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 and refer to the student handbook for more information.
4. Are there tuition discounts for multiple students?
Yes! See the discounted price per additional student in the rate table which can be found in the "Tuition" section at the top of this page.
5. Are scholarships available?
Yes, there is tuition assistance available. See the section above titled "Tuition Assistance" 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.