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1335 High Street
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 521-0787
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February 23, 2015
Saint Philip Neri School is a very welcoming community with dedicated teachers and a strong commitment to educating the whole child. SPN is an active community with parents and families taking part in events like a family Ice Cream Social, Auction & Crab Feed, Fun Fair, as well as Winter and Spring Concerts. Principal Jessica Murray has a wonderful combination of business and scholastic experience and brings a wonderful attitude and great skill to leading our school. We have been with the school for 5 years and could not think of a better fit for our family and our children's needs for success.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
This is our third year at SPN with our daughter in second grade. What I really like is how the school goes beyond academics and puts a lot of focus into development. In addition to the new Transitional Kindergarten program, the K-8 students and parents are told upfront about the Student Learning Expectations (SLE's) - to be respectful, responsible, reverent and a life-long learner. There are school year themes, like Goals which get repeated and intertwined throughout the year. Sports start early in the private schools so not only is it nice to get the Kindergarteners out four times a week for Cross Country in the Fall and Track in the Spring, but it's is a great way to connect with other parents. The teacher ratio is about 15:1 which we really like in addition to a lot of modern technology, a wide array of extra curriculars like Spanish, Art, Music, Broadcasting, Debate, just to name a few. And the parents, let me tell you about the parents. I've never been around so many parents that are so generous with their time and talent. Because so many parents help out, it keeps the tuition low and the fun up. We couldn't be happier at SPN.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2014
We are relatively new to the school entering our 3rd year, are not members of the parish or even Catholic and have found a very welcoming community of parents, teachers and administrators. No school is perfect but SPN is doing all the right things. Our new principal who is starting her 2nd academic year with us is absolutely excellent and has been very proactive and bringing significant energy and renewal to the school. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the Oakland Diocese, due in part to the active parent community volunteering, our test scores are some of the highest, SPN sent several students to the countywide science fair last year and they did very well a few receiving top honors. So if a small welcoming open minded school community, with parents, teachers and administrators who really care about the kids and their success sounds right for your family, then do give SPN a look it may just be the perfect fit for your family!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
Love the new principal! She seems able and willing to celebrate the great aspects of the school and creatively, but directly address improvement areas; we all have them, & schools are no different. Always a good, solid school - now moving toward excellence.

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2013
A wonderful school with a warm and welcoming community. We have a fourth grader and kindergartner and could not be more pleased. The teachers and staff are professional and committed to the students. A community gem with rigorous academics and strong spirituality right here on the island! The new principal has a clear vision and collaborative style.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
SPN's small, close-knit community is ideal for our middle school children. The academics are challenging and we are pleased this past year the school tested academic progress using ITBS Common Core standards. We are glad we moved our children out of the 900+ API score neighborhood AUSD school to attend its not just numbers. When we began our search for a better learning environment we considered the charter schools on the West End of the island and found SPN offered more areas of academic growth and opportunities for community service. We know firsthand SPN infuses beliefs, values and standards that our children will carry all their lives.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
St. Philip Neri School has provided a great experience for my children. The principal is wonderful. She takes the time to get to know all the students. One of my kids was excited that she knew who Sofia the First was. We have heard all the gossip, but it is not based on facts. The teachers always give extra time to help my children out and are available. Last year I did not appreciate being approached by faculty (don't worry they are no longer there) to say how the principal was holding them accountable. People complain about mandatory $2,000.00 script, my nephew's school is required to have $5,000.00! HELLO it benefits our children directly. Honesty, if you are not happy leave our community. We will miss the current principal and understand she is leaving to be with her 7month old son. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. I apologize for those board housewives of Alameda. They are the ones who have done the damage to themselves and now are deciding to post here without a name. SPN is a great community and I will continue to support the administration, teachers, staff and kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2012
No matter how hard we tried to get them to show us some indication of test scores they refused and would only claim that their scores were only just good, but very good. I guess we were suckers because after trying this school for a year we had to bail. Academics are absolutely horrendous. It appears the teachers don t even actually have to be credentialed, which probably explains why they were bringing in tutors for the teachers just to get the teachers competent in basic elementary school math and science concepts. After having spent a miserable year here we also got the impression that at one point this may have been a slightly better school but it is not widely recognized by nearly half of the families there as an underperforming school that they can t wait to follow suit like us and leave. If for some reason you are seriously considering this school, don t let them give you the run around and instead insist that like any other school in town you be shown the schools overall average scores so that you truly understand where things sit.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2012
My son is a Kindergartener at SPN this year and is very happy in his class. Despite my worries that starting Kindergarten would be a difficult transition for him, there have been NO issues. He felt comfortable from day one. I believe a big reason for this is that the Kindergarteners have their own classroom and playground away from the bigger kids on the main campus, combined with the high level of adult supervision both during school hours and during after care as well. My son likes it when very clear expectations are set so he knows what he is supposed to do, and his teacher delivers in this area. He is quickly becoming a confident reader - the language arts instructional approach is working for him without question. The homework load is very reasonable, only 5-10 minutes per night, 3 night each week. I am not a big fan of homework for young learners, but I like the aspect of discipline it instills, and bringing school learning into the home. There was one issue early on in the year that prompted me to contact his teacher with a serious concern, and she acted immediately and appropriately, and alerting other staff members. I have no regrets about choosing this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
St. Philip Neri is a wonderful school full of dedicated faculty and staff who care very much for the well being of their students. I have personally seen the wonderful relationship that the students have with each other and those who teach them. Every child is treated with the up most respect and is given individual attention. St Philip Neri provides an education that serves the whole child, academically and emotionally. Great School! Great Teachers! Great Leadership! Great Experiences!!!

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2012
We are the parents of two students and are in our fifth year at the school after starting out in the public school system. We could not be more pleased with our decision. Most important to us is the joy of watching our kids develop into the type of good people we want to send off into the world. In addition to meeting their education requirements, our kids recognize the importance of looking out for the younger students just as the older students look out for them. They know they are part of a bigger family. It is great to think they will have this support network through middle school. The school says that Respect, Responsibility and Reverence are every bit as important in developing a whole child as are the other 3 R's. It's definitely working for us and our kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
The school has recently experienced a tremendous in decline in the caliber of its faculty, strength in curriculum, transparency, and engagement of community. It's heartbreaking to see a great school go through this painful downgrade.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2012
This school just seems to exists in its own little world and abides by its own rules rather than the norm. My child was bullied, yet nothing satisfactory was really done about it by the school. On the contrary, they made it seem like it was my child's fault and somehow asked for it. This opinion from the staff - the very people who were supposed to protect him! This school also doesn't welcome gifted children. Teachers discourage uniqueness, individuality, and creativity. Instead, they promote uniformity. If you express a different opinion or try to defend yourself when accused erroneously, you are targeted. That's what happened to my child.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
This is the worst school we have ever dealt with -- that includes public and other private schools! Its curriculum is atrocious! It focuses more on the minor things like how many books you read, rather than the big things like effort, participation, test scores, and class/homework. It also operates more like a business rather than a good, caring school. To think that we had to pay for our child's education there! What a waste of money!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2010
SPN has a very high-quality middle school program that gets every student ready to do his or her best in high school. Math classes are split between two teachers so the ratio is about 15:1. The science program is outstanding with interesting lab work, relevant field trips and the most capable of teachers - former students visit from their high schools just to keep in touch with their SPN science teacher. Language Arts class is taught by an engaging and thoroughly competent teacher who knows how to get the students to write, write, write without making it burdensome. We are very pleased with the PE, electives, social studies and religion classes. This success is driven by the principal, who is very focused on learning excellence! She makes outstanding personnel choices and keeps morale high. Way to go SPN.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
Hi I was a student here for four years and it a ok school for me I mean I had some bad teachers and a few good ones this school can somewhat harsh towards students with more needs then others but some teachers are more opened minded then others but I had trouble with others but I found it to be a ok setting

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2009
We have one child currently attending SPN and Ihave another entering this Fall. This is an amazing school that is only getting better. The principal is awesome, forward-thinking, unafraid to stand behind the rules and stand-up to parents of kids who break those rules. The school community is passionate about the school and very supportive. Kids can participate in Track and Field starting in Kindergarten. Good academics AND choir, band, sports etc. A great gauge of the school's caliber is in the attitude and manners in the Jr.High. Just visit the school and see for yourself. It's the best bang for the buck for private school. It's the best choice if you're trying to avoid the large Alameda middle schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2008
My daughter has been at SPN for 3 years now, and loves it. I looked at several private schools in Alameda due to the unacceptable state of our public schools, and determined that SPN was the best choice for our daughter in academics, safety and community. In addition, the new principal has brought in new ideas, new teachers, and new curriculum, including upper grade electives; all of which has energized the school and faculty, as well as the students and parents. I know that each year, my daughter will have a great teacher who loves to teach and is effective and engaging. If you are looking for a challenging, faith based curriculum with caring and involved faculty, staff and parents, I highly suggest that you give SPN a look. It just might surprise you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2008
St. Philip's has a very strong academics, fun and open sports program, excellent leadership from the principal, active parents and creative, dedicated teachers. A stable, Roman Catholic school. SPN has, and deserves, its excellent reputation in the community.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2008
I was disappointed in my child's experience. The emphasis seems to be a win at all costs attitude perpetuated by parents and therefore the kids reflect the same attitude. I thought we were getting Christian Values but somewhere those teachings are falling flat.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
I am sorry to say that my experience at St. Phillip Neri was not one that benefited me in many ways at all. I actually found it to be somewhat of an individual-crushing, soul-compacting machine. I myself, am a very creative, intellectual person with a few eccentricities that I am in no way ashamed of. The majority of the staff at St. Phillip Neri seemed to have one purpose for me, unfortunately; to mold me into a 'socially acceptable' child of society. Of course, though St. Phillip Neri is not for everyone; some children would do alright, it all has to do with his/her personality. However, I would also like to inform you that in my opinion, St. Phillip Neri is way behind in academics, especially for 'gifted' children. I urge you to look into this school to see if it would fit your son/daughter's needs before just sending him/her there blindly.

- submitted by a former student
September 13, 2004
I like the safety and small school atmosphere of this school. The curriculum needs updating and more oversight to make sure the teachers are actually teaching what is mandated.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2004
Saint Philip Neri School is the best choice for education in Alameda! The teachers are totally committed to the ministry of teaching and the academic level is challenging and of the highest quality. SPN is a learning place with vision and values!

- submitted by a community member
no rating December 03, 2003
This is an outstanding school. The teachers and staff are excellent teaching academics, religion and life skills. My son is engaged and challenged but he is also nurtured. He has an opportunity to participate in many extra curricular activities such as sports, music, art, spanish, to name a few. The after school care is excellent and always available.What I like best about this school is the family atmosphere. Parents are committed to the school and help in class, with events and special programs. Older students mix with younger students in faith families. Students learn to care for each other.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2003
I have two children that attend Saint Philip Neri Catholic Elementary School. It has absolutely been the best school that I have ever been associated with! The school is small enough to give it a warm family feel. Most children know and socialize with children in other grades. Our children receive most everything public schools have to offer, plus a great religious education. Saint Philip Neri is large enough to offer their own athletic, scout , media & computer programs and yet small enough to be personable. I would without hesitation recommend this school to anyone looking for a great school and close parish family.

- submitted by a parent

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St. Philip Neri Elementary School
1335 High Street, Alameda, CA  94501
(510) 521-0787
Last modified St. Philip Neri Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Philip Neri Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top