Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Saint Matthew School.  Students of all faiths and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The Admissions process usually begins with a campus visit. We host several fall events for parents and/or families and private tours are also available.  Please use the button on this page to register.

Students who are interested in attending Saint Matthew School are encouraged to submit an application.  There are separate applications for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grades 1-8.

Applications for immediate and future enrollment are accepted at any time during the school year.  Applications for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten are strongly encouraged by December 9, 2019.  Students who apply by December 9 will be eligible for their screening appointment in January and be given priority for acceptance.

Admission decisions are made by the Principal based on information submitted with an application.  If no opening is available, students are placed in a waiting pool. Siblings and children of faculty have the highest priority for admission. Participating parishioners of Saint Matthew Church, Holy Family, St. Philip and Church of the Nativity have the next highest priority for admission.  Participating members of other Catholic parishes are next, followed by non-participating Catholics and non-Catholics.

For further information on Admissions, contact Lori Bellante, Advancement Director at 615.550.5106 or via email.

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Please contact our Director of Advancement, Lori Bellante, at 615-550-5106 or via email at LBellante@stmatthewtn.org with any questions, or you may submit your questions using the button here.  

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Visit Us

Saint Matthew Church and School are located on a beautiful 16 acre campus on the northwestern corner of Williamson County, bordering on Davidson County.

A visit to our 2017 National Blue Ribbon award winning campus is the best way to experience all that Saint Matthew has to offer.  Our goal is to welcome you into the Saint Matthew community and provide an opportunity to observe “a day in the life of a Saint Matthew student.”

On September 18, December 4, January 29, and March 25, SMS will host ‘Coffee with the Principal’ events  for prospective parents with children in all grades.  The 90-minute session includes a 30-minute Q&A with Mr. Tim Forbes, Principal, followed by a school tour. The event is designed to provide an overview of our program with a sneak peek into our classrooms.  During the spring semester, families may visit by signing up for a tour via the button below.

On October 27, SMS will host a school wide open house for families with prospective students in all grades.   This weekend event is held from 12-2:30p.m. and families may arrive when they choose.  All faculty and administration are on hand for answering questions and providing information.  Families receive a tour from our Student Ambassadors or may elect for a self guided tour.  In addition, our gym is transformed into an information hub, with details on our mission, clubs, athletics, extended care, our lunch program, and volunteer opportunities.

If you are not able to attend a Coffee or Open House event, you may also schedule a tour.  Please schedule a private tour via the button below by calling our Advancement Office.

Once your child has applied to Saint Matthew, it is recommended that students in grades 4-8 schedule a shadow day, where they can spend time with us one morning, meeting teachers and students in the classroom setting.  Students in grades K-3 may also visit once they have applied, though it is not required.  Contact our Advancement Director, Lori Bellante, at 615-550-5106 or via email at lbellante@stmatthewtn.org to setup a shadow day.

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Pre-Kindergarten

Eligibility

To be eligible for for 2019-2020 Pre-Kindergarten class, a child must be four years of age by August 15, 2019.

Coffee with the Principal” events, which include a campus tour, are:

  • September 18, 2019
  • December 4, 2019
  • January 29, 2020
  • March 25, 2020

Our Open House event will be held October 27, 2019 from 12-2:30pm.

Application Key Dates

Monday December 2, 2019 – APPLICATIONS DUE for PRIORITY enrollment – children of faculty, siblings of currently enrolled Saint Matthew School students, and Saint Matthew Church parishioners.

Monday December 9, 2019 – APPLICATIONS DUE for new families

Thursday February 13, 2020 – Admission decisions emailed

Friday February 21, 2020 – Pre-K $325 non-refundable Book & Activity fee due

Enrollment after February 24, 2020 is subject to availability.

Kindergarten

Eligibility

To be eligible for for 2019-2020 Kindergarten class, a child must be five years of age by August 15, 2019. A completed application with all requested documents is required.

“Coffee with the Principal” events, which include a campus tour, are:

                • September 18, 2019
                • December 4, 2019
                • January 29, 2020
                • March 25, 2020

 Our Open House event will be held October 27, 2019 from 12-2:30pm.

Application Key Dates

Monday December 2, 2019 – APPLICATIONS DUE for PRIORITY enrollment – children of faculty, siblings of currently enrolled Saint Matthew School students and St. Matthew Church parishioners.

Monday December 9, 2019 – APPLICATIONS DUE for new families

January 14-16,  2020 – Prospective Kindergarten student screenings.  The screening appointment will be scheduled after application is received.

Thursday February 13, 2020 – Admission decisions emailed.

Acceptance is based on several factors that include;  priority established by the Pastor, results of the screening, and information obtained from the prospective student’s preschool.

Friday February 21, 2020  – Kindergarten $325 non-refundable Book & Activity fee due

Enrollment after February 24, 2020 is subject to availability.

Current year enrollment is subject to availability and circumstance.

Grades 1-8

Eligibility

Applications for current  enrollment will be accepted at any time during the year if a spot is available.  

Applications for the upcoming fall will be accepted any time during the year, with acceptance and enrollment based upon availability.  A completed application with all requested documents, including current and previous progress reports and results of any standardized tests taken, are required for admission consideration.  A language, math, and writing assessment, along with a personal interview, may be conducted.  

Children entering first grade must have completed an accredited Kindergarten program.  

Prospective middle school students (grades 6-8) are strongly encouraged to schedule a shadow date once the completed application has been received.  

For grades that are full, a waiting pool is maintained, based on priority for acceptance.  

“Coffee with the Principal” events, which include a campus tour, are:

  • September 18, 2019
  • December 4, 2019
  • January 29, 2020
  • March 25, 2020.

Our Open House event will be held October 27, 2019.

Key Dates

Friday February 21, 2020  – Admissions decisions mailed

Friday March 6, 2020 – Enrollment paperwork and $325 non-refundable Book and Activity fee due

Inclusive Education

“There can be no separate Church for people with disabilities. We are one flock that serves a single shepherd.” Letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pastoral Statement (1978)

Eligibility

Saint Matthew is accepting applications for students in grades 6-8 for our inclusive education program.  

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted until March 31, 2020.

The following components are required for the Saint Matthew inclusive education program:
  • Initial family tour and meeting with special education teacher and administration.  Call to schedule.  
  • Submit completed, signed and dated application. Include all required attachments and inserts.  
  • Upon request from Saint Matthew, submit the Supplemental Application Form. This includes:
    1. References from previous teacher/therapist/tutor (cannot be a family member)
    2. Copies of current and past behavior intervention plan/504 plan if applicable
    3. Psychoeducational evaluation (within 3 years)
    4. Social/developmental/behavioral assessment
    5. Permission to observe student in current environment
  • Evaluation of student in current program by an SMS Special Education teacher (1 – 2 days as needed)
  • Student visit SMS for on-site evaluation by a Special Education instructor (1 – 2 days as needed)
  • Final admission decision mailed
  • Upon acceptance, enrollment paperwork and $325 non-refundable Book and Activity fee due

Please contact our Advancement Director, Lori Bellante, at lbellante@stmatthewtn.org for more information.

Tuition

Tuition rates for the 2019-2020 school year

Tuition Rate
Catholic Grant
Catholic Rate
Parish Tuition Grant 
Participating Catholic Rate
GRADES K-8
One Student $9,750 -$800 $8,950 -$1,560 $7,390
Two Students $19,500 -$1,600 $17,900 -$3,860 $14,040
Three Students $29,250 -$2,400 $26,850 -$6,530 $20,320
Four Students $39,000 -$3,200 $35,800 -$9,570 $26,230
Five Students $48,750 -$4,000 $44,750 -$14,820 $29,930
Additional fee assessment for participation in our inclusive education program (Hand in Hand Options)  will be $4875
PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Three Day $4,800
Five Day $7,390

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Sending your child to Catholic school represents an investment in your child’s future and a financial commitment.  To make this financial commitment manageable, Saint Matthew School offers several tuition payment options including a one payment, two payments, and 10 or 12 monthly options. 

The Diocese of Nashville now requires SMS to use the FACTS Tuition Management System.  See the Parent Portal under ‘Enrollment’ for more information.

Fees

An annual, non-refundable $325 book & activity fee is due at the time of enrollment or re-enrollment.  Tuition and book & activity fee includes all classroom books and supplies. Tuition also includes on-site and outside field trips (excluding 8th grade trip to Washington DC.)  Parents need only provide a backpack, lunchbox and uniforms.

Parish Investment

The full cost of educating one student at Saint Matthew School is $9,750.  Students are who baptized in the Catholic faith are eligible for a Catholic Grant of $800 per student, or tuition of $8,950.  

The participating Catholic tuition rate is $7,390 and the difference of $1,560 is paid by your parish.  Formerly known as the “subsidy”, Catholic parishes pay a portion of your student’s tuition directly to the school.  To be eligible, a family must be an active, participating member of a Catholic parish in the Diocese of Nashville.

The Saint Matthew School enrollment package includes a subsidy form.  To qualify for the Parish Tuition Grant, a family must submit a subsidy form to Saint Matthew school. SMS will forward these requests to the parishes for Pastor approval.  Once approved, the home parish will send the completed subsidy form and payment directly to Saint Matthew School.

In order to receive the subsidy from Saint Matthew Church, parishioners should:

  • attend Mass faithfully
  • support the parish to the best of their ability by using the parish envelope system or electronic giving on a regular basis
  • complete a current year financial pledge form.

If you are moving to a local parish from another city, request a letter (email) of good standing from your current parish.

Tuition Assistance

The tuition assistance fund is provided through the generosity of Saint Matthew Church parishioners and friends.  Financial assistance is available to those enrolled students who are active, participating members of Saint Matthew Church and is need-based. Applicants apply online using TAADS Tuition Management System.  Applications are accepted in the spring and recipients are notified in early May.  Application can be made anytime during the year if there has been a change in financial circumstance.