Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a partnership school?

    A partnership was formed in 2006 among the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, St. Columbkille Parish, and Boston College to combine resources in educational leadership, academic practice, student development and religious formation.

  • How are parents involved?

    As the primary stakeholders in the education of their children, parents at Saint Columbkille collaborate with teachers to create a supportive and academically enriching environment. Parental involvement is encouraged. Our Community Building Committee helps to create a welcoming culture and organizes year-long activities and events to support the school.

  • What is the profile of the Saint Columbkille Partnership School teacher?

    100% of our teaching staff have or are working towards a Master’s degree. With Boston College as our partner, 90% of our teachers have earned their degrees from the Lynch School of Education and are licensed by the State of Massachusetts.  Additionally, our teachers receive 100 hours of professional development each year. The teaching staff includes music, art/drama, health, library arts, physical education and two science teachers.

  • Where do the families of Saint Columbkille Partnership School live?

    60% of our students live in the Allston/Brighton neighborhoods of Boston. The remaining students come from other sections of Boston and from fifteen other cities and towns, including Waltham, Watertown, Cambridge, Newton, West Roxbury and Dedham.

  • Are all the students Catholic?

    The majority of our students are Catholic. The teachings of the Catholic Church and its traditions are a fundamental dimension of education at Saint Columbkille. We believe that religious diversity enriches our students and teachers. Thus, our school is open to students from families with different religious traditions.

  • Does the school serve lunch?

    Lunch is available each day at a cost of $5. Daily offerings include choice of a hot entrée or sandwich, and a salad bar stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins.

    Click here to view our lunch menu.

  • Do the students wear uniforms?

    Yes, our students wear uniforms in all grades. All uniforms are available by ordering online at Lands’ End with the exception of the PE shirt for grades 1-8 and the Early Childhood t-shirt.  These may be purchased thorough the main office for $10 each, payable by cash or check.

    Click here to view the uniform policy.

  • Are there extended day, vacation or summer programs?

    Extended Day:

    We offer an extensive extended program, which runs daily until 5:30pm at a cost of $25 per day for PreK – Grade 4 students.  For older students there is a comprehensive co-curricular program that includes 40 clubs and activities for a nominal fee.  More information can be found on our co-curricular page.

    February and April Vacation:

    During February and April vacations a full-day enrichment program is offered for PreK – Grade 4 students.


    During the summer, we offer two programs. PreK – Grade 4 students may attend a program of recreation and enrichment from the hours of 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  This program includes field trips and use of Boston College amenities. For older students, we offer a 6-week STEM camp from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  More information about these programs can be found here.

  • What athletic programs are offered?

    The school offers skiing, snowboarding, rowing, basketball, track, intramural sports, soccer, archery, rock climbing and girl’s field hockey.

  • Is there transportation available to get students to school?

    Students in the neighborhood typically walk to school; others are driven. Students in grades K1 through 6 who reside in Boston (more than three miles from the school) are eligible for free bus transportation. Public transportation is accessible with buses running along both Market Street and Washington Street.

  • What time does school start and end each day?

    PreK, K1, and K2: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Grade 1 – Grade 8: 7:45 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

  • Is financial aid available?

    Financial aid is awarded to families who demonstrate need. Detailed information regarding financial aid is available on the school website. Approximately 40% of our families currently receive some level of financial aid.

    Click here for more information about tuition and financial aid.

  • Questions about the FACTS Management Company Payment Plan system?

    Please visit the FACTS Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.­resources/payment­plans/#faq

  • What high schools do students attend after Saint Columbkille?

    The majority of our graduates typically go on to Catholic high schools in the Boston area, while some enroll in public high schools, and others continue their education at independent schools.

    Our recent graduates have are enrolled in the following secondary schools:

    • Arlington Catholic High School
    • Boston Arts Academy
    • Boston College High School
    • Boston Latin Academy
    • Boston Latin School
    • Catholic Memorial High School
    • Matignon High School
    • Mount Alvernia High School
    • Newton Country Day School 
    • Roxbury Latin School
    • Saint Joseph Preparatory
    • Xaverian Brothers High School
    • Ursuline Academy