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Thank you for your interest in Saint Matthew School.   Those interested in attending Saint Matthew School are encouraged to submit an application.  Students of all faiths and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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 5, 2022.  Rising Pre-K and Kindergarten students who apply by December 5 will be eligible for a screening appointment in mid-January.

Applications for fall enrollment for grades 1-8 are encouraged by January 20, 2023.

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

Apply

Use the button below to apply for Admission.  After you have completed an application, students in grades 4-8 should signup for a Shadow Day, using the gold button below.

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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, to hear more about us and provide an opportunity to observe our students and teachers in action.

Coffee with the Principal

SMS hosts several 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, followed by a tour.  These events will begin at 8:00 a.m. and are offered both in-person and via zoom.  Zoom codes will be emailed out the day before,  for those participating virtually.  Zoom participants may visit in the future for their tour.

The dates for the 2022-23 year will be:

  • September 14
  • November 9
  • November 30
  • January 18.
  • February 15
  • March 22
  • April 12

Open House/Trunk or Treat

On Sunday October 30, 2022 SMS will host a school wide Open House from 12-2:30p.m. for families with prospective students in all grades.   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, volunteer opportunities, and more.

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.

Private Tours

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.

Shadow Days

Once your child has applied to Saint Matthew, students in grades 4-8 are asked to schedule a Shadow Day, where they can spend the morning at SMS, 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. All students must apply before signing up for a shadow date.

For the 2022-23 school year, the Shadow dates are:

  • November 9
  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 8
  • April 12
Register for Coffee with the Principal
Schedule a Private Tour
Register for Open House and Trunk or Treat
Ask A Question about SMS
Watch A Virtual Tour
Schedule a Shadow Day

Key Dates

Pre-Kindergarten

We are so excited to announce that our Pre-K classes will be on our “Mane” campus beginning with the 2022-23 school year!  Tours beginning in August 2022 will include a visit to our new Pre-K spaces.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2023-24 Pre-Kindergarten class, a child must be three or four years of age by August 15, 2023, depending on the class for which he/she is applying.

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

  • September 14, 2022
  • November 9. 2022
  • November 30, 2022
  • January 18, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 22, 2023
  • April 12, 2023

Our Open House event will be held October 30, 2022

Application Key Dates

Monday December 5, 2022 – APPLICATIONS DUE for PRIORITY enrollment

Week of February 6, 2023 – Admission decisions emailed

Enrollment after February 10, 2023 is subject to availability.

Kindergarten

Eligibility

To be eligible for for 2023-24 Kindergarten class, a child must be five years of age by August 15, 2023. A completed application with all requested documents is required.

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

                • September 14, 2022
                • November 9. 2022
                • November 30, 2022
                • January 18, 2023
                • February 15, 2023
                • March 22, 2023
                • April 12, 2023

Application Key Dates

Monday December 5, 2022 – APPLICATIONS DUE for PRIORITY enrollment –

January 10-12,  2023 – Prospective Kindergarten student screenings.  The screening appointment will be scheduled after application is received.

Week of February 13, 2023 – 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 17, 2023 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 4-8) are asked 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 14, 2022
  • November 9. 2022
  • November 30, 2022
  • January 18, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 22, 2023
  • April 12, 2023

Our Open House event will be held October 30, 2022. 

Key Dates

Friday January 20, 2023 – Applications for Priority Enrollment Due

Week of February 20, 2023  – Admissions decisions emailed

Enrollment after Friday February 24, 2023 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)

Eligibility

Applications for our Inclusive Education Program for the 2023-24 school year are requested by Friday, January 20, 2023.  

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 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 or our Inclusive Education Director, Heather Maguire, at hmaguire@stmatthewtn.org for more information.

Affording a Blue Ribbon Education

Tuition rates for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Tuition Rate
Catholic Grant
Catholic Rate
Parish Tuition Grant 
Participating Catholic Rate
GRADES K-8
One Student $10,620 -$800 $9,820 -$1,560 $8,260
Two Students $21,241 -$1,600 $19,641 -$3,860 $15,781
Three Students $31,861 -$2,400 $29,461 -$6,530 $22,931
Four Students $42,481 -$3,200 $39,281 -$9,570 $29,711
Five Students $53,101 -$4,000 $49,101 -$14,820 $34,281
Additional fee assessment for participation in our inclusive education program (Hand in Hand Options)  will be $5155
PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Three Day $5,370
Five Day $8,260

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. 

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

Book and Activity Fee

An annual, non-refundable $325 book & activity fee is due at the time of enrollment or re-enrollment.  The book & activity fee covers all classroom consumable books, school supplies, yearbook, Lion Challenge t-shirt, on-site and outside field trips (excluding 8th grade trip to Washington DC), and more  Parents need only provide a backpack, lunchbox and uniforms. 

Catered lunch is an optional purchase and is not included in tuition or fees. 

Parish Investment

The full cost of educating one student at Saint Matthew School is $10,620.  Students are who baptized in the Catholic faith are eligible for a Catholic Grant of $800 per student, or tuition of $9,820.  

The participating Catholic tuition rate is $8,260 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 $40 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 March 25, 2022 for the upcoming school year and applicants will be notified in 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 March 25, 2022 due date.  

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

FACTS Information Sheet 

Application Checklist 

Use the button below to access the Tuition Assistance online application form.

Apply for Tuition Assistance