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St. Catherine Of Siena Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 318 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2014

Never had a doubt in my mind that this was the school I wanted my kids to attend. My son is enjoying school at the same time, being intellectually challenged. Parent participation is so important to this community. Both my husband and I are grateful that we can be active participants in our son's education. Our son's teacher let's us know what they expect the child to know by a certain time frame; both my husband and I appreciate these milestones. It may be challenging while we work with him but so rewarding when it suddenly clicks and he comprehends. The teachers have a wonderful way of maintaining control of the classroom without raising their voices or any other negative methodology. I'm looking forward to spending many years getting to know the St. Catherine's School community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

We are very pleased with the education our children have received here. The classes do move fast and there is homework almost every night even in Kindergarten so it does require commitment on the parents part. On top of that we are required to contribute our time to the school. It's amazing how involved so many of the parents are, going far beyond the time they are required to contribute to add to the children s experience here. The end result is the children excel. The school is beautiful, high ceilings with lots of windows create a bright and airy atmosphere. There is also a new gym being built. There are lots of enrichment programs which we feel will benefit the children later such as art, music, drama, foreign language and computers. Another thing we like is the kids are expected to speak in front of the class at an early age so they will have the ability to speak and present later in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

St. Catherine of Siena is the best Catholic school because of the teachers who provided the best education to all of the students. Also the programs like the drama/ theatre are awesome. I have done 5 shows ranging from Peter Pan, A Midsummers Nights Dream, to even Alice in Wonderland. Each character that I have portrayed really got the audience to laugh or even cringe like one of the alummi who accidentally slapped me hard on the back while I played a character who was "Murdered at a Banquet".


Posted August 29, 2013

Not happy with the way important academic matters are handled. As you move into the higher grades, things change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

The school is fine until you reach 6th grade. Teachers seem displeased with students who talk so they take out their frustration on the whole class. There are other issues hand and parents seem to not be able to voice their opinions respectfully for the benefit of their child. Would not recommend this school for multiple reasons. Was raised Catholic, attended Catholic and the religious morals taught do not seem to apply when you voice a concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Our children (twins) started kindergarten at St Catherine's this month (Aug). My wife and I have always been completely confident in the level of academic achievement at this school - we are really, really pleased with the compassion, kindness and care shown to our children. We could not be happier than our children are at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2010

I spent some years there as a teacher (1999-2005) before returning home to Ireland in 2005. I had a great time there, made good friends among the staff there, learned strong discipline as a teacher which has stood to me since and most importantly taught many great kids over the years. I am still in contact with many of them still via Facebook. St. Catherine of Siena is a great school. It certainly benefitted my career back home here in Ireland.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 27, 2008

My daughter spent grades K-8th at St. Catherine of Siena and overall the school provided her with exceptional skills in preparation for high school. The academics were strong as well as the spirituality which is highly emphasized and promoted by the nuns and the administration. We chose St. Catherine's for my daughter not only for the academics, foreign language, the arts, but the mere fact that it is one of the few school that actually have nuns who teach the students. This unique experience is one of the values that a student will cherish forever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2008

We are very happy with our school. The community is great! Yes the homework load is a lot but the kids get thru it and seem to be learning more than the other schools in the area at the same grade levels. The families and staff at this school are the best and we look forward to the rest of our years here...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2008

My son goes to St. Catherine's and we love it! They're strict but loving and warm. There is a lot of homework but my son is thriving. Their emphasis is on education, as that is what the children are there for. The community is warm and friendly and the principal, Sister Antonella, really does a great job in running the school. I would highly recommend St. Catherine's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2007

Very ridged education and old fashion. Kids given too much homework and dragged from one activity to the next. Students succeed to go on to good high school, but it's a big wonder how.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2007

Great school that has gotten better since the new principal, Sister Antonella, returned. Top flight education, and the cost is a little less than other parochial schools on the Peninsula. We could not be happier with this school. So glad we were able to get our children enrolled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2005

Great school from the academics to the extracurricular activities. I especially like the option of adding another language to the curriculum (spanish or latin).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

Very good acacemics. School facility is what one would expect of a private school; enclosed, quiet with well behaved students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2004

I was born and raised in this community and hoped to see my younger siblings do the same. My memories of how this school used to be will be positive ones. However, a new principal and new pastor has changed the dynamics. When I was in the 3rd grade my parents divorced, the school principal, Sister Antonella, helped us make it through this turbulent time. The within two years of the new principal's 'reign', many of the school's less fortunate students have been tossed out. This includes my little brother and sister who were not informed of their need to find a new school only two days before the start of the 2003-2004 school year. What happened to the love and compassion I grew up with? For these 'followers of Christ' to target the less fortunate is the epitome of hypocracy. Send your kids to St. Matt's.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 14% 11%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hispanic 0% 52%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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School psychologist
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Sr. Antonella Manca
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

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Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of San Francisco
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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1300 Bayswater Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: (650) 344-7176

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