Frequently Asked Questions

At what age can my child attend St. Augustine Preparatory School?

Our youngest students enter the school at the First Level of Pre- School, Pre-Kinder 3.  Students entering this grade must turn three years old before the 1st of September of that year.

What happens when students are coming from another school program or from different parts of the world that have different education systems?

As part of our admission process, each student is evaluated in the main subject areas in order to see that our curriculum standards can be met by each student.

Is it a requirement to be a practicing Catholic for our child to be admitted into the school?

St. Augustine Preparatory School has a non-discriminatory admission policy. We welcome families of all faiths to apply for admission. The school has no requirements regarding Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation for its students, teachers or parents. Marital status of the parents is irrelevant in the admission process.

What is Core Knowledge? Is the school accredited by the Core Knowledge Foundation?

The Core Knowledge Foundation is an independent, non-profit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1986 by Dr. E.D. Hirsch, Jr., professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and author of many acclaimed books on education including Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them, The Knowledge Deficit and The Making of Americans. Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Foundation develops curricula, publishes educational books and materials, provides professional development for educators, and supports a growing network of Core Knowledge Schools. (

The Core Knowledge Foundation is not an accrediting agency; the school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Why is St. Augustine accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and not SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)?

St. Augustine Preparatory School chose to pursue accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges because of the long tradition of private college preparatory schools in the New England area (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont), particularly religiously affiliated schools. The school was also drawn to the smaller size of the organization, and its particular work to improve the quality of education in the United States through research initiatives and public policy proposals. “Since 1990, it remains the only one of the nation’s six accrediting agencies to promote collaborations for educational improvement beyond the region. Through the office of the Executive Director, the Association contributes to public policy and conducts research with a variety of national and international groups and develops assessment processes for other educational providers.”