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St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy

Private | 9-12 | 332 students

 

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Posted January 31, 2014

In all honesty I am saddened by the negative reviews but I am also elated by those that are positive. Many people believe the rumors about our school that are simply not true. Yes, we come from a difficult history, but that has made our school better and we are growing and this school is helping form who we are. I could never imagine going to high school anywhere else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2014

Greatly disappointed in this school. Administration allows behavior that is not appropriate in any campus, private or public. I had to pull my child out due to lack of support and academic guidance. But sadly the worst of it all was the lack of empathy and sympathy. I DO NOT recommend this school what so ever and I have been teaching for the archdiocese for 24 years. Let us wake up and truly see what we are raising our children to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2013

This Catholic school is in the midst of a rebirth under the leadership of an exceptional Principal and a dynamic and generous Board of Directors. The campus, previously known as all-female St. Matthias High School, is now christened as the coed St. Pius X- St. Matthias Academy. Enrollment is dramatically increasing, academic standards are rising, more AP courses are being offered, and extracurricular sports and clubs are expanding. While these are all wonderful changes, the warm, spiritually-centered, family atmosphere at the school hasn't changed. Faculty care about the students, and students bond and form deep friendships with each other. The Onward Scholars program nurtures promising students from challenging backgrounds. Students say they love being at school so much, they prefer it to being at home! :}
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 2, 2013

WOW I hate seeing some of these negative comments because their not true!! St. Matthias is such an amazing school!! This year, with a new principal, it has really stepped up to high standards! The sisterhood is amazing. Teachers are unbelievably awesome, always trying to do what's best for us. Rules are strict, like they have to be. Academics are challenging but due able. I love my school and would love for anyone to come experience it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2012

I absolutely have loved SMHS since my first day of school! The environment and sisterhood is something amazing. Dont overlook the school please i promise you it is what you want.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2012

I was surprised by seeing the positive feedback on this school. Okay, so I just finished my freshman year here and I already hate it. I feel sheltered, bored, miserable, and annoyed by this school. Some of the teachers are great, let me tell you that; but some of them are unorganized to the max. High school is supposed to be the best four years of your life? Well, I don't think I'm going to experience that here. Don't send your daughters to smhs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2012

SMHS is a true blessing to be in. The school has challenged so much from the past years, but in a really good way. I am currently a Sopomore, and in my Freshmen year, the school needed to repair and change a lot of things. this year the teachers and staff have done such a great job an i would never change school for anythig in the world! My teachers are so amazing finding new techniques to teach you every day, their is very strong dscipline, and the sisterhood is so amazing! Every day i come in with a smile on my face ready to start a wonderful day at SMHS! It is highly recommendable! (:
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2009

Fun school I honestly don't believe I would want to transfer anywhere else; SMHS is a good school! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2009

Teachers are dedicated to the success of all the students. Classes are rigourous and students receive a great, quality, education
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 11, 2009

The quality of education at this school is outstanding. The students there are all very friendly, and the teachers helped me to succeed. This school is so fun, I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. If you want your daughter to do be put in a good catholic school, send them here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2009

If you're looking for a high school that challenges students academically, welcomes students socially, and pushes student interest in their global community, choose St. Matthias High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

St. Matthias is a remarkable school. The students are friendly and the teachers are very dedicated. This year 3 Seniors received 4 year scholarships to UCLA. As a member of the fine arts department, I am very proud of our new art gallery that is curated by students. The choirs and handbell group have performed at many events including Christmas programs at Disneyland and Stone wood Mall. We had rave reviews of the spring musical 'Annie'. The school also has a strong sports program. I would encouage any student who wants a quality education to come to this five star school
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 14, 2008

As a former student, I would not even recommend my sister to attend this school. The school is under financial trouble. The current principal has made very poor decisions, an unapproachable individual, and difficult to talk to--she does not answer any of your concerns or questions. If you seek high academic pursuits for your daughter, you are seeking the wrong school. This school will not prepare her for college, the academic counselors are not professionals, even if they claim to be. I was intended to attend a magnet school, but prolong stay at the school has fried my brains to a crisp. The intensity of the academic is as intense as Pre-algebra in a Algebra 2 class. The classes will only bore your child into tears. The library is in a pitiful state. Take a preventative measure.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2008

My daughter attended St. Matthias and I am very disappointed I did not transferred her immediately. There is no principal leadership, no safety and DISCIPIINE, academically this school does not prepare this girls for the future. If you care about your daughter's education, please do not wait too long.. send them somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2007

This school lacks direction due to inadequate leadership. If you care about your child's future you will send them somewhere else. $500 a month and the principal will not earnestly respond to inquiries. More than 50% of the staff (including teachers) have quit in the past two years and enrollment has also dropped significantly. There is not even an onsite counseling staff to assist students in academic planning let alone personal problems. Think hard before giving money to this school.


Posted December 20, 2006

From the point of view of a student this school is not academically advanced, there are hardley any honor or AP courses. I'm an honor student and I find that the class is very similar to my other peers' average classes. In my opinion I don't recomend this school to anyone, it's definatly not worth your money.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2006

I went to this school from 9th-12th grade. Although I agree it can use some improvement, and a different principal, I feel that it prepared me well for my journey to UCLA. The school can definitely use more AP courses but what it has is sufficient and provides the necessary school to get into a great University.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 26, 2006

I attended St. Matthias my freshman year and immediately transferred. The school hardly has any AP or Honors courses, and the courses they do offer teach elementary material. I felt instead of advancing further in my education the school was holding me back. They do offer a great sense of community, however, it must be noted that the school lacks diversity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2006

My youngest child attended St. Matthias freshman and sophomore year. She will not return for the following reasons: The curriculum is not the quality you expect from a private school. Administration is ineffective. Parents do not express concerns about academic or social issues. I would not recommend St. Matthias High School to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

Quality education, great teachers. Excellent atmosphere for a positive learning situation.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 94% 52%
White 2% 26%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Erick Rubalcava
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic

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  • French
  • Spanish

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  • Art room
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  • Gym
  • Internet access
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  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
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  • Science lab
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  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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7851 Gardendale Street
Downey, CA 90242
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