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FAQ for Parents

You probably have a few questions as a new applicant to St. Stanislaus. We’ve put together the most frequently asked questions from parents of day students, U.S. boarding students and international boarding students.

Is there an application deadline?
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The short answer to this question is that there is NO application deadline. However, the sooner your application is submitted, the better your chances are that there will be a space available in the grade for which you are applying. Generally, we recommend that students submit applications by the first week of January. However, we will accept applications any day of the year. In fact, we often admit students during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter of the school year. Note to 7th grade day student applicants: There is a standardized test day and an interview night for 7th grade day student applicants in January. Therefore, you are encouraged to submit your application by January 1st in order to be notified about these important admissions dates.
What is involved in the application process? What are the requirements for applying?
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The admissions process usually takes three to four weeks. However, depending on how soon an interview is scheduled and when the application and supporting documents are submitted, the timeline could change. The admissions process is designed to ensure that all applicants have an equal opportunity to attend Saint Stanislaus. We accept students from all faiths, races, and economic backgrounds. Applications are accepted year round, and students can be admitted any time during the school year. A successful applicant demonstrates a willingness to perform to the best of his abilities and contribute positively to the St. Stanislaus community. The Admissions Committee will review all of the information provided by the applicant, his family and his most recent school during the admissions process. After making its decision, the Admissions Committee will notify the applicant’s parent(s). To download an application and checklist, click here.
How many students do you have?
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There are currently 387 students at Saint Stanislaus. 312 are local day students and 75 are boarding students from around the U.S and all over the world. Day and boarding students are mixed together during the school day, sports and club activities. The difference between the two groups is that boarding students live on campus during the week and are held accountable by their dorm prefects after classes. On weekends, most boarding students go home, but many also stay for the weekend field trips.
What is a dorm prefect?
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Prefects are adults with a college degree who are in charge of the well-being of boarding students outside of the class day. They vary in age, come from different backgrounds, and all have proven to be committed to the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Prefects wake students up in the morning (usually by playing music over their hallway’s speaker system). They make sure students make their beds and clean their rooms in the morning. Boarding students must check-in with their prefect after classes each weekday to notify their prefect if they’re going to sports practice, a club meeting or other activity. Prefects monitor two hours of study hall each evening and determine if students need more than two hours of study time to catch up on homework or to pick up a grade in a particular class. It is also the prefect’s responsibility to make sure that his students are contributing positively to the school community. Boarding students are expected to respect the prefects’ authority. Prefects serve as mentors to boarding students and maintain constant communication with parents.
What are some reasons that students board at Saint Stanislaus?
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For the most part, boarding students go to Saint Stanislaus for the structure, consistency and accountability that only a boarding school can provide. At home, these students might have parents who work extra-long hours, they might live too far away from school to practice sports or participate in clubs, or there might be too many distractions at home. The structure of on-campus dorm life cuts out these distractions, organizes their time better, and makes it easier to participate in clubs and sports. Whatever the reason, at Saint Stanislaus, all boys have the ability to excel with an academic college readiness program tailored to students’ needs and broad scope of interests.
How are boarding students separated in the dorms?
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Boarding students are separated by grade levels. Blanchard Hall houses students in grades 7, 8 and 9. Carnovale Hall is for students in grades 10 and 11. Martin Hall is for 12th graders. The majority of boarding students are from the United States. This year, there are 19 international students from Mexico, Guatemala, China, South Korea, Vietnam, India, and Thailand. International students who speak the same language are required to have American roommates so that they can have more opportunities to practice their English skills and exchange cultures.
How many students live in each room?
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There are 2 or 3 students per room depending on the available space. Each room has three beds, desks, chairs, closets, a sink area and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet.
What should boarding students bring from home?
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Here is a printable checklist of what you can bring to the dorm. Think about what you would take to summer camp or college. It’s pretty much the same for moving into the dorms at Saint Stanislaus: laundry bag and detergent, bed sheets and a pillow, bikes, skateboards, etc. Oh, and don’t forget a fishing pole and tackle box. You’ll find that just about every room has at least one fishing pole ready to be cast off our pier at a moment’s notice!
Can international students buy bed sheets, towels and other things at school that might be difficult to carry through the airport?
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We don’t sell those types of items at school. However, there is usually someone who can help international students purchase those items once they get here. There is usually a trip to Wal-Mart planned on one of the first weekends where students can buy such items.
What types of things can students buy at school?
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The dorm has a canteen stocked full of snacks and drinks. Your son will never have to worry about running out of Ramen noodles, Slim Jims and Gatorade. Students are allowed to keep food in their dorm rooms, but they must keep their rooms clean or else they lose that privilege. These items can be purchased with the student’s personal allowance money.
In the dorm Academic Coordinator’s Office, students can buy notebooks, pens and other school supplies. These items can be charged to the student’s campus account.
Do students have permission to go off campus during the week?
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Yes, boarding students can leave campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3:30 PM and 4:45 PM with permission from their dorm prefect. Bay Saint Louis is a very small, quiet beach town with less than 8,000 residents and is a safe place for kids to be kids. Depending on a student’s age, there are certain boundaries that he cannot cross while off campus. Usually, a prefect is walking or biking around town to make sure students remain within boundaries. The younger students can’t go more than three blocks off campus. Students in 11th and 12th grade are allowed to have cars that they can use (with their prefect’s permission) to shop at Wal-Mart or grab a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants.
Are students allowed to go home on weekends?
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Yes, students may go to their own home or they can go home with a friend if they have permission from their parents and their friend’s parents.
Does my son need to leave campus on three-day weekends and long holidays?
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The campus is open on three-day weekends. However, it is closed during long holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mardi Gras and Easter. During these long holidays, students must either go home or arrange to go home with a friend. Note: International students travel to Disney World during the Mardi Gras holidays. The price of the trip is included in the international student tuition. U.S. boarding students are allowed to go on the Disney trip, but they must pay extra.
Is food and supervision included on weekends for boarding students?
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Yes, all meals and supervision is included on weekends.
What type of activities do the students do on weekends?
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Weekends are more relaxed than weekdays. Wake up and bed times are later, and there is much more time for students to hang out in their rooms and outside. On most weekends, there is a mandatory field trip planned for all students who stay. There is no extra cost for these trips. In the past, some trips have included: NBA Pelican basketball games in New Orleans, monster truck rally, swamp tour, movies, malls, gator show, zoo, aquarium, Wolf River canoeing, charter fishing, fairs and festivals and more.
Is transportation provided for weekend and holiday travel?
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When available, travel to New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the Northshore is coordinated through Gulf Coast Transportation. A bus leaves for these areas on Fridays and returns on Sundays. If a student needs transportation to or from an airport, please contact Kristen Tusa (ktusa@ststan.com or 228-467-9057 x271) to coordinate travel. There is an extra fee for transportation.
Is my son allowed to bring his car as a boarding student?
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As a privilege, boarding students in 11th and 12th grades are allowed to bring a car to campus. They must turn in their keys to the prefect when they are not using their cars. As a consequence for not following the rules or not performing well in school, a student can lose the privilege to use his car.
How can I communicate with my son? How can he communicate with me?
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Students can bring a cell phone and laptop but they must follow the school’s electronic use policy. For example, students cannot have their phones with them during the school day, study hours, meal times and sleep hours. There is a filter on the school’s server, so students are not allowed to go to objectionable websites. If a student breaks any part of the electronics policy, his phone and/or laptop will be confiscated until a time at which the teacher or prefect deems appropriate.
Students are not required to bring phones or laptops. Students can use the school’s computers in the school and dorm buildings. The entire campus is equipped with wifi.
Can I visit my son on campus?
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Saint Stanislaus is an open campus. According to our visitor policy, visitors must check in at the front office during school hours and with the prefect during after-school hours. Sending your son to boarding school can be a difficult decision for any parent. However, you’re sending him to us for a good reason: the structure, consistency and accountability that only a boarding school can provide. Therefore, it is important for parents and family members to understand that the less that this structure is interrupted, the better. When possible, we recommend that students visit with their parents on weekends only. This way, students will remain focused on the task at hand during the week. Their day is filled with activities both during and after classes. Almost all students get homesick, and this might entice parents to want to console their sons in person. However, such distractions too often delay a student’s healthy transition to dorm life. Please read our FAQ on Homesickness page to learn more about this common “illness” that almost every student experiences at some point.
Is there a school nurse? What happens if my son gets sick?
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Yes, the school nurse staffs our campus infirmary where all medications and generic medicines are kept and dispersed. Students are not allowed to hold onto any type of medication in their rooms. Students who take medication on a regular basis will be able to visit the nurse’s station at whatever time he takes the medication. If your son is too ill to attend classes, there are rooms in the infirmary where he may rest and receive care from the nurse and support staff. If he needs to be taken to a doctor, the nurse can transport him.
How do you discipline students?
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We have a discipline policy that is based on trust and respect and designed to reinforce positive behaviors. As mentioned above, boarding students have plenty of free time throughout the week when they can play sports, participate in clubs, go fishing and swimming, venture off campus and more. Other privileges include having a car, cell phone and laptop. However, if a student is not performing to his ability in school or is not following the rules in the dorm such as respecting his roommates and prefects, then his free time will be replaced with either more study time or in-room time or his other privileges can be taken away temporarily. Through this fair and consistent system of accountability, students learn that if they follow the rules, if they respect one another, if they put an honest effort into homework and studying, then they will have more opportunities to do the fun activities that they like with their friends. It is our belief that all boys are God’s creation and should be treated with respect. Therefore, we have a strict policy AGAINST any form of corporal punishment to discipline students.
How do you control bullying?
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At Saint Stanislaus, we do not tolerate any forms of bullying, whether it is carried out through physical or mental abuse in-person or through text messaging or social media. This isn’t to say that we never encounter an issue with bullying. Each year, our faculty and staff receive abuse training and students receive separate abuse education. Therefore, everyone on campus is aware of what to look out for in terms of bullying and other forms of abuse.
One important life skill that students learn in the dorms is how to respect one another. If a student is having problems with another student, we always encourage students to speak to an adult on campus about such issues. Not only do we have a legal obligation to investigate such issues within 72 hours, but in most cases, we consider it our moral obligation to immediately take action to ensure our students’ safety and well-being.
How many classes do students have each day?
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Students take seven classes each day. Every student takes the core English, Math, Science and Religion courses. Every spring, students and parents use the course description book to choose the specific core and elective courses for the following school year.
How many students are in each class?
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This number varies depending on the time of the day, how many students are enrolled and the subject. On average, there are approximately 21.5 students per class. The student/teacher ratio is 12:1.
Where can we buy school uniforms?
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If your son is coming from a different country, and you cannot travel with him, please include an extra $300 in his student account for him to purchase uniforms when he arrives on campus. Otherwise, you can purchase uniforms through Southern Printing in Pass Christian, MS. Please visit www.spsforyou.com for more information about uniforms.
When do boarding students study? What accommodations are made to ensure that boarding students are getting the academic help they need outside of class time?
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Within the structure of the dorm life at Saint Stanislaus is a strong academic support system based on years of experience. Grades on homework, quizzes, tests, and exams are entered by teachers into an online program called PowerSchool. Prefects and the dorm’s Academic Coordinator check PowerSchool each week to monitor boarding students’ academic performance. As previously mentioned, boarding students receive at least two hours each evening of monitored study hall either in the dorm or school building. However, if a prefect or the dorm’s Academic Coordinator notice through PowerSchool that a student is not turning in homework or has a low grade on quizzes and tests in a particular class, the student will be required to give up some of his afternoon and/or evening free time in exchange for extra, structured study hall time. The student can also be required to meet with a particular teacher for extra help after school throughout the week. As Academic Status Reports (ASR’s) are released every three weeks, students are given more or less free time and structured study time depending on the effort that they are putting forth in their classes.
What kind of English as a Second Language (ESL) support is there for international students?
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Every first-year international student attends an ESL class once a day from Monday through Friday. This class costs $1,500 and serves as a resource to help international students become accustomed to practicing their English language reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Since most international students are not fluent in English when they first arrive, they will not be disciplined if they make poor grades during the first nine weeks. Think of it as a grace period where they are allowed to make mistakes and where we will be available to give them extra help when they need it. However, they are required to complete tests, quizzes and homework for which they will receive grades.
During the first few months that an international student is at Saint Stanislaus, he is getting used to living a completely different lifestyle than what he is probably used to back at home. He’s in a different country with unfamiliar people that speak a foreign language to him and who behave according to different customs. This can be intimidating to some international students, which is why we encourage them to mix in with American students in all aspects of daily life as much as possible. The sooner they make American friends, the more help they seek from their teachers, the more sports and clubs they join, then the quicker their English will improve and the quicker they understand the culture and customs of the U.S. Therefore, international students are not allowed to room together if they speak the same native language. This enables them to have the most opportunities to practice English and to experience the American culture.
How much does it cost to attend Saint Stanislaus?
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Our tuition varies depending on if the student is a day student, U.S. boarding student or international student. Please visit our Tuition page to learn more about tuition and fees.
Can boarding students bring cash or credit cards?
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Yes, students are allowed to bring cash or credit/debit cards. However, we strongly advise against this. In an effort to minimize the opportunity for students to misplace their spending money, every boarding student must have an allowance account with the school.  The prefects disperse the cash to students on Fridays. We recommend that parents give their sons between $10 and $25 per week. If a student knows that he will be staying on a particular weekend when he will go shopping for the latest expensive electronic gadget, he can ask his parents to send extra money to the school’s finance office and then notify the prefect about the extra money.

For more information, please contact our Admissions office at (228) 467-9057 ext. 249 or admissions@ststan.com.