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Frequently Asked Questions


We have tried to include the questions that we get asked a lot.  If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Do you have to be Catholic to send your children to Bishop Flaget?

Absolutely not. Bishop Flaget is open to all students regardless of faith. In fact, we are about 15% non-Catholic. We encourage all who desire a high quality, faith-based education for their children to take the opportunity to learn more about our school.


What do your students do after they graduate from the 8th grade since you do not have a high school?

Our 8th grade graduates continue onto one of the area high schools or Fisher Catholic High School in Lancaster. The majority of our 8th grade students finish up at Chillicothe High School; however, it often depends on what district they live in as to where they attend high school. Our students excel at all the area high schools and often graduate in the top 10% of their class. Bishop Flaget students report that they are more than prepared for high school and that they consider their transitions to be very easy.

In 2023-2024, 100% of our Bishop Flaget graduates made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll. Three of our graduates are in the top 10 at Chillicothe High School.

The best news is that we are planning a high school expansion, and we hope to welcome our first 9th grade class in the fall of 2025!!!  Stay tuned!


Is there financial assistance available to non-Catholic students?

YES! We have scholarships based on need for our non-Catholic families. You can apply for tuition assistance at  Please contact Mrs. Corcoran so that she can be looking for your application.  About 99% of our families receive some form of tuition assistance.  We are also an EdChoice provider, so all families are eligible for a state scholarship between $650-$6165. These scholarships are based on the school district in which you live and/or family income. See our Tuition Assistance page for more information.


Do you have a payment plan?

We have several payment plans that make tuition payments easier. Most families choose the monthly payment plan which spreads your tuition payments over 10 months: July-April. Other options include quarterly, semi-annually, or one lump sum payment. Those who pay tuition in full by August 15th entitled to a $100 per child discount. For info, click here.


What does it mean to "have a religious education"?

As a school in the Diocese of Columbus, our students have a religion curriculum that is prescribed. Each day, there are 40 minutes of specific religion instruction. Within this instruction, students are involved in Mass, service projects, scripture study, and building an understanding of their role in God's universe. Students of all faith traditions are able to participate in various activities and encouraged to share their faith journeys as the Catholic students gain a deeper understanding of their faith. In addition to the dedicated religion class, students are immersed in an atmosphere which embraces faith, moral development, and love of God. Students are encouraged to live their lives as God intended, remembering their innate dignity as human beings and the importance of treating others with the dignity of a child of God. If you are interested in the specific learning standards for students, click here.


Do Bishop Flaget students take standardized tests?

Bishop Flaget students take the Renaissance STAR tests for progress monitoring. These short online tests allow us to monitor student progress to make sure that our students are growing MORE than a year in a year.  Students who receive any of the state scholarships, EdChoice or Jon Peterson, are also required to take the Third Grade Reading Guarantee Test and the state science tests in 5th and 8th grade. (We use the STAR Third Grade Reading Alternative Assessment in place of the state assessment.) Our 8th grade Algebra students have to take the Ohio end of course exam since they are receiving high school credit for the course.


How is tuition determined at Bishop Flaget?

Bishop Flaget School uses a cost-based tuition model to set tuition. The tuition rate is based on the cost of attendance for each child and then there are various grants which are available to families: parish subsidy (members of the Chillicothe Catholic Consortium), Level 2 Active Family Grant (30 hours of volunteer service), local tuition assistance, state scholarships, and other named scholarships. Most local tuition assistance comes from the Emmaus Road Scholarship Fund. To be eligible, families must apply by March 15th of the preceding school year.


What are some additional educational options offered to BFS students?

Students at Bishop Flaget have the opportunities for additional instruction through Title I program tutors, speech tutoring, foreign language instruction (grade 8), art/music education, band, individual music instruction, a stellar physical education program, and service learning programs.  We are also a designated STEM school which indicates that our students receive an education which is rigorous, hands on, and focused on 21st century skills.


Is Bishop Flaget accredited?

Bishop Flaget is fully recognized by the state of Ohio and accredited through the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association (OCSAA).  Accreditation is an on-going process and is not something that is achieved and forgotten.  Bishop Flaget renews its accreditation every 6 years by participating in a self-study process and an evaluative survey of the school programs and goals.  We received our most recent accreditation in 2024 and will be developing our next improvement plan starting in 2025.  It is our goal to never be content to meet standards.  We believe that it is important to meet and exceed all standards and opportunities given to us.


Is transportation offered to BFS students?

All schools within a 30 minute drive of Bishop Flaget School are required to offer transportation services or provide payment in lieu of transportation to the parents.  We currently have buses from Zane Trace, Southeastern, and Chillicothe. Unioto, Adena, and Huntington provide payment in lieu of transportation to families. If you are in need of busing for your children, please contact Mrs. Corcoran and she will instruct you on who to contact for these services.

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