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St. Dunstan's Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 254 students


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Posted March 2, 2014

Our son started kindergarten at St. Dunstan last year, and we love it! The community has been so welcoming and the teachers and staff are outstanding. We've been very impressed with the communication, curriculum, community and small class sizes. We highly recommend St. Dunstan to anyone who is looking.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 8, 2013

Great school! I went here for 9 years and I was well prepared for high school. I was the student body president and am doing very well at a prestigious high school in san francisco. Your child can succeed through his/her motivation and will to learn. If they have that, then they will be set.

Posted June 10, 2013

This school lacks everything you want for your child! The Principal has no leadership. Academics are way below standards of other school. The textbooks and workbooks are so out dated.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 6, 2013

St. Dunstan's has really been a great choice for me. It's like a family, everyone knows everyone and the relationship between students and teachers are unlike any other. Teachers are always available for extra help, and the school and its staff take a great interest in helping you grow as a student. Academically it can be pretty challenging, but putting forth an effort is a sure way to insure you will get a lot out of your experiences. I feel totally prepared for High School and I thank St. Dunstan's for all the advises I've gotten from the counselors, and the education I've gotten from the teachers.

Posted June 4, 2013

My son started in the 6th grade and just completed his first year. We couldn't be happier with the school.The environment is warm and inviting. Students are well mannered, a direct reflection of the school. I am very happy with the academics as that is our #1 priority. We were pleasantly surprised as to how quickly our son adjusted, made very good friends and met many parents. If a child is happy, he/she will learn. It's a small school and they do the best to allocate funds to meet all students' needs.A good education is certainly never free. While there is no school band, we supplement by instrument lessons outside of school. I look forward to 7th and 8th grade.My nephew was accepted at the two college prep schools he applied for.I have learned that students that leave St Dunstan are well prepared for High School and are usually placed in honors and advance Math, Science and English classes. One of the key reasons we moved our son is that the school provides advanced math for students that are ready for the challenge.The sports is low key and everyone is encourage to participate. These facts makes the school 5 star.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 29, 2013

they haven't had a music program in 6 yrs. Sports program may not be there next year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 22, 2013

This is an AMAZING school.What a great community! I LOVE St. Dunstan School. I love the administration, the staff, the after school program, the intramural sports program, the PTA and the kids! Dr. Colville, the principal for the last 9 years, is a wonderful and great principal! He goes above and beyond every day dedicating his time to student needs. Many principals sit in their offices or spend their time at meetings offsite all day, but this principal is out on the playground keeping it safe at recess, resolving conflicts and encouraging solutions throughout the day, supporting teachers and parents. At many events he is always the first come who arrive and help setting up and left with the last crews. I have never encountered a principal more dedicated to his school and its students. He reacted to the tragedy at Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT proactively. Only 1 entrance to the school and visitors need to ring a bell, in order to get in, they installed a few security cameras, they have lock down policy, school staff have walkie talkie to communicate with each other in case something bad happen (hopefully they don t have to use them). I feel that my son is in a very safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 22, 2013

This Catholic School is great! They teach spanish, chess, music and cheeleadering and computer class. Teachers are the best! They have grandparents Day too! And Daycare for children. St.Dunstan is a very good School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 6, 2013

I could not be any happier with my experience at St. Dunstan's. The school provides a wonderful community, a top notch education and an awesome sports program. The teachers are very good across the board and they are great with the kids. My son just loves going to school every day. He's constantly challenged and I'm very happy with the education he's receiving. St. Dunstan graduates consistently attend the top high schools in the area and from what I've heard they adjust quite well based on the preparation they've received. As a previous reviewer mentioned, unfortunately there are a few loud-mouthed parents with too much time on their hands who enjoy looking for drama -- but thankfully they weed themselves out eventually. And good riddance! The overwhelming majority of parents are fantastic and really make this school a special place. Overall, I highly recommend St. Dunstan's!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2013

St. Dunstan school has a very down to earth community. The families work hard to maintain a friendly, comfortable environment for the children. There is no pretentious feel at St. Dunstan, like other Catholic schools do on the Peninsula. Unlike the previous review, the teachers do care about the students and work hard to instill work ethic and kindness. Dr. Colville is a thoughtful, hard working principal who takes on lots of duties without ever complaining. People who have problems outside their child's educational lives shouldn't take them out on the school and its teachers. My kids have always felt safe and welcome at St. Dunstan.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 28, 2013

I am very surprised by the negative comments posted. Our experience with the school has been very positive. I was especially surprised by the comment posted about the vice-principal . Our children loved her as a teacher and still do. Our family always found her to truly care about her students. She showed dedication to teaching and an interest in our children. She also had a great sense of humor in and out of the classroom. Unfortunately, it seems that often parents become hyper-sensitive, hence the befitting phrase, "helicopter parents." . Boy, I do not think I would want to be a teacher today!

Posted December 11, 2012

My child has been at this school for a couple of years. She is happy with her friends and teachers thus far. I am not happy with the huge class sizes they are allowing. I pay for a private education with decent ratios and I feel like the school is lacking in some areas. The principle is nice but needs to take some issues more seriously. The minimum days are too much. Overall a good school but needs improvement especially with mismanaged tuition money.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2012

We've been here for a few years and there is great parent involvement. Our kids and friends are all thriving and are pretty happy.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 2, 2011

I agree with most posts that the school calendar is not friendly to those parents who work. Too many art projects, and the children are left with having to take their school work "home". Other classes there may not be enough work and parents will need to help their kids at "home". Notice lots of work to do at "home" and lots of breaks and minimum days. Facility is old. Outside of this the community of parents are great!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 21, 2011

This is our second year at St. Dunstan and we are very pleased with the school and our child performance. Though there are many minimum days and breaks, but with advance planning we got through them fine. Also there is after school care for every school days, even on the minimum days. Academically and socially, I feel that my child is being guided in the right direction. Spanish is started since Kindergarten. It would be over the top if they can incorporate Mandarin in their curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 26, 2011

This is probably the greatest school to be built. Yes, the calendar is a bit on the edge, but other than that, its a wonderful school. They teach you all the subjects you need to know, Math, English, Spanish,Reading,Religion,Science, Computers, Physical Education, and Music. They have all sorts of clubs you could join and sports that will make your child actually smile. The staff is very kind and helpful. They have very fun field trips, like today, my child went to BlackBerry Farms and said it was the best day of her life. I would never want to move my child to any other school, like Taylor. I would sugest this school to anyone who wants their child to have a good education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 1, 2008

Saint Dunstans is wonderful. We've been there for two years and love the small community feel. We feel as if we are part of a very stong family. My children are learning spanish, music (piano), p.e, chess. and so much more. We're adding art in action! Our day care is fabulous and affordable. Our tuition is also very afordable. Our principal is THE BEST! Can you tell i love the school! I dont mind the minimum days. After all they go to school from 8:00 to 3:00 a.m. they deserve a min day from time to time.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 16, 2008

Academically speaking, this school is doing a great job. There is a good balance between academic work and sports. I, however, agree with the first review - that the school calendar is not friendly to working parents. Way too many minimum days - in the month of October school actually cancel after school care due to events. This is a nightmare for all working parents.
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Posted February 10, 2007

School is ok but the school calendar is not friendly to working parents.
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Posted June 5, 2004

St. Dunstan Parish School is a great school for every child that wants to participate in sports, especially Track and Field because St. Dunstan has been the #1 Track and Field team for the past 3 years now (thanx to their coach). In other areas of the school, SD has all in all a good reputation.
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Ethnicity This school
Two or more races 37%
Asian 27%
White 23%
Hispanic 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Black 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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1150 Magnolia Avenue
Millbrae, CA 94030
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