After pre-admission testing and an interview with the principal, a student may be admitted to HCE, provided there is space in that grade. Class size for grades K through 8 is capped at 25 students. Pre-K will have a smaller number of students.
There are special requirements for students entering Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade. In addition to the general admission requirements, a student wishing to enter Pre-K must be 4 years old on or before September 1st; a Kindergarten student must be 5 years of age on or before September 1st; and a 1st Grade student must be 6 years old by September 1st.
The tuition rate for the 2023 - 2024 School Year is as follows:
Catholic Rate, Grades K - 8 $6,000
All tuition is non-refundable.
Harrisburg Catholic Elementary has been approved for the Community Eligibility Provision for all HCE students. This means that HCE students qualify for free breakfast and lunch each school day. There is no charge to HCE families. We encourage students to take full advantage of this program. Help your child start the day on a positive note by enjoying a healthy breakfast, then a balanced lunch. Additional cartons of milk cost 25 cents.
Please go to the Downloads page and click on the breakfast and lunch menus.
Before and After Care is offered on a limited basis. All students who will be participating in the Before or After Care Program must be registered prior to using this service. The registration fee is $10 per family (not per child); this fee must accompany the registration form. Before Care costs $3 per day per child . Before Care hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. After Care costs $12 per day, per child. After Care hours are 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students in After Care will receive a healthy snack. They will have time allotted to work on homework, as well as free time to play games, enjoy arts and crafts, etc. Please go to the Downloads page to read the Before and After Care Handbook, as well as download the Before and After Care Registration form.
Please remember that our fundraising events help keep tuition low. Your participation in our fundraisers is essential.
HCE has several special fundraisers throughout the year, including sub/pretzel sandwich sales, annual appeal, pancake breakfasts, citrus sale, Run 4 Fun, Apple Giving Tree. In addition, we have several ongoing programs that run year-round which help with costs overall. These programs include...
Box Tops for Education
Please clip Box Tops from products including General Mills cereals, Avery office products, Betty Crocker, Kleenex, Hefty and so many more.
Thank you for your help with each of these fundraisers!
Absenteeism and Lateness If a child is absent, a parent/guardian must call the school by 8:00 a.m. to inform the appropriate office staff that the child will not be in school that day. If the absence is not reported by 8:30, school staff will attempt to contact parents/guardians or the emergency contact. Upon his/her return to school, the student must have a note signed by a parent stating the date(s) and reason for the child's absence. If a student is absent 3 or more consecutive days, a doctor's note is required for the child to return to school. If a student is expecting to be out of school for more than a week, a parent or guardian must contact the principal. Any student who arrives after the start of school is considered late and therefore, must be signed in by a parent/guardian and given a late pass to enter their homeroom. Parents are NOT permitted to simply drop their child at the school entrance if the child is late.