Q: Is Holy Spirit School accredited?
A: Yes, by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Holy Spirit School is re-accredited every 6 years.
Q: Are Holy Spirit School’s teachers credentialed?
A: Per Diocesan policy, all our teachers are credentialed or actively pursuing their credentials. In addition, many of our teachers hold advanced degrees in their subject areas or in Education.
Q: Do students have to wear a uniform?
A: Holy Spirit School students are required to wear uniforms. The uniform for boys is: navy blue pants or shorts, school logo red or white polo, school logo sweatshirt or fleece jacket. Girls wear a red and blue plaid skirt (jumper for grades PreK-3), navy pants, shorts or capris, school logo red or white polo, school logo sweatshirt, fleece, or sweater jacket.
Q: How do Holy Spirit School’s test scores compare with other schools?
A: There are no scores published by schools in the Diocese of San Jose. Catholic schools do not use the same type of test, nor are the results used in the same way as public schools.
School Programs: In the Classroom and Beyond
Q: Do you have teacher aides and if so, in what grades?
A: We have teacher’s aides in PreK through 4th grade. PreK has 2 aides per classroom, K-2nd have one dedicated classroom aide per classroom. The two 3rd grade classrooms share one aide, as do the two 4th grade classrooms.
Q: What is the student/teacher ratio?
A: PreK is 3:26, K is 1:15, Grades 1-2 is 1:16, Grades 3-4 is 1:16 (1/2 time), Grades 5-8 is 1:32.
Q: What does the curriculum include?
A: Holy Spirit School follows the California Common Core with additional enhancements.
Q: What curricular enhancements does Holy Spirit School offer?
A: We offer a variety of programs. Music, Spanish, PE and Art are a core part of our academic program. We incorporate technology into all of our classrooms and we offer a variety of clubs and after school programs to suit a variety of interests.
Q: What high school do most of your students attend?
A: Our students have an over 95% acceptance rate to Bay Area Catholic High Schools. In the past, a majority of our students have been accepted to and attended: Bellarmine, Presentation, Notre Dame, St. Francis, and Archbishop Mitty.
Q: Do you offer after school care for students?
A: We offer extended care before and after school for students in PreK – 8th grade.
Q: Do students of Holy Spirit School receive their sacramental preparation at school?
A: Families are responsible for registering their child for sacramental preparation in their home parish.
Q: Do you offer after school sports programs or activities?
A: We offer after school sports for students in grades 5-8. Football and Girls Volleyball in Fall, Basketball in Winter, Boys Volleyball and Girls Softball in the spring.
Q: Are service hours required of the students?
A: All of our students participate in community service projects. Students in grades 5-8 have a required number of community service hours.
Q: What type of involvement do you have with the Catholic High Schools?
A: We host a High School Information night each fall. In addition, our teachers and administration are in regular communication with all our local Catholic high schools. These frequent meetings allow us to help our students better understand the HSPT placement exam requirements and how to navigate the application process.
Applying to our School: Process & General Community Info
Q: What does the entrance test cover? Does my student need to be tested to apply to Holy Spirit School?
A: Kindergarten applicants are screened for readiness. Kindergarten screening includes letter and number recognition, fine and gross motor skills and social and emotional readiness. An entrance exam is administered to entering 1st-8th graders. Entrance exams include some Math, reading comprehension and languages arts.
Q: Are there any spaces open at Holy Spirit School and what are my chances of getting in?
A: Space availability depends on current class size, the number of returning students and number of applicants. Enrollment is offered per the acceptance policy.
Q: Does Holy Spirit School accept students mid-year?
A: Applications are taken year round and enrollment may be offered if space is available.
Q: When do you accept applications for the following school year?
A: Applications are available and are accepted at the beginning of November.
Q: I have a student I would like to transfer to Holy Spirit School, what process should I follow?
A: Students wishing to transfer to Holy Spirit School should follow the general application process.
Q: When am I notified if my child has been accepted to Holy Spirit School?
A: For applications submitted November-January, acceptances are mailed in January for Pre-K and March for K-8th. Mid-Year applicants are notified as soon as possible.
Q: What is the minimum age to enroll in PreK or Kindergarten?
A: PreK applicants must be 4 years of age by September 1st of entrance year. Kindergarten applicants must be 5 years of age by September 1st of entrance year.
Q: Can I tour the campus?
A: Yes, call the school office at (408) 268-0794 to register for a scheduled tour.
Q: Are there any geographic boundaries to attend Holy Spirit School?
Q: Do you have a new student orientation program?
A: The New Family Welcome Program is targeted to new students and their families. Each new student is partnered with a buddy to help them get settled into Holy Spirit School.
Tuition Assistance (Financial Aid)
Q: Does Holy Spirit School offer tuition assistance? How much can we get?
A: We are proud to be able to offer tuition assistance to current families in need. Each need is evaluated and aid is awarded based on each individual situation.
Joining our Community
Q: If we belong to another parish do we have to register at Holy Spirit Parish?
A: You do not have to be a Holy Spirit Parish member to attend Holy Spirit School.
Q: Do we have to be Catholic to apply to Holy Spirit School?
A: You do not have to be Catholic to be accepted at Holy Spirit School.
Q: Are volunteer hours required of parents?
A: We do require 40 volunteers hours per school year per family. There are many and diverse opportunities to volunteer to suit any schedule.
Q: Do you have a Scrip program? Is participation mandatory?
A: Participation in our Scrip program is required, as it is a major fundraiser for the school. Each family is required to earn $250 in profit per school year as a minimum participation in the program.