Frequently Asked Questions

Each year the Office of Admissions is asked questions about everything from the size of sheets to purchase for student beds to the shipping address for care packages. 

It is our hope that the following information should be helpful both to new and returning students and their families as they make plans for the start of the 2019-20 school year at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School (SSM). If you have a question you do not see addressed below, please contact the Admissions Office (507-333-1618).

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  • What are some important dates for 2019-20?

    Fall Family Weekend: October 18-20, 2019
    Fall Break: November 21 - December 2, 2019 (Dorms close at 4:00pm through December 2 at 8:00am)
    Winter Break: December 20, 2019-January 6, 2020 (Dorms close at 4:00pm through January 6 at 8:00am)
    Winter Family Weekend: January 31 - February 2, 2020
    Spring Break: February 21-March 9, 2020 (Dorms close at 4:00pm through March 9 at 8:00am)
    Middle School Closes: May 15, 2020
    Closing Chapel and Commencement: May 22, 2020

     Academic Calendar for 2019-2020:

  • Do students have to leave campus during breaks?

    All students, including International students, will need to make arrangements to leave campus during all three school breaks. International families may contact Mr. Andrew Garlinski ’98, Director of International Recruitment and Dean of International Students if you need any other information. SSM coordinates and provides shuttles to travel between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), the closest commercial airport, approximately one hour from campus. Any communications or questions about student travel throughout the year should be directed to the through email to [email protected]

  • What is Registration

    Once you have signed your contract and made your deposit, it is time to complete your registration forms. The link to complete the Health and General Permissions Registration Forms through FormStack will be emailed to one parent’s email address. The email comes from SSM Forms with the email address [email protected]

    Registration will begin on Tuesday, August 26 for all new incoming students. Registration will take place from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm. During registration, students will receive their course schedule, meet with staff and faculty, and receive room assignments and keys. 


  • When does a student find out about a class schedule?

    Returning students make class selections each spring for the next school year. Schedules for returning students will be available to view in PowerSchool by early August. Returning students in grades 10-12 and post graduate students should contact the Registrar at [email protected] and returning students in grade 6-9 should contact the Director of the Middle School to ask any questions or request changes to schedules before Registration on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

    Families of new students will be contacted via e-mail during the summer once enrollment is finalized to make class selections. Class schedules will be provided to new students at Registration on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Department Chairs will be available at Registration for anyone with questions about classes, and changes can be made to schedules at that time if necessary.

  • What is the schedule for Registration Week?


    Monday, August 26……………………………………………………………..New International Students Arrive

    Tuesday, August 27……………………New Domestic Students Arrive, Registration: All New Students

    Wednesday, August 28…………All Returning Students Arrive, Registration: All Returning Students 

    Wednesday, August 28……………………………………………………Opening Chapel (Parents Welcome) Thursday, August 29 - Sunday, September……………………………………………….Orientation Activities

    (Parents expected to depart campus)

    Monday, September 2 ………………………………………….Fall Term Classes begin


  • When will students find out about dorm and roommate assignments?

    Students will find out about dormitory and roommate assignments after they arrive on campus for registration. New students are assigned a roommate. Returning students are given an opportunity to indicate preferred roommates and/or room assignments in the spring.

  • What is the School Dress Code?

    All students must wear the school uniform starting the first day of classes on Monday, September 2, 2019. Students do not need to wear dress code attire when they first arrive on campus or to attend any registration activities.Students are expected to be in dress code during the whole academic day. We suggest five shirts, one for every class day in a week. Students will most likely only do laundry once per week. If a student is using the laundry service, we suggest 8-10 since one set will be at the launderer, leaving the other set available for use. For pants/skirts/shorts, students should have at least one for every two days of school, and the number of pants/shorts/skirts obtained will be determined by how often the student does laundry. Students should ensure they have enough uniform items to be wearing clean, unwrinkled uniform items in good repair during each school day.

  • How should mail be addressed for students?

    When using the US Postal Service  (i.e. mail)

    Student name
    Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
    PO Box 218
    Faribault, MN  55021

    When using UPS, FedEx, DHL, SpeeDee Delivery

    Student name
    Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
    1000 Shumway Avenue
    Faribault, MN  55021

    For girls living at St. Mary’s, UPS and FedEx packages can be sent to:

    Student name
    St. Mary’s Hall
    300 NE 5th Street
    Faribault, MN  55021

  • How does a student send a package?

    Boxes and mailers are available in the School Store. The store can ship most anything anywhere.

  • Is there a shuttle van to transport day students living in the Twin Cities to SSM?

    SSM provides a shuttle van and driver to transport SSM students from two meeting locations in the Twin Cities to and from SSM on school days. The morning pick-up location is 35W & 98th Street in Bloomington at 6:40 am and Hwy 70 Exit 81 in Lakeville at 7:00 am. Evening departure times are determined by students’ afterschool academic and extracurricular commitments and a schedule is sent out weekly. Riders can expect to depart between 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

    Riders are expected to commit to using the shuttle van service for the entire school year. Fees for use of the shuttle van service are billed monthly to the student incidental account. Please contact [email protected] with any further questions or if you want to discuss the shuttle van service.