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PK-8
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Riverside, CA
Students enrolled: 272
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7025 Brockton Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506

(951) 684-1091
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May 14, 2015
This is an amazing school with the most amazing laboratory science program and a wonderful music program and loving supportive teachers who have brought out the very best in our children. We toured a lot of schools before we found St Catherine and what really drew us in, was the advanced academics, students who perform consistently well above their peers at other schools But they are also taught to be great Christians as they are spiritually strengthened as well. It is a great school, and everyone should come to check it out.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2015
This fact-based review is for those hesitant to make decisions based on the opinions of strangers ON THE INTERNET. *TK-8 music program w/ band. The teacher has a Master of Music, Jazz Studies and Composition from USC. Two students received the highest ranking at the most recent SCSBOA festival *Spanish program for 5th & up taught by a native speaker *Computer classes for grades K-8 *Lab-science program taught by an engineer w/ a Master in Teaching and Learning Strategies. All 6 participants in the RIMS science fair medalled (4 silver, 2 gold) *Academic Decathlon: 1st place in math *76% of faculty/staff are alumni/have children who attend or are alumni *30% of the faculty/staff have a Master/Doctorate degree *The 8th grade class is exempt from entrance exams to some high schools due to the strength of the curriculum *Athletics program: football, soccer, basketball, track, & volleyball. Basketball championship winners '13, '14, '15 I am thrilled to send my children here. Is it perfect? No. Perfection in education doesn t exist. Find me a perfect school and I ll be the first to saddle my unicorn and prance to the registration office. Until then, I m staying here.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2015
I think Saint Catherine of Alexandria is a great school. I have been going here for about seven years and I am graduating this year. This school has helped me grow closer to God and I have made many close relationships with my friends. Overall I say that this school is welcoming and helps push you to be the best you can be.

- submitted by a community member

May 11, 2015
This school, in itself, is meh. It is not the best place in the city, nor is it the worst school ever. It has taught me, a student, a little about what is good and what is expected in the real world, but I feel it is not enough. It works well, but my family and I expected more from this school in education and extracurricular activities. From the grades I went to, the teachers varied in their teaching abilities. If I was to choose to go to a different school in the past, when I was able, I would have chosen to not go. This school, for my family and I, is just not for us and it all depends on what you need.

- submitted by a community member

May 06, 2015
Being a fairly new teacher to the school, I am amazed at the support I experience every day from both the staff and the families here at Saint Catherine. Words cannot express what a blessing this staff has been for me and how this community has changed my life for the better and brought me closer to my faith. Every day I get to be with my students and my work family is another gift from God. Thank you for turning my world upside down in a positive way.

- submitted by a teacher

May 06, 2015
SCA is an incredible school and has a fun and loving learning environment for the students!! Our students are our number 1 priority! SCA has so much to offer on so many levels. Our students excel in many activities such as academically, socially, and in extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a teacher

May 06, 2015
I went to school here and because of their great academics and structure, I know how to raise my family.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2015
My daughter has been attending SCA since kindergarden and she is now graduating from 8th grade. The teachers and all staff are amazingly caring and have an excellent curriculum. They have a music program beginning 3rd grade. The music teacher, Mr. Silva, does a wonderful job with all grade levels. Also, this is one of the few schools that has a science/laboratory program beginning in 5/6th grade. I have a second child also currently attending SCA in 4th grade. My graduating daughter had a great experience at SCA. Miramontes Family

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2015
I am a student and I love this school. The music program is awesome and the science program is so much FUN the sports and activities are great. You will love this school!!!

- submitted by a community member

May 05, 2015
I am an SCA alumni. I attended SCA for 9 years. When I graduated I left with a sound sense of who I was as an individual but most importantly who I was as a Catholic Christian. My education from SCA gave me confidence in challenging myself in high school and throughout college. I am proud to be back at SCA as a teacher and to witness the education program on the other side of the fence has been extremely exciting. I am surrounded by colleagues and staff who put their students first and stride to make a positive difference in their lives in and outside of the classroom. I am grateful to be apart of this wonderful SCA community. Come by for a visit!

- submitted by a teacher

May 05, 2015
I have been teaching at SCA for over 5 years. The students here are well behaved, dedicated and fun. They grow in a loving environment that supports them becoming their personal best. By the time students graduate our program, standardized testing shows performance averages at 1-2 years above grade level. This enables them to be successful and our graduates consistently place in the top 5-10% at any of the local high schools. Most go into honors and AP courses at the high school which better prepares them for college, provides a wider range of college and scholarship visibility and can reduce the requirements for them as freshmen at University. Thus, they are put on a great academic path, but at the same time they learn to truly LOVE God and embrace His Holy Word relating it to their everyday lessons and activities. The students are amazing and it has been my privilege and honor to watch each one grow and show the world their very best!

- submitted by a teacher

May 05, 2015
This is a top-notch school prepares the children to be academically excellent, with performance at least a year and sometimes more above any other school we have toured. The science program is phenomenal with the most amazing and energetic engineer as the middle school teacher. The music teacher is fantastic and the music program is inspirational. The teacher's focus on the whole child also ensure each students knows and loves their Savior, Jesus Christ and that His word is always in their mind, hearts and runs easily from their lips.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2015
With every negative, there are positives. I have been a member of St. Catherine of Alexandria School community for over ten years. Kids are taught to love God, others, and themselves. Each child is challenged and expected to rise to the occasion. No one school is perfect...we all know that, but St. Catherine of Alexandria is a wonderful place. Even the best falls, but what matters the most is how you get back up and move on. I think that is being done here. Although many may disagree with administration, every single person at SCA does his or her best to make the school run smoothly for all (parents and students). When you look at the stats for graduating 8th graders from here, (whether they went to Notre Dame, another private institution, or public high school) many of our students have graduated in the top 10% person of their respective class. Some of the alumni have even been the valedictorian or salutatorian!

- submitted by a community member

May 04, 2015
It has been a great blessing being a part of the St. Catherine of Alexandria School community. I truly enjoy being a teacher at SCA as my days are filled with enthusiastic students who always rise to the occasion, helpful and welcoming staff members, and families who are supportive of the school's mission and philosophy. We have a wonderful curriculum, beginning with Transitional-Kinder, which prepares our students for a successful academic career. We offer great extra-curricular activities and classes which enrich our student's learning experience. Our days our not only filled with learning, but also love and service. St. Catherine of Alexandria truly provides a well rounded experience for our little saints as well as for us adults.

- submitted by a teacher

May 04, 2015
Academically our school is top notch and of course that is important to my husband and me. What we found out last year in kindergarten, our first year, is the fellowship and camaraderie that we have found in this school. Within our grade and outside of our grade as well. Everyone is striving towards the same goal of raising our kids in an environment that loves God and others. One of my favorite things I have experienced throughout our 2 years there is the change you can hear anywhere on campus, "God is good!" And the kids yell back "all the time!" I'm not saying everything is perfect all the time, but when things get tough, our community of teachers, administrators, staff, kids, and parents rally together and take care of each other. It's a beautiful thing to witness. I thank God every night in my prayers for guiding us to St. Catherine's of Alexandria. We have already laid down the foundation for life long relationships, for us and our daughter.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2015
I am both a parent of graduated St. Catherine students, and a proud staff member of a wonderful school community. The word family is exactly what this school has been to my children and me. It has established a foundation of great academic learning expectations and tools to send students into high school and college well prepared, as well as adding reinforcement through spiritual guidance and being active participants of Christ. The variety of programs (music, interactive science lab, technology, athletics, student body, community events, being very active in church activities, volunteer presence, etc...) offered in a safe school community is well worth the value. Both the parents and staff community are dedicated to the mission of the school. The friendships and faith building experience is long lasting at St. Catherine of Alexandria school. This is not just a school; it is extended family and a community of people who care.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2015
When parents are looking for a new school, the academics are of course the primary focus. But what is also important to me was the environment where they would be spending much of there waking day. I was searching for caring teachers and staff that would ensure safety, educate both academically and spiritually/morally, as well as be a great role models who I would like my children to follow. My husband and I found our gold mine at St. Catherine. The focus is on on the whole child, the teachers really get to know each child, watching them carefully and helping them grow, the campus is clean and safe with good adult supervision, the PTG is great, music is AMAZING which every student gets to participate in, I can not say enough good things about the mind-blowing science lab which even introduces the very young students to science, Student Council is topnotch, sports are fantastic, all the kids are happy and thriving! You should really come tour this school and see all they have to offer

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2015
I have been a teacher at SCA for many years. Never have I worked with more dedicated individuals. The teachers and staff embrace all students and their families. Education is our ministry. We have a school-wide music program where students learn to read music, play an instrument, and be part of a choir. In our science lab, tangible experiences are created for middle school students. Several of our students have had huge successes in our science fair and the RIMS science fair. Some students from our school have even competed in statewide science competitions and have received invitations to compete on a national level. This year, many students earned ribbons and medals for their accomplishments in the Academic Decathlon; one student earned a scholarship for placing first in math. Aside from the excellent academics at SCA, ours is a community that respects the dignity of life by raising money for Riverside Life, donating items for a no-kill animal shelter, supporting Holy Child Missions, and contributing items for holiday food baskets. SCA upholds Catholic values and encourages all students to be Jesus' hands and feet here on Earth.

- submitted by a teacher

May 02, 2015
I live in Southern California and have been asked to judge the St Catherine science fair for the past five years and I can only say how very impressed I have been. The students are amazing, well behaved, thoughtful and kind. This is unusual for this age group and vastly different from the experiences I have had at other middle schools. Every year their work seems even better than the year before. They are well more advanced than at most of the other schools I have visited. When I get to speak with them, they enthusiastically share about their projects, what they learned and how they did it. When I ask about the process, they indicate their teacher makes it easy by breaking the project into small sections that they work on together to ensure each student gets help and support. They go on to do very well at the higher level competitions as well. I say well done to a dedicated and skillful staff and their talented and wonderful students.

- submitted by a community member

May 02, 2015
St. Catherine's has a long history of greatness: spirituality, academics, sports, and fine arts. My children attended and graduated from St. Catherine's. It was great then but I think it is even better now! Our faculty and parents continually work to improve it. I love our dynamic and care school. Stop by for a visit!

- submitted by a teacher

April 30, 2015
All I have to say is Wow! This is a terrific school! This is our first year for our two children and they have excelled since they stated back in August. Everything from the academics, sports and music program is top notch. This is a great school!

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2015
My family and I have been community members of St. Catherine's for many years. I've only had positive encounters with all staff and administration. The children are friendly and respectful. My own children are still too young to go to St. Catherine's, but I can't wait to enroll them when the time comes.

- submitted by a community member

April 30, 2015
St. Catherine of Alexandria School is an EXCELLENT school! My 3 children graduated at this school! I tell you, my children were well-prepared in high school! My children did so well in high school (got into honor classes, and AP classes); and to mention top of the class. I have to give credits to all the teachers at Saint Catherine's school because they taught my children with dignity, respect, confidence, perseverance, accountability, responsibility, discipline, integrity, and compassion. Keep it up Saint Catherine's! You have an AWESOME educational programs!

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2015
I am proud to say that both of my daughters attend St. Catherine of Alexandria School. We had many choices in the school we selected. We made the right decision for our family! St. Catherine's is home with a strong sense of community. When I pick up my girls I see former students on campus visiting past teachers. The students /staff are happy here. The music program is incredible and offers a choice of band or choir, with several opportunities for the students to perform. Computer class is offered for all students K-8. In kinder my girls learned keyboard shortcuts, were able to change the font, size of the letters and color of the text. They could open and save their own work, use the paint program and did puzzles on the computer and much more! My oldest daughter can type over 100 wpm in junior high after beginning keyboarding in 4th grade. If you are looking for a Catholic school where religion is taught on a daily basis, strong curriculum, and a school with loving caring teachers and staff that push your child to do their personal best, where the teachers are on campus after school to offer tutoring to those in need, then St. Catherine's may also be the choice for your family.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2015
Kids come first... Saint Catherine of Alexandria is a blessing to the community and a great place to work. The teachers, aides, and other staff work cohesively to keep student achievement high! We are at the point in the year I see the light bulbs going off over my student's heads. They are PROUD of their work and like to show off their thinking. Today I had two "inventors" in class... using scissors as tweezers and creating a tiny alphabet pick up tool. This is just a small bit of the AWESOME learning allowed to blossom in this loving environment. I am not a perfect teacher, but I hope to continue to bless my students (and co-workers) with my dedication to meeting student needs and individualizing instruction as much as possible. Stop by the school and take a tour - you will see great things!

- submitted by a teacher

April 29, 2015
I am surprised about the negative comments about St. Catherine's. The school has a progressive curriculum and dedicated teachers. The teachers even stay after school to tutor struggling students. SCA has great sports, science and music programs as well as fun activities throughout the year. This school as a Christ-centered environment and the administration, teachers, staff and students have an attitude of mutual respect. I have not encountered any bullying at this school and the students are safe. Keep up the good work St. Catherines!!!!

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2015
From BEFORE day 1 when I had my child tested for kinder I was told by the principal not to be surprised if my child doesn't get in. That set the standard for the next 3 years. Fortunately, my child has been on high honor roll ever since kinder. The principal does not behave in a Christian manner. His only concern is money! Tuition goes up every year and you will get NOTHING NEW IN RETURN FOR YOUR MONEY! Run Away Now! Go to a school that actually cares about your chld.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2015
I cannot support this school. My daughter was bullied in 1st grade and administration did nothing. Because I threatened to pull her, I was told this year not to return unless I publicly supported the school, administration and teachers. I bear no I'll will toward the teachers, they're great (except for 4th grade) but administration needs to be replaced. No help from the parish either NOR the diocese. God help you if you ever have a problem at this school. You'll only leave with an ulcer.

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2015
SCA has one of the best and challenging academic programs in the Inland Empire! Students will be challenged in all academic areas including lab science, foreign language, computers, sports and music. The expectations for student achievement and citizenship are high. We do our best to partner with parents to ensure that our students are successful.

- submitted by a teacher

August 30, 2014
Substandard academic, favoritism is obviously practiced in school, unfair disciplinary action (very punitive and one sided), poor leadership, lack of resources(no counselor and nurse available on campus), volunteers teaching classes instead of credentialed teachers and unfriendly office staff.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2014
-O. Educational standards is below par, administration is poor and biased. Bullies go scat free.

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2013
My son has attended this school since pre school and I have nothing but nice things to say. The staff and the parents is what makes this school run so great. I saw a comment of someone saying the school is not like it was in the 80s well if I remember correctly your child would also be spanked if they didn't behave back in the days.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2013
I am a bit surprised at some of the comments. My son has attended this school for the last four years. We personally have never had a problem. He does extremely well and every teacher he has had has been excellent. I understand there are different personalities and you cannot make everyone happy. Hence some of the comments below. The principal does the best he can. It's about working together. You can not tear down the school over a few comments. Obviously something is being done right or this many people would not have stayed for years and generations at a time. We have a music class that is part of the curriculum which you cannot find at many schools anymore. A science class, a computer class, p.e., yearbook committee, sports and so on. We have dedicated teachers for those subjects as well as a homeroom teacher. We have many family activities and numerous parents who enjoy volunteering. It's a shame it did not work out for the other parents and maybe it was just not a right fit. I am writing because we love the school. My son loves it and his teachers as well. It's about the child and some parents tend to put their feelings first and don't even ask the child how do they feel.

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2013
I am a little surprised at a parent who posted on January 6, 2013. She commented that she has not seen one priest or nun at the school. Many Catholics schools are now in this situation because there is a SHORTAGE of nuns and priests in the U.S. Many nuns of the EIGHTIES when she went to Catholic school, and when my children went to Catholic school are now elderly. Maybe instead of complaining about the lack of religious in schools, she should be praying for vocations. We definately need more nuns and priests, but I do not see many families of the new milenia helping to foster this in their children. Some responsibility for this falls on the parents.

- submitted by a community member

January 06, 2013
This school is terrible. I have yet to see one priest or one nun since my child started attending this past fall. I wanted religion to be a huge part of my daughter's education, but I can say that they are seriously lacking in this department. At the carnival/festival they have at the beginning of the year, they allow small girls to dance/sing (provocatively) to secular, inappropriate adult themed music, and no one seems to find it strange or wrong. It was very bizarre and worrisome. When I attended catholic school in the eighties, in Pasadena, there was no such blasphemous behavior such as this occurring. My daughter hates going to school ever since we enrolled her there. She has had problems with bullies on numerous occasions. She's also experienced sexual harassment by a 1st grade boy who was talking about his private parts with her, only to have the principle insinuate that my daughter was making it up. Like the previous reviewer, I too have observed staff showing favoritism to other kids who may have attended longer, or to families with multiple children there. Overall, I would avoid this "school" like the plague. We have recently removed our daughter after only a half year.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2012
I sit here, reading review after review, and am very perplexed. While I am happy for those families that have had positive experiences at St. Catherine's, it makes me wonder if our children even attended the same school. Just one of the major issues I had was the obvious favoritism shown to certain students and parents by some teachers and the administration. I witnessed that many, many, many times. Maybe those are the parents that are submitting all the positive reviews? The only way a school can thrive is if all the teachers and administration are fair across the board, not only to those that may be "important".

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2012
I can respond to these negative posts in hopes that those parents have pulled they're children out of St. Catherine's and moved on. Move on....... This school is now full of life and vitality again. The few are gone and the masses have stayed. Enrollment is still the 2nd highest in the diocese of San Berardino and the science lab, computer lab, music instruction, Spanish program are still in full force. Not to mention, new amazing teachers this year and a festival that was hands down, the best in over a decade.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2012
This school is not what it use to be. The amount of students in the school has vastly dropped and the atmosphere has a very uneasy feeling. The teachers and principal are not quite up to parr. Bullying goes without punishment or correction. It's sad how bad this school has become. I do not recommend this school by NO means.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2012
I have two children attending SCA and although there may have been challenging times in the past, like in any other place, the best interest and education of the students has never been compromised. However, this school year has been very pleasant and the parent community has improved greatly. The curriculum, by far, exceeds the programs of an public school and other private schools in the area. The music program is exceptional. I can't say enough wonderful things about the science program. Even my second grader gets science laboratory class time. I have no problem getting my kids to go to school everdyday. They love the variety of different activities this shool offers.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2012
Challenging time for this school. Every school has its up and downs. This school is starting to become calmer this year. Academics are comparable to other schools in the area. Would recommend to others.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2012
When I entered this school three years ago, I did it with a perfectly good attitude. I was welcomed at first, but by the time I made it to fourth grade I was literally begging my parents not to send me back in because I felt as if I was trapped, and ignored by the teacher. Normally I like to learn, but I wasn't being challenged. Eventually I was pulled out, and to tell the truth, I was overjoyed at the prospect. I was then taught under the public school curriculum, where I learned a lot more, and also enjoyed it a lot more. If you are a parent looking for a school for your child, I definitely would not recommend this one.

- submitted by a community member

August 04, 2012
I can't believe how people can give this school 4 or 5 stars. We have been at SCA for several years and unfortunately we had to pull our kids out. SCA was a great school, but do to the lack of leadership I have watched the school degrade year after year. I know there are some great teachers at SCA, but the poor leadership is taking a toll on them as well. I am a business person and when your employees are not happy the performance of those individuals suffers. 4-5 years ago I recommended this school to everyone I know. Now I have to tell people your better off going to another school. I can only hope the diocese does something to save the school, but it is too late for our family.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2012
After reading some of the reviews we felt it was important to share about our experience. Our children have attended this school for 6 years and we have watched it decline every year. We decided to not come back next year especially after finding out that the best teachers in the school would not be returning. We have been disappointed by the lack of leadership, the mediocre education, and the two face act the administration put on when dealing with extremely important issues. We are shocked that one lower grade is being taught by an unqualified aide while the teacher is being chummy in the office for the majority of the day on a regular basis. That bullying by some of the teachers was being condoned by the administration and the diocese. That the principal told students that the schools primary responsibility was not education that in fact it was a ministry and that is what was more important than learning Math or English. Then when we found out that certain programs would be cut and our tuition would be increased we were done. This school is not what that teacher says it is, it used to be that but now it is now the least desirable school in Riverside.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2012
II had 14 family members attending SCA for 3 years: at least 1 per grade. We dealt with each staff member on a regular basis. They were timely and accommodating to resolveng our (parent and student) concerns and questions. I brought a safety issue to the VP, she resolved it by next day. The ACTIONS do challenge, excite and administer a rewarding education with Heaven and Harvard as the goal. Their have been positive steps to enhance our children's faith and moral fiber. Regardless of the school, it's our responsibility to see that Johnny/Jane do their work, is not disruptive to others and contribute to the overall environment by participating. Most parents take this responsibility seriously by taking ownership & accountability for the success/failure of their children, rather than blame everyone/thing around (Johnny is mean to others, Mom & Dad are mean to the teacher for correcting Johnny's behavior???). SCA, and the parents who contribute to guide it, are doing an excellent job. It is a safe school with a community environment based on faith...every child is part of one big family. We are looking forward to a new school year, that will include a Festival and playing Bingo!

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2012
The teacher who wrote the review was not being forthright or honest about what the school has to offer. It sounds more like what administration is spinning to all the parents because they are in a panic about the mass exodous that is occurring at the school. As a parent I have sat back for several years hoping that something would change and the administration would get better but this year it has hit an all time low. That is why we are not returning next year. We were saddened to leave but we had to do what was best for our childrens education and safety after several incidents of aggressive bullying and academic carelessness had taken over the system. It has gotten so bad that the three top teachers have left the school and the education is now subpar. The one teacher that truly understood how children learned and prepared them for high school is the one teacher we were holding out for, and now she is gone. We can no longer hope things will get better at the sacrifice of our childrens only chance for the basis and preparation for the future. The administration never seemed to care about concerns that were brought to it's attention and the quality of education is now diminished.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2012
Heaven and Harvard? Great aspiration and great words. Ultimately though, actions speak louder than words and the unfortunate reality is that, for many families, the experience at St Catherine's bears little resemblance to either of these wonderful institutions. Yes, there are one or two truly great teachers (or at least there were last year) but overall the quality of teaching is far too inconsistent. A challenging, exciting and rewarding education is the greatest gift we can give our children. This should be their right, year in year out. If you are lucky, you might get a passionate caring teacher but luck of the draw should not dictate the quality of our children's education. We are playing with their futures - life is not a game of bingo.

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2012
At St. Catherine of Alexandria School, we are Saints-in-Training, our students have the seeds of faith, knowledge and morals planted at home by parents and family. The SCA faculty and staff work alongside parents to nurture and aide them, as they mature and blossom, fortifying their faith, building strong moral character and conquering academic challenges. Our recent accreditation found our academic program to be stellar. Our students consistently score well on national test and excel as they continue in high school. Our staff (EVERY SINGLE ONE) consists of professional educators, who are exemplary human beings. Our community is strong, getting together often; Dine-Outs, Cheer-leading, Rollerskating, Family Bingo Nights, to name a few. (Sad time this past fall, without the Festival, YES, it's back this year!), keeping us close and chummy. This wonderful mix that represent SCA, make us a loving, inviting, exciting, unpredictable, vulnerable, generous and yes, flawed bunch. We are not perfect, we are all growing, every day in every way! We are preparing for Heaven and Harvard (not necessarily that order)! You are cordially invited to come earn your wings at SCA!

- submitted by a teacher

July 27, 2012
When looking for a new school for my boys, the academics are of course were near the top of the list. More important was the environment and who would they be would be with 35+ hours a week. I was searching for caring teachers and staff that would ensure safety, educate both academically and spiritually/morally, as well as be a great role model. Oh, did I mention, my sons needed to want to be there too! Tall order, I know, but I found that school...St. Catherine's fit the bill. The leadership is focused on the children, the teachers know how to read kids and reach them, the campus is clean and safe (blacktop is a little coarse) with good adult supervision, USS Midway and 66ers first-rate, lunch is yummy, PTG is amazing, music WOW!, science lab is mind-blowing, Student Council is topnotch, sports are cool, the drive-thru pickup is interesting...kids are happy and thriving! A+ for St. Catherine's! I read some reviews, understandably, not every school is a perfect fit and all will not see eye to eye. We, as humans, have a tendency to focus on the negative. I hope new schools have been found with happier results.

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2012
it is so sad to see that this school has not corrected itself, especially in the bullying sector. My children who left the school along with about 65 others in one year have gone on to succeed with no help from what they learned at SCOA, as a matter of fact it is a awful scar that will unfortunately stay with them in a negative light forever.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2012
In our opinion, SCOA fails to maintain a learning-friendly environment, allowing bullying and other behavioral issues requiring attention to persist. Parents attempting to address these issues have been summarily ignored and worse the children of "non-conforming" parents are ostracized by certain members of the faculty and other families close to the principal or employed at SCOA. In my opinion, there is a crisis of leadership at this school and it is of no surprise many families are leaving.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2012
As we are winding down the 2011-2012 school year I have a few things I would like to say about St. Catherine's. It is a good school. Do we expect to get along with the teacher's and staff 100% of the time, I for don't. It's like a family and you know you don't always get a long with them. As for policy issues, I for one expect them to be handled in a timely manner. I personaly don't agree with the policy that you must first goto the teacher than the rest of the chain. For one if the issue is with t he teacher that will nevbe resolved and if you wait for an answer that can take a week or longer before you move on to the next person on that chain. A waste of time if you ask me. I think it needs to be handled by the lead teachers and then taken to the principal. He is the final say at the school level. But as far as the generalization of St. Catherine's it is a good school. We lay down a remarkable foundation of higher learning for our children. If you look at the graduating class of 2011 a good majority of students came from SCOA. This years 8th grade class will far exceed those numbers in the future. If you want to make a difference be the difference. Become involved as I am doing.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2012
How could our teachers be unprofessional and the curriculum outdated? Our school has recently received a 6-year WASC accreditation with great reviews. Our school goes over and above California State Standards and the standards of the Diocese of San Bernardino. Parents need to inspire their own children

- submitted by a teacher

May 01, 2012
I am currently a student at Saint Catherine and feel inspired by my teachers and classmates to succeed academically, personally and spiritually. I am so grateful my parents let me attend school at a place where I feel challenged but can be myself!

- submitted by a community member

April 15, 2012
It is difficult to believe a review that awards five stars but the says room for improvement. I am pleased that your children have had a positive experience. Unfortunately for us the few good teachers were over shadowed by the unprofessional and soul destroying others. Since leaving our children have experienced public school where the cirriculum is far more enriching and the teachers far more accountable and enthusiastic. Perhaps the teachers and wonderful families need to ask themselves why many families are leaving?

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2012
Regarding a couple recent reviews, we had to spend a lot of money at Sylvan to get our daughter up to speed after leaving SCA. At first when we went to Sylvan, they were surprised that we needed this coming from a private school, but when we mentioned the school's name, then he wasn't surprised. We definitely were not the first family needing some additional learning and review.

- submitted by a parent

December 09, 2011
I am a student and I LOVE my school. All of the students are friendly, the teachers are amazing and always try to make learning fun, and the education is fantastic. I have been going to this school ever since Kindergarten and everything has been going great. God is good... All the time. Let's Go SAINTS!!! Be Proud.

- submitted by a community member

October 17, 2011
In the past three years my children have had a wonderful experience at this school. This year many of the basics are changing. The education is the same, however, the fun is gone for many of the kids. Our traditions are changing daily and the principal and vice principal refuse to supply consistant and honest information to the families. It is so sad to watch what is happening. If only the principal would listen.......Please we are begging, just listen!

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2011
My child has enjoyed attending SCA. The teachers and staff have challenged her academically and have always been supportive. She has enjoyed the wonderful music program, found a passion for science, and loves her volleyball coaches. This school has taught her morals and self confidence. The 4th-8th grades have been especially wonderful for my child. The principal and new administration do leave a lot to be desired. They are incompetent at best. However the teachers and aides make up for it.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2011
I pulled my children out of this school due to the lack of accountability by the staff and teachers. The staff neglected concerns of bullying and rarely followed the curriculum as expressed in their school policies.There was no access to the Principle when concerns arose. This school has a very small town mentality. Very large fish in a very small pond. They lacked the necessary understanding in child development to be able to interact and communicate information affectively to the children. The children are made to think they are always the problem. Families are pulling their kids out by the numbers. Stay away.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2011
I have been involved with St. Catherine of Alexandria School for six years and know it to be a great school. The wonderful family atmosphere compliments the excellent academic program. Along with the challenging instruction in the core subjects, St. Catherine of Alexandria School has an excellence science, and music program. Every student in grades K-8 receives music lessons which includes two levels of band and choir in the upper grades. There is also a Summer Music Academy! You will not find are more well rounded program in the area.

- submitted by a teacher

February 24, 2011
Our children have been at St. Catherine's for four years now and we have been extremely happy. We are happy with the education, science, sports, computers, etc. We have liked all of the teachers. We have recommended this school to others in the past and will continue to do so.

- submitted by a parent
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December 26, 2009
This is a great school with a great curriculum (including lab science, computer science, sports, foreign language, and a phenomenal music program), along with a responsive and dedicated teaching staff and a supportive parent body.

- submitted by a parent

December 10, 2009
St.Catherine of Alexandria is the best school ever!!!!! The teachers are awsome and they help us alot. The enviornment is unbelievably great the teachers offer help everyday and we are always taught to have good morals.

- submitted by a student

April 29, 2009
I am proud to send my child to this school. The teachers are excellent in challenging the students to achieve their very best. I have been a parent here for 5 years and went through all the changes with the school. We have an awesome staff all around. No where you go is going to be perfect and you have to keep in mind parents are the primary educators. The standard of education is remarkable and our graduating classes seem to greatly succeed in taking honors and AP classes in high school (I have friends with children who have graduated within the last 5 years from the school.) I love this school and wouldn't send my child anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2009
I love this school!!!! I am a student from there!!! and this school is awesome!!! I love the teachers that teach there and it rocks my world!!! I want my kids someday to go to St. Catherines!!! St. Catherines is the best school ever!!! It may have its ups and downs but it is awesome!!! I do beleive that the tuition is pretty high but it is a great school!!!

- submitted by a student

May 28, 2008
I am a student at St. Catherines and have been going there since the third grade and i am now in seventh grade. i have loved this school and i think it has tought me very much! the teachers there rock! i highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2008
St. Catherines is a beautiful school from the outside but has real issues going on, on the inside. We have had far to many teachers come and go in the last 2yrs.

- submitted by a parent

January 06, 2008
I feel St. Caherine, Riverside is the best Catholic school around.I addition to teaching the required subjects,what it focuses mainly on is catholic faith. Schools like St Catherine teaches the importance of Jesus and the Scraments to my child. At this school she is taught how to be respectful to others,obey the rules, and to love the lord. Parents who diss the school should remember the reason why they enrolled their child in a Catholic school in the fisrt place.Remember Catholicism is NOT taught in public schools.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2007
I feel our school gives our children a sense of home away from home. It offers stability, knowledge, and values.

- submitted by a parent

November 26, 2007
I am very happy with St. Catherine's. One year ago, one of my daughters was failing, having been in another private school in Riverside for the first years of elementary and not getting the help she needs. My other daughter was bored with school. Both are very happy now. Although we are not Catholics, my children have never been treated like they don't 'belong.' Thank you to the staff and teachers of St. Catherine of Alexandria.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2007
The previous principal has been leading the school a bit down, but the new principal is leading the school to recover and improve. Music, Sports (5th and up), Spanish, Student Council (7th and 8th), and Academic Decathlon are some extra curricular activities. The parents are all very supportive. I have been attending all 9 years, and I am happy to be graduating this year.

- submitted by a student

September 22, 2007
My child has been attending here since kindergarten. We are very pleased on the academics and the spirituality that the campus fosters. The principal and assistant principal are wonderful and have a great open door policy. I recommend it totally!

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2007
This school has been a great disappointment to us and we have had to remove our children this last school year. As a alumni of catholic school I was shocked at the lack of morality and ethical conduct of the staff.The classroom management skills were obsolete and the level of academics was at least a grade level or more below the California State Standards. I think it will take a long time for this school to recover.The image it once had is definitely gone and has been made public by newspaper articles in the local paper this past school year.I do not think that the school can come back from such public scrutiny.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2007
The quality of the school has gone down in the past 3 years. The staff does not have longevity. It is too soon to see if the new principal has had a positive effect on the school community. Although music and Spanish have been added to the curriculum, the quality of many of the academic programs has been diminished.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2007
I had three children who attended SCOA and we were very disappointed in the level of education they recvd. We had to pay for extensive tutoring and help our children catch up. I would think twice before putting my children in this school

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2007
Our child has gone since kindergarten to SCA -- the support he receives academically and spiritually is superb! He is far above his peers academically in the public school.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2007
My three kids attend st catherine school. The academic part is average the space for any recreation activities is very limited, but the meetings the fees the fundraiser the requirements are very high

- submitted by a parent

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Saint Catherine Of Alexandria School
7025 Brockton Avenue, Riverside, CA  92506
(951) 684-1091
Last modified Saint Catherine Of Alexandria School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Saint Catherine Of Alexandria School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 90 reviews. Top