Admissions and Tuition

This page has information on the application process, tuition, tuition assistance, and FAQs

Application Process

We are always delighted to receive applications from families that are interested in joining our school community.

​Below is the application process at Holy Child Catholic School.

Step 1

The first step is to fill out an application form and return it to the school office or parish office, either in person or by mail:

Holy Child Catholic School

P.O. Box 130

Tijeras, New Mexico, 87059

We welcome applications for all students in grades Pre-K through 8th Grade.


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Step 2

Once the application has been received, parents will be contacted to arrange for an interview, at which time the student will also be tested in the areas of Reading and Math.


Step 3

After the student is accepted, the formal registration process begins and a registration packet is completed by the parents. You can follow us on social media to stay up to date on school information while your registration packet is processed. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Thank you!

Tuition

Our school is truly a parish venture. Without the generous support of the people of Holy Child Parish, the quality education we offer would not be possible. Twenty-two percent of the operating income for the school comes from parishioners, most of whom do not have children enrolled. As with any parochial educational venture, the parents of the children make the great sacrifice. The tuition, fees, and parental fund-raising represent seventy percent of the operating budget. Our tuition rates are competitive with other Catholic and private schools within Albuquerque.


2022-2023 Registration Fees and Tuition

Preschool

Registration Fee: $200.00 is due on registration day and is non-refundable.

  • 3-year old Preschool Program (2 days a week): $200.00/month (August-May), $2,000/year

  • 4-year old Preschool Program (3 days a week): $250.00/month (August-May), $2,500/year


K-8 (per child)

(Early Bird) Registration Fee (per child): $350 is due on registration day and is non-refundable.
*Registration Fee will increase to $375.00 (per child) on March 11, 2022

  • 1st Child: $5,000.00

  • 2nd Child: $4,500.00 ($9,500.00 total)

  • 3rd Child: 4,250.00 ($13,750.00 total)

  • 4th Child: FREE

A 3% discount will be applied when K-8 tuition is paid in full on or before July 15th, 2022. The numbers below reflect the discount​

  • 1 student $4,850.00

  • 2 students $9,215.00

  • 3 students $13,337.50

Tuition Assistance

Tuition is discussed during the registration process. Cost should not immediately deter someone from attending the Holy Child Catholic School. Assistance is available through need based scholarships funded by Holy Child Parish and through various outside scholarships.


​A family may apply for tuition assistance by going to the FACTS website and completing their Grant & Aid application. The application is kept confidential, and a determination on financial assistance will be made by the Scholarship Committee.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to get from Albuquerque to HCCS during the morning commute?

Good question! Obviously it depends on where you're coming from, but here are some basic estimates. It only takes 20-25 minutes from the Big I. It takes about 8 minutes from I-40 and Tramway. To find your exact drive time from home to school, try putting your address into Google Maps.


2. How are snow days handled?

HCCS loosely follows the APS mountain schools, but in any case parents receive timely emails on what the school's weather schedule will be for the day. There is also an alert available through My Students Progress that can reach cell phones or emails. Delays and cancellations are also posted on local news channels.


3. I can't pick my child up from school until after work. Is there an aftercare program?

Yes, there is an aftercare program since many of our families have a busy work/life schedule! If you are interested, please contact the school office here for complete details.


4. Are there tuition discounts for multiple students?

Yes! Please click here for more information.


5. Are scholarships available?

Yes, there is tuition assistance available. Please click here for more information.


6. Why is a classical curriculum desirable?

It's best to quote our friends at Classical Academic Press: "Classical education is like a very large museum with many beautiful, wonder-filled rooms that could be studied over a lifetime. It is a long tradition of education that has emphasized the seeking after of truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books. . . .

It is precisely this kind of education that has produced countless great leaders, inventors, scientists, writers, philosophers, theologians, physicians, lawyers, artists, and musicians over the centuries."

To have a great mind and soul is truly a lofty goal and is the true end of a classical education. Fortunately, a well rounded education is also often reflected in test scores. While test scores are clearly not the end goal of education at HCCS, data shows that strong test results are a side benefit of the classical education offered at the school. Please click below for the scaled 2018 STAR Math and Reading test results for HCCS.


7. Do you have organized sports?

We currently have basketball, cross country, and track teams here at HCCS. We participate in the Albuquerque Parochial Independent Athletic League.


8. How often do students attend Mass?

Good question! Education and grace both build on nature, which means it's important to keep a child's age into account when structuring their day and their learning. Below is a basic layout of our Mass schedule for students:

  • Pre-K students attend Mass only on certain feast days or days of special significance to the school community.

  • Students in grades K-2 attend Mass on Mondays and Thursdays, along with the school's community Rosary on Fridays.

  • Students in grades 3-8 attend Mass Monday through Thursday, along with the school's community Rosary on Fridays.

Students love it when their parents, other family members, and friends stay for Mass or the Rosary. Please feel free to join us!


9. Are non-Catholic students and families welcome?

Absolutely! Anyone who wants his or her child to pursue the good, the true, and the beautiful is welcome. While that pursuit takes place within a thoroughly Catholic context, HCCS has had a number of non-Catholic families over the years. They've both benefited from the school and contributed their own unique gifts to our school community.


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Doctors of the Church

Holy Child Catholic School is committed to preserving our Catholic intellectual tradition. This is why each of our classrooms is named after a Doctor of the Church.

At the bottom of each page of this website, you will see a photo of a Doctor of the Church and the classroom that that honors that particular doctor.