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Burlingame, CA
Students enrolled: 318
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1300 Bayswater Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010

(650) 344-7176
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April 18, 2015
I must say that I truly like the school and the community. The school is a bit rigid, strong focus on academics, children are very polite and responsible. Kids do not have as much freedom as they might at public school (uniforms and appearance), but that is ok (makes my life much easier and provides more focus on schooling vs. coolness). Families and parents are varied - lots of blue-collar and professional parents - my wife and I are both in tech but find many of the parents are not (which is a nice break). Teachers are very loving and loved - kids will regularly seek out and hug previous teachers. Many parents are actively involved, but just as many are not and this doesn't seem to be a problem. They do expect a fair bit of involvement (40 hours per year of volunteer time), but even this is not that much. There are a couple of faculty that I would like to see improved upon, but the majority are great. Yes this is a Catholic school, but a fair number of the families are not religious - I have never seen this to be an issue or the families discriminated because of it. My wife is not Catholic and I think she likes the school better than I do.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2015
We have been attending Saint Cats for 4 years. Overall we are happy with Saint Catherines. I would say that the homework is laid on a bit thick but we are coping with it just fine. I am a single (white) mom, and I also disagree with the critical posting that summarized St. Cat's as only a place for the wealthy and privileged. There are many people who are sending their children to St Cat's with scholarship help, who have one parent, who are non caucasian folks. The key with St Cats is that it is a safe, structured, disciplined, and yes rigorous program. Burlingame is full of people who make lots of money (otherwise how could they afford this place), and I bet if you checked out the public schools in Burlingame you would see the same demographics. I don't necessarily fit right in at the country club setting that some of the people here are members of, but for me it not about how I fit in. It is more about giving my child a strong foundation in Christian values, a good education, and keeping her in a place I feel will give her the best advantages and opportunities to succeed in the future.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2015
I am deeply offended by the parent(s) who wrote their review of St. Catherine's on April 10th. As a working, "non-white" (I like to refer to it as non-Caucasian. If I'm going to be politically correct, I'm going to be consistent about it.) MOTHER, my child loves and strives at St. Catherine's. Also, the April 10th reviewer is in violations of the terms and conditions. She/he attacks the school's parents and how we raise our children. It has nothing to do with the academic program. St. Catherine's is a rigorous academic program - that's why I chose this school. I

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2015
This school is perfect for Catholic families of privilege and wealth with a stay at home parent, preferably a mother, and a father who makes buckets of money. It helps if you're really old fashion, don't understand or care very much about modern education, and are willing to neglect what is good for your child for what looks good. Let's start with the kids. They seem nice enough - you can't really fault kids. The faults they do have are the result of their parents and community, and this one is not lacking in faults. Burlingame is a wealthy and privileged place, and it produces those kinds of children. I find that a lot of the students to be very intolerant, and will openly express disdain for people of a lower class or non-white. Although the school does some charitable things at times and celebrate Martin Luther King Day, exposure to poor people isn't one of them. Poverty is conceptual here, but not acknowledged. And it's not the kids' fault; they're basically just regurgitating what their parents say. But you'd think that the school would stick up for some actual Catholic principals.

- submitted by a parent

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

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

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".

- submitted by a community member

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

February 05, 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
no rating
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.

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May 07, 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
no rating
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

March 15, 2005
Very good acacemics. School facility is what one would expect of a private school; enclosed, quiet with well behaved students.

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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 student

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St. Catherine Of Siena Elementary School
1300 Bayswater Avenue, Burlingame, CA  94010
(650) 344-7176
Last modified St. Catherine Of Siena Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St. Catherine Of Siena Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top