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St. Edward The Confessor Parish

Private | PK-8 | 745 students

Catholic Education, Academic Decathlon
 
 

 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 15 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
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Posted September 1, 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


Posted September 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 1, 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


Posted May 5, 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


Posted April 2, 2014

Great School Solid Skills taught. They are heavy on grammar and writing. My child wrote at least 2 full essays every week. Math is solid.My child came from public school and was in the top class and had to work hard here at St. Ed's. Better than any GATE program hands down. Small classes with young enthusiastic teachers. Top School with great kids and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 26%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 5% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Tagalog
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • State Academic Decathlon Champions (2013)

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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
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
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:50 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Catherine Muzzy
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • nbader@stedward.com
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Social justice
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
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)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • 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
More from this school
  • St. Edward the Confessor Parish School Vision Statement: Inspiring responsible, educated Catholics in faith, knowledge, and service.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
75
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
150

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$7000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
JSerra High School
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Dana Hills High School
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33866 Calle La Primavera
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Phone: (949) 496-1241

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