FAQs

CLASS SIZE

What is Christ, Prince of Peace School’s student/teacher ratio and student population?

  • 206 students ages 3 through grade 8
  • 18:1 Classroom Student-Teacher ratio in grades K-8
  • 11:1 Student-Teacher ratio in grades K-8
  • 10:1 Student-Teacher ratio in the Early Childhood Center

REGISTRATION & TUITION

When is registration?
Re-registration for current families occurs during Catholic Schools Week in January of each year. Registration for new families begins at the beginning of February each year and is ongoing until classes are filled.

What is the registration fee? 
$250 – half due at the time of registration, and the balance due on “Get It Done Day” (GIDD). Activity fees, which vary by class, are due October 15.

Does Christ, Prince of Peace School accept non-Catholic students or students who are outside of parish boundaries? 
Yes. Christ, Prince of Peace School does welcome diverse students to apply to our school, but different tuition amounts do apply to those families who are not parishioners. Please see our tuition page for more information.

What are the current tuition rates? 
Please see our tuition page for more information.

Does Christ, Prince of Peace offer financial aid or scholarships?
Yes. Financial aid funds are used to provide monetary assistance to students who might not otherwise be able to afford a Christ, Prince of Peace education. Click here to contact our admissions office for more information.

GET IT DONE DAY

What is “Get It Done Day”? 
“Get It Done Day” (GIDD) is held on the Friday before the first day of school. This is a built in time for parents to complete all their beginning of the year paperwork, school pictures are taken and students meet their teachers.

Why is it important? 
This event gives the parents an opportunity to hand in all of the necessary forms at the same time. (Forms are made available on the school website in advance.) At GIDD parents can verify demographic information, pay fees, talk to the nurses, buy logo items and gently used uniforms, sign up for volunteer activities, and reconnect with friends they haven’t seen all summer.

IN-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

What is the Buddy program? 
The Buddy Program is a formal system through which older and younger students are paired up for a variety of special activities such as reading, attending Mass, and even getting out to the right car at dismissal. It allows the students to make special bonds and build relationships with the entire student body. Our students absolutely love seeing their buddies, even if it is only by passing in the hallway.

If my child is a Big Buddy, what is expected of them? 
As a “senior buddy” our older students are expected to act as good role models. They are expected to be helpful and caring, while having fun at the same time.

What are CPOP’s service projects? When are they? Who benefits?
Christ, Prince of Peace students support Marygrove with proceeds from a Kickball Tournament in the fall. Each class has a required service project in which students help the less fortunate. These projects require active participation by the students. In the past students have made blankets for St. Patrick’s Center, sent cards to Ferguson/Florissant students and visited nursing homes.

When and how often do children attend Mass? 
Once a week with their classmates and again with their families on Saturday or Sunday.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

How to I find out about CPOP Athletics? 
The Christ, Prince of Peace Parish Athletic Association organizes the sports for our school children, which includes volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, baseball and golf. The teams are composed of children from the school, parish and our community.

Soccer, basketball, softball and baseball are offered for Pre – K through 8th grade. Golf begins in 2nd grade. Volleyball begins in 3rd grade. Registration is usually three to four months before the season starts, so please plan ahead. Please use the following link for additional information: http://www.ezrosters.com/stl-cpop/

Do you have a resident chapter for Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts? 
The parish sponsors all levels of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. The link to the Boy Scout troop is http://bsaunit630.tripod.com and the contact for Girls Scouts is Judy Naunheim – her email DNAUNHEI@SWBELL.NET.

What extracurricular activities are available for full time students at Christ, Prince of Peace School? 
Extracurricular activities include, but are not limited to: Art Club, Band, Mad Science, Chess Club, Kickball Tournament, 8th Grade Cotillion,  Math Meets, Tippi Toes, Speech, Science Fair, STUCO, Youth Choir, Little Medical School, Math Facts Scholars, Coding, Golf, and a Spring Musical.

TECHNOLOGY

How is technology applied in school?
Computer and library classes are cross-curricular classes, which means all lessons are designed with assistance of their homeroom teacher and tie directly to curriculum from the students’ core subjects. The Internet, Online Safety and a variety of software applications including Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, KidPix, iMovie, iPhoto and Discovery Education are taught during the year. In grades ELC-3rd, iPads are utilized daily in small group classroom settings. In grades 4-8th, the students utilize Chromebooks. Our MacBook mobile laptop labs, LCD projectors, and student response systems allow the homeroom teachers to incorporate technology into their daily lessons. All homeroom classrooms are equipped with interactive SMARTBoards.

BIRTHDAYS

What is the school policy regarding birthdays?
As a special birthday “treat,” students will be allowed to dress out of uniform on the day of their birthday.  If a student’s birthday falls on a weekend or during a break, they may dress out the day before or after.  Students with summer birthdays may dress out on their half-birthdays.  Students should follow out of uniform guidelines for appropriate dress.

In order to comply with Archdiocese Wellness Plan standards, birthday treats are not to be sent into school.  In lieu of classroom treats, parents (or another “special” visitor) are invited to bring or send a special lunch for their child on their birthday. Visitors are invited to stay and eat with the student. Fast food will be permitted for lunch on this special day.

COMMUNICATIONS

How does Christ, Prince of Peace communicate with Parents?

Parents are notified with weekly “CPOP Updates” are emailed to the families every Sunday listing the activities and events for the upcoming week. Each teacher has an individual email address and phone extension with answering system. In addition, each teacher has a Google class page or uses the SeeSaw application for sharing class information, class events, homework and projects.

FACULTY

What is the percentage of teachers with advanced degrees?
We are proud that 42% of our faculty hold masters degrees.

What is the average tenure of the teaching staff? 
15 Years

What sets the staff of Christ, Prince of Peace staff apart from the staff of other schools?
Our focus as a school is to meet the needs of each and every student. Each member of our faculty takes on the responsibility and cares deeply about the success of the students, both academically and otherwise. All teachers offer free before and after school tutoring at least once a week for any student needing extra instruction. Differentiation is used throughout our classrooms so that students can learn at his/her own pace through programs such as the Daily 5 or leveled middle school math. Teachers attend professional development throughout the year to continue to learn and implement the best educational practices. Many of our teachers also get involved outside the classroom by attending students’ activities and events to further support growth and development.

FIELD TRIPS

How do I participate in field trips as a parent? 
Field Trips are planned by the classroom teachers, and requests will go out for parent drivers and/or chaperones. All parents participating in field trips or any activities with the children must comply with the Archdiocese Safe Environment requirements. For more information contact the school office. Parents driving for field trips must also provide proof of adequate car insurance and a copy of their current driver’s license.

What/where are the field trips for each grade? 
Each class, except Early Learning Center, goes on a minimum of two field trips each year, some more. Typical field trips are:

Kindergarten: Rombach’s Pumpkin Patch First Grade: Community Day in Manchester Second Grade: St. Louis Science Center Third Grade: St. John’s Skilled Nursing Fourth Grade: Art Museum Fifth Grade: Overnight at the St. Louis Zoo, Junior Achievement Biz Town Sixth Grade: Week-long overnight Camp, Challenger Learning Center Seventh Grade: Week-long overnight Camp, Six Flags Eighth Grade: Springfield, IL, St. Louis Cathedral Basilica, Graduation Mystery Trip

AFTER SCHOOL CARE

Is there after school care availability? What is the contact information? 
The after school care program is operated by the parish and is offered 3-6pm every day school is in session, except half days. Any combination of days is available.

Click here for more detailed information about the After Care program

LUNCHES

Is there a hot lunch program available? 
Yes, an optional hot lunch program is offered daily.

Are parents allowed to bring in a fast food lunch for their child?
Parents can bring lunches to their children on special occasions only.  Due to the Archdiocese Wellness Plan requirements healthy food options are encouraged.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

What are the volunteer opportunities and requirements? 
The PTO is the primary vehicle for many of the school’s volunteering opportunities – although there are several outside of the PTO such as School Board, Marketing and Athletic Association. The PTO has developed an on-line volunteer registration system for securing the needed assistance for the many activities hosted throughout the year. This link is made available to all school families in August. All parent volunteers are required to comply with the Archdiocese Safe Environment requirements. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities at our school.

What are mandatory work requirements for parents? 
Parents are asked to work a 1-2 hour Cafeteria Duty shift during the lunch period a few times per school year. A schedule of the assigned dates is posted on our school website and sent out at the beginning of the school year. Parents are welcome to change their times with other workers or hire a substitute from the list. A $75 fee is charged for any parent who misses their lunch shift and a $150 buy-out option is offered at the beginning of the year for those unable to fulfill this ask. We appreciate everyone’s help in keeping our cafeteria running smoothly.

EARLY LEARNING CENTER

What are the age requirements for the Early Learning Center? 
Age three by August 1 and no longer wearing pull ups.

How many spots are available for the Early Learning Center?
Enrollment is considered closed at 30 students, after which a waitlist will be started.

Click here for more information about the Early Learning Center

PRIMARY/INTERMEDIATE

How is primary school different from intermediate school?
Primary (Kindergarten – Second Grade) is self-contained except for Specials. Intermediate students switch classrooms and teachers for several subjects.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

How are the Middle School classes structured?
Students in the Middle School switch classes throughout the day. This enables them to work with teachers who specialize in the subject area being taught.

What special programs are in place to acclimate new middle school students?
Incoming middle school students new to Christ, Prince of School are assigned a “study buddy” that accompanies them to their classes, introduces them to the teachers, and helps them with school procedures.

What is the high school acceptance rate for the middle school?
All 8th grade students are accepted at a high school of their choice.

Upon 8th grade graduation, what is the highest completed level for math? 
Middle School math classes are leveled. Sixth and seventh grade math classes are differentiated in the classroom on an as needed basis. Eighth grade students have the option to be placed in an Algebra course. Freshmen honors courses are a viable option for our graduates.

What are the advantages of having a middle school attached to the primary school?
Our Middle School students are the student leaders of our school. By being attached to an Elementary School, the Middle School students have the opportunity to act as leaders and role models on a daily basis. This helps the Middle School students build their self-esteem and set high standards for themselves as they move into high school.

RESOURCES

What additional resources are available if my child is struggling in school? 
Christ, Prince of Peace has two full time educators, a Reading Specialist and a Learning Consultant, who work with students, parents, teachers, Special School District, etc. Click here to learn more about our student resources.

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