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St. Dominic

Private | K-8 | 310 students


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Posted August 6, 2014

I also disagree with the post written on 11/6/2013. St. Dominic's is a fabulous school. My child just finished 4th grade this year and we have nothing but wonderful things to say about the teacher. She is loving, full of faith, and very nurturing. I hope my child has many more teachers like her in the future. We are sad to leave her!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 19, 2014

I am going to have to respectfully disagree with the review posted 11/6/13. I have had four kids at St. Dominic's and all of them have loved it. One of my kids had the new fourth grade teacher her first year teaching and we all think she is absolutely wonderful! The fifth grade teacher is great as well. The students are expected to step up and take on more personal responsibility as they progress in years and that can be frustrating for kids and parents. Additionally, academic grades often drop a little when students get into higher grade levels because the work IS tougher and the students are having to learn more independence and responsibility. The class sizes ARE large, but the teachers & aids have control of them -- class size means nothing, I've witnessed the lack of control in public school classrooms with 20 kids in them; the public school teachers have less recourse to deal with problem kids, it's as simple as that. The priests ALL make a concerted effort to get to know the kids and are very approachable, my kids enjoy talking to them. There isn't a school in the world that will have universal popularity among students and parents, but St. Dominic's comes close.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 6, 2013 never see the principal...she hides in her office...doesn't return emails. No focus on reading in Kindergarten...1st grade teachers ok...2nd grade has the best...3rd grade is teacher in 4th is awful and so is the aide. 5th grade...just as bad as fourth. So, yes it starts out good....then just will see.
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Posted October 20, 2013

This is my first year at St. Dominc school and so far I am very pleased with the school. The teachers and principal are great.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 27, 2013

We love this school. Everyone is like family. My son loves all the teachers and his friends. From day one everyone from staff to parents have made us feel welcomed.
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Posted September 26, 2013

Fantastic school! Son loves the teachers and the overall feel of the school. I would recommend this school to anyone!
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Posted September 24, 2013

Our daughter started Kindergarten last month and for the first couple of weeks she cryed. The teacher mrs vicki willard as well as her aide made my daughter relax and shortly after that stopped crying. Our son graduated from St Dominic's in 2000 and enjoyed it very much. He learned alot about values and morals and met very many great other students that till this day remain friends. St Dominics is more of a family than just a school that or children go to daily from 8 to 3.The teachers our son had were great and he learned alot from them. There are still a few of them there and I hope our daughter feels the same about her upcoming teachers. She thinks mrs willard is wonderful. "She plays cool music" Chloe says. She enjoys music, spanish, and recess. She also enjoys going to Mass on First Fridays with her 8th grader. I love the way on Mondays chloe gets homework for the whole week and it all is due on Friday. That way if you have plans one night she could do 2 nights worth prior. Has already been to 1 birthday party with the whole class another one this weekend. 1 family is planning a movie night on a friday evening for the class. similar family dynamics as ours. Love SDS
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Posted September 24, 2013

My children all 3 go to this school, and it is a great community environment. We love it, I have one in junior high and two in elementary.
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Posted September 24, 2013

The emphasis is not only on a great education, but on making the kids into better all around people who love and respect each other and God.
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Posted September 24, 2013

Great school! My daughter loves going to school everyday! Parent involvement is encouraged. Please check the school!
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Posted September 23, 2013

My child is in K class, we couldn't be happier! Mrs.Willard is a wonderful Teacher!
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Posted October 3, 2011

My daughter attends St. Dominic's preschool and we're happy she's there. She's learning Spanish, art, math and religion. The teachers are terrific. My daughter really enjoys going and the class size is small. We would like her to go to the elementary school once she completes her preschool education. In the long run, we believe a private education is better for her.
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Posted February 10, 2011

The new Kindergarten teacher is excellent. I love being part of a school where parent involvement is nurtured. Where other schools are cutting programs, St Dominics still has PE, Spanish, Art, and Music. We love the school and the teachers!
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Posted December 24, 2010

Too many students in one classroom. Yes, there is an assistant but the class size is enormous especially for the the younger grades. There is also no substitute when a teacher is out. So at times there is one teacher to a very large class size (I witnessed the chaos). The dismissal is chaotic. The children are running around when the dismissal bell rings with car traffic flowing. Not safe and someone is going to get hurt.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 12, 2010

My son went to SDS for kindergarten and I wish I had sent him to Saint Basils in Vallejo. His kindergarten teacher should have been teaching high school because she certainly was not a nurturer. However, she did have two great aids who were her saving grace. I like the thought of a private Catholic education for my son but he was only 5 when he came home asking me if he was going to go to "hell" for saying a bad word. I found that he was already getting the Catholic guilt trips. Also, while the parent involvement is rich, the class size is large and their extension program lacks creativity.
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Posted May 26, 2009

For the record, the class sizes are large, but their is a full time teaching assistant in each classroom all day. The staff/faculty are wonderful, the children are held accountable for their actions (not so in the public schools), many different classroom activities for creative learning. I plan on keeping my children there through the 8th grade.
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Posted April 18, 2008

My 3 year old son started preschool in 2007 and has loved attending everyday from 9-12. The teachers are wonderful and I like the fact that a fire inspector and dentist have visited. They celebrate many cultural holidays from Halloween to Valentine's and this helps the little ones to make appropriate artwork and they have pyjama days too. I will definately be enrolling my next child too.
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Posted February 20, 2008

Great school. Better than average teachers. Great community. Perfect if you want religion education, and to be religious. Too many students in one class. average 37 student in class.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 26%
Two or more races 16% 3%
Hispanic 9% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 8% 11%
Black 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs. Theresa Cullen
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  • Roman catholic
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935 East 5th Street
Benicia, CA 94510
Phone: (707) 745-1266


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