied program with tuition that is as affordable as possible.
  • establish for the school a community of families committed to utilizing and supporting the school to the full extent of its program.
  • acknowledge the sustaining support of Saint Kilian parishioners as students are accepted into the school.

While Saint Kilian Parish School accepts students from any background or faith tradition, it does so in the light of the above provisions. This means that while as far as possible acceptance into the school is based on objectivity and fairness, the school reserves the right to make decisions regarding admissions and enrollment that best reflects its mission and the provisions above.

Saint Kilian Parish School does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, athletic or other school administered programs. All students have the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students formally accepted into the school. Students in grades 1 – 8 are not formally accepted until completing a nine-week probationary period. Children who are not Catholic are expected to participate in religion classes and to respectfully attend all religious functions of the school.

If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact Mrs. Pampena, Principal, or Father Bober, Pastor.

  • Students entering the SKPS Preschool program must be 3 or 4 years of age, respectfully, by September 1 of the school year.
  • Students entering kindergarten must be five years old by September 1 of the school year.
  • Those registering for grades 1-8 must fulfill the age requirement for the desired grade.
  • Grade level and academic group determinations are made on the basis of school records.
  • Students re-enrolling must be in good standing with SKPS (no Administrative Hold or delinquent accounts).
NEW STUDENTS will need to return the following to the school office once they receive their confirmation letter. RETURNING STUDENTS will need to return the following to the school office once they receive their confirmation letter and prior to the start of the school year.
2017 - 2018 School Year Registration for Saint Kilian Parish School is offered to families on a priority basis as follows:

  • Phase 1: Re-Enrollment: January 23 - January 27, 2017
    Currently enrolled Saint Kilian Parish School students in good standing.

    Re-enrollment opens at 7:00am on Monday, January 23, 2017 and closes on 11:59pm on Friday, January 27, 2017.

    Current families will login to the Parent Portal where a re-enrollment link will be posted both on the main page and on the Student Dashboard page, to direct the family to the re-enrollment form. Families will need to submit a re-enrollment form for each student who is currently a student at the school.

    The cost for re-enrollment is $150 per student and that amount will be deducted from the student’s tuition for the 2017-18 school year. If the student chooses not to attend Saint Kilian Parish School, the re-enrollment fee is not refundable. Re-enrollment confirmation letters will be sent to parents in an automated fashion as they re-enroll.

  • Phase 2: General Registration: January 28, 2017 - February 5, 2017

    Registration for all other students begins at 7:00am on Saturday, January 28, 2017. All students who are not currently attending Saint Kilian Parish School are invited to register. The registration form can be found online at www.saintkilian.org/register. Families will need to submit a registration form for each student. The fee for registration is $150 per student.

  • Registration Priorities

    When reviewing registrations, Saint Kilian Parish School prioritizes students in the following order:

    1. Siblings of current students
    2. Parishioners of Saint Kilian Parish
    3. Parishioners of local Catholic parishes without a school
    4. General community

    Saint Kilian Parish School also weighs other factors when reviewing registrations. Examples of these factors include, but are not limited to:

    1. A family’s good standing at the school (for new siblings)
    2. A review of student records and determination if SKPS is best placement for a student with special needs
    3. A family’s commitment to the longevity of Catholic education.

    Please Note
    During the registration process, siblings of current students will need to provide their Household ID. This ID can be found on the Parent Portal. Additionally, Catholic parishioners at Saint Kilian Parish or other parishes will need to provide their parish envelope number. This number can be found on the weekly envelopes that are given out by the parish, on the Faith Direct website, or by calling the parish offices. More details for all of these requirements will be specified on the registration form.

    Registration Confirmation and Waitlists
    On Sunday, February 12, 2017, all students who registered will receive a letter indicating that either the student has a confirmed seat at Saint Kilian Parish School for the 2017-18 school year or a letter indicating that the student has been put on a waitlist for the 2017-18 school year.

    If a student has been waitlisted, the $150 registration fee will be refunded within 30 days. If a student has been confirmed for a seat, the registration fee will be deducted from the student’s tuition for the 2017-18 school year unless the student ultimately chooses not to attend Saint Kilian Parish School. If that is the case, the registration fee is not refundable.

    After Sunday, February 14, 2017, all other registrations will be automatically added to the waitlist for the 2017-18 school year and will be processed individually.
While it is our desire to accommodate all families and students, once a grade levels capacity is full, registration for that grade will close and parents trying to register their child will be redirected to the waitlist for that grade. We only take 20 prospective students per waitlist. Once 20 prospects have waitlisted, the waitlist will be closed entirely. There is no fee to add your name to the waitlist.

Should you register a child during our registration period and receive a letter that your child has been waitlisted, your registration fee will be refunded within 30 days.

If your child is on a waitlist, please understand this is because our enrollment is full. There is no guarantee a spot will open and we encourage you to make other arrangements for the school year. A spot would only become available to a waitlisted child if an enrolled child forfeited their confirmed seat. While this does happen from time to time as people move, etc., there is no guarantee and we cannot speculate on this matter.

Waitlisted families need not contact our office to check in as we will be unable to provide information regarding where you are on the waitlist, how many people are ahead of you on a waitlist, or provide speculation as to whether we feel a spot will open for you. We are committed to contact you the second a spot becomes available.

Should your child be placed on our waitlist, we invite you to explore the many other wonderful Catholic schools the Diocese of Pittsburgh has to offer. Please click here for area school listings in our Diocese


Schedule a Prospective Family Private Tour

We are always happy to meet with prospective families and students and discuss all that our school has to offer.

SKPS offers individual and/or small group tours throughout the school year to accommodate each family's individual needs while witnessing learning in action on a typical school day at SKPS. Tours for families inquiring for enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year will be offered starting in September 2017. Parents can click here to schedule a time online to tour the school and ask questions or contact Mrs. Lesley Stofko, Development and Events Director, at 724.625.1665 x.2121 to arrange for a tour. We thank you for your interest in SKPS and look forward to welcoming your family very soon!

In an effort to provide a non-disruptive learning environment for our student body, Saint Kilian Parish School does not currently offer a "shadow day" experience for prospective students.



Tuition and Tuition Assistance

Please select from the following for information:

Families choosing to pay in full before July 15, 2017 will receive a 2% discount off of their tuition. Families choosing to pay monthly must pay through the Parent Portal beginning on July 15, 2017 and ending on April 15, 2018 (10 debits beginning on July 15, 2017).


Grades K - 8 Catholic Non-Catholic**
1st Child $4660.00 $5830.00
2nd Child $3380.00 $5830.00
3rd Child $2330.00 $5830.00
4th Child $0.00 $5830.00
**Non-Catholic K - 8 students are not subject to the gift card fundraising requirement.
Preschool* Catholic Non-Catholic
Three Year Old $1340.00 $1340.00
Four Year Old $1740.00 $1740.00
*Preschoolers who are the 4th+ child enrolled at SKPS qualify for free tuition. All Preschool students must participate in the gift card fundraising requirement whether they are Catholic or Non-Catholic.
Tuition Assistance and Financial Aid may be available. Please click here for complete details, and an application, from The Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Please know that your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. We ask that you contact Debra Wioskowski, the School Office Manager, at 724.625.1665 x2101 with any questions or concerns you may have regarding financial aid or any administrative processing fees should they pose a hardship.

The total SKPS fundraising goal for 2017 - 2018 is $365,000. We are always humble when requesting such generous financial support from the families of SKPS and truly appreciate your past support and anticipate your ongoing efforts to help make our school the best it can be for you and your children.

As is the case with all schools operating within the Diocese of Pittsburgh, tuition covers only a portion of a school's operating budget. The rest of the operating budget comes from a funding model determined by the Diocese: 60% - Tuition and Fees | 5% - Parish Subsidy | 10% - Fundraising | 5% - Other Sources

Per Child Breakdown
Based on the estimated number of students for the 2017 - 2018 school year, the following is a breakdown of the total SKPS fundraising needs and the minimum amount of Gift Card Program rebates and Kilian Credits expressed on a per child basis:

Category Total Fundraising Needs Minimum Gift Card Rebates Kilian Credit Requirement
All Preschool Children $225/child $70/child $100/Preschool only family
All K-8 Children $645/child $200/child $300/family with students in K - 8

How To Meet Your Family's Fundraising Goal
Your family's annual fundraising goal is tracked in two ways:

  1. SKPS GIFT CARD PROGRAM AND OVERAGE TUITION CREDITS
    By purchasing gift cards at the school office during normal business hours or through the online Scrip program, SKPS receives rebates that can be directly counted towards a family's fundraising goal. It is our hope that by changing purchasing habits to use gift cards for purchases that were going to be made anyway a family can offset the actual out of pocket donation they need to make to meet their fundraising requirements. Each family must participate in the SKPS Gift Card Program. Families who do not generate rebates to the minimum per child levels, will need to pay the difference during or prior to the end of the school year. The percentage listed on the gift card order form for each vendor is used to calculate the credit towards your family's fundraising goal. For example, if you purchase $100 in gift cards for Gymboree at 13% you will receive a credit of $13 towards your fund raising goal. Every $100 spent at Giant Eagle will generate a $5 rebate, etc. Click here for full details regarding the program.

    As an incentive for all families to use the gift card program to the fullest extent possible, a tuition credit is available to families equal to 50% of the amount of gift card rebates that exceeds their gift card requirements (to be used against the tuition in the following school year). More than one-third of our families earn a tuition credit through gift card purchases above their goal each year.  

    Please note gift card credits are not transferable or refundable under any circumstances.

  2. KILIAN CREDIT REQUIREMENT
    Saint Kilian Parish School employs a Kilian Credit program in addition to the extensive gift card program for fundraising.  During the year, certain Saint Kilian fundraising events will be announced as Kilian Credit eligible.  SKPS families may then purchase admission to these eligible events with their Kilian Credit (not to exceed the value of what you were invoiced.)
  • These credits are not redeemable for anything other than admission to these events.
  • There is no prepayment discount for the Kilian Credit as there is with tuition.
  • Kilian Credit is valid for events through June 30 of the current school year.
  • Any unused amount is forfeited and cannot be rolled over.

You will be provided with tax documentation of any unused amount of Kilian Credit as a 501©(3) charitable donation.

During the school year, the value of your Kilian Credit is the total you paid ($100 preschool or $300 K-8th grade), less any admissions you purchased using your credit.  Should the admission price be higher than your Kilian Credit amount, you will be invoiced the difference or will have the opportunity to pay via credit card at the time of registration. SKPS will periodically communicate your remaining balance to you during the school year.

If you have any questions about these programs, please contact: fundraising@saintkilian.org.




Frequently Asked Questions and Contact Information

  • Why does registration take place online?
    It is the aim of online registration to make the process as accessible to all wishing to enroll. This ensures our working parents, stay at home parents, and traveling parents all have an equal opportunity for enrollment, keeps parents from feeling the need to form lines in the parking lot before school hours in cold temperatures, and allows our school to run normally on registration days.

  • What happens if i am in the middle of my form and need to take a break or leave for some reason?
    It is possible to save your form progress and return to finish the form later without losing your work. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the form and click the button that allows you to save and return later. The form will then email you a link in which to return to your form later. When you re-visit your form, please be aware that you will need to re-enter the verification email, signature and credit card information before it will allow you to submit the form - it does not save this information when you use this feature for security purposes. If you try to submit your saved form and cannot, this is why - recheck the form that all fields are complete.

  • I completed my form but it will not submit.
    The form requires all fields are completed and that payment is made and verified in order for it to submit. If you do not fill out all fields, your form will not submit. If you do not enter all credit card information or sign the form, it will not submit. If you enter everything but your credit card is declined or invalid, it will not submit. Forms that do not submit are not sent to the school office, we will have no record of your registration request. Please double check your form information for accuracy and try again. If you continue to have a problem, please save your form and email the generated saved form link to the Help Desk and contact Debra Wioskowski, the School Office Manager, at 724.625.1665 x2101 for additional assistance.

  • How many seats are available by grade?
    We do not post capacity or availability. Availability will be provided to each registrant during each phase. When you go to enroll during your phase and click on the provided link, you will either be redirected to the registration form if there is still availability, redirected to the waitlist if enrollment is full but the waitlist has not yet reached 15 prospective students, or redirected to a notification that registration and the waitlist is full. As our registration takes place online and fills quickly, it is impossible for us to keep the current availability up to date on our website as this is happening. As grades and waitlist close, we will post this status on the top of this page.

    We are also committed to keeping families together and having the necessary space available during the registration process to take siblings of current students prior to offering seats to other parishioners and the community.

  • My child is a returning student, don't you already have this information on file?
    Yes, we do keep all information on file in our student database. However, we have found that many parents do not keep their student and family records up to date via the portal or by notifying the school office when changes to their personal information occurs. By requiring all parents to provide this information for each child at registration, we ensure our data is accurate on an annual basis.

  • I am concerned about getting my child in the morning/afternoon preschool class, how can I ensure my child gets my preference?
    You will be noting your preference for morning or afternoon preschool on the registration form. We try very hard to honor preferences to the best of our ability in the order in which they are received. However, when assembling our preschool class rosters, we do have to take into account genders, birth dates and personalities to ensure well balanced classes that allow for optimal learning environment for all our preschoolers.

  • I do not have a credit card for payment or I need special assistance.
    Please contact our school office in advance of your registration phase for instructions.

  • What happens if my computer acts up or I have a problem the day of registration?
    Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with computer problems you may have and will be taking enrollments in the order in which they are received. It is always good to have a backup plan (perhaps a parent or family member with another computer available if yours suddenly crashes or you are experiencing technical difficulties). Our online forms are thoroughly tested on a variety of platforms, computers, devices, and browsers in advance for accuracy and ease.
If your question was not answered above, we are here to help!
Please contact Debra Wioskowski, the School Office Manager, at 724.625.1665 x2101 for assistance.