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PK-8
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Dana Point, CA
Students enrolled: 745
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33866 Calle La Primavera
Dana Point, CA 92629

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(949) 496-1241
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December 09, 2014
St Edward is fantastic. I have nothing but great things to say. I have watched my son blossom at this school socially and intellectually since he came in 6th grade. The teachers are ALL accredited many with multiple degrees. The Math and Science programs are exceptional. The English, Language Arts and Vocabulary programs are very challenging and my son has now turned into a fantastic writer. Best choice I ever made, wish I had come to St. Edward earlier. New principal has energy and excitement, the teachers are EAGER to help at lunch or before and after school. I receive emails and postcards from the teachers for great grades and have been contacted when he has needed a little help. A true partnership.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2014
We are very pleased with our experience at St. Edward the Confessor Parish School. We are new this year and have felt very welcomed and warmly received by the students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration. The climate of the school is welcoming and our bright child has been encouraged to achieve academically because it's cool to be smart here. We also love the Academic Decathlon program and hope our daughter gets to be a part of it next year.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2014
I can't say enough great things about St. Edward's School. The Staff is warm and welcoming. Teachers truly care about the students and go out of their way to be supportive and available to them. I feel the Administration does an excellent job of keeping the parents informed.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2014
We couldn't be more thrilled with this school. Our children first attended the preschool and are now in Kindergarten. Dr. Muzzy and all of the faculty and administration are incredibly dedicated and committed to the student body. We are extremely impressed with how our children have blossomed academically and instilled a love for learning and religion. The foundation has been set for a bright future and we have no doubt our children are in the best school to thrive.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2014
We have been at St Edwards going on our 4th year. our daughter has excelled in the spiritual and loving environment. With three kids we have enrolled in both private and public schools over the years and hands down this has been the most amazingly positive and academically successful experience for our youngest daughter. If you are considering St. Ed's I would check it out and compare the class size and academics to any other school in the area. We feel privileged to belong to this school and church community.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2014
We have been at St. Edward's school for over 12 years with multiple children and have had nothing but a positive, enriching experience! We have been involved with fundraising, the academic decathlon, helping in the classroom, so many different aspects of the school, the teachers and the administration. We can't say enough wonderful words about the teachers, their passion for teaching in a catholic school, and for their love of each and every student. We have been helped when needed, listened to when needed and our children always recognized for the characteristics and traits so valued at school and at home. Our experience has brought us all closer to God.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2014
No school is perfect, but this school comes close. I read the few bad comments in this site, and a parent, active volunteer, and church parishioner, and the comments are honestly wrong. Bullying for GREAT grades does NOT happen. They have a middle school awards ceremony every trimester and 1/2 the student body is awarded a certificate for 3.5 or higher. Then the rest of students or a large majority of the rest have B averages (3.0). We have a new Director of Student Affairs and a new principal that track grades. Bad grades are spotted promptly. Kids are not misbehaving and they are not allowed to get away with much. If a teacher doesn't see bad behavior it can be discussed with a teacher and the director will discuss it with the student. Kids that need help can get it with Student Services. This school does not leave kids behind and they are not numbers. What one person says can not out weigh what is actually happening at St. Edwards. It is a school that has placed a premium on our catholic values, education and community. Please do your own research, tour the campus take part in the student shadow program and make your own educated decision. Respectfully, a parent.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2014
The first time we visited St Edwards Parish School as a prospective school for our children, we attended an all school Mass. When we saw students standing together in prayer and offering fellow classmates the sign of peace we knew this was the school environment we wanted our kids to grow in both academically and spiritually! It was the best decision we ever made! Our children have a solid foundation, are motivated to be successful academically, have a sense of community, and a love for God. For this, we are forever grateful for the staff, faculty, administration, and priests of St Edward the Confessor School.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2014
Terrible. Awful. Sad. No systems in place to handle bullying (which is rampant, as many others have said). Slacking and bad behavior is encouraged (in middle school especially). Good grades and intelligence is considered "nerdy" and very uncool. We moved here from the east coast and were shocked at this viewpoint. In the east, smart, intellectual kids are valued. This is not the case at St. Edward the Confessor Parish School.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2014
We could not have asked for a better academically and spiritually focused education for our girls. Love the school, love the teachers and love the educational culture and environment that St. Edward's provides for our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2014
I have been at the school over 15 years and it is a wonderful place fr your chidren to be.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2014
St. Edward the Confessor Parish School is committed to educating the whole child in mind, body, and spirit. The partnership that the school and parish have complements the school's mission and purpose.

- submitted by a teacher
August 30, 2014
My school is excellent! St. Edward is warm, inviting, and dedicated to the academic, emotional and spiritual growth of the children.

- submitted by a teacher
August 30, 2014
Our children who graduated from this school were very prepared academically for high school. The middle school teachers are great. Our children received strong character building and met wonderful lifelong friends.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
I love everything about this school. I'm grateful my children are able to be apart of this wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
St. Edward is more than just a school. It is a community of people who truly care about our kids. Together we strive to make our children reach their potential through faith based education, community service, performing arts,sports and many other avenues. There are so many exciting changes taking place at St. Edward and we are happy that our children will be benefiting from them!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
The academics are not bad but the school, surprisingly has NO ANTI-BULLYING POLICY in place. My Kindergartener was bullied daily by the same person, we complained and though the teacher tried her best to "keep them apart", that didn't fix the problem because there is NO system in place. Teacher's response was: "I can't be everywhere at the same time". My child's friends were also bullied by the same person, who also complained. They tried to speak to the parents but this person used the F word and the S__X word in school. Really? I have 4 older children and we have never been exposed to someone that young being such a bully in other private schools in 15 years. Bullies were always asked to leave those schools. In Midlde school, my son choses to be "neutral" because he says that tweens are MEAN and they make fun of nice people, nerds, smart kids, "so where does that leave me?", he said. The teachers ALL turn their head because again, THERE IS NO SYSTEM IN PLACE by the poor administration. We are totally shocked that in this day and age they are still in the dark ages for many issues. Is it going to take for a kid to get really hurt for them to take this seriously?

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2014
There are only three reasons to send your child to St. Edwards- location, location, location. My children, after spending three miserable years at the school, no longer want to be Catholic. This is unfortunate since both my wife and I are strong Catholics, but we do understand how they feel. The principal and assistant principal are unkind, unjust, not compassionate, not educators. We have moved on to a new private school and boy it's been a world of difference. Both of my children are now flourishing and have regained their confidence. The struggle is that my wife and I are still having difficulty getting them to return to the Catholic church.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
Have 2 children here, they are doing well and like the school. I agree with the reviewer about the carpool, what? I've never seen something so bad, the teachers try hard and are organized but you can tell they hate it. A lady who seems to be in charge tells grandparents and others picking up they CANNOT move until green flag but then an employee walks by with their own child, she lets them walk while others sit and wait. Everyone complains (even teachers) about this ineffective system. Normal carpool would be in and out and much more efficient, this doesn't work, especially if you have other schools, activities and appointments to attend to. Forget parking, you also get stopped! They should learn from St. Anne down the street, very easy flowing, organized, in and out carpool! Our little ones sit on the hot, dirty pavement waiting for older siblings or their rides, get overheated and are in the sun. I wish I knew this before we enrolled, it has really turned into a huge headache in our lives. Teachers are mostly great, some assistants in K do yell at the kids--not positive reinforcement but overall good.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
St. Edward is a great Catholic School! I was compelled to write this review because of how much I value the education my child has received from preschool through elementary school. As a parent who is actively involved in her child's academic affairs, I spend a lot of time on campus as a volunteer and therefore, frequently interact with faculty and staff. I was upset to read such an unfair depiction of St. Edward's vice principal. Describing her as "unfriendly" is such a gross misrepresentation! She is very kind and approachable! However, she does provide structure and authority that is necessary to keep our children safe and enable them to succeed academically and personally. It deeply saddens me that anyone would view her implementation of structure and authority as "unfriendly". Furthermore, she gives tirelessly of herself and is the polar opposite of self-serving. Our vice principal is a stellar example of how to balance authority and responsibility in an atmosphere of respect and community that merges the fundamentals of Catholicism with the requirements of an academic curriculum. I hope that anyone looking for a wonderful Catholic education would consider St. Edward.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
The school is wonderful. It is a Parish school appropriately aligned with the parish community. The academic rigor is appropriate and significant. The teachers are caring and all are credentialed. Principal is retiring but has made wonderful positive advances in the academics of the school. The Vice Principal is a blessing. She is caring and well versed in educational standards as well as administrative duties. Her concern for the individual child, their educational needs along with appropriate development is amazing. She is willing to work with all families and parents seeking help. I highly recommend the school the environment, value, and spirituality make St. Edwards' a wonderful choice for your child.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2014
St.Edward is a great school academic wise. Though the vise principal is not friendly at all, and has know compassion about anything around her other than herself. She has repeatadly blew off any conflict and used her authority in non but negative ways. I love this schools academic program but that is the only reason my child attends.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
Please do not send your children here. A year after pulling my children out, I still have horrible feelings of guilt and regret for not pulling them out sooner. Middle School was a terrible experience, as others have said the hand-picked vice principal is cold, unfeeling, mean. My son had a bullying issue and her response was "well, you say this happened but (the bully) and all his friends say differently." Seriously? The bully and all his friends? Teacher morale appears very low; they say everyone is very glad the principal is retiring at the end of the school year but pray that the vice principal goes with her.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2013
We are a new family starting this Fall and will update this review as it goes. So far, everything is okay but they have no one contacting new families, we have to ask and ask questions, no one has reached out to give us a little guidance on how things work, and to top it off their website is way, way outdated! They have things and lists from 2010 with no contact info. Their volunteer email doesn't work, so you can't ask anyone anything! Very frustrating getting a hold of them. Then when we call the office to ask, they sound snobby and say: "it's on the website" or "did you not get a packet?", obviously we are calling to ask for a REASON. Horrible receptionist and administration so far. We'll see how that goes through the school year. Hope teachers are better organized than this. Needs a desperate website makeover, we are not in the dark ages!!!! I am sure a parent has a company that does websites somewhere!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
This is the BEST Catholic /Elementary school in South Orange County! The administration is caring and approachable. The staff is great! I have been involved with this school for over 10 years and have seen it go through many changes. Most of the parents here are great too! The true test are the children. They are happy and their test scores are high! Love, Love, Love it!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
Sadly, our school has gone way down hill with the current principal and her handpicked vice principal. Neither seem to be able to deal with common disciplinary issues. I agree with the earlier review, the families are great and are what makes the school what it is. The principal likes to have boards and commitees, but none have any authority, she does what she wants despite parent complaints. Once you are in though it is hard to pull your child out out because of established friendships and connections with other families. The principal relies on that heavily.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2012
Please don't send your child here. Our daughter's last year before graduating was miserable. Their policies changed in the final year here to make all the rules draconian. We had to pay $75 for detentions after 6 late violations. We ended up paying over $300 for detentions in the last part of the year due to their overzealous enforcement. Add in teacher's and Vice principals who called out my daughter over the megaphone in the parking lot in front of the whole car line up and you have a nightmare of a 8th grade year. My daughter is a sweet free spriit and thankfully they didn't break her heart. Shame on this school and the principal. This is a Christian environment?? I don't think so.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2012
Our last child is graduating and we are relieved to be leaving the school. The families and community are wonderful, but the current administration has ruined the character of this once wonderful parish school. While the elementary school was very nice with strong, nurturing teachers, the middle school has become unbearable over the last 4 years with the current principal. Math scores have droped considerably and a large percentage of students have outside tutoring at the local math franchise. We gave up any hope of our child learning math from the teacher half way through 7th grade. My husband taught math each night. The teacher this year is better, but she can't make up for two bad years of teaching. This year, one 8th grade teacher has been cruel and vindictive to students. The principal deflects and makes excuses. The principal is also incapable of handling discipline issues appropriately which lead to major issues this year. The good teachers justifiably have low morale. Some of her policies have been very unpopular with the parents including a staggered dismisal. We seriously considered leaving, but the families have a strong bond after being together for years.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
Drop off is a hassle with large lines of cars, excessive class sizes, and some very unfriendly office staff. The school website is used for notifications rather that simple email contact. The preschool was great with much care and attention and the teachers in kindergarten were good as well. However, there are no entrance requirements for the kids and if you are expecting them to be different from public school, don't. If you can write the check, you're in. Expect constant requests for $

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2012
Great school. Excellent parent involvement. Private environment without being pretentious. Some excellent teachers and a wide variety of sports. Could use a bigger sports and play area.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
Very poor communication between administration and parents! Large classroom sizes so your child has a good chance of getting lost unless they are outspoken and not at all shy.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
School leadership needs to be changed...parents are treated like they are lucky to be there even though they are paying tuition. Not the happy place it once was.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
If you are looking for a Catholic faith based K-8 educational experience with the opportunity for direct parental involvement, you will be pleased with St. Ed's. Our principal has taken advantage of the retirement of middle school staff to recruit impressive new teaching talent. St. Ed's Parish School is investing in the staff and facility (new science lab about to open), led by our dedicated Parish Pastor.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
If your child is academically strong this school is fine (except be prepared to supplement the math program). If, however, you have a child that needs more attention to do well is school--look elsewhere. I feel as if one of my kids fell through the cracks despite of the motto "leave no child behind." Some of the teachers at the middle school level are burnt out and need to retire. They no longer have the patience to help those students who need it and unless your child has a diagnosed learning disability there is nothing for them (unless you pay for outside tutoring). The administration has long known about the middle school deficiencies but has been slow in implementing substantial changes.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2010
My three children went to St. Edward's School. It was a fine school except for the math preparation. However, I believe they now have a stronger math program.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2010
I'm an alumni and am currently attending MDHS. I couldn't have recieved better preparation for highschool. The teachers really care about your future. The family at St. Edwards is so close and loving. My class still gets together...thats how close we are.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2010
My children have been attending school at St. Edward since preschool. It has been a great experience and a terrific fit for our family. St. Edward Parish School has a wonderful small community feel. We have been impressed by the wonderful teachers and the principal. We have not found the elementary class sizes to be a problem. Each class has a teacher, aide, and often parent volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2009
Hi, I'm a student at St. Edwards school. I disagree with many of the rules though. One of them is that soccer is only allowed to be played on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Football on Tuesdays and Thursdays to aviod injuries from 'too many balls flying around.' The field can't be used for soccer on Tuesday or else you might get in trouble...? Another rule is that you can't cross the street, no matter how old you are [the school goes up to students aged 15] without you mom or dad next to you. Break the rule? Detention. There are many more rules like that. One of the best things of the school is Mrs. Pijor, the middle school science teacher. She is an AMAZING teacher that *no one* dislikes and that is an understatement, I believe. The school is pretty good.. just needs a little work on basic rules!!!

- submitted by a student
December 09, 2009
I have had 2 children graduate from St. Ed's and 3 still at the school. My two older children were well prepared for a rigorous curriculum at JSerra High School, and I am very happy with the teachers and curriculum of my children still at St. Ed's. I love that the kids go to mass weekly at the parish church, and I love the strong sense of community that this parish school has. My kids have enjoyed the after-school athletics for 5th through 8th grade and the academic decathlon offered to middle school students.

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November 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
Both of my children have attended St. Edward since pre-school. My oldest is currently in middle school. Our new principal, Sharon Rands, has been an amazing asset & has brought about some much needed change. Middle school has a max of 24 students per class which makes for a wonderful teaching & learning enviornment. The tuition is one of the most affordable of private schools in the area. Community support within the school & parish in tragic & happy times is what makes St. Edward a blessing to our families.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
The school 36 children in each classroom. It is row after row of students. This makes learning difficult. Public Elementry has 20 max.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2008
Our experience at St. Edwards has been disappointing on several fronts. The school is very demanding of parents in terms of participation, volunteering and financial support (beyond tuition) and yet unwilling to accommodate students with (minor) special needs or attention. The faculty, while well intentioned, is generally youthful and inexperienced. We have encountered significant parent/teacher/student communication issues at various grade levels.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 25, 2008
St. Edward School works to guide students to be good people in the world. It offers a loving environment, approachable teachers and an opportunity for parents to be involved like no other school I have seen. No school is perfect, but this one has given each of our kids so many gifts that we feel blessed to have found it.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
St. Edward School is a wonderful community of families, teachers and students. Academically, the school definitely caters to children who present in the middle of the class. Advanced students are not challenged and any child with ANY special requirements are expected to get help elsewhere. If you kids are bright or in need of any help, or both, you will be frustrated.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2005
I currently have two children attending St.Edward The Confessor School. The principal, Mrs. Wood is very approachable and open to new ideas. I find her thinking to be outside the box. There is a lot of parent participation required which may be too much for some families. I am pleased with the academics and feel confident they are competitive with other schools in our area. There also has been little teacher turnover which enables you to form a bond with a teacher as they teach each of your children. The school is small but continues to expand, keeping up with the increase in enrollment.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2005
This is a wonderful school. We transferred our daughter to St. Edward after considering many private schools, after she completed 2nd grade in a local public school. St. Edward impressed us with its balance of strong curriculum, faith, parent involvement, and teaching staff. The extra curricular programs are top notch and the middle school now offers the international baccalaureate program. We are thrilled with the high level of excellence we have found at St. Edward. The principal Cheri Wood is a wonderful woman who's vision has created an amazing learning opportunity for all our children. I highly reccommend considering our wonderful parish school.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2004
Teachers and administration strive to ensure each child has an exceptional educational experience. The Catholic faith is a strong component of the school and its outlook, resulting in a loving, supportive environment inwhich children can achieve their best. Active in community and strong volunteer parent organziation. Traditional teaching methods supplemented with enrichment and remedial intervention programs. Advanced programs in computers, language, music and athletics.

- submitted by a parent
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St. Edward The Confessor Parish
33866 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, CA  92629
(949) 496-1241
Last modified St. Edward The Confessor Parish is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Edward The Confessor Parish Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top