Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I choose a smaller school like one of the Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools?

The five Quincy Catholic schools provide an academically challenging, spiritually enriching, safe and affordable education.  QCES and QND students receive personal attention with accountability for interacting with teachers, staff, and other students.  It is a community where everyone has genuine concern and watches out for one another.

Do you have to be Catholic to attend one of the QCES?

No. Students of all faiths are welcome; however, they are required to take religion courses, attend Mass when scheduled during the school day and complete service hours each year.

Are all teaching staff credentialed?

Yes, all teachers are certified by the State of Illinois and many have advanced degrees.

Do you have technology in your schools?

Yes, technology is integrated with classroom learning through iPads, Google Chromebooks, laptops, ELMOS, and SMART Boards.  QND has made the necessary technology advances in its curriculum by implementing a 1:1 learning initiative with iPads for this year’s freshman class and utilizing an iPad cart for classrooms.

What kind of extracurricular activities are offered through the schools?

Parochial Music Organization (PMO) Band and Choir, Scout programs, CYO and IESA sports programs, organized social events and field trips.

What are the school day hours?

Between 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Before and After School Care programs are offered at all the elementary schools to assist working parents.

Is there bus service available to QCES students?

Yes, the Quincy Public School District does provide bus service.  Forms for school bus service are available at time of registration to complete.

Is financial aid available for students?

Yes, scholarship and tuition assistance programs make Catholic education affordable to all who wish to attend.  A family does not have to belong to one of the four Quincy parishes to receive assistance.

The Financial Assistance Program at QCES includes direct grants and scholarships. To ensure impartiality and sensitivity to privacy, FACTS Grant & Aid is used to compile applications and to recommend amounts to be awarded based on demonstrated need.  The same FACTS form can be used for QCES and QND combined if needed.  The deadline is March for the following school year.