School of St. Philip, Litchfield Minnesota

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of tuition?
Tuition for students who are a part of the Shepherd of Souls Area Faith Community is $2350/year. For those who do not, tuition is $2400/year. Tuition can be paid in 9-month, 10-month, or 12-month installments. This cost is for the first child in the family. A second child would receive a $50 reduction, and a third child receives a $75 tuition break. In addition to tuition, each family has a $1200 fundraising goal. This is a family, not an individual, goal. Families are expected to participate in our Small Steps Big Intentions Marathon as this is the biggest (and perhaps easiest) way to meet the fundraising requirement. Our school also sells Scrip gift certificates and Catholic United Financial Raffle tickets that can help to raise funds.

What does your lunch program look like?
We work with the Litchfield School District to obtain school lunches. Student lunches cost $2.50/meal and adults are $3.50.

What are the school hours of operation?
Children get here at 8:00 a.m. and we begin outside with a Flag Ceremony. Our dismissal is at 2:50 p.m.

Do you have childcare before and/or after school?
At this time we do not have a childcare program. If there is enough interest, it is something we will pursue in the future.

Do we have to be Catholic to attend St. Philip's?
NO. Approximately 17% of our student population are students of other faiths. These students add depth to our faith conversations and take part in religion classes, weekly mass celebrations, and daily prayer. Students of all faith traditions are welcome at St. Philip's!

What do non-Catholics do during religion classes?
Non-Catholic students take part in all religion classes, retreats, and activities. With the exception of receiving the sacraments, they are able to participate in all activities. They are encouraged to share their faith and beliefs with their classes to enhance our discussions.

Do you have sports teams and/or extracurricular activities?
At the elementary level, youth sports and extracurricular activities take place through Community Ed., so NO, we do not have sports teams.

What is your average class size?
Our primary grades average about 8-10 students per class. Our intermediate grades average 11 students per class. This year our first and second grade classes are combined. These low teacher: student ratios allow students to have multiple opportunities to participate and have a great deal of teacher-student interaction. St. Philip's is a place where you get more turns!

What does your school calendar look like?
The School of St. Philip follows the Litchfield School District for the most part. Because we have a longer school day than the other buildings in the district, we will finish our school year a few days early. We also have a couple of days where our students have the day off due to our diocesan workshop and the Easter Monday holiday. For the convenience of families and to facilitate bussing, we try to follow the local school district. Click here for our school calendar.

Can students be bused to St. Philip's School?
Yes! All students have a right to be bussed to school whether they choose public or private schools as long as they are within the distance requirements. Hicks Bus Company transports students to the School of St. Philip along with the other students in the district.
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