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FAQs

If I can send my child to a public school for free, why should I pay to receive the same education in a Catholic school? 
We understand that sending your child to a Catholic school may mean you have to make some sacrifices.  However, we view a Catholic education as an investment for your child because of the types of opportunities that he or she will receive.  To read more about why Catholic education is important, click here.

Do I have to be a parishioner of the parish to send my child to Catholic school?
No. Although many of the schools receive parish subsidies, students do not have to be a parishioner to attend the school. 

Do I have to be Catholic to send my child to Catholic school?
No. Catholic schools are available to everyone.  However, all students receive religious formation and attend Mass regularly.  

What is FACTS?
FACTS Tuition Management is a system used by the majority of the Catholic schools in El Paso to collect tuition payments and assess need to determine how much financial aid a family receives.  With FACTS, parents can choose different payment plans and are able to make their payments online. 

Is financial aid available?
Yes. Please contact the Office of Education at (915) 872-8426, and/or call the individual school for additional information. 

Are Catholic school teachers certified to teach?
The majority of teachers are certified by the state of Texas.  All teachers have a college degree and have the necessary education hours to teach. 

Are after-school programs available?
Most schools offer an after-school program, where students are supervised until their parents/guardians pick them up.  Please call a specific school for more information. 

If the school year has already begun, can I still enroll my child?
Yes. We understand that circumstances arise during the school year, and parents may want to enroll their child in a new school once the school year has begun. Please contact a specific school for more information.  

What has the Diocese of El Paso done to prevent sexual abuse?
Every employee and volunteer of the Diocese of El Paso (this includes those in schools) is required to undergo a background check and take a Sexual Misconduct and Safe Environment workshop. The safety of your child is of utmost importance to us. 

Who attends El Paso Catholic schools?
Our students come from a variety of places and backgrounds.  You will find students from El Paso, New Mexico, and Juarez.  

Do Catholic school students receive instruction in the arts, technology, and  physical education?
In our schools, you will find instruction in art, music, computers, dance, and physical education along with instruction in multiple languages.  Please contact a specific school for more information. 

Is transportation to and from school available?
Some schools offer transportation to and from Fort Bliss and the Zaragoza International Bridge.  Please contact a specific school to find out what it offers.  

Do Catholic schools have sports?
Yes.  The sports offered vary by school. Please call a specific school for more information or click on our Athletics tab.