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St. Paul The Apostle

Private | K-8 | 542 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $540,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,130.

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Posted August 6, 2014

The school is strong in academics. The community is not warm or welcoming. Bullying is a huge problem at the school especially by the girls. The girls are mean and their moms are even meaner. . Sad that a Catholic school allows bullying to happen. They tried to implement an anti-bullying program but it did not do any good. The teachers are nice but some of the people who work directly with the children are so rigid and hard to deal with. Their is no diversity at the school. Many wealthy parents who think they run the school. We are glad to be out of there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 24, 2014

Very good academically--I wrote the review above where I said "academics seem good". That was 3 or 4 years ago. Now I would say it is very good academically. Some students transfered in from good public schools (api 900) and found St Paul's harder. I am impressed at what my daughter is learning-- complex numbers and algebra in 6th grade. As for my comments about the parents social class-- Our daughter likes the school. She has enough friends, though it took a couple of years. It depends on what you are like- we (the parents) are shy and not the best at making friends ourselves. For some people even though not rich it would be fine. And a bunch of parents are friendly towards me. I don't know anyone well but I haven't made a big effort either. As for the review "This is a very old fashion traditional catholic school", I think it is exagerrated though partly true. This is not a Catholic school from the 50s (probably nowhere is, since almost none of the teachers are nuns). The very long serving and elderly principal is retiring this year (2014) and changes may be in store.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 4, 2014

This is a very old fashion traditional catholic school in many ways. Many legacy families who are happy to keep things as they were back when they were in this very school treasure the past and keep in alive for better and worse. There is still coloring inside the lines, and all the kids art projects look basically the same. Not a lot of space for the individual to spread his or her wings and fly. Behavior cards (green yellow orange red etc) used, tardies still punished severely with children being held out of class with the nun/principal even if their parents were the ones who got them there late--lets face it, kids don't walk to school and make themselves late these days. Lots of emphasis on tradition, but not enough on progression. Remains to be seen if culture change will come with the updates in the campus itself. Handwriting and coloring inside the lines may not be the best foundation for life in the 21 century for this generation. Parent involvement great in fundraising etc, but the school is has cliques, bullies, and there is a clear pecking order here amongst the parents, and well as with the administration.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2011

This school gave me the inspiration and educational foundation that has helped me become a successful doctor. It is an excellent school that guarantees your child's success.

Posted April 29, 2011

This is an amazing school with a thorough academic program and a excellent teachers. It has a large amount of resources and a great array of associated programs. I have known many students at this school that have become doctors, lawyers, PhDs, or have achieved other great successes. This school will help your child on the road to greatness.
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Posted March 14, 2011

this school has provided my son and daughter with great opportunities for success. The wonderful education has given my chilren the choice of high schools, both private and catholic as they scored in the 90th percentile on their entrance exams. the athletic programs are very competative, and CYO playoffs are a regular occurence in football, and girls volleyball, winning occasional championships. the teachers are very caring and the principal, sister stella, is a saint. The school is populated with upper and upper middle class families with not a snob in sight. my income is modest and i was helped when money was short. Thank you God for this wonderful place.
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Posted February 24, 2011

I was once a student at this horrible school. I was bullied every single day by most of the class and some older students. My mother and I complained to the teachers and the principal. No one helped us. I finally had to leave the school, because I couldn't take it anymore. The teachers did not do their job correctly. They did not seem interested in teaching, but more in socializing amongst themselves. Anybody who goes there is making a huge mistake. They are getting a poor education, possibly worse than a public school and are risking being bullied and a major loss of self esteem. Don't go there. Beware!

Posted April 20, 2010

St. Paul the Apostle is a great school. All of my children have now graduated. The best part about the school is the community of families. The parents are very active. There are many great activities at the school, like a 3 day festival and a weekend campout. The environment is safe and a feeling of Christian love permeates throughout. You will not find a better Catholic education in Los Angeles.

Posted February 26, 2010

The school is not great.They have a history of bad behavior and bullies. A lots of rich families that 'run' the school. No good Art program. PE once a week. Kids in upper grades don't have lockers, except 7 th grade. Math program is weak. Recommendations for HS are not based in students performances.Very disappointed
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 14, 2009

St. Paul the Apostle is a wonderful school with so much to offer. My daughter had a learning disability that was individually addressed by the prinicipal and teachers, and as a result she was reading at college level by 8th grade. We were not among the wealthy parents, but rather recieved annual financial aid. My daughter had to home school in high school after her father died, and the excellent education she received at St. Pauls allowed her to pass the California High School Proficiency Exam at 16 - what a testament to the school!
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Posted May 16, 2009

My kids transferred here from another private school. What a difference! This school is great. Academically sound, great teachers and a superb principal. My children are so happy and so are we. Extremely friendly parents.
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Posted March 1, 2009

I love the Christian content of the education. Academics seem good. But the school is mostly made up of families that live in Westwood north of Wilshire, with very successful fathers, and stay at home moms. If you are not in that demographic you may be socially isolated. I don't blame the parents too much, there is just a big difference that is hard to overcome. Dont just treat it as a bargain private school. Go to the church and see if you are comfortable with the people. If you are not, and/or you do not live near the school, it will be hard to arrange play dates and your child may be isolated.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2008

We chose to transfer to public school because the lack of attention to the basic fundamentals of English and Mathematics. Spanish, Chess, P.E., Art, Music, and Computer classes are great enrichment only when and if a child is throughly taught the foundation of education. St. Paul the Apostle couldn't address the needs of our child.
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Posted August 10, 2007

St. Paul the Apostle has both good points and areas that leave much to be desired. The best point is that my child does not want to change schools (although for several years was itching to leave). There is a disappointing sense of entitlement among the students that is, if not encouraged, definitely not discouraged by the adults on campus. Independently, the teachers are responsive to the emotional needs of their students. Students with special needs have a difficult time having their academic accommodations met. It is refreshing to have the chance to have art, PE, music, and elementary Spanish available. The complex seven day schedule devised to fit in all the 'extras' in the upper grades is not conducive to the learning styles of students short of high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2006

Love the school but 30 kids per class is too much for the upper grade levels.
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Posted March 9, 2006

My son started k this year & we all love the school. It is very family oriented and the kids learn way more than just academics.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 9, 2005

Outstanding school with great parent involvement. Dedicated faculty and school administration. Art, music and foreign language programs are outstanding. I only wish it had a grass field for recess and sports.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 6, 2003

We have been extremely fortunate to have been able to raise our three children in this outstanding school and parish. Sr. Stella has provided excellent leadership, the faculty, loving guidance and the parents tremendous support in creating an exceptional environmentin which to grow up. You are lucky if you are able to be part of this family.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 10% 11%
Hispanic 5% 52%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Sr. Stella Maria Enright
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1536 Selby Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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