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St. Irenaeus Catholic Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 312 students

We are best known for quality Catholic education.

 
 

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Posted March 14, 2011

We transfered to St. I from another private school in the area because of its commitment to high academic standards. The faculty and staff are constantly looking for ways to improve the curriculum without chasing every fad in the eduacation field or complaining about a 'lack of funds.' They have a tremendous amount of energy which shows in their enthusiasm for their work. Every student is given individual attention. While other schools are cutting programs, St. I still has PE, art, and Spanish as well as other extra curricular activities like cheer and sports. Our family received such a warm welcome that we now attend church at St. I as well. We will have 3 kids in the school come August 2011 and feel that the sacrifices we make are worth every penny for raising well rounded kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

I have been nothing but impressed with St. I. From day one, they welcomed my daughter and my whole family into their faith-filled community with open arms. The teachers, staff, principal... I couldn't ask for more from them. As a former public school teacher, I was somewhat concerned that limited funding would inhibit the childrens' access to material needed for academic success -- I shouldn't have worried. My daughter is leaps and bounds above where I thought she would be at this point. Her kindergarten class is the highest I've ever seen. In addition, she has 'extras' like harp classes and the buddy program. I am so proud she is going to this school and we couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2009

We are very pleased with our experience at St. I. The faculty and staff are very approachable and friendly. Our two boys (one is in Kindergarten and the other is in First Grade) love going to school and love their teachers. We appreciate the caring teachers who really go above and beyond to get to know each student's personality and help them do their best. We love the high standards they expect from students and the challenging curriculum. We love the fact that our boys are faith-filled, active Catholics who go to Mass regularly with us and with their school. We got married at St. I and baptized our children there. We look forward to spending the next nine years there until our boys go to Servite. We have no doubt that they will succeed in their chosen professions with the solid foundation they receive at St. I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

I attended St. Irenaeus for elementary and junior high school. The strong curriculum and high academic standards prepared me to take honors classes in high school. I enjoyed the music and arts programs which encouraged my sense of creativity and individuality. The nurturing environment guided the development of my social skills, cultural awareness, and moral standards. For all these reasons and many more, I choose to send my child to St. Irenaeus. I know I am helping her build a strong foundation of skills for her whole life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

I am the parent of 2 graduates of St. Irenaeus Parish School. Both of my children were extremely well prepared for high school. They learned great study and organizational skills, and were more than ready for a college prep high school curriculum. They are now at prestigious universities and are thankful for their faith based K-8 education at St. I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

I am a proud parent of a student who has attended St. Irenaeus for 9 years. She is now in the 8th grade. Her academics and kind heart are just an example of attending a wonderful school like St. I's. She has benefited from caring staff and teachers. A strong academic curriculum and loving environment. I would highly recommend this school. We are grateful that she has such a strong foundation to help her in her future endeavors. Thank you St. Irenaeus School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

Being a parent and alumni, I have been involved with St. Irenaeus for over 30 years. During these years I have seen how many wonderful things this school has to offer. The values and teachings build a strong foundation which supports a child through out their entire life. St. I makes that difference in molding a strong faithful, loving community of children who are ready for their futures!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

As a school parent and an alumni, I have been extremely happy with St. Irenaeus School. The faculty and staff are experienced, dedicated and genuinely concerned with the overall well being of every student. The partnership between the parents and teachers make for an enjoyable, safe learning environment with catholic values that you just can't get in public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2009

The strong foundation in both academic and personal growth that I have seen in my nieces and nephew after attending St. I had a big influence in my decision to let my children study there. I now have a fourth grader and a kindergartener studying at St.I. My husband and I strongly believe that the qualified teachers and staff at St. I will help our children to acquire the needed skills and knowledge for their success in their future endeavors. Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2009

I am an alumni of St. Irenaeus and now both my children are students. We are very pleased with the quality education our children are receiving along with instruction in our Catholic faith. The school has a warm, caring atmosphere that comes from the dedicated teachers as well as the students. We feel blessed to be a part of the St. I community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

We currently have two children attending St.I's with another recently graduated and attending Connelly High School.The close knit environment provides an excellent learning atmosphere and personal attention from the teachers to their students. The opportunity for parental involvement in the classroom, as well as, the open communication from the faculty and staff, seperates St. I's from other schools. Extremely pleased with our choice and highly recommend to others. Parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

My son (3r grade) and daughter (7th grade) have been going to St. I since kindergarten. I believe that the school provides the best academic program in the most positive environment. My children have been ranked in the top 1% percentiles in the annual national IOWA Proficiency Tests. I give lots of credit to the teachers and strong parental involvements. Elizabeth P.
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Posted November 24, 2008

Strong curriculum! We've been part of the St. I family for 4 years and I'm really glad my husband and I chose this school. The curriculum is very strong and our daughter is really excelling year over year. She reads above her grade level, and is creating wonderful study habits. Maybe it's because St. I is a smaller school, but there is a great sense of family ties between the faculty, students, and parents. I would highly recommend this school! Sincerely, A St. I Parent
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Posted September 25, 2008

I attended St. Irenaeus for all nine years and loved it. The academic standards helped me push myself to do my best and it was all worth it because I was extremely well prepared for high school. I also loved the teachers. They arent the kind that just teach out of the books, they get the students involved and make sure they understand everything. Along with the teachers, my peers were great too. By the end of the nine years, we were all one big happy family. I miss St. I!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2008

I love St. I, my child has been there since kindergarten and is now in second grade, she is thriving and her learning is above average. Her grades are all outstanding right now. What I especially love about it is the heavy parent involvement and how easy it is to approach the teachers. I am all for St. I. I bypassed 4 other catholic schools near our area and drive to St. I as I feel St. I is better than the catholic schools around us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2007

ok if your child conforms to their standards, which are often set to high for children at their level.
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Posted February 16, 2006

The quality of academics is above average. The teachers and school staff are extremely organized and effecient. The have a good slection of sports and activities including, student government, choir, basketbal, baseball, and cheer to name a few. Parent involvement is definately crucial and St. Irenaeus has very supportive and helpful parents.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Pacific Islander 39% 11%
White 23% 26%
Hispanic 22% 52%
Two or more races 15% 3%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 2:45pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Monica Hayden
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • principal@stischoolcypress.org
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (714) 827-2930

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
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.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Our school has offered our students a quality Catholic education fsince September of 1963. Our graduates go on to achieve great success in high school and college. We are proud of the fact that many members of our faculty and staff, as well as many current parents are St. Irenaeus Alumni. Our school and school families are an integral part of St. Irenaeus Parish.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Catholic High Schools in LA and Orange County 60%
Local public High Schools 40%
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9201 Grindlay Street
Cypress, CA 90630
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Phone: (714) 827-4500

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