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 Frequently Asked Questions

​Below are some of the frequently asked questions and answers about our school community. If you have a question that you don't see listed, contact the school office at 724-733-8840.

Are smaller schools an advantage?

W.J. Fowler Jr.'s article "School Size and Student Outcomes," published in the journal Advances in Educational Productivity 5 (1995), reviews research on the relationship between school size and student attitudes, achievement, attendance, extracurricular participation, and satisfaction. Findings in all areas favor small schools.​

Does Mother of Sorrows offer before and after school care programs?

Yes, we offer before school care beginning at 6:00 a.m., and an after school care program beginning at the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m. The cost is $8 per hour for the first child, $6 for the second child, and $4 for each additional child.

Does my child have to be completely independent in the bathroom to attend preschool?

Yes; all children registered in our preschool program must be self-sufficient in the bathroom. We suggest that you avoid difficult belts, snaps or overalls.

Does the preschool teacher also teach the "special courses," such as Physical Education, Art, Music, Computer Lab, Library, and Spanish?

One of the major advantages of having access to all of the benefits of a full-fledged private school is that our "special classes" are taught by those educators specifically trained in those areas. For example, our Spanish teacher has Instructional II certification in Spanish and French. Furthermore, the preschool children have access to the same specialty classrooms that our K-8 students use, such as our computer lab, new library, dedicated music and art classrooms, and our full-size gym.

​Is there transportation to and from Mother of Sorrows School?

Bussing is available from the following school districts:
- Franklin Regional
- Penn Trafford
- Gateway
- Norwin
- Kiski
- Plum
- Woodland Hills
- Greensburg Salem

End of day bussing for half day students varies by school district. If your district is not listed, or you have additional, specific questions, please contact your local school district office to inquire.

What are Mother of Sorrows' student-to-teacher ratios?

More important than the "student-to-teacher ratio" is the class size. Student-to-teacher ratio calculations can at times include administrators. Class size is exactly that, the number of children in the classroom. Our average elementary class size is 16. This is a very important statistic for any school. STAR research has concluded that through eighth grade those student who were in small classes during K-3 continued to score significantly higher on standardized achievement tests than their peers who attended larger classes or larger classes with a teacher's aide.

​What is the student-to-teacher ratio for the preschool classrooms?

Our preschool class size is a maximum of 16 students, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1. We recommend that you register early. We have had students on our waiting lists for the past five years and there is no exception to our limit of 16 students.