Admissions

Principal’s Welcome

The Catholic School of Visalia—George McCann Memorial Campus, educates children to learn, lead, and serve in the spirit of Jesus Christ.

Welcome to The Catholic School of Visalia, George McCann Memorial Campus!

We are a nurturing and supportive community of dedicated parents, talented professional faculty and staff, and bright, enthusiastic children. A place where children grow as students in God’s love with support from the whole community.

The Catholic School of Visalia, George McCann Memorial Campus is a Catholic pre-school and elementary school through eighth grade. GMC has served families for 90 years in Visalia and surrounding communities.

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A personal invitation to visit our school

For more than 90 years, the faculty and staff of GMC have endeavored to provide a fulfilling and enriched elementary school experience for our community’s children. We strive to create an experience filled with faith and values, knowledge of the world around us, and knowledge of oneself.

Come see how we offer a caring, safe and secure setting where learning occurs, students thrive, and blessings abound. Learn about our extended care program for before and after school. Our core values to educate the whole child can only be achieved in connection to the teachings of Catholic tradition and scripture. Students enjoy many opportunities to grow in their relationship with God through prayer, reflection, catechism, worship and service.

Please call the school office for a tour. We would also like to invite you to join us at our All School Masses held on Fridays at 12:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church.

Kind regards,
Sheila Rast, Principal

We welcome all students

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As a ministry of The Catholic Church of Visalia, we welcome all applicants. Mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, The Catholic School of Visalia admits students regardless of race, color, or national, or ethnic origin.

How to apply

To make an appointment for a tour or for more information, please contact Mrs. Claire Mendonca at 559-732-5831.

To be considered for enrollment, we kindly ask that you please submit the following to The Catholic School of Visalia, George McCann Memorial Campus—

  • A completed application form
  • A copy of the student’s baptismal certificate (if applicable)
  • A copy of the most recent report card (for student’s entering grades 1-­8)

Application Form

Application forms are available in the school office between the hours of 8 am – ­4 pm on school days or available for download from our website.
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Scholarships are available

The Catholic School of Visalia—George McCann Memorial Campus, makes a concerted effort to keep its tuition affordable while still offering a strong academic and faith-­filled program with a wide variety of co-­curricular activities. A quality Catholic education should be available to all who seek it and tuition assistance is available for qualified families.

For more information, please contact the school’s office manager, Mrs. Claire Mendonca at 559-732-5831.
Monthly Fees (Catholic Students)

Family w/1 student

10 MONTHS

$470.00

Annual Registration Fee

$130.00

Family w/2 students

10 MONTHS

$894.00

Annual Registration Fee

$260.00

Family w/3 students

10 MONTHS

$1,257.00

Annual Registration Fee

$390.00

Family w/4 students

10 MONTHS

$1,565.00

Annual Registration Fee

$520.00

Monthly Fees (Non-­Catholic Students)

Per Student Per Month

$556.00

Annual Registration Fee

$130.00

Jr. Kindergarten fees (1/2 day)

Per Student Per Month

$353.00

Annual Registration Fee

$130.00

Enrichment program for 3 year olds

Choose from 2-­day, 3-­day and 5-­day schedules. Annual registration fee is $130.00 per student.

5 Days

10 MONTHS

$353.00

Annual Registration Fee

$130.00

3 Days

10 MONTHS

$212.00

Annual Registration Fee

$130.00

2 Days

10 MONTHS

$144.00

Annual Registration Fee

$130.00

Admissions Policies

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Student/Applicant Non-­Discrimination Policy

The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Fresno mindful of their mission to be witnesses to the love of Christ for all, admit students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Fresno do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, age, gender, or disability in the administration of educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other school administered programs.

The Special Needs Student

While the Catholic schools do not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available to them. Decision concerning the admission and continued enrollment of a student in a school are based upon the student’s emotional, academic, and physical abilities and the resources available to the school in meeting the student’s needs. Parents or guardians should realize that they may request a minor adjustment of services for students with a special need, but the student’s teachers and principal must determine whether the school has the resources and training to educationally support the learning needs of students.

Admission to Junior Kindergarten

Applicants should be 4 years old by September 1st. The Junior Kindergarten is part of The Catholic School of Visalia’s two year kindergarten program. We offer a balanced academic and developmental program which is age appropriate and socially/emotionally nurturing.

Admission to Kindergarten

Applicants should be 5 years of age on or before September 1st. Students that do not meet this requirement will be considered on an individual basis. Students will be administered a kindergarten readiness assessment before admission.

Admission to Grades 1–8

Students will be administered an academic entrance assessment to determine grade level readiness.

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Advisory Board

The Catholic School of Visalia— George McCann Memorial Campus
The purpose of the Board shall be to assist the Pastor and Principal in developing priorities and implementing long-range educational goals for The Catholic School of Visalia—George McCann Memorial Campus. The Board shall assist the Pastor and Principal in establishing local educational policies for The Catholic School of Visalia—George McCann Memorial Campus in accord with diocesan policies and regulations.

Members of the Advisory Board

Pastor
Rev. Father Eric Swearingen

Principal
Mrs. Sheila Rast
srast@gmccatholicschool.org

President
Dr. Mike Boone
drboone@visaliaeyecare.com

Secretary
Mrs. Bea Aksland
beaaksland@comcast.net

Treasurer
Mr. Mike Edwards
medwards@frazerllp.com

Home and School Representatives
Mr. Doug Phillips
805-4095
dougjphillips@gmail.com

Mrs. Patty Carroll
967-2071
grpagrmac@yahoo.com

Mr. John Bianco
967-0776
johnbianco@biancolawfirm.com

Mrs. Betty Cook
303-6453
daveandbettycook@sbcglobal.net

Superintendent of Schools
Office of Catholic Education
Ms. Mona Faulkner

Home And School Association Board

The Catholic School of Visalia—George McCann Memorial Campus 2014-­2015

The Home and School Association is the parent club of our school. Parents work cooperatively to help us provide a high quality, moderately priced Catholic education for our children. The Home and School Association brings families together, fosters spiritual and educational growth, and contributes to the financial stability of our school.

President: Doug Phillips

1st Vice President: Debbie Nelsen

2nd Vice President: Tiffany Beggs

Secretary: Andrea White

Treasurer: Susan Richardson

Directors:

Russ Hutcheson
Monique Mirwald

Director/Head Room Parent: Kim Spiotta

Principal/Moderator: Sheila Rast