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St. Andrew Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 230 students

Providing Solid Catholic Education Since 1897
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $357,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,290.

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Posted April 22, 2013

Lets face it you have so many choices in Pasadena when it comes to private schools, both religious and non. We toured all of them, some of them twice but once we met Dr. F on our third time around we found the decision to send our son here an easy one, he touched on everything that we had felt was lacking. The teachers are really dialed in to their students and we love that the older kids make an effort to say hello to the young ones, everyone knows each other and looks out for each other as well. Like in any school there is always room for improvement but we like where St. A is going, parents need to speak up and become more involved if they want to see changes. Both the teachers and Dr. F are open to hear from us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2013

We are very pleased with St. Andrew School. My son has done very well there, and he is very happy. We looked into some of the other private schools in the area and we felt St. Andrew offered the warm, familiar environment that we were looking for when he entered kindergarten. His teachers have all been great. We have a new principal this year, and even though we loved the previous principal, Dr. Foersch is doing a superb job and making a few needed improvements. The kids are also really nice to each other, I had never seen that before (even in my own elementary school days!), and I am still surprised whenever I see this...the older kids treat the younger ones so nicely. This is a very special place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

This school has brought me out of my shell since third grade with loving teachers, amazing academics and values and morals instilled in everyone starting in T-K! I love this school so much and will always owe all my great accomplishments to it! People that haven't visited the school in a year or two are amazed at the changes and improvements and I know Dr F is making this school a better place! I highly recommend it!


Posted July 5, 2012

Although we have had struggles and some parents have not been happy with the previous principal we are hopeful for the future. We have a new principal taking the reins of the school and we hope that the parents will be more involved to improve what can be changed & emphasize what are children love the most so others will join us for a positive catholic school education. In looking back my mother recollects "the best thing I ever did was sacrafice for her to have a catholic education".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

There is something really wrong with the Principal, no wonder she is steeping down. She has absolutely no idea about the chain reaction effect of her way of handling issues, then she begs for Parents to recommend SAS so that the student numbers stop lowering . You take your issues to her and she will just not listen to your concerns and tell you that she has no time. Her way of running the school is directly affecting the numbers decline. Now as of the Teacher (2nd Grade) Very Simple, Irritable, short Tempered, Student Intimidating and lacks the essential talents to be able to successfully work and motivate Seven year old children. Over all here is my advice, The Public system can be more productive because they ironically will have more accountability for your child than a wrongfully run Private school with no teacher resources and bad leadership. Save your money for the higher grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2011

St. Andrew WAS a great school!!My emphasis is on the WAS part. My son attended the school from 3 yrs.Unfortunately this last year was very disappointing. How things can go from great to unfortunate in 1 year is beyond me. It was the lack of results from a few teachers and the principal that destroyed the school. Serious issues when brought to the principals attention were heard but you were never informed of the consequences that were taken. Other families went through the same things and left the school for that reason. Due to the lack of results and slow pace in which issues are resolved by the principal and the Father, wonderful families are leaving the school. We pay good money for our kids to go to this school and we have the right to demand issues are taken care off. My son used to love the school and was happy to be there but after this year all I heard was his complaints about how the teachers and Principle do not listen to the kids.The school will be very surprised at how many families will be leaving this next year. Registration numbers will be extremely off since they make you register 6 months before the end of the school year. Something seems very wrong here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

My son has been attending St. Andrew since K and he love's it and is now in 2nd grade. We are very impressed with how much he has learned with every teacher the past few years. We love how much Sister Daleen is involved in everything. I love the parent involvment as well. St. Andrew is a great school to send your children. I am happy we chose to send him to SAS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

If you are looking for Catholic school, this is absolutely the best school for your child(ren). We all expect academics to be above par at all Catholic schools and, yes, St. Andrew does have an excellent academic program. What separates this Catholic school from the rest is the true feeling of a community, the involvement of the church in the school. The church raises money for the school, the pastors visit the children frequently, the children attend 1st Friday mass, and 4th-6th graders get to be altar servers. Every mass is served by a team of St. Andrew students. It's not only the academics, it is who your children become that matter most when they leave this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Because we are family, caring, the best Catholic education, very well prepare for high school...... great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2009

I graduated from St. A's in 2008 and currently attend a Catholic high school. St. Andrew's gave me so much to prepare me for my life now. I attended the school since Kinder and I loved it. There I came to love my religion, my values, family, friends, service, and education. I gave everything into my life there and gave me even more in return. However, I think St. A's needs some more improvement. Camp Tiger has been lax and mild. Our academic program can help students more with orientation to high school. I did not know what were honors classes were until I registered into my current high school. I did not know that I needed at least one to achieve higher than a 4.0. Sports should also join CYO. In all, I loved St. Andrew's and it's better than most places in the area.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2009

I considered taking my daughter out of this school and putting her in public school because of the cost, but I am just so impressed with St. Andrew's emphasis in math and reading for the early grades that I am committed to keeping her in this school along with her siblings. She takes home 1-2 pages of math homework a night and every night, she has to read 20 minutes and review a list of words to memorize daily (first grade). The smaller grades also have a t.a. and my daughter's class only has 23 students. I like the small atmosphere as well and I like how all the staff knows all the kids and families. Safety is also a reason why I chose to stay. And computer lab is great The only thing I wish is that there are more activities and a hot lunch program everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

My daughter has been at Saint Andrew School for 2 years. We are very happy with the school. She is in the 1st grade and her class size is small. She has a reasonable amount of homework/reading required each week and her teachers in both K and 1st are very well organized. We choose to send her here initially b/c we were impressed with the discipline and the community/family environment of the school. I think the biggest drawback is that a lot the student body has working parents so there may not be as much parent involvement and extra activities as other private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

Reasonably good school but a lot of room for improvements specifically the after-school daycare. Too lax on discipline. Students are not carefully monitored enough to prevent bullies from bullying their fellow students and gets away with it unnoticed. Students are mostly scattered all over the place during day-care and mostly left to themselves. Need more structure to make sure they have their eyes on all of them all the time. Day-care is an extension of the classroom and therefore should enforce the same policy on what is acceptable and not acceptable student conduct.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

I transfered my daughter from a public school to here 2 years ago and its the best thing I have ever done. The teachers,staff,principal there great. Great structure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

From the moment I toured this school, I was impressed with the curriculum, faculty, principal and parish. What a community! I did not hesitate one minute to transfer my children to this school. If you are looking for an excellent educational program that includes cross-curriclum training, hands-on application, exposure to the arts, opportunities for leadership and participation in school and church activities, including sports, definitely send your children to this school. Who your children become by the time they graduate and the skills they learn, compares to no other school I have toured in this area. Thees teachers go above and beyond what is required. They care for, love, teach and mentor each student to his/her potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

I went to St Andrew as a child, and I now send my children to this school. When it came to deciding where to send our children to get their education, St Andrew was the only school we could think of. The principal, teachers, and entire staff are completely dedicated to making sure the children are safe and performing at the level they should be in. For example, the students receive standardized testing, which compares their performance to other students nationally in the same grade. My daughter has been attending St Andrew since Kindergarten and has always surpassed the national percentage since taking these tests, which shows how well prepared the school's curriculum is and how well it's working. I highly reccomend this school. Remember this is coming from an alumni and a parent of two students currently attending St Andrew.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

I am very impressed by the principal, teachers, and sense of community and caring for individual students. Academics are strong, as least in kindergarten! About 15 pages of homework, plus reading log a month, and open court reading nightly. K has a teacher and 2 aides. My daughter was not 5 yet in Sept.; this was the only private school that would test her. She is now reading and writing sentences! Extra-curriculars should be better. Also, I think opening the school before 7:30 and providing a daily hot lunch option (now only Fridays) would make this school more attractive to parents. I highly suggest this program, as it is well balanced in terms of preparing kids for academics and socially for the real world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2007

Very good private catholic school for children. Very good experienced teachers and well managed school. Excellent principal as well as clean and safe environment for the kids. Mostly well disciplined kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2007

I just graduated from Saint Andrew School this 2007 year. I would have to say this school is great. I have been there since third grade, and have had many fun memories. Our principal Sister Daleen was always trustworthy, and would always take away from her time, to see how the kids were doing in their classrooms. She is very involved with the school, student, and our parents, and makes sure that we ALL are having fun at school, while learning our expected academics. I think all of the teachers there have taught me well, and every year when you go to a different grade, the teachers surely do give you a warm welcome. They make sure you are understanding what is being taught, and will give you tests frequently. Some every week, and while others are after each section/chapter is fully completed. Overall this school is good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2006

My son graduated from SAS last year, and we had a great experience there. He was accepted to every private high school he applied to, due in great part to the teachers challenging him and instilling in him the importance of discipline in having a strong work ethic. He was on student council, played basketball on the school team, and he made many friends in the 2 years he spent at SAS and really wasn't ready to leave. The principal, Sister Daleen, is fair-minded, does not play politics, and her main interest is about the well-being and spiritual growth of all the children in the school. I only wish we had sent him there earlier. The proof of a school's worth is how a student continues to develop, and the SAS boys who attend school with my son are all adjusting very well to hs.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 53% 52%
Two or more races 25% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 11% 1%
White 9% 26%
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 11%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Tagalog
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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)

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

Arts & music

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
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Multiple Summer Languages
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Kenneth A. Foersch
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (626) 796-1931

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
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
  • Multiple Summer Languages
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • 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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • The Pastor, Principal, Faculty and Staff at St. Andrew is dedicated to Forming the Whole child: Spiritually, Academically, Athletically and Socially.
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Multiple Pre-Schools
Day Car
Montessori

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Endowment

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Francis
La Salle
Cathedral
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42 Chestnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
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Phone: (626) 796-7697

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