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St. Cyprian Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 205 students


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Posted August 26, 2013

I have 3 kids enrolled in this school and we are very happy with the education they are receiving. The school is small and everyone knows the students. My 4th and 2nd grader are both reading above their grades and are challenged academically. My preschooler has a full day curriculum that focuses on socialization and academics. I would recommend this school to everyone.
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Posted August 26, 2013

St. Cyprian Parish school has been the foundation on which a great education has been set for my son. He has just entered second grade there and the tools he has learned from pre-k -1st grade have prepared him for an awesome year in 2nd grade. The faculty are like a family to all who attend.

Posted August 26, 2013

My grandkids are enrolled at St. Cyprian and I have had the opportunity to pick them up at times. I've observed a very family oriented environment, a lot of parental involvement and respect for everybody. I am very proud of my grandkids achievements and the way they are academically challenged to bring up the best of them. I like this school and I believe my grandkids are receiving a high quality education.

Posted November 29, 2012

I love this school, the teachers and all the complete environment .really make you feel as a home, as a family . The students respect each other and the big "brothers" care for the smallest one. My son is learning about God, respect , sciences, accelerate reading , dance .... really i feel SUPER comfortable my son be in a secure school, where adult people treat well kids and cares for the, I can feel it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2012

The quality of this school is not what it used to be under the previous administration. Enrollment has dropped considerably and is no where near 248, as posted here. The administration has removed the word CATHOLIC from their official school name. One example of what the school is currently involved with: The 7th grade is doing a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen foundation - an organization which is known to provide abortions and birth control - clearly against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Posted April 16, 2012

St. Cyprian Is an amazing community of learners. The students are challenged academically every day and the faculty and administration strive to educate the whole child. Catholic religion is taught daily and faith and and compassion are modeled at all times. Students receive music, computer, and PE from specialized teachers. Spanish was added this year to the junior high classes. I have always found the principal to be willing to take the time to listen to the students and the parents and from that work to continually improve and grow the school. Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Mad Science, Meet the Masters, and the list goes on. My children are definitely getting a complete education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 14, 2012

This is an amazing school. The teachers are very supportive of each and every student and take the time to communicate with you regarding your child's individual needs. The principal is enthusiastic and works hard to involve parents and the community in every aspect of making sure that the children many opportunities available to them. The after-school staff is wonderful and cares for every child as if they were there own. Due to the great teaching my child is reading 2 years above grade level and is excited about going to school each and every day.
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Posted December 31, 2011

We had a terrible experience at this school. The teachers are not monitored by the administration, there is no professional development, the teachers teach in archaic ways and the campus is small and needs multiple renovations. The administration is not supportive of the parents and lacks in leadership. I would not recommend this school.
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Posted July 2, 2011

My daughter has been at St. Cyprians for two years and it has been a great experience. As more and more programs are being cut from public schools more are being added to St. Cyprians. The principal is dynamic and leads from the front. A wonderful school that is challaging academically and intensely faith based.
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Posted February 28, 2010

After-school-care is awesome. This is a safe school and bullying isn't tolerated. Some teachers are phenomenal, but there are a few horribly medicore ones. The pre-alegbra teacher is very talented--don't understand why he isn't teaching all the middle school math classes. There's a new rule asking parents to donate 30 hours of time--single parents must put in the same hours as a husband-wife. Service hours can be purchased, but that would push the overall yearly cash donation to about $850.00 ($400 is required outside the service hours. Cash donations are standard at Catholic schools). The librarian -- an amazing individual and positive and caring force at the school -- was let go this year due to budget problems. Teachers can take children to the library to check out books, but it's sad to see what once an incredible library otherwise closed.
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Posted January 26, 2010

We have been at St. Cyprian for 2 years and I am very happy with it. My son's teacher has been great at communicating with us. As a new family, I feared that there would be that clique atmosphere, but from what i see everyone is friendly. As many have stated the after school care ladies are absolutely wonderful and it is one of the top reasons why we send our son there. The one thing I do not like is that as of this year they no longer serve lunch through the school. Instead they have an outside company that brings pre ordered food, at a higher price than before. I liked having the option of not sending lunch if i was running late and just having my son use up one of his lunch card credits. I wish they would bring it back.
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Posted January 18, 2010

New to the school a couple of years ago and found the students and parents to be very cliquey. Not very friendly. Some of the staff needs to retire, like yesterday! On the other hand, some of the teachers are very good.
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Posted June 1, 2008

Being a graduate of Saint Cyprian and now attending SJHS I realize how much I have learned and how much I have strenghthened my faith being a part of the Saint Cyprian school community. The teachers there are wonderful and really care about you. The principal is doing wonderful job running the school and keeping everything in balance. The extracurricular activities are always safe and the parents are always involved. The afterschool care is a huge help to many parents and is always available. Overall Saint Cyprian is a great school and really prepares students for high school.

Posted May 6, 2008

Highly respected for its academics and caring staff. Holds true to the outstanding reputation of Catholic education. Most of the staff has advance degrees and the principal does an amazing job utilizing the strengths of individual teachers to build a strong curriculum. Program includes music, art, computers along with a variety of sports and after-school care programs. Actively involved parents and a supportive parish community fosters an environment of excellence.
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Posted March 30, 2008

This is a very faith-base school and the staff cares about the students, especially in day care. However, the principal seemed to institute changes her first year without parental input, just because that's what she was used to as SMM, her previous school.
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Posted March 14, 2008

I attended St Cyprian School for 9 years, and now I am a student at Saint Joseph High School. I absolutely love Saint Cyprian, I still keep in touch with the faculty and staff. It is such a small school that the teachers care. The principal is wonderful. After graduating I realized that St Cyprian is somewhat behind where education is concerned, if they were to step it up then I am sure that St Cyprian would be better then the best. You just can't get the same kind of love from any other school.

Posted December 20, 2007

Excellent academics and caring faculty and administration. Over 250 years of teaching experience among 14 teachers. The only negative is: there is no parish priest involvement in the classrooms.

Posted December 6, 2007

I heard a lot of good things about this school, but was quickly disappointed when my student enrolled. It is very sad indeed that the first year of school the students do not get a warm and friendly teacher, but one that [it seems] feels the need to be extremely strict and controlling. I am totally honest when I say this, the whole time my child was at school there, not one time did I receive a positive comment from his teacher. The afterschool care, on the other hand is great. The only reason I kept my student there so long was because of them. You could tell they truly cared for your child. It's a shame they aren't recognized more at school events such as back to school night.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2007

Good school very friendly staff. The teachers are great and well verse in educating young minds. I love the community involvment that happens at the school....Wonderful school
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Posted June 29, 2007

I have been a part of the Saint Cyprian community for 12 years. I graduated from SC and attend SJHS now. This elementary school has gone through a lot of changes over the years and I feel that it has lost a lot of its pizzazz. The extracurricular activities are not what they used to be and the teachers are not always qualified or good for that matter. The leadership is wavering and I can see my younger sibling suffering. The academics of this school are not up to speed with the other local Catholic schools and from personal experience and observance, I can say that the school does not nuture the gifts of the students and I am glad that I went to such a good high school because I don't know if I would have excelled somewhere else because of the lack of guidance, challenges and opportunities at SC

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 31% 26%
Hispanic 24% 52%
Black 5% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5133 East Arbor Road
Long Beach, CA 90808
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