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St. Patrick School

Private | K-8 | 260 students

Our school is best known for our high academic standards and warm community
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $850,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,790.

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2011:
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Posted August 1, 2014

This school lacks a proper administration staff. Wonderful demographic, great families, great neighborhood, but awful staff. Schools should be nurturing, supportive, and positive. Unfortunately, you will not find that here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

St Pats is the best choice I made for my son and I am so grateful to the Mrs. Kincaid and Mrs. Hendricks for making this the best possible learning place and the best character building school in our area. Belvedere Mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

St. Patrick School offers a faith-based, academic curriculum in a warm and caring atmosphere for students in grades K to 8. While academic excellence and achievement is emphasized, our teachers provide a balanced curriculum that supports spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, and artistic development. Our faculty encourages active learning and differentiated instruction to foster collaborative learning. Our family-centered environment promotes and encourages parent involvement. There are approximately 260 students in grades K-8, with an average class size of 29 students. Our students come from: Corte Madera, Larkspur, Tiburon, San Anselmo, Greenbrae, San Rafael, Novato, Kentfield, Mill Valley, and Sausalito. After graduation, our students attend: Marin Catholic, St. Ignatius, Redwood, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Branson, Marin Academy, and San Domenico. Scores on standardized tests show that the longer a student remains at St Patrick School, the more they benefit from our superior education
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 31, 2013

My son went to St. Parts K-3 and we had to move because of a job. I can't tell you how much we miss it! Every school we look at now, we compare to St. Pats (public and Catholic) and they pale by comparison. He is now in one of the highest rated public schools and we find it wanting compared to St. Pats. Don't kid yourself - what the public schools fail to quantify is how critical a values-based education is. Manners, consideration of others, respect, fairness and love are an integral part of St. Pats education. It is reinforced by the parents who are very much involved in the school. It is a family at St. Pats and it matters in how your child turns out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2012

St Pat has been great for my son.He is thriving in this school and enjoys going to school every day.The kids are very respectable to adults and very kind to each other. Being a parent that is very focused on academics and good values, I have been extremely happy with the school i.e.teachers and the staff. What you get from this school also is gaining a community that is very caring and supportive. I have looked at the curriculum of the public schools and feel that the kids at St Pat are fully prepared academically. Also please remember that we not only need this generation of kids to be smart but also kind, caring human beings. We need more of that...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

I have been teaching at St. Patrick school for the last year and have been impressed by the dedication my peers exhibit daily in fostering high academic standards for their respective students. This is coupled with a deep sense of caring and love that I have not seen exhibited on such an individual basis at other educational institutions in which I have taught. Initially my wife and I were planning on sending our daughter to one of the public schools in the area, but have come to the conclusion that her education is best served at St. Patrick School.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 25, 2011

I am a high school teacher and teach students who graduate from St. Patrick's. The students are so prepared for high school and their writing skills are excellent. I wish more schools were as thorough and challenging. I highly recommend this school.


Posted August 25, 2011

I thank God every day for the great educators and patient administration at St Pat's. My daughters both have been going here since the beginning of their education, and I have been impressed with the environment, expectations, and leadership that has followed each of them throughout the years. The teachers take a genuine interest in each child individually, and on the occasions that I have sought the advise of the Principal and/or Vice Principal, I have always left feeling appreciated, heard, and like I am a part of a solid team that will help me ensure the welfare of my children now and into the future. THANK YOU, ST PATS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

My 4 children have attended St Patricks since kindergarten through middle school and two have now graduated. They are attending SI and are excelling in that environment. We see the skills they learned in the lower grades have allowed them to branch out and be very successful. As parents we will be very sorry when our last children graduate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

I love this school. I feel so fortunate that we have found St. Pat's! My two children (one in primary, one in middle grades) were floundering in a local public school. At St. Pat's they are flourishing. They are being challenged and are excited to go to school each morning. The teachers really know my kids and have always been willing to "go the extra mile." The administration is approachable and the principal has an "open door" policy. This works for me! This school is one of the things/places that makes Marin so exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

I love this school. All my children attended here and went on to be successful at St. Ignatius. They were exceedingly well prepared for High School having learned how to think while at St. Pats. The teachers were always very concerned and involved enough to keep my wife and me informed of any potential issues before they became problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

This is a fantastic school. My two middle school children are thriving both academically and socially. All the children in the school are treated with respect and encouraged to make wise choices and take responsibility for their actions. There is strong and clear leadership from the principal. She is innovative,inspiring and completely dedicated to the school. She gently encourages both the staff and the children to to their best work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

The lower grades are fantastic - organized, clean, effective elementary school. The real issue with this school begins to unfold at middle school. The teachers, and most definately the principal and assistant principal, are unable to comprehend the needs of the middleschoolers. My child, a great student until middle school became discouraged at school.. The teachers treat the students like inmates and they foster a very oppressive environment. I actually felt sorry dropping my children. Sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2011

Some of the teachers and staff are amazing at St. Patrick School. The problem with this school is the leadership - there is none. The principal and vice principal are the biggest bullies in this school, and sadly, the priest who has been recently reassigned, was no better. The 8th grade teacher is the saving grace there, but even she seems treated rather poorly. We have a deep faith and are committed to the faith based education, but this school has tested us as parents and Catholics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2011

Outstanding academics and cozy, family oriented school. We have sent our son to St. Pats for the past three years after checking out all of the public and private schools in the area. Our son is thriving, participating in the Speech Contest and Talent Shows. He is encouraged at every step of the way. I read about the one unhappy parent who keeps writing but I hear she was a crazy trouble maker who pulled her kids out of multiple schools. Glad she's not a St. Pats.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

Moving my child from public school to St. Pat's has been a godsend. My daughter (and I) love everything about this school - well-balanced academics, classmates and parents who are down-to-earth, kind, respectful, "normal", and inclusionary, good teachers, and a warm & non-competitive environment. I only wish we made this positive move years ago!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2011

Strong academics, catholic based, small community. My child has thrived at St. Patricks and will be well prepared for High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2011

We have been at St. Pats for 5 years..The school has strong core academics, a supportive community of parents and teachers, and fantastic specialty teachers, including art, music, computer and PE. Overall, a great well rounded education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

A wonderful school with a great community of teachers and families. Very strong academic standards all the way through 8th grade. Nourishing environment. Wish they had a stronger foreign language program starting at an earlier age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

a wonderful school for those who wanted to be academically challenged, spiritually supported and active in the parish and community events.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 26%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
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)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
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
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Linda Kinkade
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (415) 924-3544

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
  • Varied instruction throughout the day.
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Global
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
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)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Technology club
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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
  • 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
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
45
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
100
Students typically come from these schools
Pre-school
Public school
Private school

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$8000 - $30000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Archdiocese

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Catholic high schools: Marin Catholic and St. Ignatius
Private
Public
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120 King Street
Larkspur, CA 94939
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Phone: (415) 924-0501

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