Admissions

Welcome

A Catholic academy offers parents the opportunity to educate their children in a faith-filled school which serves as an extended family, a school which strives to serve both the parents and the students, an extension of the home where parental involvement is welcomed and where a sense of belonging is the right of each student.

At St. Mary/McCormick Catholic Academy, we want all families who desire a Catholic education for their children to be able to attend a Catholic Academy. To realize this goal, St. Mary/McCormick Catholic Academy provides:

  • Small class size (16:1)
  • State certified experienced teachers/staff
  • Core curriculum & IOWA Testing
  • Electives which include library, Spanish, music, computers, physical education, and art
  • Tuition Assistance Scholarships: Through the Archdiocese of Detroit, the Port Huron Vicariate and the St. Mary/McCormick Academy Angels.
  • Mass with children’s choir (Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • A state licensed day care
  • A state licensed multi age level preschool program (Young 3’s, Young 4’s, Young 5’s)
  • A continuation of Catholic education at Cardinal Mooney prep (Grades 9-12)


If you would like more information about St. Mary/McCormick Catholic Academy, please call (810) 982-7906 Ext. 106. We would love the opportunity to talk with you about investing in the education of your child/children.

 

Why the academy: a smart investment

  • A Catholic school education is worth the cost. Your child's tuition is an investment which pays a lifelong dividend.
  • Catholic schools represent affordable excellence; there is an emphasis on efficiency and accountability.
  • Tuition cost is often supplemented by the parish, so the Catholic community shares the cost of education.
  • In addition to a strong program in the "basics," as well as challenging programs for gifted students, Catholic schools add the significant "plus" of religious, moral, and spiritual development.
  • Standardized test scores and a college acceptance rate of over 80% reflect that our students are self-disciplined, self-motivated, responsible and creative.
  • In Catholic schools there is a mutual respect which exists among students, faculty, and administrators which generates an atmosphere of care and concern.

Enrollment Application Form (doc)

Enrollment Application Form (pdf)

Blue Water Vicariate Parish Verification Form (pdf)

Blue Water Vicariate Parish Verification Form (doc)

 

2017-2018 Tuition information

Payments begin in June 2017 and end in March 2018

To register a student at St. Mary/McCormick Catholic Academy each family must complete a Tuition Agreement form and the Blue Water Catholic School Active Parishioner Verification form. These forms should be brought to the school office along with the registration and lunchroom fees. Thank you.

 

In Vicariate Member  
1 Kinder - Grade 8 Child $3,900 ($390 per month)
2 Kinder - Grade 8 Children $6,450 ($645 per month)
3 Kinder - Grade 8 Children $8,650 ($865 per month)
4 Kinder - Grade 8 Children $10,800 ($1,080 per month)
   
Out of Vicariate  
1 Kinder - Grade 8 Child  $4,950 ($495 per month)
2 Kinder - Grade 8 Children $7,430 ($743 per month)
3 Kinder - Grade 8 Children $9,900 ($990 per month)
4 Kinder - Grade 8 Children $12,400 ($1240 per month)
   
Pre-Kindergarten (M-TH)  
Four Full Days $3,000 (300 per month)
Four Half Days $2,100 ($210 per month)
Extended Enrichment on Fridays ($30 per day)
   
Pre-School Full Day Program (M-TH)  
Four Full Days $3,000 ($300 per month)
Three Full Days $2,400 ($240 per month)
Two Full Days $1,800 ($180 per month)
Extended Enrichment of Fridays ($30 per day)
   
Pre-School Half Day Program (M-TH)  
Four Half Days $2,100 ($210 per month)
Three Half Days  $1,700 ($170 per month)
Two Half Days $1,300 ($130 per month)
Extended Enrichment on Fridays ($30 per day)
   
Day Care (Non Refundable Registration $50) $6.50 per hour
   
   
   

 

Tuition Incentives

Transition Incentive: A $500 reduction for any student who remains at SM/MCA transitioning from Pre-School to Kindergarten and 5th Grade to 6th Grade.

Loyalty Incentive: A $500 reduction for any 8th grade student who has attended at SM/MCA continuously from Kindergarten - 8th Grade.

Referral Incentive: $250 one time reduction for a first referral who enrolls to be applied to the next year's tuition. $100 one time reduction for each additional referral.

Parent Volunteer Hours: Fifteen hours of volunteer time is required for parents. This involves participation in P.T.O. sponsored fundraisers, noon supervision, and other school sponsored events. Anyone who serves time the evening of the Fall Harvest Auction will receive double time for their hours. Volunteer time is valued at $25 per hour. Payment of $375 can be made in lieu of serving. A listing of opportunities to achieve volunteer hours will be provided by the P.T.O.

Financial aid

Parents have several options available for financial assistance.

Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Application

St. Mary/McCormick Catholic Academy and the Archdiocese of Detroit, offer support in the area of tuition assistance for qualifying families.

The first step to qualifying is completing and submitting the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance application

After you have completed and submitted the application, the Archdiocese will let St. Mary/McCormick Catholic Academy know whether or not you have qualified for tuition assistance through the Archdiocese.

It is important to complete this application within the time frame recommended by the Academy and the Archdiocese of Detroit. It will need to be completed and submitted yearly. We ask that all Archdiocesan Applications are completed and mailed to Private School Aid Services no later than April 1st of each year. The Archdiocese will notify us as to whether or not you qualify before the beginning of the school year, in same year you completed the application.
Academy's Chargot Memorial Fund, Academy Angels

If you qualify for the Archdiocese tuition program , you are then eligible to qualify for tuition assistance from our Academy's Chargot Memorial Fund, and sometimes from our Academy Angels, anonymous parishioners that often want to give tuition assistance to qualifying families.

 

SCRIP

SCRIP is a fundraiser that costs you nothing and can be applied to your tuition. Many of our families use SCRIP daily and have had major savings on their tuition because of it.

SCRIP is simply another word for gift cards or gift certificates used the same as cash for everyday purchases of consumer goods and services.

The SCRIP Program purchases these gift cards/certificates at a discount and sells them at face value. The discounted percentage is profit for St. Mary/McCormick Catholic Academy. There are more than 300 retailers to pick from both local and national.

For example, if a family spends $100.00 on gasoline per week, they would first purchase a $100.00 Speedway gift card from the SCRIP Program. The gift card is discounted at 4%, so the SCRIP Program paid $96.00.

St. Mary’s splits the percentage difference with parents. You can apply your half toward your student’s tuition.
Click here to read more details or call (810) 982-7906.

SCRIP Order Form (pdf)

SCRIP Order Form (doc)

 

Dress Code - Grades Preschool - 5th

Girls Dress Code:

1.  The uniform is a plaid jumper with round scoop neckline. Skirts must be knee length.

2.  Preschool students may wear navy elastic band dress pants. They do not have to wear belts.

3.  Blouses are to be white, long or short sleeve, peter pan or button down collar, with NO ruffles, lace trim or logos.

4.  Slacks are to be only navy blue. Slacks must be tailored properly and full length and must not be tight fitted. Shirts are to be tucked in at all times. NO denim jeans or jean style slacks are permitted.

5.  Socks that cover the ankle or tights are to be solid navy blue or white.

6.  For warmth, we suggest winter/stocking tights or knee highs. Pants may not be worn under uniforms.

7.  Jewelry: Small necklaces, bracelets or pierced earrings are permitted. Dangling or multiple earrings are not appropriate. 

8.   Grades 4 & 5 are able to wear uniform skirts (without the bibs).  

                                

Boys Dress Code

1.  Pants are to be solid navy blue dress pants. NO denim jeans or jean style slacks are permitted. Pant waistbands must be worn at the waist, no drooping.

2.  Preschool students may wear navy elastic band dress pants. 

3.  Shirts are to be dress or button down, long or short sleeve in solid colors of navy or white. Shirts are to be tucked in at all times. NO logos.

4.  Socks are to be solid navy blue, or white.

5.  Jewelry: Small necklaces or bracelets are permitted. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings. 

 

Girls and Boys

1.  Turtlenecks in navy or white. NO logos.

2.  Polo shirts in navy or white may be worn. There must be NO trim or logos on shirt.

3.  Sweaters or sweater vests may be solid colors of navy blue or white, in cardigan, crewneck or V-neck styles. NO logos.

4.  A royal blue fleece ordered through School Blues with St. Mary/McCormick Catholic Academy logo may be worn on all days, but not during Mass.

5.  Shoes should be dark leather or leather like including the sole. NO athletic shoes, sandals or clogs permitted. Tennis shoes are allowed for gym and jeans/free dress day only. No shoe sharing for gym class.

6.  Make-up is not permitted.

7.  Uniform shorts may be worn during the months of September, May, and June. Shorts must be navy blue in color.  All shorts must also be worn at knee length.  Uniform tops must also be worn with the shorts and tucked in at all times. Shorts may not be worn on Mass day

8.  Mass Days: boys will wear white dress shirts and ties of their choice and girls will wear white blouses and plaid uniform skirt. Ties for boys are to be worn during Mass.

 

Free Dress Day

A “Free Dress Day” will be held on the first Friday of each month that students are in school. On this day, students may wear appropriate clothes of their choice. Some restrictions apply. Shirts, for example, need to be long enough to cover the waist when arms are raised.

Jeans or clothing in colored denim, khaki etc., is acceptable. Jeans cannot have holes in them or be ripped. NO shirts that promote violence. School, sport and designer logos are acceptable.  Athletic shoes are permitted.   Sandals may be worn on free dress days and must have a strap worn around the heel.

 

Jeans/Casual for a Cause Day

This day will be held the third Friday of each month (or closest Friday to it) that students are in school. All guidelines listed for Free Dress Day apply to Jeans/Casual for a cause Day.

 

Hygiene

1.  Hair should be neatly trimmed and styled.   Both eyebrows should be visible.  Boys:  Both earlobes should also be visible and hair should not touch below the bottom of the shirt collar.   NO extreme hair styles or colors will be allowed.  Girls' hair accessories may be blue, white, school plaid, or gold or silver metal. 

2.  A compliment to a dress code is the personal hygiene of every student. Parents/guardians should see to it that children have bathed and arrive at school neat and clean. The adage “cleanliness is next to Godliness” is appropriate here.

If, for some reason your child cannot wear his/her uniform to school, a note must be written explaining the reason why. This note must be signed in the school office and presented to the classroom teacher. Please check your child’s appearance before he/she leaves for school in the morning to see that he/she is dressed according to the uniform code. This will eliminate unnecessary phone calls to have the proper attire brought to school.

Revised – May 11, 2011

 

Dress Code - Grades 6 -  8

Clothing should always be neat and presentable, as well as properly fitted.  Students are expected to be carefully dressed and well groomed at all times. 

 

Girls

1. Skirts - Girls will be required to wear skirts on Mass day and special events.  Skirts must be knee length andmay be uniform plaid only.   

2. Uniform Plaid Skirts (red/black/white) are available in kick pleat from Schoolbelles Uniform Company.  These skirts are made to order for our students and must be ordered by the end of June for delivery in late August, early September. 

3. Slacks – Black or Khaki; NO black denim; NO carpenter/painter pants, NO stretch knit pants; NO large pockets by the knees, NO grommets.  Must be worn with belt if pants have belt loops.

4. Blouses are to be white, long or short sleeve, peter pan or button down collar, with NO ruffles, lace or trim.  Knit polo shirts may be worn in white or red.  Blouses/shirts must be loose fitting, tucked in, not folded under.  No insignias.  Please be sure shirts/blouses are long enough to be tucked into waist band of skirt/slacks/shorts.   

5. Socks may be black, white or red and must be worn at all times.  Girls may wear white opaque tights or flesh tone nylons instead of socks.  Footless tights and slouch socks are not permitted.  Socks must cover the ankle. 

 

Boys

1. Pants may be black or khaki cotton twill or dress pants.  NO denim, NO carpenter/painter pants, NO pants with grommets, or large pockets by the knees.  Pant waist band must be worn at the waist, no dropping. 

2. Shirts must be white dress shirts, long or short sleeve, with no insignia (NO SILK). 

3. Ties are to be worn on Mass day and special events.  

4. Socks may be black, white, or red, and must cover the ankle and be worn at all times. 

 

Both Boys & Girls

1. Turtlenecks in white or red may be worn.  Shirt must be tucked in.

2. Polo shirts in white or red may be worn.  There must be NO trim or insignia on shirt.  Shirt must be tucked in.

3. Sweaters may be white or red in cardigan, turtleneck, crew neck, V-neck or vest styles.   NO LACE, OR TRIM.      

4. Dress Pants/Slacks – The following types of pants/slacks and materials are NOT acceptable; painter, carpenter or form fitting stretch knit; slacks with oversized pockets, side pockets, denim, stretch denim or grommets.  

5. Uniform Shorts – Uniform shorts may be worn during the months of September, May and June.  Shorts may be ordered through Schoolbelles, J.C. Penney’s or Land’s End (Sears).  They may be black or khaki; ALL shorts must be worn knee length.  Uniform tops must be worn with the shorts and tucked in at all times. Shorts may not be worn on Mass day.

6. Belts dark color and must be worn with skirts, pants or shorts that have belt loops. 

7. A red fleece ordered through School Blues with St. Mary/McCormick Catholic Academy logo may be worn on all days, but not during Mass.

8. Mass Days: boys will wear white dress shirts and ties of their choice and girls will wear white blouses and plaid uniform skirt. Ties for boys are to be worn during Mass.

9. Shoes should be dark leather, NO ATHLETIC SHOES, HIGH HEELS OR BACKLESS SHOES PERMITTED.  Dark deck shoes are acceptable.   Canvas or leather tennis shoes are allowed only in gym class.  Leather tennis/gym/sport shoes are NOT acceptable as a dress shoe.  This includes all Nike shoes and similar brands. Sandals may be worn on free dress days and must have a strap worn around the heel.

 

Jewelry: 

Girls – an appropriate single strand necklace and single bracelet may be worn. A single pair of stud or small and/or appropriate earrings are permitted, no large dangling earrings allowed. 

Boys – single strand necklace and single bracelet may be worn.  Earrings are NOT permitted.

 

Hair should be neatly trimmed and styled.   Both eyebrows should be visible.  Boys:  Both earlobes should also be visible and hair should not touch below the bottom of the shirt collar.   NO extreme hair styles or colors will be allowed.  Girls' hair accessories may be red, white, school plaid, or gold or silver metal. 

Gym clothes must be appropriate – shirts must cover mid-section at all times (raise hands over head – if mid-section is showing – shirt is too short).  As long as the weather is nice Gym classes will be held outside, please be sure to bring sweatshirt or sweatpants as needed.  Tank tops, halter tops and low rider pants are NOT allowed.  Gym shoes and socks are a must. 

Make-up – is NOT allowed.  

Nail Polish - clear or natural shades of nail polish are allowed. 

All parents of new students should have received a copy of the Dress Code Policy upon registration.  Teachers are instructed to cite students for violations.  Please familiarize yourself with this policy.  If you have any questions, please contact the school office. 

STUDENTS MUST BE IN UNIFORM ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

DRESS CODE ENFORCEMENT 

If a student comes to school improperly dressed, the following will occur:  

First Offense - receive a warning

Second Offense - lose free dress for the month

Third Offense -  Detention

Students will receive only one warning during the entire year.  The rules for second and third offenses would apply to each month after the warning is received. 

 

Free Dress Day

A “Free Dress Day” will be held on the first Friday of each month that students are in school. On this day, students may wear appropriate clothes of their choice. Some restrictions apply. Shirts, for example, need to be long enough to cover the waist when arms are raised.

Jeans or clothing in colored denim, khaki etc., is acceptable. Jeans cannot have holes in them or be ripped. NO shirts that promote violence. School, sport and designer logos are acceptable.  Athletic shoes are permitted.

Revised 05/2011