Frequently Asked Questions
A trip to Disney World is comparable to tuition. If you are a member of one of our supporting parishes (St. Mary’s / St. Charles, Sacred Heart and St. Clements), tuition for the first child is $2,825* with the second child at 1.5% and each additional child 3% less. For non-parishioners, tuition for the first child is $3,599* with each additional child the same decrease increments percentages as for parishioners. There is also a $50 registration fee for each child. Technology fees are included in tuition costs K-7. *Subject to change – final tuition rates will be available in March.
TUITION ASSISTANCE (TA)
Tuition assistance is offered for grades K-7 through Bishop Baraga’s Tuition Assistance Fund. FACTS Grant & Aid Application System is used to process financial aid applications. All applications and supporting financial documents, along with a $35 application fee, are sent directly to FACTS. The school receives a list of applicants, prioritized by need. This ensures a fair and professional review of every applicant. Any family may apply, regardless of religious affiliation. Students must be registered in a K-7 class before applying, you must be using the Scrip program and, unless you are a new parent to BBCS, you must have been meeting your 25 volunteer service hours per year.
The process for applying for TA is to enter your information into the BBCS FACTS, Grant and Aid program. The Tuition Assistance Committee meets in May to review all applicants, taking into consideration each family’s individual needs and determine the amounts to be granted for the following school year’s tuition.
The following Scrip Program, Scholarships and Tuition Assistance sections explain how you can save money toward your tuition costs. Our Scrip Program saves parents thousands of dollars each year on tuition costs. By using our Scrip Program, it not only saves you money towards tuition but it also funds the Scholarships that are awarded to parents using the Scrip program. It is also one of the requirements to apply for and receive Tuition Assistance.
BBCS’s Scrip is a special gift card program to help offset tuition costs. It is available to you, your friends and family to help save rebates towards your future or current BBCS tuition at no cost to you or them.
Before grocery shopping, fill your vehicle with gas, eat out, buy clothing, purchase gifts for birthdays, weddings, showers, graduation or anniversaries, make hotel or motel reservations or rent a car, come to the school office and buy Scrip gift cards for those places you intend purchasing any of these items. A set percentage by each retailer is given for each card purchased. 90% of that amount is accumulated for each family and applied to your tuition balance for the year or deposited in a fund for future tuition. Ten percent is deposited into a school fund for scholarships (only available to those families that use the Scrip program).
There are over 900 gas stations, grocery stores, clothing and gift stores, restaurants, airlines companies, coffee shops, Visa, Mastercard and Amazon cards to choose from. Some of the local retailers that participate in our Scrip program are Walmart, Family Fare, Speedway, Holiday, Marathon, Shell, Walgreen’s Hallmark, Duncan City, Mulligans, Little Caesars, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Subway, Rivertown Do It Center, Creation Station and many more. Some of the more common places like Home Depot, Lowes, Meijer’s, Gordon Foods and many more. These cards can be used ANYWHERE you can find one of the establishments.
A more convenient way to use the program is to download it on your smart phone at www.shopwithscrip.com to avoid having to come to the school to purchase cards every time you shop. Step by step instructions for this feature can be made available to you by contacting the school office for details and more information.
Start using Scrip now, before school starts, before your child is in school, before your child is born! You can save as much as you want, but it can only be used for BBCS tuition costs.
The Scholarship Fund is funded by the 10% the school earns from the Scrip program. These funds are only available to those parents that use the Scrip program. Scholarships are offered once a year in May for the following year’s tuition. The amount of the scholarships depends on the balance of the 10% earned from Scrip participants and the number of participants applying.
Anyone purchasing Scrip without a designated family directs their rebates to this fund set up by the principal. This opportunity is open to all families at BBCS consisting of $100 drawings at the before school Ice Cream Social, Thanksgiving turkey drawing and on April 30 for early registration.
No. We welcome students of all faiths. We have many families that have non-Catholic students enrolled in Bishop Baraga. We understand that parents, regardless of their faith, want to offer their children a high-quality education that also focuses on raising respectful children with strong values.
Yes. The school uniform is worn every day in grades K-7 unless a special “dress-down day” is designated. To help defray the cost of uniforms, our parents have developed a ‘free’ informal “Uniform Exchange.” Parents bring in school clothes their children have outgrown but are still in good condition. Families can “shop” for uniforms from the clothes other parents have donated.
Students may use the public school bus system to travel to and from school. Information about bus routes and schedules is available through the Cheboygan Area Schools Transportation Department (231) 627-4422. School cancellation information can be found on TV, Channel 9 & 10 and 7 & 4 News.
Students may be dropped off at the front doors at the earliest time of 7:45 a.m. School begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends with the 3:05 p.m. dismissal bell.
The average number of students per class is 15.
Hot lunch is served four days of the week with pizza being available on the fifth day—Fridays. White milk is purchased separately for cold lunch and is part of the hot lunch.
- After School Tutoring
- Chess Club
- Children’s Choir
- Cooking Club
- Cribbage Club
- LEGO Robotics
- Rosary Club
- Running Club
- Ski Club
- Student Council
3 Year-old Program:
- Tuesday and Thursday from 8:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- Must be 3 years-old by September 1st.
- Must be toilet-trained.
4 Year-old Program:
- Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- If the morning session is full an additional program may be opened if there are 10 or more students in the second program
- Beginning January preschool 4 goes full day from 8:10-2:50.
- Must be 4 years-old by September 1st.
Tuition is $850 for the three-year-old program and $1,350 for the four-year-old program. A certified teacher and aide are with the children during their class time. Preschool children are not required to wear uniforms. While not mandated, our preschool families are welcome to participate in any of BBCS’s volunteer commitments, if they wish.