"Our school is faith-based, academically challenging, with a great sports program"
Students enrolled 163
Hours 8:10 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Mrs. Sally Douthit
Transportation options None
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Before school Yes
After school Yes
Summer program Yes

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3695 High Street
Oakland, CA 94619

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4 stars
Based on 26 ratings

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September 01, 2014
I have two children who attend this school. My youngest just completed 4th grade. I didn't undersand the previous post regarding hours of homework since my daughter had at the most an hour's worth of homework, and that was a rare occasion. She was a focused child who did extremely well in class and learned so much. I volunteered in this class quite a few times, so I was able to see the quality of instruction. I enjoyed being there during Langauge Arts when students would read an excerpt from a book or short story from an author. The teacher brought in other books from that particular author so students could have extended learning beyond their textbook. My daughter enjoyed all of the field trips, and so did I. I liked the fact that the field trips were integrated with what was being taught in class, showing students that what they were learning in class does pertain to the world outside. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2014
The school has a great sense of community as the older students look out and help the younger students. The teachers up until the second grade were amazing and nurturing. However, there is a lack of focus on basic and fundamental education. The third and fourth grade teachers are horrible and have antiquated teaching methods if any at all. The fourth grade teacher who should either retire or be forced to retire gives students hours of homework (until 9:30 pm) and only grades based on test scores, not giving credit to all the time and effort the child has spent on class work and homework. For a school that charges a tuition I would expect to the school to have advanced and innovative educators. If you are looking for a school that coaches ALL teachers to set their students up for success then this is not the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2014
The school has a great sense of community as the older students look out and help the younger students. The teachers up until the second grade were amazing and nurturing. However, there is a lack of focus on basic and fundamental education. The third and fourth grade teachers are horrible and have antiquated teaching methods if any at all. The fourth grade teacher who should either retire or be forced to retire gives students hours of homework (until 9:30 pm) and only grades based on test scores, not giving credit to all the time and effort the child has spent on class work and homework. For a school that charges a tuition I would expect to the school to have advanced and innovative educators. If you are looking for a school that coaches ALL teachers to set their students up for success then this is not the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2014
This school is great! The Tuition is affordable. The Principal and the teachers really care about their students. The Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Lynnae Tasi is great with her students. My son loves the way she teaches. She has a lot of hands on learning activities and projects. Her demeanor to teach is perfect for her students. She is peaceful, loving, kind and firm. I am glad that my son is attending SLOT. What a great way to start his education. My son has grown spiritually and academically. I can totally see my son attending this school for 8 more years.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
We love it here! We had to move our Kindergartener from a public charter school mid-semester and SLOT has welcomed us with open arms. It is simple and academically challenging. Aftercare could be more developed, but it is inexpensive, safe, and the aftercare teachers really care. The Kindergarten teacher is everything a K teacher should be. So kind, loving, and patient. It is apparent that she loves God and the kids. The principal, is so welcoming and very personable. The parent group is awesome and raises a lot of money to keep tuition down. Come to an open house, this school midght be a good fit for you too! Our student has grown by leaps and bounds academically and loves her school.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2013
Excellent School! St. Lawrence O' Toole Catholic Elementary School is the perfect environment for our son. The Kindergarten Teacher Mrs. Lynnae Tasi is a gentle, yet firm woman of God who believes that God has called her to teach. Mrs. Tasi has the perfect demeanor to teach and develop male children who can at times be very active and curious! Our son enjoys attending Mass and Chapel on a weekly basis and was very excited to be the "prayer leader" for the week! St. Lawrence O' Toole nurtures children academically and spiritually in a loving environment. SLOT offers sports, music lessons (after school) and Spanish instruction for Grades K-8. I highly recommend SLOT to any family seeking a well rounded, family like atmosphere for their child. SLOT graduates go on to attend the high school of their choice and are often times placed in AP/Honors classes.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
I am the parent of a 7th grader who first went to SLOT in kindergarten. After a terrible 6th grade year at Redwood Christian School, I was eager to find a place where my daughter felt like she belonged. SLOT has proven to be just the place for her. Many of her kindergarten friends were still at SLOT and were very welcoming to her even though they hadn't seen each other in 7 years. Everyone from the school Administrators right on down to the students themselves have been so warm, welcoming and positive. My daughter is thriving at SLOT! There is a lot of parent involvement and a true sense of community at the school. My only regret is not sending my daughter back sooner!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
I first came to this school two years ago when my son was having a VERY difficult time at one of the OUSD elementary schools. It was a bad fit for him and a very stressful time for us. SLOT welcomed my family with understanding and reassurance that it was going to be ok. My son has grown so much since being there both academically and spiritually that I am eternally grateful. All the teachers know the students and make you feel connected when simply walking down the hall. I now have two children there and would reccomend this school without reservation.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
I really do love this school! St. Lawrence O'Toole is like a second home for our family. Our child has grown academically and spiritually in this nurturing environment. It is a warm and welcoming place. I feel assured that my child is safe, cared for, and challenged academically at this school. It has been a great experience so far and we look forward to four more year at SLOT!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
My son is a 2nd grader this year and has been here since kindergarten. His father is an alumni and we absolutely love St. Lawrence O'Toole. My son was fortunate to have the amazing Mrs. Sabina Burns as his 1st grade teacher last year. She was also his father s 1st grade teacher when he attended. We can not wait to enroll our other son when he is ready for kindergarden.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
Moved our child to SLOT from one of the top rated OUSD schools last school year and are very happy. The small class size and instructor interaction is a relief. SLOT addressed academic issues and straight away developed an individual plan to tackle them head on. I am relieved to say I have a student that is engaged in their studies, spiritual growth and team sports activities. We are back on track and no longer behind the curve! Love the proactive approach.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
Are kids are on their way to attending this school, and coming out of a high rated local public school. Our tour of the school was very impressive, and the students here seem to be very on track. The school seems to encompass all aspects of a positive learning environment, while keeping up with effective advancements in education. Class size is smaller compared to public classes, teacher involvement seems much greater, and children seem happier and more FOCUSED. The principal is very accommodating with an extensive educational background. We look forward to our kids attending here. PLEASE disregard comments that are one star and make no sense.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
I have been attending St. Lawrence O' Toole since Kindergarten. The school is progressive and moving forward in a positive direction. The children are encouraged to be leaders, scholars and athletes. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
Excellent school! Not sure of the last comment. Sorry you feel your child is on the first grade level in the eight grade. But overall - excellent school that is determined to have your child excel in all areas.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2010
terrible my child is at first grade level but is a eighth grader. im planing on leaving slot for a better suitable school, for example st.leo. also most of the teachers are seniors and no respect advance minds.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
Small community, great student teacher ratio, teachers truly CARE about the kids and want to develop them academically and morally. We are happy with our son's growth.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 19, 2010
Our daughter has been a student at SLOT since kindergarten and is now in the 8th grade. She is now getting ready to graduate and go on to high school. She has been accepted by all the private schools she has applied to. Her test scores have always been far above the local and national averages. We attribute this to the very good teachers at St. Lawrence.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2010
My daughter is in 5th grade and she 's in the school since Kintergarden. She loves the school and so do I. Visit the school anytime.

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February 12, 2010
My son is in 6th grade. He has been attending the school since kindergarden. He loves the school, his friends and the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
Our daughter started Kindergarten this year and she loves it there! She comes home talking about all that she has learned, her friends, and how wonderful her teacher is. She enjoys doing her homework and can't wait for visits to the school library. SLOTS is very diverse, which was very important to us. Agreeing with another review, Kindergarten has WEEKLY trips to the library and computer Twice a week, they have music and PE.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
This is a wonderful school. My child is in kindergarten and I am so pleased with the teacher and how much he is learning. They have music, computers, PE and much more.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2008
This school has grades combination, 7/8, more than half the students dropped this school the first half of the year. It's very inconsistent, don't provide any information to the families they serve untils report card comes home. The teachers overwhelmed the students with homework. Students are assigned homework without prior instruction.

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August 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2007
The school is outstanding in many different ways! Academic expectations are high, but in kindergarten they maintain a focus on making learning fun. Social expectations are similarly high: students are repeatedly given messages on playing well together, how to negotiate conflicts, when to call a teacher's attention to a social conflict, etc. Engagement from parents and extended family is high, in fact families are expected to participate in at least 40 hours of school work/activities each year (much of the participation is more community engagement than 'work,' for example you sometimes get credit for attending a monthly family mass). In contrast to a number of private schools in the area, many different sectors of the Oakland population are well-represented, including within Asian, African-American, Latino, and White sectors.

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October 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2005
High parental involvemnt, High academic expectations, lots of extracurricular activities

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
Top kids do well at top high schools. Very diverse student body. Good athletic programs.

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St. Lawrence O'toole Elementary School
3695 High Street, Oakland, CA  94619
(510) 530-0266
Last modified St. Lawrence O'toole Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St. Lawrence O'toole Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews.