St. Mary's Dominican High School

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a typical day at Dominican like?
How is lunch served in the cafeteria?
Does Dominican provide transportation?
What parking and security does Dominican offer?
How late can I pick up my daughter?
In the past few years, where have Dominican students gone to college?
What about her locker?
How much are text books?
Do students have the opportunity to sell books back?
Does Dominican award scholarships?
Describe your work/study program.
Are athletic scholarships offered?
Explain athletic eligibility requirements.
How are students placed into Honors and Advanced Placement classes?

What is a typical day at Dominican like?
Classes begin each day at 7:40 a.m. The students’ dismissal bell rings daily at 3:05 p.m., followed by a conference period, which ends at 3:15 p.m., allowing students daily opportunities to meet with faculty for questioning, review, and consultation. The school day is based on a rotating/drop class schedule among seven classes, with six class periods held daily, each 56 minutes in duration. Special schedules allow for school Masses, Liturgies and assemblies, or for meetings.

How is lunch served in the cafeteria?
Dominican’s cafeteria is under the management of Sage Dining Services. Hot lunches, served everyday, include “Chef’s Specials” such as red beans and rice, Southern chicken, and spaghetti and meatballs. Other favorites include the chicken sandwich, french fries, and crispitos. A complete salad bar, as well as bagels, yogurt, cereals, breakfast bars, muffins, fresh fruit, and juice is available. During exams, breakfast is offered, including bacon, eggs, grits, and biscuits. Students may also bring their own lunches. Microwaves and vending machines are available for student use. Dominican does not participate in the federally-funded school lunch program.

Does Dominican provide transportation?
Dominican High School does not offer bus service. Students come from all over the metropolitan area with 55 zip codes represented. The majority of Dominican students travel to and from school in car pools. Zip code lists for the different areas of the city are provided at the beginning of the school year to new parents to assist in making travel arrangements.

What parking and security does Dominican offer?
For security and convenience, a fully enclosed student/faculty parking lot is located at the rear of the campus. Security guards are on duty throughout the school day, from 6:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and at all major school functions. The campus is fully enclosed, and all visitors are required to enter the Walmsley Avenue front entrance to receive a visitor’s pass.

How late can I pick up my daughter?
Unless she is involved in an after school activity, she must be picked up by 4:30 p.m. During exam week, she must be picked up by 1:00 p.m.

In the past few years, where have Dominican students gone to college?
St. Mary’s Dominican High School students have been accepted by all Louisiana colleges and universities and have attended¬†numerous out-of-state colleges and universities in the past few years. ¬†Click here to view a listing of out of state colleges and universities attended by DHS students.

What about her locker?
Each student is assigned one locker and padlock in St. Mary’s Hall and one in the O’Farrell Student Complex for physical education. Students are allowed to go to their lockers before and after school, before and after lunch, and during a ten-minute locker break in the morning.

How much are text books?
Some text books are loaned to the students for the academic year. All other text books and paperbacks must be purchased through an online text book company. All books ordered are then shipped directly to the student.

Do students have the opportunity to sell books back?
Yes. The online text book company will notify the student in the spring which of her books are eligible for buy back.

Describe your work/study program.
Dominican does not grant full tuition waivers. However, those in financial need may apply for partial tuition reduction through Smart Tuition Aid. Applications for these reductions are available after acceptance and are reviewed in mid-April. Work/study grants are based solely on financial need, and reductions apply to tuition only. All fees must be paid in full.

Does Dominican award scholarships?
Several academic scholarships are awarded each year to incoming students demonstrating academic excellence. The criteria used to determine scholarship recipients include elementary school grades, standardized test scores, conduct and effort grades, and DHS High School Placement test scores. There is no application process for academic scholarships. All students who are accepted to Dominican are considered. Recipients are notified by the President of Dominican High School in late April or early May.

Are athletic scholarships offered?
Dominican High School supports the policies of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. In doing so, Dominican High School may not promise or offer athletic scholarships of any kind. Violations may result in loss of eligibility for the student, coach and/or school.

Explain athletic eligibility requirements.
As an 8th grader, team sports are played at the junior high level only. As a freshman, we follow the guidelines set forth by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. For questions or information, please call the Athletic Office at 504-865-9401, ext. 4140.

How are students placed into Honors and Advanced Placement classes?
Placement in Honors and Advanced Placement classes is based on teacher recommendations, grades, previous placement in honors classes, and standardized test scores.

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