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St. Vincent de Paul Dual Language Immersion
Catholic school

As a parent, you realize that your chosen school environment will play a key role in shaping your child's identity, and you want to get it right. Many Catholic families want their children to grow up with a clear understanding of their faith, a unique place in the world, and a sense of belonging.
At St. Vincent de Paul Dual Language Immersion Catholic School, students benefit from a dynamic Catholic and secular education integrating innovative, hands-on learning opportunities. Our community's welcoming and supportive culture provides students with an engaging academic and social-emotional foundation and a strong understanding of their Christian identity, preparing them for success in middle school and beyond.
Maximizing Each Child's Potential
At SVDP, we've designed a student experience and environment that fosters a love of learning, an insatiable curiosity, and a desire to creatively problem solve. Students in preschool through fifth grade can better engage with a challenging bilingual curriculum as they learn by doing, all while improving their critical thinking skills, collaboration, communication, and empathy. Student confidence is strengthened while interests are explored through leadership roles in community service projects and Student Ambassadors. 

Catholic Life and Learning
Catholic life at SVDP allows students to explore their faith, values, and traditions as they develop their personal Christian identity. Spanish and Catholic studies classes begin in preschool and continue through fifth grade. Rituals and traditions such as Prayers, Daily Mass, and Sacraments, as well as holiday celebrations and corporal and spiritual works of mercy in helping others, are incorporated into the student experience. 

Get to Know the SVDP Community
Our faculty and staff are dedicated to their students and their mastery and comprehension of content. As lifelong learners themselves, SVDP educators are always researching and adjusting curricula. Our Administrative Team leads SVDP in its day-to-day operations as well as works toward achieving long-term goals. The members of our Board of Directors are stewards of our mission and values and the school's financial and overall well-being.

How We Partner with Families
Parents want to know how their child is doing and what their child is doing. SVDP families enjoy a strong relationship with the school through open, consistent communication, ensuring parents are always in the know. If you're an SVDP parent and you're interested in dedicating your time and talents to the school, please consider joining Madrinas/Padrinos, our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Madrinas/Padrinos connects parents, teachers, administrators, and staff, by building community and supporting the school. From helping coordinate parent and family social programming, service projects, Catholic holiday events, or staff appreciation gifts, Madrinas/Padrinas plays an important role in our community.

Where to Find Us
Our campus is part of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Salem, Oregon. Our partnership with our parish church means SVDP students have a place to engage in before and after school prayer. 

* SVDP has one classroom for each grade level from Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. We have one Preschool classroom that begins at age 3.
* Student enrollment at SVDP is currently at 100 students. SVDP is the only Dual Language Immersion Catholic language school in the Archdiocese of Portland.
* The average class size is 15-20 students. It is 20 students per Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten class.
* 90% of our student body is Catholic; 10% is not Catholic.

* SVDP teachers hold credentials in ESOL and Dual Language Education and are licensed by the state of Oregon Teacher's Standards and Practices Commission. 
* Several teachers also hold advanced degrees and special endorsements.
* Several teachers are Google Certified Educators.

SVDP has always had a strong parent volunteer program, and we work in close partnership with our families. At SVDP, each family agrees to complete 20-40 hours of volunteer service per school year. Parent volunteers will generously give more than 12,000 volunteer hours this year to enrich their student's education.

School Operations
* School hours for grades PreSchool - 5th-grade are 8:05 am - 3:05 pm (Half-Day PreSchool releases at 11:10 am).
* Wednesday is SVDP's Early Release Day. Dismissal for PreSchool - 5th grade is 2:05 pm. 
* Extended Care is available after school until 4:05 pm.
* Starting the 2023/2024 school year, SVDP will offer a daily hot lunch cafeteria program to all students.
* SVDP is a parish school.
* SVDP receives Title I funds to assist students needing additional reading and math help.
* SVDP receives Title III funds to assist Emergent Bilinguals needing additional academic support.

Where Your Child Spends 
6,120 Hours

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