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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 buttons 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.   For fall enrollment, applications for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten are strongly encouraged by December 6, 2021.  Rising Kindergarten students who apply by December 6 will be eligible for their screening appointment in January and be given priority for acceptance.  Applications for fall enrollment for grades 1-8 are encouraged by January 24, 2022.

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.

Please contact our Director of Advancement, Lori Bellante, at 615-550-5106 or via email at with any questions or for more information.  


Use the link below to access our online application.  If you have any questions, please contact our Advancement office at (615) 550-5106

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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 our students and teachers in action.

SMS will host hybrid ‘Coffee with the Principal’ events  for prospective parents with children in all grades. The 60-minute session includes an overview of our school and a Q&A with Mr. Tim Forbes, Principal.  The event is designed to provide an overview of our program with a peek into our classrooms.  The dates for these virtual Coffee events will be: September 22, November 10, December 1, and January 26.   These events will begin at 8:00 a.m. and are planned to be in-person.  However, zoom codes will be emailed out the day before,  for those participating virtually, or from afar.

On Sunday October 31, 2021 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. All faculty and administration are on hand for answering questions and providing information.  In addition to visits in our classrooms, we will have information on our mission, clubs, athletics, extended care, our lunch program, and volunteer opportunities.

After Open House, families with younger children are encouraged to attend our annual Trunk or Treat from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.  There will be trick or treating, activities and games, and prizes for best costumes and best car/trunk decorations.

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, or by calling our Advancement Office.  Tour dates are added on a monthly basis.

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.  Shadow dates are available several times per year. For the 2021-2022 school year, the dates are October 22, November 10, January 26 and February 23. Shadow dates are strongly encouraged for students in grades 4-8, although they are optional and available for students in grades K-3. All students must apply before showing up for a shadow date.  Please contact the Advancement Office to schedule a Shadow Date.

Schedule a Private Tour
Register for Coffee, Open House and/or Trunk or Treat
Watch A Virtual Tour

Key Dates



To be eligible for the 2021-22 Pre-Kindergarten class, a child must be three or four years of age by August 15, 2021, depending on the class for which he/she is applying.

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

  • September 22, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
  • December 1, 2021
  • January 26, 2022

Our Open House event will be held October 31, 2021.

Application Key Dates

Monday December 6, 2021 – APPLICATIONS DUE for PRIORITY enrollment

Monday February 7, 2022 – Admission decisions emailed

Enrollment after February 11, 2022 is subject to availability.



To be eligible for for 2021-22 Kindergarten class, a child must be five years of age by August 15, 2021. A completed application with all requested documents is required.

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

                • September 22, 2021
                • November 17, 2021
                • December 1, 2021
                • January 26, 2022

We will host a Kindergarten Open House for prospective families (Parents only please, due to COVID restrictions) on Saturday May 1 from 9:00-11:00a.m.  The event will include a brief school overview, time for questions, and a visit to the Kindergarten classrooms.  Pre-registration is required by clicking HERE.  Masks are required for all attendees.

Application Key Dates

Monday December 6, 2021 – APPLICATIONS DUE for PRIORITY enrollment –

January 11-13,  2022 – Prospective Kindergarten student screenings.  The screening appointment will be scheduled after application is received.

Tuesday February 15, 2022 – 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.

Enrollment after Friday February 18, 2022 is subject to availability.

Current year enrollment is subject to availability and circumstance.  Applications may be submitted at any time for consideration in current year.

Grades 1-8


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 22, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
  • December 1, 2021
  • January 26, 2022

Our Open House event will be held October 31, 2020. 

Key Dates

Monday January 24, 2022 – Applications for Priority Enrollment Due

Tuesday February 22, 2022  – Admissions decisions emailed

Enrollment after Friday February 25, 2022 is subject to availability.

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)


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

Applications for the 2021-22 school year will be accepted until March 31, 2021.

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 for more information.

Affording a Blue Ribbon Education

Tuition rates for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Tuition Rate
Catholic Grant
Catholic Rate
Parish Tuition Grant 
Participating Catholic Rate
One Student $10,309 -$800 $9,509 -$1,560 $7,949
Two Students $20,619 -$1,600 $19,019 -$3,860 $15,159
Three Students $30,928 -$2,400 $28,528 -$6,530 $21,998
Four Students $41,237 -$3,200 $38,037 -$9,570 $28,467
Five Students $51,546 -$4,000 $47,546 -$14,820 $32,726
Additional fee assessment for participation in our inclusive education program (Hand in Hand Options)  will be $5155
Three Day $5,117
Five Day $7,878


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. 

Saint Matthew School uses the FACTS Tuition Management System.  See The Hub under ‘Enrollment’ for more information.


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 $10,009.  Students are who baptized in the Catholic faith are eligible for a Catholic Grant of $800 per student, or tuition of $9,209.  

The participating Catholic tuition rate is $7,649 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 an electronic 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. Applications are submitted online using the FACTS Tuition Management System.   There is a $35 fee to apply with FACTS – this fee is only paid once per family, per year even if you are applying for tuition assistance at multiple schools that accept FACTS (ie SMS plus a high school) .  You do not need a FACTS account to apply. 

Applications are due April 1, 2021 for the upcoming school year and applicants will be notified in mid-late April of any awards.   

Application can be made at anytime during the current year if there has been a change in financial circumstance, or if you are applying to SMS after the April 1, 2021 due date.  

The following resources provide more information on applying for Tuition Assistance:

Letter to Parents 

FACTS Information Sheet 

Application Checklist 

Use this link to access the Tuition Assistance online application form.

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