How is your school different from other area schools?
Located in Latrobe, PA, Christ the Divine Teacher School welcomes Preschool to 8th Grade students. Our Grammar School is comprised of Preschool through 5th Grade, while our Logic School is comprised of 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade. Research has shown that students benefit greatly from the strong foundation established over a ten-year Preschool through Eighth Grade experience. The single campus approach offers students the opportunity to grow in a known environment while families build strong bonds with staff and administration.
Our school opened in 1865. Beginning in 2016, the school adopted a Classical curriculum and is the only Classical academy in the area and in the Diocese of Greensburg. Check out the informational video on our website’s homepage to find out more about our program and our school.
How are students able to express their faith?
Religion is a major subject in the curriculum. School Masses take place each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. All students attend these Masses and act as lectors, altar servers, and musicians. Families are always invited to attend. Students also have the opportunity to visit our Adoration Chapel and there is a separate prayer room available for student and classroom use. The Virtues in Practice program is fully implemented into the religion curriculum.
What is the teaching staff like?
Our staff is comprised of veteran teachers with an average of 20 years of teaching experience. There are 9 full-time teachers and 6 part-time teachers. Including our teachers, support personnel, office staff, and administration, there are 22 staff members.
What is the average class size and how many students are there?
For the 2022-2023 school year, there are 206 students with an average class size of 17 students.
What time does school start/end?
The students begin arriving at 7:45 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 8:20 a.m. Dismissal is at 2:45 p.m. AN AFTERSCHOOL CARE PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE until 6:00 p.m. each day.
Are there any extracurricular activities?
Yes! We have a multitude of afterschool clubs which include Art, STREAM, Environmental, Theater Arts, Marble Madness, Fiber Arts, Keep Calm, Running Club, and Chess. PLUS, we have a very active CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) Sports program including Girls/Boys Basketball, Co-Ed Cross-Country, Girls Volleyball, and Soccer. We also have a wonderful Fine Arts program. Our music teacher Mrs. Lisa Thackrah is a member of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and an adjunct faculty member at Seton Hill University. Extracurricular music lessons begin in the 3rd Grade with violin. Other instrumental instruction becomes available beginning in 4th Grade.
Is it affordable?
Absolutely! Tuition assistance is available for qualifying families and we’re happy to walk you through the application process. In addition to available assistance, our school participates in the Raise Right program which allows families to purchase gift cards for routine items such as food and gas with a percentage of that purchase deducted from tuition. Program details are available at https://www.raiseright.com/.
How do I apply?
Applications may be completed online from a link on our school’s website. We also encourage students to shadow for a half or full day. Shadowing is a great way for our teachers to meet your child and for your child to experience our school in session.
We are not Catholic. Can my child attend?
Students of all faiths are welcome to attend our school.
Is busing available?
Yes, free busing is available from the following School Districts: Greensburg, Ligonier, Latrobe, Derry, Hempfield, Mount Pleasant and River Valley.
Will my child wear a uniform?
Yes, we have a uniform dress code.
What are the arrangements for lunch?
We have a cafeteria which provides hot, nutritious lunches prepared onsite daily.
Please feel free to get in touch with our Principal, Mrs. Teresa Tallarico, to ask questions or find out additional information.