Huron Valley Catholic School
Frequently Asked Questions
2016-2017 School Year

Who we are, and the make-up of our student body

Huron Valley Catholic Schoolis an independent Catholic school, recognized and accepted by the Bishop of The Diocese of Lansing. We are not affiliated with any particular parish. Among our Catholic students, fourteen different local parishes are represented. HVCS is a member of The Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools and the National Association of Private andCatholicIndependentSchools.
Ninety- five percent of our students are Catholic.
There are 148 students enrolled in the current school year, in grades PreK – 8. We have one class per grade for grades K through 8. We also have a PreK program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. There are 16 students currently enrolled.
Our K-8th average class size is 14 students. The maximum number of students allowed, as determined by the school board, is 25 per class (except by specific staff and board agreement). Should the Kindergarten class have more than 18 students, a Teacher Aide is provided. Part time aides are assigned to the K, 1stand 2nd grade classes.

Teacher, curriculum, and performance

We have a very high retention rate among our staff. Two staff members have been here for 34 years. The average stay for our teachers is 18 years.
Yes, all of our classroom teachers have received State of Michigan Teacher certification. HVCS is accredited through The National Association of Private andCatholicIndependentSchools.
The school uses a very traditional curriculum developed by staff and administration. The curriculum is reviewed regularly to assure alignment with state objectives and goals. Parents are welcome to review the curriculum notebook kept in the office.
In the last eight years, our students’ scores (as compared to national norms) have been consistently in the 73-99th percentile. This past year, the average percentile score for all grades tested was 83.

Religious formation

We have two Masses every Wednesday: a lower grade Mass in the morning, and an upper grade Mass in the afternoon. On Friday mornings at 8:05am, an all school Mass is held. We hold all school Masses on special occasions during the year, and class Masses are held on a rotating basis.

There is monthly school wide Eucharistic Adoration. Each religious education class spends 30 minutes before the Blessed Sacrament.

Confession is available each Wednesday on a by-grade rotation basis for interested students. Our chaplain is Fr. Satheesh Alphonse of Pious Union of St. Joseph located in Grass Lake, MI.

Our school chapel is available for individual prayer and adoration (under supervision of an adult). Parents are also welcome to use the chapel for their own personal prayer.

Yes, two of our teachers are members of the Servants of God’s Love, a Catholic religious order of Sisters in the Diocese of Lansing, living inAnn Arbor.
First Confession and Communion preparation is offered in 2nd grade, but the actual ceremonies are usually reserved for individual parishes (as some parishes may require additional preparation). Confirmation preparation is not offered because parishes differ as to the grade in which this sacrament is celebrated.

Extra-curricular and enrichment

Basic instruction and vocal music is provided for grades K-5. Beginning Band is offered in 5th grade, and an Intermediate Band is offered in 6th – 8th grade. Art and Choir are also options for 7th and 8th graders. Art is taught in grades K through 6. We currently provide education in Spanish at the 6, 7th and 8th grade levels. Media Literacy is taught to all sixth graders.
A computer curriculum has been developed for all grades. Computer instruction is offered in keyboarding and Microsoft Office. Our media center has twenty fully networked computer workstations with current software.
Interscholastic sports are offered in 7th and 8th grade. Team sports include:  boys’ and girls’ basketball, and girls’ volleyball. Intramural sports are also offered in 5th and 6th grade: boys’ and girls’ basketball and girls’ volleyball. Tackle Football and Cheerleading is offered through the Ann Arbor Saints, CYO program, for 5th-8th grade girls and boys.
The school offers Drama Club (produces a yearly play each spring), Student Council and Girls On the Run. Service opportunities include audio visual team, library assistant, and upper grade/lower grade big buddy program. Students can also participate in an annual Geography Bee, and Mythology Knowledge exam.

General Questions

We have high standards for our students’ behavior toward adults and peers. All teachers have classroom and school rules clearly posted, and have appropriate reward and discipline systems in place. Most disciplinary issues are handled at this level. In the event that more intervention is necessary, there is a school-wide warning slip and detention system in place. We desire HVCS to be a safe place, not only from physical harm, but also from emotional and verbal abuse. Parental involvement is critical to assist us in achieving out goals. A more detailed description of our approach is listed in our Parent-Student Handbook.
We are able to offer some financial aid to Catholic families who qualify. During the enrollment process, there is an opportunity to apply through an independent agency. Notification is usually by May 15. Enrollments accepted after the published deadline may not qualify for financial aid. In addition to the school financial aid funds, Christ the King Parish and St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish offer assistance to member families.
We do request that all incoming students provide a copy of the previous year’s report card and standardized test results. Incoming students in grades 3 through 8 also take a short reading, vocabulary, and math test. Students entering Kindergarten take a readiness test in May, and new 1st and 2ndgraders are given a one-on-one screening test to determine basic reading and math skills.
We are a parent-run school and rely on the volunteer work of our parents to help our school run smoothly. Fifteen hours of volunteer service is required, five of these hours are for lunch duty, five are for the annual auction, and five hours in other areas of school need. Most parents generously give more than their required hours of service, either in the classroom, with projects, or with events.
We have and encourage respect for all races, ancestry, and background. Twenty-six percent of our students are of a minority background.
As we chose our location for building our new school, our decision was influenced by two major factors: the affordability and availability of ten acres of land. Additionally the Bishop of Lansing asked us to remain in eastYpsilantisince there was no Catholic school in this immediate area.
60 percent of our 100 families have an Ypsilanti mailing address, 15 percent have an Ann Arbor mailing address, and the remaining families are from twelve other zip codes.
Bus transportation is provided for students living within the boundaries of theYpsilantiSchool District. The school office can assist other families, if needed, in finding an HVCS carpool in their area.
No, but microwave ovens are available in most classrooms for student use. The Athletic Department sponsors bi-monthly pizza lunches.
Students must wear a blue or white HVCS polo shirt (long or short sleeve) and khaki/tan or navy colored pants, shorts, skirts, capris, or skorts. Blue HVCS logo fleeces and sweaters are permitted to be worn over the uniform shirts and are available for purchase. Please see the Student Uniform Sheet for more specific uniform details.
No. TheHuronValleySchool Districtis a public school district located north of us inMilford,Michigan.
HVCS is governed by a seven member board of parents elected by fellow parents. Any parent who has been at the school for one year is eligible to run for a three year term