Frequently Asked Questions
What is your admission policy?
The Magnuson Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Each student is considered part of the total Christian school community and is expected to participate in all classes and activities.
What is the tuition cost?
Annual tuition for the 2011-2012 school year is $3,895 per student.
Annual tuition for the 2012-2013 school year is $3,995 per student.
Multi-Student Discount Multi-Student Discount – Families with more than one student will receive a 25% tuition discount for each additional student enrolled at MCS.
Tuition Assistance is available. This is outsourced and involves completing an application that is available in the school office, including a copy of your tax information, and submitting it by March 1, 2012*. Once the school receives the information from the company, an in-house committee awards the amounts based on recommendations from the company and information of special family circumstances. Parents are notified in the spring of the amount of assistance available.
* Limited tuition assistance is available, and may be awarded based on PSAS's recommendations which are based on financial need. If you do not apply for tuition assistance by the March 1st deadline no assistance will be given and no exceptions will be made without the school board's approval.
What are the hours of the school day?
For the current school year, school begins at 9:15 a.m.
Students may arrive at 9:00 a.m.
Students are dismissed at 3:30 p.m.
This is subject to change in the upcoming school year depending on ISD #624 transportation schedules.
What are the hours for Kindergarten?
Kindergarten is an all day program. The hours are the same as for our other grades.
What grades does your school offer?
Magnuson currently is a K-7 school, and the 2012-2013 school year will see the addition of eighth grade.
What type of academic program do you offer?
We adopted the Houghton Mifflin Reading, Social Studies, and Math Curriculum. We use Concordia Publishing House Science and Bible curriculum. We also offer Spanish, Chinese (beginning in sixth grade), Music, Phy Ed., Chapel, Band (beginning in fourth grade), and Piano Lessons. All of these programs incorporate all of the standards that the state requires.
How many students are there in a class?
Our target number of students is 20 in a class. For the 2011-2012 school year, Kindergarten and First Grade also have teaching assistants for the core subjects.
Do the students wear uniforms?
Yes, students may wear the following:
Boys and Girls:
• Slacks: khaki or navy – plain
• Shorts: khaki or navy walking shorts – plain
• Shirts: navy or yellow long or short sleeve knit shirt with school monogram - no puffed sleeves or ruffles or decorations on collar
• Sweatshirt: navy with school monogram
• Sweaters: navy or yellow with school monogram
• Sweater Vest: navy or yellow with monogram
• White or yellow oxford shirt with monogram
• Khaki or navy skorts, skirts, or jumpers
• Plaid jumper
• Yellow or white Peter Pan collar blouse - no ruffles or other decorations
All clothing worn on the outside should have the MCS logo on the item. The exception is the jumper. Collars are to be worn under sweatshirts and sweaters.
Where can I purchase uniforms?
The source for our school uniforms is Donald's located at 972 Payne Avenue in St. Paul or you can purchase them online at www.donaldsuniform.com.
Do you have a lunch program?
Yes, hot lunch is offered 5 days a week. For students bringing in a bag lunch, milk only is also available each day.
What about transportation?
The White Bear Lake School District provides bus service to students residing within the White Bear Lake School District area.
Do you have before and after school care?
Yes, Magnuson has an Extended Day program that provides before and after school care. Extended Day is offered as Drop In Day Care. The school needs to be notified at least one day in advance to make sure there is room for Drop In children.
Do I have to have a special religious affiliation to have my child attend this school?
We are a Christian school that welcomes all people who would like to attend our school. We do require that all students partake of the Bible Curriculum and Chapel.
What if my child needs academic challenges or remedial help?
We meet students where they are and work with them at their level. We have retired teachers who volunteer to work with students in small groups or on an individual basis.