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.
Is the laboratory school designation part of Boston College as a whole?
Saint Columbkille Partnership School has been designated as a laboratory school for the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development. While we participate in studies with other departments at BC, the Lynch School is our main focus for research at this time.
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 Human Development and are licensed by the State of Massachusetts. Additionally, our teachers receive 100 hours of professional development each year.
Where do the families of Saint Columbkille Partnership School live?
52% of our students live in the Allston/Brighton neighborhoods of Boston. The remaining students come from other sections of Boston and from thirty 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.
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.
Are there extended day, vacation, or summer programs?
Early drop off is available for $5 per day beginning at 7:00 am.
We offer an extensive extended program, which runs daily until 5:30 pm at a cost of $25 per day for Pre-K – 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 Pre-K – Grade 4 students.
During the summer, we offer two programs. Pre-K – 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?
Pre-K, K1, and K2: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grade 1 – Grade 8: 7:45 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
** On the first and third Friday of each month school is dismissed at 1:05 pm (Grades 1-8) or 1:15 pm (PreK, K1, and K2) to provide Professional Development for the teachers and staff.
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.
Questions about the FACTS Management Company Payment Plan system?
Please visit the FACTS Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
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
What are the topics for upcoming studies with Boston College?
Assessing how we teach and evaluate English language learners and teaching social and emotional learning and digital storytelling are some of the planned studies with the Lynch School in the coming years. Other smaller studies will be taking place throughout the school with various grade levels.
Who designs and signs off on the research plan?
The research will be jointly designed to meet the needs of Saint Columbkille Partnership school faculty/staff and students as well as the needs of the Lynch School. Research plans will be created by Lynch School professors in tandem with STCPS teachers to ensure best outcomes for all. STCPS will also reserve the right to turn down participating in studies if they do not fit the needs of the school.
How will parents be notified about upcoming studies?
All parents will receive consent forms and background on each study before it begins. Any child participating in the study must have parental consent in order to participate.
Can parents opt-out if they don’t want their children to participate?
Any parent may opt-out of a study for any reason. No child will participate in a study if the parent has not signed a consent form.
What protocols are in place to safeguard research at the school?
Each researcher is required to ensure that any studies conducted are safe, confidential and consensual. Boston College employs multiple people who assess these protocols and research practices. As they evaluate a research proposal, they confirm that no harm will come to the participants, all participants and the study findings will remain private, and all participants have parental consent to participate.
Will STCPS participate in studies with other universities?
Boston College is the main university with which we will be partnering in research studies. However, other universities have and likely will continue to request that we participate in studies, which we will evaluate and consider on a case-by-case basis.
Will the laboratory school designation change the name of the school?
The name of the school will not change and will remain Saint Columbkille Partnership School.