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St. David's Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 139 students

"Small class sizes and a safe learning environment."


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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $185,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,480.

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Posted November 22, 2013

I have a child that has attended this school since pre-k and is now in her 1st year of Catholic High School. The school did a fabulous job in educating my child and is excelling in high school (straight A's). High test scores on the ACT, as well. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the academics at the school! My child's academic excellence in high school is proof of that.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 12, 2013

I am a parent of a child who has attended this school. I have grown very unhappy with the school's academic program and the lack of communication between the teachers and parents, so much that I am removing my child out of this school. I am very disappointed in the lack of leadership from the principal to the after school program. I would not recommend this school!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 19, 2013

This school has made many changes over the past year and with a new principal and staff, things are looking very promising. The school is finally on the right track and things can only get better from here. It's a great time to enroll because at this rate, the small class sizes won't last for long.

Posted January 25, 2011

I enrolled my kid here for Kindergarten, they attended another preschool, so this is our first year at this school..Not only has my child had three teachers in one year I do not see my child being challenged&my child is bored at school. My little one cries every morning when getting ready for school and begs me to not have to go. Also, the school is CONSTANTLY hitting parents up for money. This month I have to donate an item, for example, worth 40 dollars with a receipt attached to it to prove I spent the 40, or I can donate cash.In addition to the previous fundraisers.The principal is condescending,& takes the slightest criticism of the school extremely personally. She ignores parents who do not spend all of their time at the school, and has never ONCE said hello to me when she sees me. She is not a strong leader, and does not truly inspire people to be part of a school community. If anything the room parents are what bring families out to volunteer. I highly believe that the parochial schools in Richmond are not the ultimate place for education for our children. There are some great schools out there, and next year I hope to be able to get my kid into one of those options.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2010

St David's is a great school with very caring and loyal teachers and staff. Their academic programs help prepare their students for achieving success in high school. With regards to my children, both loved it at St. David's and did well in high school and have gone on to college. I feel that having attended St. David's has contributed greatly to their being the intelligent, confident, caring, and well-mannered young adults they are today.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2010

unsatisfactory standards as a private school. now that my children went to a different private school, we can see the big difference! we felt that we wasted a lot of our money all through the years here!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 28, 2008

I love this school. The school is very safety and children are very well behavior. I love pre-K teacher with full experiences even they are little children , they have already learned many skills such as cognitive,social, emotional,interlectual... so far I am happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 27, 2008

I actually like this school because each year,I learn more than 900 things!I love this school and I'l stay here forever. It is the place that I can atually fit in with everyone else.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 10, 2008

My son attends this school and really loves it. It offers a really good feeling of everyone being a family. The principal really works with the families on making sure everything is going great!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 9, 2008

St.David's is a wonderful school. The school is a very close knit family school. Everyone knows everyone. The principal and teachers exept a lot for the students both with their studies as well as their behavior. The school has something for everyone. The school also offers lots of extra programs. If you are looking for a school that is family friendly, and that will prepare you child for highschool/college this is the school. I love it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 20, 2008

While this school has some good aspects there are some that are not so good. They would rather retain certain teachers that are not capable of teaching the appropriate material for the students then to satisfy the needs of the students at the request of the parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 30, 2008

I went to this school for the seven years, and now my son attends. Everyone is great! They give your child the love, attention and great support.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2007

My daughter has been attending the school for 7 years and has received individual attention to help her succeed. The school welcomes many cultures and fosters an attitude of warmth and caring while continuing to find the best approach to teaching basic curriculum. It's a great experience for child and family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 29, 2007

I really wasn't impressed by this school. My daughter went there from K-4 and for the money I payed, it wasn't worth it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 1, 2006

Wonderful school. Strong sense of family, community and values. My 20 year old attended St. David's and his little sister is now part of their student body. The staff has remained very almost intact since my first child attended. The principal taught at the school for many years before becoming their principal. This gives her the advantage of knowing what the parents and student body need and expect from their staff. Most of them know each child by name. They are extremely supportive and caring. Students are expected to give the best of themselves on an academic and behavior level.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 31, 2006

Great small Catholic School
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 8, 2004

Good overall school, well rounded activities. I'd lide to see more emphasis on reading, math and english.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2003

I am a graduate of St. David's and my experience there was life altering. The teachers there were great. The student teacher ratio was great compared to the public school I attended previously. I believe that the emphasis put on parent involvement is a key point to the parent also being a hands-on parent. Parents are at the school so often that it is hard not to be involved. I recall that the principal of the school was also a teacher, a teacher that taught at least one subject a year to my class, until graduation. Sister Mary Floracita was that teacher, and she left a lasting impression on me. She was a very good teacher and a very good principal The school overall, if I had to give it a grade, is an 'A'. I graduated in 1980.
—Submitted by a former student

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 40% 52%
Two or more races 21% 3%
Black 17% 6%
White 13% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 9% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Brian Swanson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Boarding school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman Catholic,Catholic
  • NCEA


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Girl scouts
  • 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 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?

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

Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Salesian High School
St. Mary's College High School
Bishop O'Dowd
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871 Sonoma Street
Richmond, CA 94805
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Phone: (510) 232-2283


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