CHARLOTTE — Enrollment for the 2017-’18 academic year has opened for the nine schools in the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools system.
The nine schools are: St. Ann School (PK, TK-5), St. Gabriel School (K-5), St. Matthew School (TK-5), St. Patrick School (K-5), Our Lady of the Assumption School (PK-8), St. Mark School (K-8), Holy Trinity Middle School (6-8), Charlotte Catholic High School and Christ the King High School.
MACS schools are accredited through AdvancED-SAC-CASI (Southern Association of Schools-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement).
MACS offers a pre-kindergarten class for 4-year-olds at two schools in Charlotte: Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Ann. Kindergarten programs are offered at six MACS schools. Two schools, Our Lady of the Assumption in Charlotte and St. Mark in Huntersville, go through the eighth grade.
MACS also offers four special needs programs at various locations:
— Providing an Appropriate Academic Catholic Education (PACE): A self-contained program designed for students in grades 2-6 with average to above average cognitive ability and a diagnosed specific learning disability. The goal of PACE is to return students to the general classroom once they have mastered the necessary skills to achieve at grade level. This program is housed at Our Lady of the Assumption School.
— Modified Academic Program (MAP): A program for grade K-12 students whose learning needs can best be met in a modified academic environment. Students receive specialized instruction in reading, math and writing while on a case-by case basis learning with their peers in social studies, science and religion classes. MAP is housed at St. Ann, Holy Trinity Middle and Charlotte Catholic High schools.
—The Matthew-Morgan program: A program that provides an inclusive educational experience for students in grades K-4 with Down Syndrome. Students are included in the general classroom with support from a teaching assistant. This program is housed at St. Patrick School.
— Learning Support: Learning Support is offered to provide additional academic support to students in the general classroom who are struggling academically because of learning challenges. It is provided at all nine MACS schools.
Tuition discounts are provided to participating Catholic parishioners. For 2016-’17 tuition rates for participating Catholic families were: $3,664 for half-day pre-kindergarten or $5,693 for full-day pre-kindergarten; $6,212 for elementary school (transitional kindergarten through fifth grade); $6,883 for middle school, and $10, 066 for high school. (Tuition for non-Catholic or non-participating Catholics is higher.) Tuition for the MAP, PACE and Matthew Morgan programs is different from what is listed above. A discount for families with two or more students is available.
MACS tuition rates for the 2017-’18 year for non-participating Catholics and non-Catholics are: $3,875 for half-day pre-kindergarten or $6,020 for full-day pre-kindergarten; $10,620 for elementary school (transitional kindergarten through fifth grade); $11,362 for middle school, and $15,205 for high school.
Tuition discounts are provided to participating Catholic parishioners. Tuition rates for participating Catholic families are: $3,875 for half-day pre-kindergarten or $6,020 for full-day pre-kindergarten; $6,569 for elementary school (transitional kindergarten through fifth grade); $7,279 for middle school, and $10,645 for high school.
Tuition for the MAP, PACE and Matthew Morgan programs is different from what is listed above.
Discounts for families with two or more students, including for special needs programs, are available.
For more information about tuition rates, applications and financial assistance, go to www.discovermacs.org.
Financial assistance is available to qualifying families based on need. Additional financial scholarships are available through the state.
— SueAnn Howell, senior reporter