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St. Stephen Martyr

Private | K-8 | 121 students

Our school is best known for our award-winning Academic Decathlon Team
 
 

 

Living in Monterey Park

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $409,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,370.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 3, 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!


Posted June 5, 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


Posted June 1, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 59% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 28% 11%
Two or more races 11% 3%
White 3% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Music teacher(s)
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Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
Tagalog
Hindi
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • It's Academic
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Christina Arellano
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • It's Academic
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
47
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
52
Students typically come from these schools
Ynez Elementary
Happy Day School Inc
Repetto Elementary

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$0 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
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119 South Ramona Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91754
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Phone: (626) 573-1716

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