Zero tolerance policy, and equally important, the boys are accountable to ensure that no bullying exists. The command structure among the students are built to sniff out and discipline bullying. As an officer, my son regularly intervenes when he hears insensitivity that's not necessarily "bullying", but can be described as mean - whether misogynistic jokes or name calling.
Because classes are small and teachers are flexible, advanced students have the opportunity to take higher level math early. My son is only 12 and already taking geometry. Similarly, his friends who are good piano players are given more challenging pieces to master.
I drive from Huntington Beach to Anaheim just so my son could attend the final two years (7th/8th) at SCA - it was worth it to watch him transform into a responsible, respectful and mature leader. My son was distracted, entitled, immature, complacent and irresponsible prior to SCA. He now looks forward to community volunteering with his friends and mentors younger boys in school. This school is the ultimate gift for your son, because he will be equipped for life. I wish I enrolled him earlier. After 100 years SCA has clearly perfected the art of teaching boys. It's not about academics at this age, it's about creating character that will define their future as men.
The other five star reviews are correct. All of the staff and personnel at this school are dedicated and caring. St. Catherine's Academy offers their students opportunities that they cannot get at other schools in terms of early language classes such as Spanish lessons in the fourth grade, music lessons, and other extra curricular activities. They have small class sizes, which helps with a student who struggles academically.
If you are at all considering putting your son in this school, DO NOT HESITATE! You will not find another school that will dedicate time, compassion and overall genuine caring for your child. I love the small class sizes and individual attention giving to my son. Every child is held accountable and truly taught how to be responsible. The military instruction they receive is age appropriate so don't let that scare you off. I truly wish they went through high school because I would most definitely send my boy there!
I have been involved in teaching and educational administration, for the past 30+ years and out of all the schools I personally attended, or taught at, St. Catherine's is easily, without any qualification or reservation, one of the very finest schools on the West Coast for elementary education. The biggest mistake we made with our son is that we did not enroll him at this school from day 1. It is an absolutely incredible place to send you child. A parent could not ask for anything more. The administrator, Sister Johnellen is a tremendous woman, and the faculty/staff are also absolutely stellar. If you have a boy and want to provide for him an exceptional education St. Catherine's is the ONLY school to have him attend. One a scale of one to ten ---with ten being the top highest mark - I would give the school a 20. Its completely off the scale. The Catholic Diocese for Orange County should be EXTREMELY PROUD of Saint Catherines. I feel most fortunate my son was able to attend this school.