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St. Charles Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 306 students

St. Charles School is recognized for focus on character and academic education.

 
 

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Posted December 28, 2011

Our children have attended (or attend) St. Charles for the last 14 years. We are extremely pleased with the school. There is strong emphasis on the basics; Reading, Writing, Math, along with Science, Literature, History, Music, Spanish. The Art in Action program is outstanding. Christian values are integral to the education. There is a strong family atmosphere. The majority of the graduates are accepted to the local Catholic High Schools and thrive at the next level and beyond. The current principal is exemplary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2011

First I will say that my child loves this school and the teachers. I feel that the principal is the best thing that has happened to this school. She is committed to the education, well being and overall attitude of the students. I will say there is a very strong, positive parent involvement, however the clique factor here is HUGE regardless of how much or how little you are involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

St. Charles is an excellent school committed to providing a superior Catholic education. The community of parents is outstanding. The principal has greatly improved the curriculum and morale after a not-so-great previous principal. If you are involved and active in the school community, you will not have any sense of "cliques"...leave yourself out -- and you will feel left out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2009

A couple of years ago, I would have given the school a lower rating, however, our 'new' (1 year as VP and 1 year as chief) principal, Ms. Grazioli is fantastic. She has been running the school with pride and as if she is a CEO and the parents are the shareholders. She is direct, takes input and has an open communication style which greatly reduces that amount of chatter and hear-say that can arise in a smaller school. All decisions are justified and she is very involved in the student activites. In the past year, she has turned around the morale of the school parent and faculty. The families of this school are great too. You may get a sense of parent clicks, however, nobody is ever left out. Many of the parent clicks are created by child friendships rather than high-school type gossip groups.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2009

Great school and teachers. Seems to be an overabundance of homework. High level of parent involvement. I agree with other reviewer that there are parent cliques. Many special programs like art and special math study sessions. 7th and 8th grade programs not as robust as lower grades. Integrated good valuse system with other studies. Expectation and pressure created that all students will go on to private schools which leaves kids who are going to a public high school feeling somewhat inferior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

Both my children attend St. Charles School. The lower grades are promising but the Junior High grades and teachers need an overhaul. The new principal seems to be on track but I think it will take another year or so to straighten out issues. Overall, the school has some nice programs, Spanish, Music, Art in Action. Parent involvement is high but be wary as there are cliques. The class size is high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2004

After spending 16 years at this school I can honestly say that it was worth every penny. Sure it wasn't always the best education -- but the values that my four children received, in addition to the education -- made it worth the ride. Now 16 years later I see those values learned (at St. Charles) in my older children. I know this was the right decision and I'm sad to say it's over. Any one lucky enough to have this experience will treasure it for their lifetimes.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 26%
Two or more races 10% 3%
Hispanic 4% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • CA Science Fair Teacher of the Year
  • First Place Academic Decathlon, SF Archdiocese

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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Maureen Grazioli
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (650) 593-9723

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • 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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  • Spanish
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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Resource Program
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

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

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • 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
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Parish Support

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Catholic High School
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850 Tamarack Avenue
San Carlos, CA 94070
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Phone: (650) 593-1629

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