Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child have to be Catholic to attend St. Al’s?

No, we welcome children of all faiths.

Do you offer preschool?

St. Al’s Faithful Beginnings preschool program offers early care and education for children three years and up. Find out more.

Does your preschool program follow a typical school calendar?

Our preschool follows our school calendar.

Are your teachers licensed? Is your school accredited?

Yes. Our teachers are licensed in the State of Minnesota and our school is accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association.

Do you follow the state curriculum standards required by the State of Minnesota?

Yes. St. Al’s uses the Minnesota State Standards.

What is your average class size?

At St. Al’s our average class sizes range from 15-25 students.

How many students do you have at your school?

We are happy that 190 students in preschool through grade 8 call St. Al’s their home away from home.

What are your school hours?

St. Al’s school day begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 1:50 p.m.

Do you offer after school care?

St. Al’s school day begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 1:50 p.m. We offer after school care until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Find out more.

What extracurricular activities do you offer?

St. Al’s offers a variety of extracurricular activities designed to further develop each child by offering the opportunity to explore enriching activities within a fun and values-based environment. Find out more.

Do you offer after school athletic opportunities?

St. Al’s offers fall, winter and spring sports for boys and girls in grades 5-8. We believe that sports help children learn the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, responsibility, respect, accountability, and skill improvement. Find out more.

Do you offer busing?

To find out if you qualify for busing, call the school office at 763-561-5101 or

Do you provide free and reduced lunch?

St. Al’s provides a free and reduced lunch program for eligible students. Download the free and reduced lunch application (coming soon). Find out more by contacting the school office at 763-561-5101 or

Do you provide financial assistance or other tuition assistance?

St. Al’s offers tuition assistance for students in K-8 and our preschool and extended day programs are approved for financial assistance through other programs for eligible families. Find out more by contacting the school office at 763-561-5101 or

Do your students wear uniforms?

Yes. Find out more about our uniform policy in our school handbook.

Where do students tend to go to high school after they graduate from St. Al’s?

Graduates of St. Al’s attend a variety of high schools including: Totino-Grace, DeLaSalle, Cristo Rey, Chesterton Academy, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Osseo High School, Champlin Park High School and Maranatha Christian Academy.

Do you offer any special services?

St. Al’s is proud to follow the Blended Learning model designed through the University of Notre Dame and participate in the Believe and Read program developed by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence, in partnership with Groves Learning Organization and Cretin-Derham Hall Catholic High School. Find out more.

St. Al’s also provides counseling and other resources for students, families and staff through its participation in the Peace of Mind Partner School Initiative. Find out more.

Do you have a gifted and talented program?

St. Al’s utilizes a Blended Learning model in which students who excel are further challenged. We believe each student should have an individualized learning plan that meets his or her needs. Find out more.

What do parents say about St. Al’s?

Parents love St. Al’s for our small class sizes, safe and nurturing environment and welcoming atmosphere. See what St. Al’s parents have to say in their own words.

Are there volunteer opportunities at the school?

Volunteers are essential! We welcome volunteers for one-time events or regular assistance at the school. Please ensure that you have completed safe environment requirements before you wish to start volunteering. Find out more about requirements for volunteers in our school handbook.

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