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
As a parent we are always trying to make the right decisions regarding what is best for our kids. St. Patrick's is one of the those decisions that I am always proud of and confident about. This is a school that has a wonderful staff a strong focus on academics and character building, yet still feels nurturing. What I love most about this school is that there is a culture within the school of making sure we truly care about every childs success and well being, This is a school that believes in giving back to our community, respect each and hard work through accountability. I believe that your child leaves St. Pats well prepared for High School and a better child due to its strong sense of building moral character. I have to come to believe that when you combine those two characteristics your child leaves with a better sense of self esteem. I would say even parents become better people because of their involvement in the school. This is one decision I know was the right one.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Strong academics, catholic based, small community. My child has thrived at St. Patricks and will be well prepared for High School.
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
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.
a wonderful school for those who wanted to be academically challenged, spiritually supported and active in the parish and community events.
We have been at St Pats for 7 years and have had a great experience. My kids love it and both have consistently scored in the high 90 percentile on standardized tests (98 and 99). The school does an excellent job of preparing kids to be personally responsible for their school work so the transition to high school is a breeze. There is a strong community of families to support the school and keep an eye on kids' behavior.
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