Dear Catholic School Families-

Governor Jim Justice has extended his emergency declaration order closing schools up to September 8, 2020, and our Catholic schools are required to obey his emergency order, even though we are prepared to open in the traditional teachers-and-students-in-the-classroom mode following State and public health guidance.

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Catholic schools remain committed to providing quality Catholic school education while working with local and state health officials to provide the safest possible learning environment for our students, staff and administrators.

We know this raises a multitude of questions, which we will spend the up-coming days working through to develop answers for you. 


Mary Ann Deschaine, Ed.S.


Financial Aid


For the 27th consecutive year, the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is striving to keep Catholic school education affordable for Catholic families who desire it for their children but may need some financial assistance to make that dream a reality. Thanks to the ongoing and genuine commitment of the Catholic schools in our Diocese, funds have once again been allocated for distribution to Catholic families in need of financial assistance.

Applying for TAP through FACTS is easy and affordable.  You are encouraged to apply if your child is already enrolled or has been accepted by one of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston for the 2018-2019 school year.

Who is eligible?         Any Catholic student accepted for the 2018-2019 school year in any Diocesan Catholic school (PK- grade 12) and who belong to a parish included on the drop-down list on the application is eligible.  Determinations are based upon a family’s degree of need relative to all other applicants.

How do I apply?        Applications are online. Go to and log in, or create a new account if you are a new user.

Cost?                             The application fee is $30.  The Diocese will pay $15.00 and families pay the other $15.00.

Grants:                         Diocesan grants for families who have completed their applications and show financial need will receive up to 50% of the child’s tuition.

Phase I:                         Deadline is April 30, 2018

In order to receive notification in late May, applications (including all required documentation and payment of the fee) are to be received by FACTS by April 30, 2018 Phase I is intended for families with children currently enrolled or already accepted for the 2018-2019 school year in any Diocesan Catholic school.

Phase II:                       Deadline is August 15, 2018

In order to receive notification in late August, all applications for 2018-2019 (including all required documentation and payment of the fee) MUST be RECEIVED by FACTS no later than August 15, 2018.  This is a firm deadline. Phase II is intended for families new to the school or who have had a life-changing event (birth, death, loss of job) occur. If an application was submitted during Phase I, please contact the school – DO NOT submit a second application.

Note 1:                 No assistance will be available from the Diocese or from any school unless:

  • an application is completed in full (ALL questions answered) and submitted
  • all required documentation is provided, AND
  • the family portion ($15.00) of the application fee is paid by the deadline.

Note 2:                  ONLY ONE APPLICATION PER FAMILY should be submitted per school year. If you made an error or had a life event change, please do NOT submit a second application. Contact your school representative and your application can be updated by FACTS.

Questions?         If you have questions, please contact the St. Mary’s office at 304-622-9831.


St. Mary's Catholic Grade School ©
107 East Pike Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Tel.: 304-622-9831