FAQs for Student Guide
What educational opportunities are available in St. Mary Parish?
St. Mary Parish educates approximately 8,500 students in grades PK-12. The parish consists of 10 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 5 high schools, 1 PK-12 school, and 1 alternative program site. All St. Mary Parish schools are accredited by the State of Louisiana. (Updated 07/2021, Joseph Stadalis)
What do I need to enroll my child in school?
Bring the child’s birth certificate, current immunization records, Social Security card, and proof of residence to the school. If your child is transferring from another school, you will also need to bring a copy of the student’s transcript from the former school. (Reviewed 07/20/2021)
Does the district offer classes for Pre-K and Kindergarten?
Pre-K and Kindergarten registration is held every spring. Students who are age 4 by September 30 are eligible for Pre-K for screening and enrollment while children who are age 5 by September 30th may enroll in kindergarten. A list of required documents for Pre-K registration will be provided prior to the registration date. (Reviewed 07/20/2021)
What is the starting age for first grade?
Children must be 6 years of age by September 30th to enter first grade. (Reviewed 07/20/2021)
Is bus transportation available?
Busing is provided if a student lives more than a mile from school. If your child misses the bus in the morning, please call to inform the school and then transport your child to school. If your child misses the bus after school, you will be called and expected to transport your child home. (Reviewed 07/20/2021)
May my child ride a bike to school?
Students are allowed to ride bikes to school provided it is registered and has a lock for security purposes. (Reviewed 07/20/2021)
Is there a School Lunch Program?
Schools offer breakfast and a hot lunch at no cost beginning on the first day of school. (Updated 07/20/2021)
What if my child gets sick or injured at school?
Someone at the school will contact you based on the information provided on the student’s Emergency Card. It is therefore essential for parents or guardians to provide complete and up-to-date contact information to the school. (Reviewed 07/20/2021)
What is the procedure during severe weather conditions?
District officials provide local media stations with information in the event of school closures. Should severe weather prompt school closure during the school day, buses may take children home early. In the event of a weather-related early dismissal, attempts will be made to call or text parents of elementary school children. Parents may also consult the parish website https://www.stmaryk12.net or any school's website for District Notifications. (Updated 07/20/2021)
When are report cards issued?
Students in grades K-12 receive report cards every nine weeks. Dates are posted on the district calendar, on school calendars, and as part of this Guide: A Guide for SMP Schools / Report Card Schedule (stmaryk12.net) (Updated 07/20/2021)
What school expenses should I expect?
Your child’s teacher will provide you with a list of materials or fees that may be necessary.
Parents will also be responsible for providing students with the district’s official school uniform. Extra expenses may occur such as club dues, field trips, P.E. uniforms, etc. (Reviewed 07/20/2021)
How do I schedule a parent-teacher conference?
Parents should contact their child’s school to schedule a conference with the teacher. In addition, the district hosts two parent-teacher conference days during the school year for parents of elementary students. (Reviewed 07/20/2021)
What are the credit requirements for high school promotion?
Students Entering 2006 -2007 and BEYOND
9th Grade (Freshmen) – 0-5.5 credits and 0-2 sessions
10th Grade (Sophomores) – 6-11.5 credits and 3-4 sessions
11th Grade (Juniors) – 12-17.5 credits and 5-6 sessions
12th Grade (Seniors) – 18 or more credits and 7+ sessions
What are the GPA requirements for graduating with honors?
Cum Laude – 3.0000-3.4999
Magna Cum Laude – 3.5000 – 3.7499
Summa Cum Laude – 3.7500 – 4.0000
What grading scale is used in St. Mary Parish?
Grades 1-12: Regular Courses
A - 93 - 100%
B - 85 - 92%
C - 75 - 84%
D - 67 - 74%
F - 0 - 66%
Grades 9-12: Honors/A.P. Courses
A - 90 - 100%
B - 80 - 89%
C - 70 - 79%
D - 60 - 69%
F - 0 - 59%
Courses using S, N, and U
S (satisfactory) 75-100%
N (needs improvement) 67- 74%
U (unsatisfactory) Below 66%
What is the process for addressing concerns?
Parents or guardians having concerns or needing more information should initially contact their child’s teacher. If the teacher is unable to provide assistance, parents should then contact the school’s administrator(s). If further resolution or information is required, parents may then contact the appropriate district staff member. Contact information for school and district level personnel can be found on this website:
A Guide for SMP Schools / School Administrators (stmaryk12.net)
A Guide for SMP Schools / SMPSB District Staff (stmaryk12.net)
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