Frequently Asked Questions


What are the school hours?

The school day begins at 8:00 am but the end of the school day varies depending on the specific preschool class. Half-Day Preschool ends at 11:30 am, while Full-Day Preschool ends at 3:30 pm. Our Before Care is available from 7:00-8:00am and the After Care is available from 3:30-5:30pm.

How many students are in the St. Mary Catholic School Preschool?

In the preschool program, approximately 32 students are enrolled.

Do preschool students have to wear uniforms?

No, uniforms are for K-8 students only.

Is a hot lunch program offered?

A hot lunch program is offered to the students through the services of District 6. Lunch can be purchased on a monthly basis. The monthly lunch menu is sent directly to current families.

However, this service is only available to preschoolers enrolled in the Full-Day Preschool, as they are the only ones who stay for lunch.

Does St. Mary provide transportation?

No, parents are responsible for the transportation of their students to and from school. Our families often join carpools to share the responsibility of getting to and from school during the week when coming from a distance. However, we suggest contacting St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnstown as they offer transportation services for certain routes. For Fort Lupton families, please contact St. William Catholic Church regarding their school bus route.

How do I inform the school if my child is sick?

Please call the school office 970-353-8100 or email us at and leave a message with your name, your child’s name and the teacher’s name.

Do we need to be Catholic to attend St. Mary Catholic School?

St. Mary welcomes students of all backgrounds, both religious and non-religious upbringings.

Is tuition assistance available for preschool?

No, unfortunately preschool students do not qualify for tuition assistance. An older sibling enrolled in K-8 may receive tuition assistance, but not preschool students.

What is the birthday guideline for students entering preschool?

A child that is 3 on or before October 1st may enter the PK3 class only.

A child that is 4 (or older) on or before October 1st may enter any preschool class.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

Yes. 3 year olds must be potty trained by October 1st. Older children must be fully potty trained before the first day of school. We understand that accidents do happen, so we ask that parents pack a full set of extra clothes and underwear.

Does preschool attend Mass?

Yes. Preschool attends the school Mass once a month.

Do I need to provide school supplies?

Yes. There is a preschool school supply list for every child to bring on the first day of school.

How large are each of the classes?

Class sizes are limited to 10 students in the PK3 and PK classes, and limited to 12 in the 5+ Half Day and 5+ Full Day class combined.

Is there naptime?

Only for the 5+ Full Day class.