3980 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226 | Phone: 716-835-2518 | Fax: 716-834-4932

Requirements


We are a parish school that is subsidized by St. Benedict Parish.  St. Benedict School does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national and ethnic origin, age (in accordance with the law), and physical or learning disability (if, with reasonable effort on the part of the school, the disabled person can be accommodated).  Our primary concern in the admission procedure is that St. Benedict School is able to meet the needs of the currently enrolled students.  Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) designed for special education support are closely reviewed before acceptance into St. Benedict School.

Admission Guidelines

St. Benedict School has established the following guidelines for admission for all new students entering in the new school year:

  • Siblings of children already registered have first preference
  • Second preference is to children of parishioners who give their time, talent, and treasure to St. Benedict parish.  A parish family must be currently registered and participate in weekend liturgies as evidenced by envelope usage.  Continued support of the parish financially through regular offertory contributions will retain the status of “parishioners” from year to year.
  • Non-parishioners may then be accepted, with preference to Catholics, if necessary.  Non-parishioners will be charged the non-parishioner rate and adhere to the fundraising mandates required of all school families.
  • When grade levels are filled, a waiting list will be maintained.

PreK-3 Program

St. Benedict School’s PreK-3 program is in attendance five days a week with several options.  This program runs half day from 8:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m., or full day from 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.  This is a Catholic Pre-K program, but children do not have to be Catholic to attend.  We follow Diocesan approved curriculum for Pre-K, and we include developmentally appropriate activities that will allow the children to explore, to engage in hands on activities, and to learn through play.  The curriculum will also include time for physical education, music, and  library.  PreK-3 students begin to attend Mass on Thursday mornings at the teacher’s discretion during the school year.  All children entering the PreK-3 program must be completely “bathroom” trained.

PreK-4 Program

St. Benedict School’s PreK-4 program is in attendance five days a week with a choice of full day from 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., or half day from 8:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. This is a Catholic Pre-K program, but children do not have to be Catholic to attend.  We follow the Diocesan approved curriculum for Pre-K, and we include developmentally appropriate activities that will allow the children to explore, to engage in hands on activities, and to learn through play.  The curriculum will also include time for physical education, music, art, library, foreign language, and computers.  PreK-4 students begin to attend Mass on Thursday mornings at the teacher’s discretion during the school year.  All children entering the PreK-4 program must be completely “bathroom” trained.