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14131 Seneca Road, Darnestown, Maryland 20874 | 301 869 0940 | F: 301 869 0942

FAQ

What curriculum do you follow? What subjects are taught?

Our curriculum follows the Archdiocesan Standards of Instruction and Religion Curriculum, “Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization”. Copies of the academic standards are available here.

Our core subject areas include reading & language arts, math, religion, science, and social studies, which are taught daily. Students have weekly "specials" classes including physical education, music, art, library & media center, Spanish, and computer technology. 

 

How long is the school day?

Elementary and middle school students may enter the building at 8:00 AM, and classes begin at 8:20 AM. Students are dismissed at 3:00 PM

Our preschool 4’s program will be M-F 8:25 AM – 2:55 PM

How large are the classes?

There are two classes per grade. Kindergarten has approximately 20 students in each class; grades 1 through 8 have approximately 30 students in each class. Kindergarten classes have a shared assistant, and the first grade has a full time assistant. Grades 2 and 3 have half-day assistants.  

Reading and math classes are reduced for a lower teacher to student ratio with reading at about 1:10 in K-3 and 1:20 in grades 4-5. Leveled math groups in grades 4-8 are divided among four teachers; no math class is larger than 18 students. Math intervention is offered in grades 2-3.

Preschool enrollment is currently 16 students in the 3’s program and 20 students in the 4’s program.

What sports and extracurricular activities are offered?

Mary of Nazareth School offers CYO programs for soccer, basketball, cross country, and track. In addition, we offer cheerleading. Please visit our Athletics section for more information.

Numerous clubs and activities are offered to students including, but not limited to, yearbook, ski club, Student Government Association, National Junior Honor Society, chess, and scouting. For a comprehensive list, please see Student Life.

Middle School students participate in intramural sports every Friday afternoon from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM. The goal of the program is to promote sportsmanship and camaraderie among the students.

Is there a bus? What if I work and cannot pick my child up at 3:00 PM?

There is no bus service offered; parents arrange carpools.  

We offer an extended care program from 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM for a minimal fee. Please see Extended Care for the fee schedule and registration materials.

 

Do you have a school nurse?

Yes,we have a Registered Nurse on staff in the Health Room all day, every day. She also conducts health programs with the students throughout the year, including tests for hearing, vision, scoliosis and health education. Visit the Health Room page for more information.

 

Do you serve hot lunch? Do all the children eat together?

Hot lunch is available 5 days a week and costs $4.00 for a regular and $4.50 for a large. There are four lunch periods; 25 minutes for grades two through eight and 30 minutes for grades K and one. Milk is also available for a yearly rate.

 

What security measures are in place?

The safety and well-being of our students is paramount. The school building is locked at all times. Visitors and volunteers sign in at the main office and are required to wear badges. All faculty, staff and volunteers must complete the Archdiocesan Child Protection Course and undergo a comprehensive background check. The Katie Fitzgerald Youth Recreation Center is locked at all times as well. The entire school is monitored by a twenty-four hour video security system.

What technology do you have throughout the school?

Two mobile iPad carts and two mobile Chromebook carts are available for students to use during their lessons. We have a dedicated computer lab that is equipped with iMac computers, as well as a Media Center equipped with Lenovo touch-screen PCs. A “Smoothwall” filter has been installed for safe internet searching. Detailed information can be found on our Educational Technology page.

 

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