Q: What is the emphasis of your school?
A: St. Paul City is a free charter school with a focus on building the whole child. Our mission is to prepare students to embrace their full potential and pursue higher education. Our educational approach is rooted in standards and guided by our vision to develop a multicultural learning community passionately committed to the total development of every child. Each student has core subject in addition to a rich array of specialists.
Q: Is the St. Paul City Kindergarten programs a full or half day programs?
A: The St. Paul City Kindergarten program is a full day program for all Kindergarten students with the same core subjects offered in each grade. Additionally, our students have weekly specialist time in media and P.E., Art, and music. We also offer a full day Pre-School program.
Q: What grades does your school include?
A: St. Paul City District is now a Preschool through 12 school located in 3 buildings, all within a few miles of each other. Meetings and conferences are coordinated with multi-children families in mind.
Q: What is the ratio of students to staff at your school?
A: Our maximum class size for K-8 is 25. In addition, we have a resource teacher and educational assistants assigned to work with each grade level for a regularly scheduled portion of the day. We also have a full time MN Reading Corp staff member in each of our Kindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms.
Q: Does your school have a breakfast and lunch program available to all students?
A: Yes, our school provides a breakfast and lunch program to all students. We contract with the St. Paul Public School lunch program to work with us in designing a menu that meets the dietary needs of all our students. A free and reduced lunch application is included in our registration packet. All students receive a free breakfast daily.
Q: What are your school hours?
A: Classes begin at 8:30 am in both school buildings. All of our students receive 2GEN Enrichment Programming Monday - Thursday from 3:15pm-5:00pm. Buses arrive by 8:30am and return to pick students up at 5:00pm Monday - Thursday and pick up at 2:30pm on Fridays. Phones are answered between 7:30am and 5:00pm.
Q: How are bus stops arranged for students?
A: Any family residing in St. Paul who attends our school will have a bus stop arranged according to where they live in relation to the traditionally mapped school bus routes. Upon registration, our school’s transportation coordinator discusses special needs and reviews the map with families. Prior to the first day of school, a confirmation of route is sent in the mail which includes the location and time of the bus stop. Information regarding return times is also included.
Q: Does your school have a dress code or uniform policy?
A: Yes, we have a school uniform at our primary and middle school locations which consists of a St. Paul City School maroon polo style shirt and khaki or black dress pants. Students are allowed to wear a plain sweatshirt or cardigan in maroon, gray, black or navy over their polo shirts. At our open house each fall we have a uniform display in the gym for families to purchase uniforms, or place special orders. See the family handbook for more details.
Q: When is your registration deadline?
A: St. Paul City enrolls students through a lottery process. Applications are collected until March 14th for the following school year. On March 15th, the lottery is completed. Should a grade level be full, we add families to our waiting list. It is a good idea to register early! As part of our registration process, we ask families to come to school to take a tour and meet with staff. This is a good time to ask any other questions that you may have about the school and our program. It is also a good time to discuss specific goals, needs, and/or concerns you may have about your child’s educational future.
Q: Where can I see a copy of the school policies?
Simply follow this link and search for any policy within our Google Drive: School Policies