"Our school is best known for our award-winning Academic Decathlon Team"
Students enrolled 121
Hours 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Mrs. Christina Arellano
Transportation options None
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Before school Yes
After school Yes

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119 South Ramona Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91754

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(626) 573-1716
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4 stars
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April 07, 2014
Very caring teachers and willing to go the extra mile. Principal is willing to listen to concerns and make changes. Our child will be returning and we look forward to the improvement that has taken place. There have been some changes but in order for things to improve change is needed.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
After years of uncertainty, our school is on the road to recovery. Reason? Our new principal, Mrs. Arellano. She has established herself as THE authority figure on campus. Some were disappointed and frustrated by it, but they were the ones who were getting everything their way before... Enrollment is on the way up, and we had the best re-registration rate in SEVERAL years... Thank you Ma'am......

- submitted by a teacher
November 19, 2013
THe new principal is great. She has good vision for the school. The new principal is so open to the parents regarding all aspects of the school. The preschool is great for any child going to school for the first time. My granddaughter is learning so much and is so advanced. I would recommend this school to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Great School, Great Principal. The new Accelerated Reader Program has been a plus for my children and provided great incentive for them to read more.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
What a difference good leadership makes! I have seen our school improve 100% since this new principal arrived. I love the website, the Facebook updates, and the frequent newsletters that keep me informed. The kids seemed thrilled with all the new programs and activities.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
St. Stephens has been a GREAT school for my children. I am very much looking forward to this upcomiing year! Fr. Ortega has been an amzaing pastor and I am excited to see what new programs our new principal has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
SOFT SKILLS (Hidden curriculum) emphasis was introduced by the previous administrator which has created a strong impact on HOW the students behave outside school grounds. Being thoughtful, generous, honest and concerned are attitudes that one cannot simply cannot take for granted. Students have become strong active members of the community and a great contrinutor to the society as a whole. Great job, St. Stephen's!

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2012
I am a parent, a former student and a member of the St. Stephen Martyr School & Parish for over 35 years. I have just returned from the 8th grade awards ceremony and I am extremely proud of all of the students. I don't care if there are 5 or 5000 students in the school, they are all wonderful children who have accomplished so much. Bottom line is that they cannot do it alone, right? They need the leadership of the principal, the guidance of their teachers and the partnership with their parents and family members. And from where I'm standing, I can see all of the above. I am a proud Spartan. From 1973 through today and beyond. God Bless You Class of 2012 & all of the students, parents & faculty who make this school what it is.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
The school has approximately 100 enrolled. They are not confirmed but that is the round number. And yes, the description is wrong. Whether it is 98 or 100 or even 120, it is nowhere near the 246 number advertised. The pre-school does not have a waiting list and there are 2 multiage classrooms. As with most catholic schools there are fewer students enrolled year after year. This one is no different. No principal can fix that. Good or bad. But this principal does not have the leadership skills nor does he appear to care much what happens to the school. I don't believe it is his fault. For however long this school is around, it would be nice if he would show a strong presence. Some of the teachers really need to go too. Not all of them.

- submitted by a teacher
May 31, 2012
I know the school definitely has more than 100 students enrolled, there are two multi-age classrooms, and the preschool is fully enrolled with a waiting list.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2012
My children have been at St. Stephen since kindergarten. They both love the school as well as their teachers. They are now in junior High and excelling in all classes. They are very happy which makes me very happy as a parent. As far as the enrollment, I personally do not know the exact enrollment of the school. I am unsure how anyone could unless they are in the administration. I just passed a flyer to my neighbor whose child will be entering 1st grade in the Fall. SSS is offering a Kinder/1st Readiness Camp in the Summer to prepare the students. My friend and her child are excited and looking forward to this new program.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
The previous two posts (both written by the Principal) are incorrect. 1) the violin lessons and other arts programs were not created by his administration. They were the previous Principal's work. 2) Most of the 8th graders are going to public school and were not "accepted." The "scholarships" he speaks of are financial aid. Not academic scholarships. 3) the "parent" who wrote the newest post is mistaken. The school has less than 100 students. I don't know if they are counting weekend catechism students or what, but they do "multiage" classes, which is their fancy way of saying "filling a classroom." And the preschool has 1 enrolled student. He is right. You should visit. You will get a bird's eye view of the "improvements." Please be sure to call ahead and make sure the Pricipal is actually there.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2012
My family and I have been part of the St. Stephen Martyr community for years and I feel some of the below comments are unfair and do not paint a picture of the great school I know. First of all there is more than 130 students and a full preschool of children.Second the principal is a very hardworking man who genuinely cares about the school.He is constantly looking for ways to improve the curriculum and make parents happy.They have extended the school year to 11 months which means an extra month of education for your child.The teachers are undergoing training to implement an accelerated reading program and more powerful curriculum next year.As for the teachers they are very giving and sincerely care about their students.Where else are you going to find teachers who sacrifice their time to provide free after school clubs for your kids,work late on school events, and weekends to benefit the school. This school has had a problem of having a few parents who are negative and aren't willing to work together as a family to benefit the school. At St. Stephens your child will not only receive a good education but will learn to be a well rounded,well mannered,and a compassionate individual.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2012
As the principal of St. Stephen Martyr School I would like to address some of the comments shared by earlier reviews. First of all, our faculty, staff and administration are all hardworking and dedicated to each child achieving academic excellence. Together, we made a commitment to academic excellence by extending our school year from ten to eleven months. We also decided to bump up our Math program one grade level for each class. This has proven to pay off since our 8th graders have scored the highest on average in years in their High School Placement Tests (also more scholarships than ever). Under my administration the school has gone through numerous improvements such as our free after school clubs, piano and violin lessons and increase in parish/community service. St. Stephen School is becoming known in the city as a partner and in creating Catholic leaders. We are blessed to have a supportive PTA and school board. Finally, we are looking ahead by adopting the Common Core Standards next year and have just set in place Accelerated Reader. Please do not rely on these reviews to determine if our school is GREAT. Come visit and see for yourself what St. Stephen has to offer.

- submitted by a teacher
October 11, 2011
I have been a parent at this school for 12 years and I have sent 3 of my children to this school. I am glad to see this school going in the right direction. They have a great affter school program with the free clubs they offer. The classroom sizes average about 18 in each class last I saw. I really feel that this school is like being part of a family or community.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
I agree, many parents complain about what is not being done or what is wrong with the school but don't participate and don't take the initiative to make a change. If we want change for the better we need to be proactive and be more involved; afterall, our children are the ones that benefit.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
The parent guild and school board are strongly committed to helping the school. The school provides a healthy and safe environment for students. Excellent curriculum in Science and Math! Great sports' program. Preschool is wonderful. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2009
My child was enrolled at Oprah's school in South Africa before my company transferred me and my family to America. St. Stephens has been a very positive change for our child. A good curriculum coupled with warm, caring and intelligent teachers has made our child flourish. BombaChiWomba, as we say back home to the great St. Stephens Martyr School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2009
My child will soon be graduating from Preschool and I am so grateful for all that she has learned. Ms. Morningstar is very caring and dedicated, my child just loves her. I would recommend this Preschool to anyone looking for a warm and caring enviroment, where their child will be very well prepared for Kindergarten.

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March 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
I agree, the Preschool program is excellent! I know my child looks forward to going to school each day, and misses it on the weekends. Ms. Morningstar and Ms. Marichu are a joy to talk with and are always ready to listen to parents.

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February 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 17, 2009
st.stephens is a good school.iv been a student since kinder and i always liked it.I hate the princepal because she has favorites and she never has hands on with the children. Im still attending st.stephens because my friends are there and the student body is just like a family. the teachers are very nice. Some of them play favorites others just treat everyone the same.

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December 28, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2008
overall the school is alright not great. most of teh teachers play favorites. our principal is not interactive with the students she barely knows anyone if i were to send my kids here in the future(if i have any) i would not enroll them here i want them to have a good education in a high educated school and a high rating of teachers and principal

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August 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
Overall the education is great but the offer no summer program that benefits the kids, the school carnival is not organized and this year there were no rides, some teachers are too strict and play favorites which is completely unfair. I too am thinking about taking my child out of the school as well because there is not an equal balance when it comes to discipline and as a working parent, it's hard to attend every single function. I work odd hours and when I don't attend, I'm charged a ridiculous amount which is unfair. I work to keep my child in the school and it's hard to attend every parent meeting. I think they should be more understanding.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2007
I have had at least 1 child at St. Stephen School for the past 9 years. There is a lack of consistency in enforcing family handbook guidelines. Parent involvement in academics and discipline can be rather weak but is strong when it comes to social events. Class sizes are too large . Some teachers follow the curriculum for their grade, but others do not. I hesitate to pull my child out because of the friendships she has made.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
I am currently in the 7th grade at St. Stephen's, and I am in the utmost belief that this is the school where I will want my children to go. St. Stephen Martyr is of the highest quality, and I absolutely love being a student here. Everything is fun and educational, from the friendly student and teacher atmosphere, to the loving church council. I would not trade being here for anything in the world.

- submitted by a student
September 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
If you want to send your child to a good private catholic school this is the place. At first, I was overwhelmed with the parent involvement required, but after a while, it became fun to meet with other parents. It also shows your child that academics is top on your list. St Stephen recently ranked 15th out of 110 catholic schools at the Junior High Academic Decathalon. Now that is saying a lot for this school that has a low tuition fee compared to other private schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2006
I am in 7th grade in st. Stephens. The teachers are really cool but what we need is more after school activities we also all of us need to get along. There is alot of cliques which we need to fix.On monday after school we have a dance program. And on tuesday and thursdays after school we have a art class so pick this school for your kids you will not regret it.

- submitted by a former student
February 18, 2006
vibrant and visionary leadership by principal; good support and working partnership between school and church; strong board;

- submitted by a former student
May 12, 2005
this school is a great school because I go there. I am graduating this year.(2005) my times at st. have been fun and educational. Its a great school, it has wonderful teachers, a nice principal,great after school activities,and has a safe campus.

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March 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2004
I went to this school from 3rd - 8th grade. Overall this is a good school. The teachers really care about the students and though the discipline maybe a little tight, it may be a good thing for the kids. We would always have lots of parent involvement and there are many after school activities. I also see lots of parents volunteering for the school. It also pretty cool that there was a built in after-school program so for the parents that are busy they wont have to pick up their kids until 6pm. What I dont like is that the there seems to be a heavy amount of Catholic involvement. While understandly, it is a Catholic school. But the wednesday mass was mandatory for all students, and for the non-catholic students (like myself)the situation maybe a little awkward and the student may feel left out at times. They also have a mandatory religion class. Also, the school seem to revolve around mexican heritage too. Since most of administrators/teachers are mexican and or of mexican decent, you will get a lot of involvement that may revolve around mexican heritage (such as cinco de mayo festivals etc). This maybe a good school if you want something that will reinforce a strong Catholic background, but for a parent just looking a good school with little or no religious background, this may not be the one right for you.

- submitted by a former student
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St. Stephen Martyr
119 South Ramona Avenue, Monterey Park, CA  91754
(626) 573-1716
Last modified St. Stephen Martyr is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St. Stephen Martyr Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews.