FAQ's

Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:
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May prospective parents or families tour Chaminade during the school day?

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Yes, a member of Chaminade's Admissions Office would be happy to tour you around our campus. Please contact us to schedule a tour. Because we have a 55-acre campus, most tours take about 60-75 minutes. Tours are available Monday through Friday between 8:00AM and 1:30PM. Tours during the school day provide the best feel for the campus.

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Do you have an upcoming Open House?

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Chaminade hosts its annual Open House on Sunday, November 3 with tours beginning between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Prospective students in grades 4 through 8 and their parents are invited to attend - no RSVP is necessary. Families may tour our campus most other school days by contacting our Admissions Office at 314-692-6640.

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What kind of need-based financial aid does Chaminade offer?

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For the 2013-2014 school year, Chaminade has distributed over $1.5 million in financial aid. Financial aid is awarded as need-based direct grants that do not have to be repaid with work/study grants also available. Over 250 students receive financial aid annually. The primary deadline to apply for need-based financial aid is Saturday, February 15 with award letters mailed in late March. Aid applications submitted after the deadline are considered on a first come, first served basis. There are budgetary limits to financial aid; awards are made early. Chaminade uses FACTS to determine each family's demonstrated financial need.

Chaminade awards renewable academic scholarships of $1,000 - $7,000 to incoming 6th through 9th graders based on grades and test scores. Students must apply by the primary admission deadlines to be considered for an academic scholarship.

Chaminade does not award any athletic scholarships.

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What is the first step in applying to Chaminade?

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The first step is to complete the online Request A Brochure, and we will send you the admissions information packet. You can also apply online by completing the Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL) Secondary Application. To apply online, visit the ISSL website (www.independentschools.org) and click on "Apply".

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What does Chaminade consider when a student applies for admission?

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First, we want to make sure that the student will have a good chance to be academically successful at Chaminade. Generally, if the student achieves A's and/or B's in his core academic classes, and demonstrates a strong work ethic in the classroom, the student should be successful. Some students with average standardized test scores are accepted if their grades are strong with most accepted students having above average test scores. We also consider the student's recommendation form, student interview, and other factors. Grades are the most important factor we consider in the admissions process.

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Do you accept the Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL) Secondary Application?

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Yes, we do for all grade levels. We encourage families who are applying to two or more schools to use the ISSL Secondary Application. Since most of the area schools who accept middle school students accept this form, completing the form online not only saves time but can be paid for online as well.

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What is the application fee?

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U.S. students – the application fee is $50 (payable to Chaminade). For international students, the international student application fee is $150.

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When will I be notified of the admission decision?

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Freshman applications are due by mid-December with admission decision letters being mailed in early February. Middle school applications are due by the end of January with admission decision letters being mailed in mid-March. Enrollment forms are tuition deposit are due approximately three weeks after the admission letters are mailed.

For families who consider Chaminade after the initial application deadlines, admission decisions are made approximately one week after all admission materials have been received with enrollment forms due two weeks after acceptance.

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When can a student come to Chaminade for a shadow visit?

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Chaminade encourages high school applicants to visit in the Fall. Shadow visits begin at 7:30 AM and are finished by 12:30 PM most school days. Middle School Applicants can shadow beginning in October. Families interested in scheduling a visit may contact Erik Carretero, Associate Director of Admissions at 314-692-6650. Please see the "Visit Chaminade" tab for additional information.

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How much is tuition, and what payment plans do you offer?

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Chaminade’s day school tuition for day students for the 2013-14 school year is $16,317. In addition, laptop fees are$680 per year, and additional class fees are $650 - $1300 per year. Tuition can be paid by August 1 or can be spread out over nine months, (August through April), through the FACTS monthly payment plan for a $50 fee. Tuition can be paid with a personal or cashier’s check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express for an additional fee. For resident students, tuition + 5-day room and board is $33,102 plus laptop and fees, and tuition + 7-day room and board is $34,290 plus laptop and fees.

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Is an admissions test required?

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Chaminade requires all middle school applicants to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). There are numerous locations throughout the area hosting this exam December through March. SSAT "flex" testing is available after that by contacting Dianne Dunning-Gill, Director of Admissions, at 314-692-6640. High school applicants do not have to take an exam unless the student has not taken a nationally standardized test in the last two years. Chaminade can administer a High School Placement test in these situations.

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What is your average ACT test score? What percentage of your graduating seniors receive college scholarships?

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Chaminade's average ACT composite score is 26. In the Class of 2013, 23% of our seniors scoring a 30 or higher. 72% of our seniors who just graduated were offered $12 million in merit-based college scholarships, and 74% of our seniors left Chaminade with college credit, many of them entering college as sophmores.

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At what grade levels does Chaminade accept students?

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About 70 students begin Chaminade at the 6th grade level. Another 30-35 students start at Chaminade at the 7th grade level with a few students entering at the 8th grade level. We can accept up to 60 students for next year's freshman (9th grade) class. Sophomore and junior applicants are considered on a space available basis.

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Do Chaminade students have laptop computers?

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Yes, Chaminade students now receive a new laptop computer every year. Our students use Lenovo (formerly IBM) ThinkPad laptop computers. Parents pay a yearly lease fee for the laptop. The laptops have proven to be a very useful tool not only for our students but our teachers and administrators as well. Chaminade was the first St. Louis high school to require laptop computers, and most of our graduates feel they are much more ahead of other graduates when it comes to technology.

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Does Chaminade offer any special assistance for students with learning differences or disabilities?

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Chaminade has a learning consultant who assists students with mild learning differences or disabilities. Students often receive assistance in areas such as organizational skills, study skills, or tutoring in a specific subject area. Also, many of our teachers and National Honor Society students tutor students before and/or after school.

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How many students attend Chaminade and what is the average class size and student: teacher ratio?

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Our overall enrollment in grades 6 - 12 is 775 students. There are 495 young men in the high school and 280 students in the middle school. The average class size is 17 students and the student: teacher ratio is 9:1.

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Does Chaminade offer Advanced Placement and other college credit courses?

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Chaminade is a leader among private, Catholic high schools in offering college credit courses. This year, Chaminade offers 23 Advanced Placement courses to sophomores, juniors and seniors, and an additional 60 semester-long courses are available for credit through St. Louis U. and UMSL.

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Is there a dress code at Chaminade?

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Yes, Chaminade students are required to wear a collared shirt, and khaki pants or shorts. On special occasions, a suit or sport coat with dress shirt and tie may be required. Hair must not fall below the eyebrows in the front, the ear lobes on the sides, and the collar in the back. Students wear their House polo shirt on Fridays.

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When does your school day start and end? When are your facilities typically open?

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Our school day begins at 7:45am and ends at 2:45pm. Chaminade Hall (academic building) opens at 6:15am and closes at 6:30 pm. Our library/media center opens weekdays at 6:30am and closes at 6:30pm. Middle school supervised study halls are available after school until 4pm, and our Atrium is open until 6pm. Our library/media center is also open Saturdays from 9am until 2pm, and Sundays from noon until 5pm.

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What is your grading scale, and how often are grades updated?

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Our students are awarded percentage grades on progress reports and report cards. Our grading scale is as follows: 90% - 100% represents an A; 80% - 89% = B; 70% - 79% = C; 65% - 69% = D; below 65% = F. Grades are usually updated online once per week – both parents and students can access these grades any time they log into our portal.

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Do non-Catholics attend Chaminade? Are non-Catholics required to take religion classes?

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We welcome students of all faiths to apply to Chaminade. All students are required to take religion classes, attend Mass and retreats, and participate in numerous community service projects. For the 201-2014 school year, 80% of our students are Catholic while 20% are non-Catholic.

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How diverse is your student body?

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For the 2013-14 school year, 16% of our students are minority students, including Asians, African-Americans, Hispanics, multiracial students, American Indians and Alaskan Natives. Our day students represent 70 zip codes throughout the St. Louis area, and our resident students hail from numerous countries.

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Does Chaminade require community service hours?

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Yes, Chaminade requires students to complete service hours each year. In the middle school, students complete 10 - 20 hours each year. In the high school, students complete 25 - 50 hours each year. Our Campus Ministry Office assists students with locating projects best suited for them.

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What sports do you offer?

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Chaminade offers the following sports:

Fall season: Football, soccer, cross country, and swimming/diving

Winter season: Basketball, hockey, wrestling, racquetball, and bowling

Spring season: Baseball, track, lacrosse, tennis, golf, volleyball, and water polo

While we do not require students to play interscholastic sports, about 75% of our high school students did so last year with many students playing sports in two or all three seasons. Last year, 54 of our 65 teams kept everyone who wanted to play; a few teams like soccer and basketball do limit the number of students who can participate.

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Do I need previous musical experience to join the band program?

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Chaminade offers Beginner Band classes at the middle school and high school levels for students who want to learn how to play a musical instrument. Chaminade has over 150 students in our symphonic, concert, jazz, intermediate and beginner bands. Our Symphonic Band has achieved the highest rating possible in state competition for the last 25 years.

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What agency accredits Chaminade?

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Chaminade is accredited by the Independent Schools Association for the Central States (ISACS). This organization accredits many of the top private schools in St. Louis and the Midwest. Chaminade is also a member of Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL), a group of about 40 private schools throughout the St. Louis area.