Frequently Asked Questions

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Accreditation

Cathedral School is an accredited Catholic School by the Western Catholic Education Association.

Class Size

Cathedral School has one classroom per grade level, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Class size averages 26 students per class, kindergarten through second grades, 28 students in third through fifth grades, 30 in sixth through eighth grades, and 20 in pre-kindergarten. Due to our downtown location our community of families come from throughout the Portland Metropolitan area.

High School Acceptance

Cathedral School graduates attend the Catholic College Preparatory high school of their choice.

Technology

Technology is integrated into classroom instruction pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Cathedral School is one-to-one with iPads, as well as have portable class sets of MacBook Airs that are regularly used in all classes.

School Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Extended Care

Cathedral School has an extended care program on-site. Morning care begins at 7:00 am and aftercare is open until 6:00 pm.

Generally, extended care is open on early dismissal days and teacher professional development and in-service days. Extended care is closed on all holidays as well as Christmas, Spring, and Summer breaks.

Foreign Language and Specialists

All students, PK-8, receive instruction from a specialist in Spanish, Physical Education, Art, Library, and Music. Technology is integrated into classroom instruction.

Mass

Cathedral students attend Mass as a school in the Cathedral on Wednesdays, at least once per month. On the alternate Wednesdays students gather in the Cathedral for Prayer on Wednesday. Mass and Prayer on Wednesday services are planned by students. Mass begins at 8:30, while Prayer on Wednesday begins at 8:20.

Lunch Program

A hot lunch entree is available for purchase Mondays and Fridays. A sack lunch option is available for purchase through an outside vendor, My Lunchbox, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Milk is included with the purchase of hot lunch and is also available for sack lunch students five days a week with the purchase of a milk card. Use the button below to prepay or visit the school office.

Parent Participation

Parents are active partners in the education of Cathedral students. Our parents participate in a variety of activities throughout the school.

Our Parents Association sponsors a number of events throughout the year. Some are community building in nature; these include our Back-to- School Family Celebration, Special Friends Breakfast, and April in Paris(h), the Cathedral School & Parish Art Show.

Service and Community

The reward of service is intrinsic. As Catholics, our whole lives are designed to be a dynamic relationship with the living God. God is focused outward, and when we connect to Him we become like Him and focus outward ourselves. Service to the community is a manifestation of this outward focus.

Cathedral Students Building Friendships

All classes at Cathedral School are responsible for one service project annually. Among our annual service projects are a volunteering at the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children, holding a fall food drive as well as volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank, stuffing socks with toiletries and snacks for distribution at the Potluck in the Park Christmas dinner, collecting Sugar and Spices for the Blanchet House along with a Macaroni and Cheese Drive for the Portland Police Sunshine Division, and raising funds for our sister school, St. Vincent de Paul in Salem, Oregon.

In addition to celebrating Mass with the school, our pastor visits our classrooms on a regular basis. Maintaining a strong school-parish relationship is as equally important to our clergy as it is the students and staff of Cathedral School.

In order to foster a school environment where all students feel connected, comfortable, and part of an inclusive school community, all students are members of a family group. Each family group consists of staff members as well as students from all class levels. Family groups meet throughout the school year to participate in community building exercises. In addition, all students are paired with a “buddy” from another grade. For example, eighth grade students are paired with the kindergarten students. Buddies sit together at Mass, have joint classroom activities, and occasionally attend field trips together.