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St. Joachim

Private | K-8 | 280 students

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $430,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,690.

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Posted July 14, 2013

We are so happy that we found St. Joachim! Not only do they provide an excellent academic education for our three children, but they also provide a loving and family oriented environment. Becoming part of the St. Joachim community has been one of the best decisions we have ever made!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 7, 2012

St. Joachim School is amazing! We have two children enrolled! We are so happy with outstanding education they are receiving! The Academic aspect is only one part of the education you receive! The students are taught morals, manners and that there are consequences for the decisions you make! The family atmosphere at this school makes it such a great environment to nurture your children in! The friendships that we and our kids are making are ones that will last a lifetime! It is so nice to be at a school where the teachers, the principal, the PTO and the parents take so much pride in what they do for our children! The devotion to educating our children is outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 29, 2012

St Joachim is Awesome!!! We came from a public school where my daughter was constantly hit and bullied by other kids. One time an older bully girl jammed my daughter's finger on the door. I am the dad, and even I wanted to cry when I saw her finger. My daughter also came with scratches on her face in three occasions. She hated school because of her bad experience and she hadn't learned much. It hurt me to see her go through all that. We decided to enroll her at St Joachim where she has never been bullied, she has never gotten hurt, and she has learn morals, better manners, academics, and about god. She totally loves her school!!! The teachers and the principal take pride on the education of their students. I have seen such a huge improvement in my daughter. Even my family and friends have comment about my daughter s improvement as well. I wish there were more stars so I can rate higher than 5 stars. A special thanks to the teachers and the principal and the administration for making such a wonderful experience for my daughter and us. God Bless you all!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2011

St. Joachim School is special because it is the earliest example of a supportive community in a child's life. The love and sense of family is obvious among the students. The academic day is long and the course work challenging, because of this, the students are wholly developed socially, intellectually, morally and academically . It is the commitment to this by the principal and faculty that makes St. Joachim School undeniably special.
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Posted November 22, 2009

St. Joachim is an amazing school. My 2 sons continue to thrive there. We have a amazing family community. The love and blessing we recieve daily are too many list! We thank God for leading us there! The Pimentel Family
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Posted November 20, 2009

Not only does St. Joachim provide an excellent education for your children, it provides a community where your whole family can feel welcome, have fun, and get support whenever needed.
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Posted November 19, 2009

Since my daughter came to St. Joachim, she said that the weeks always go by too fast, and that homework is not a burden anymore because she enjoys every single thing that she learns in St. Joachim.
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Posted November 18, 2009

We are new to the Saint Joachim School Community and have never felt so welcome. The teachers have been very supportive and available whenever there has been a question. The Smart Boards are not only helpful at school but also allow my children to review at home as well. The school community is very positive and encouraging. My children come home daily with the knowledge that they are not only getting an incredible education but that they are loved and safe. We couldn't ask for more.
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Posted November 13, 2009

We all know that 'It takes a village,' but Saint Joachim is more than a village - it's an entire community. This is a school where students, staff, faculty and parents come together as one big family. We are all working with one another for the same cause - our children, our future. Saint Joachim is like a home away from home.
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Posted July 1, 2009

Absolutely a wonderful school. The school's environment is that of a big caring family. The teachers stay closely connected to the parents and students and so does even the principal Sr. Kathleen Marie, who looks over every child's report card before it gets handed out and leaves a personal note of encouragement and praise for the student. The school grounds itself have been completely rebuilt in 2003 and are inviting with their modern and lightfilled classrooms. Every class room is equipped with smart boards. The school has a great science lab, a computer room, a music room and a library offering a great variety of books, not to mention the impressive 9000-square-foot Nevin Hall. I personally am very glad to have found this school for my son and hope we will be sharing the Sea King's spirit and pride for a long time to come.
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Posted March 15, 2009

We have three children attending or that have attended St. Joachim School. Our oldest is now a freshman at Mater Dei High School and is enrolled in three honors classes with a 4.3 GPA. St. Joachim not only prepared him academically but also gave him the communication and organizational skills required for high school and beyond. More importantly however, St. Joachim School provides a disciplined yet nurturing environment in which the students can reach their full potential. Its small size allows for a high level of parent involvement and sense of community you'd be hard pressed to find at public schools. Along with a good education, St Joachim provides a loving and supportive atmosphere for both the students and their parents.
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Posted January 29, 2009

This school does much more than just educated your children. The education is above average and continues to challenge my children. They learn how to think on their own. But, it is the extras that it gives for which I am grateful and VERY impressed. They learn to be great communicators and public speakers, as they are encourage to participate in Student body activities and weekly mass. Kindness and Consideration toward their peers and adults is highly emphasized. Though the junior High years can be challenging anyway, including at St. Joachim, the teachers and staff work VERY hard at helping and supporting the children. One of the rewards for sending your children to St Joachim is the sense of Community and life long friends that the not only your kids will make, but the ones the parents make!
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Posted January 29, 2009

We have 3 children attending St. Joachim and we have been very pleased with the overall education. We have 2 top-rated public schools both only 1 mile from our home, but have been completely satisfied with our decision to send our children to St. Joachim. The school family is amazing! It is truly a wonderful environment for our children to grow in. The principal maintains a loving and disciplined approach to education and is committed to continually improving the school through technology and mentoring teachers. We are looking forward to the installation of SMART Boards in all of the classrooms this spring.
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Posted January 28, 2009

School did a great job up to 4 grade. After that both of my children although straight A students, were bored and unchallenged. We pulled both and sent them to Public school, where they are doing well and enjoying the larger classes and extra-curricular activities.
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Posted January 14, 2009

We have 3 children attending . We came from Public in 3rd grade and we have noticed a huge change in our sons character. Our son and daughters are flourishing in this school. Under the leadership of Sr. Kathleen Marie the school is consistently getting better and better each year. She has put a lot of focus on academics, technology, and spirituality. We have found the teachers to be well qualified and challenging. The things we love most about this school? #1 We have one child with a learning disability and one who is excelling in academics. St. Joachim meets the needs of both. #2 The nicest families are at this school. It has the most amazing sense of family community. #3 The young adults we know who went there are the most down to earth engaging kids. It is a hidden gem of Newport-Mesa!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2008

I have two children attending thus far. One going into 2nd grade. One going into 1st grade. We have had issues with advanced help with reading. Over all the school is promising for a good education for our children. Less than 300 students total from k-8th. Not alot of after school activities. They do have daycare for working parents. This is a plus. We attend the sunday masses. Very nice church. The school is going through growing pains. With parent involvement. The school will improve each year.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 26%
Two or more races 19% 3%
Hispanic 8% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55
School end time
  • 3:00
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Sr. Kathleen Marie Pughe
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (949) 646-8948


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  • Spanish
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  • Library
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  • Diocese of Orange
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  • Volleyball
Girls sports
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  • Volleyball

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1964 Orange Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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