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St. Nicholas School

Private | PK-8 | 200 students

We are best known for accelerated academic program.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $335,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,480.

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Posted January 13, 2014

Both of our kids have been going to St. Nicholas since pre K. They are now in 5th and 4th grade.Since day one, we have been so impressed with everyone's amazing level of support. The teaching staff is absolutely impressive! Principal Spraglin is a complete joy, she truly is a well added asset to Saint Nicholas. Academically both my children are well above there actual grade level, getting them well prepared for high school and beyond. The communication between parent and teacher is excellent, this was something that was very important to us. Saint Nicholas continues to strive in keeping up with the high level technology with the introduction of there new SMART BOARDS, the students love them. Physical education was also very important, and Mr. Gieger there Athletic Director is awesome. We are truly considerate and grateful for all that Saint Nicholas has provided for our children's education. Thank you. Best Regards, The Nunez Family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2014

We are so thrilled to have our daughter attend St. Nicholas, and we know the education she is receiving will enable her to enroll into the best private high schools. The small classroom sizes offer our daughter more attention by the highly trained and loving teachers. The new Principal, is educated, bright, and highly motivated. Advanced technology, with Smart Boards in every classroom, and computer lab. Super Summer School Program, as well. The Parents are all very supportive. We feel our daughter is safe and taken care each day. There is a wonderful art program, amazing Greek language program, super after school program that assists the children with homework, and then they play either indoors or outdoors until 6pm, which is very helpful for my husband and me. I highly recommend St. Nicholas School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2014

It's a wonderful academic school, family oriented with committed teachers. Best of all, the students love their school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2014

If you priorities in a choosing a school for your child are strong academics, a safe nurturing family environment , strong values based on faith, then St. Nicholas School is the right choice. I have had two children grow up from pre-K through 8th grade. They were both well prepared for private high school. Both my children loved their formative years at this school, and have made friendships that will last a life time. As ALL schools . They are striving to make improvements every year. With our wonderful new principle Mrs Spraglin, we have seen improvements happen this first year. Still the improvements needed are only minor as far as what the heart of this wonderful school represents to our family community. Both my children say that when they grow up and have a family, they want to send there children to St. Nicholas School. That says it all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

This school is a hidden gem. My children both love the school; we have an award winning public school in our neighborhood but have chosen this school because of the positive environment - we were hooked after sending our children to the preschool and haven't left since. Academically, my children were reading before their cousins of the same age and overall, they seem very challenged (sometimes a little over-challenged, but I would rather have this scenario than less stimuli). Overall, I can't say enough about the student body that attends this school - everyone seems so nice and pleasant and happy (especially my children). It is a small school environment - small classrooms, which I love.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

St Nicholas is a great school. The staff members are experienced teachers who genuinely care about their student's development. There is a strong emphasis on academics, technology, and character development. Many of the children who attend are actually children of alumni, and with all of the options for schools today perhaps that is the best testament to the fact that St. Nicholas School is doing something right in the upbringing and education of our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

Both my kids have graduated from this school. Great education in a small nurturing environment .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2013

The worst. Greek teacher is terrible and I barely got computer time... Glad I left...


Posted July 6, 2013

I recently toured St. Nicholas School during the Greek Festival and found myself drawn to the friendly, open, and gracious community that welcomed my friend and I with open arms. I have been a school principal about 20 miles from here, and I am always delighted when St. Nicholas grads register for enrollment in our high school program, because they have all been academically prepared, with a great work ethic. Several have done well in our academic program as well. This parochial school consistently fosters sharp students. I am a fan!


Posted June 16, 2013

If you want your child to be well-rounded, friendly, curious and tolerant, then I would avoid St. Nicholas. Many, if not most of the parents are members of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and are very cliquish. Staff and parents are not friendly or welcoming. School work - well, let's just say, the same material was probably taught thirty years ago by the same teachers in the exact same way. There is no innovation, there is no vision, no creativity, which explains why the school enrollment has dropped significantly in the last few years.


Posted June 15, 2013

NEW PARENTS BEWARE! PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS, for St. N s relatively high tuition does NOT, in our opinion, give children the competitive education you are promised. If we had the chance to do it again, here are some of the questions we would ask before considering St. N s elementary and/or middle school: Which teachers are currently credentialed? How many hours of continuing education do they receive each month? How often do children go to the computer lab and what is taught? What is the condition of the school? [Take a look at the bathrooms.] What are the expectations if my child is a non-Greek speaker? [Mandatory Greek is taught by grade-level NOT by knowledge level; the teacher does NOT individualize.] Are there other languages taught? Where do kids play at recess and lunch? [The parking lot-no basketball hoops but gravel and uneven ground.] Is there a nurse on campus? Are there after school sports; how are kids transported? Why does enrollment continue to decline? Why does school start later than other schools? Is the principal responsive to parents concerns? Are there any current parents on the St. N's School Board, and how do complaints reach the board?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2013

Listen up all you young parents!!! St.Nicholas School is THE BEST school in the world! How do I know this??? Our son spent 10 wonderful years there. He took everything he learned from St. Nicholas and went on to one of the best high schools in the valley and is now finishing his last year at UC Davis pre-med with a double major! Then on to Med School! I give so much credit to St. Nicholas School....why? That was his strong foundation to excellent study habits, discipline and well roundedness that he would take with him forever. He learned in a safe, loving faithful community with excellent educators and wonderful clergymen. To this very day he stays connected to the strong roots of his first school that gave him his amazing start for his exciting future. We as a family, feel so blessed and so lucky to have had this experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2012

I have always been impressed with the students at St. Nicholas and their polite and respectful manners. The school promotes high academic achievement, but also fosters a sense of community and caring. Your child will get an excellent, well rounded education built upon a solid foundation of character and moral development. Classroom size is typically small, and each child is known and lovingly nurtured by the administration and teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2011

We love Saint Nicholas. My son and daughter both attend and we plan on sending them until they graduate from the eight grade. There are not many people or places that my husband and I entrust our children to, but we are 100% comfortable while we are away from them all day because we trust this establishment so much. We entrust the teachers, the staff, and our phenomenal priests with influencing their minds, their spirituality, and their physical well being. I could not imagine raising my children/family without this wonderful Saint Nicholas family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2010

This year I had the honor to be the St. Nicholas Booster Club President. I can tell you from personal experience, the teachers and staff are amazing. Not only do my two sons attend, My husband is an alum. My son and his father had the same 3rd grade teacher! They teach the whole child- not just a great education, but these students have a greater understanding of what it is to be a well rounded person who is not only given a great education, but is taught how to give back to their community as well - a rarity in todays world! The only negative about St. Nicholas is that it doesn't teach high-school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2005

Our daughter has attended St Nich since Pre-K. We have fould the level of teaching to be excellent. The lack of extracurricular activites has not been a problem for our family. Sport & the arts are everywhere. We enter this year into the 4th grade, and ask ourselves is it all enough for the higher grade levels? We are not sure but I do feel we made the right choice with St Nicholas. Small class size, Teachers & Parents who take the time, for the childern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2005

Both of my children attend the school. They have excellent, caring teachers (one or two are not up to par). They are doing work at least one grade level above public school. Currently they have Boy and Girl Scouts and piano lessons available for extra curricular activities. The children participate in 2 or 3 excellent musical programs a year. There is a core group of parents (mostly mothers) that are actively involved in the school but all are welcomed. I love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I have had a child in this school for many years and have seen the quality of the education slip over the last couple of years. The school has a problem atracting and keeping good teachers, the few that they have are not allowed to expand there teaching styles beyond the very narrow guide set for them by the principal. The school has poor communication with parents and frowns upon any type of parent input. There are no extracurricular activities for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2003

Good and discplined school. principal knows what shes doing. the greek festivals gets the kids to enjoy themselves. there gyros are great.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 26%
Hispanic 13% 52%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Pacific Islander 4% 11%
Black 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Italian
Spanish
Greek, Armenian
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Greek
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Greek, Armenian
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

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 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Sheree T. Spraglin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Tour our 5-Acre Campus
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
  • Greek Orthodox
Fax number
  • (818) 886-3933

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Standards-based
  • Traditional
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Greek
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Greek, Armenian
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Homework Club
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
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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
  • Booster Club
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • About 45% of our teachers have worked for St. Nicholas School for over 10 years.
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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$6000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Notre Dame
Chaminade
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9501 Balboa Boulevard
Northridge, CA 91325
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Phone: (818) 886-6751

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