FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION?
The School Office is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30am - 3:30pm.
WHAT IS YOUR AVERAGE CLASS SIZE?
Currently the average class size is 15 students.
CAN I SCHEDULE A SCHOOL VISIT?
Absolutely! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a campus tour or a shadow day. Include your name, the name(s) of your student(s), and their prospective grade level. We look forward to meeting you soon!
DO YOU HAVE PARTIAL-DAY HOURS AVAILABLE?
No. Enrolled students (including TK) must attend full days of school.
DO YOU OFFER BEFORE / AFTER SCHOOL CARE?
Due to COVID-19, we are temporarily suspending Before and After School Care until further notice. We intend to resume when conditions improve and guidelines allow.
Yes. Our Before and After School Care (BASC) is through YMCA Character Builders. The schedule is 6:30am - 8:00am before school, and 3:00pm - 6:00pm after school (12:15pm - 6:00pm on Wednesdays and minimum days).
IS THERE A SPECIFIC ENROLLMENT PERIOD?
Students may enroll throughout the school year. Tuition assistance for returning families typically opens Jan. 1-Feb. 28 of the prior school year. New families are welcome to apply as needed.
Interested families must apply for financial aid during the January-February deadline to be eligible for maximum tuition assistance based on their qualifications for the upcoming school year. Please visit the Enrollment page for step-by-step details and requirements.
HOW MUCH IS SCHOOL TUITION?
Standard Tuition Rates for 2020-2021
SKDA is resolved to make our quality Catholic education affordable and accessible. SKDA provides financial aid to qualified enrolled families. Click here for more tuition details.
IS SKDA ACCREDITED?
Yes. SKDA is accredited by NCEA, Western Catholic Education Association, and WASC, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
DOES ST. KATHARINE DREXEL ACADEMY HAVE SECURED ENTRANCES?
Yes. The safety and security of our students is a top priority. The perimeter gates are locked during school hours, with one entrance on 56th Street, accessible via doorbell. All visitors must sign in and out from the School Office.
DOES ST. KATHARINE DREXEL ACADEMY PROVIDE MEALS?
SKDA offers a lunch program through San Diego Catering Company. Meals can be purchased for $5 each through each family’s SchoolSpeak account by the announced deadline. All meals are prepaid in advance and offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
WHAT IS THE EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY AT ST. KATHARINE DREXEL ACADEMY?
SKDA believes that students are open to learning and growing at their best when they feel safe and happy. Our philosophy is to teach and model Christ-like leadership in our school learning environment through love, not fear.
WHAT IS THE EDUCATION LEVEL OF ST. KATHARINE DREXEL ACADEMY TEACHERS?
At. St. Katharine Drexel Academy, we hire credentialed, qualified teachers and instructional aides with experience and college coursework exceeding the minimum requirements by the state. Our certificated employee hiring requirements surpass those set by most Catholic schools - our teachers have CA credentials, and/or credentials in process with MA/MS degrees.
HOW ARE PARENTS MADE AWARE OF THEIR CHILDREN'S PROGRESS AT ST. KATHARINE DREXEL ACADEMY?
SKDA publishes progress reports (both formal and informal) every 3 weeks on SchoolSpeak. Twice a year (December and March) we host student-led conferences with the student, parent and teacher. Report cards are sent home every trimester, as well as a Grad Profile Report Card. Parents and teachers are encouraged to work together as a team to support our students toward reaching their goals, and developing skills and habits to foster growth and success.