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St. Didacus Parish School

Private | K-8 | 230 students

We are best known for academics and values-based ed.


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $235,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,240.

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Posted April 28, 2014

Very satisfied with everything, my daughter loves her new school! This is our second year and we are more than Happy with her teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 10, 2014

My daughter loves her Pre-School, has been a student for almost 1 full year! We love Ms. Rose and all of her teachers and staff!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2014

My son has attended this school since kindergarten (he is now in eighth grade) and my daughter since pre-school. We are so grateful that this school was available to us. My son has learning disabilities and high-functioning autism, and while the school does not offer speech therapy or other specialized services, they have worked so hard to help him succeed, and he has NEVER, in nine years, been bullied. Of course some teachers have been better than others, but the administration has always been receptive and supportive, and both of our children have received an excellent, caring education. The traditional methods of teaching, pro-active discipline and strict uniform requirements might not be for everyone, but I would whole-heartedly recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 12, 2014

I love this school! The teachers are great you make friends easily and the whole experience is amazing! They really encourage you to try your hardest, and we read a lot.

Posted January 12, 2014

The education here is great! The teachers help out a lot and understand if the children don't grasp the concept of something so they help the children learn more easily. They have the best teachers and they prepare the children greatly for high school! I'm glad i haven't removed my student from this school. The teachers really push the children to their highest limits which is great!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 27, 2013

STAFF, TEACHERS & STUDENTS ARE ALL TOP NOTCH! We have two children attending St Didacus and have to say it is an OUTSTANDING school. The school ensures the students are at a higher educational level then their peers at other schools and promote higher education learning. The staff is willing to meet with parents and address all issues without fail. The staff is highly educated, trained and skilled and leave no doubt the kids are in great hands. Yearly the school has won academic honors and the students ALL score high on state and HS admission exams. Not just a handfull of students scoring high, but all of the kids. If there are learning issues the parents are fully advised and the children are not just passed on to the next grade. The parents are all very friendly and down to earth. The kids all get along and work well with each other. THIS SCHOOL IS FOR FAMILIES WHO CARE ABOUT A GREAT EDUCATION FOR THEIR KIDS!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2012

This is an update to my previous review in 2010. Since my children attend a different school. I am so happy that we left Didacus. My children are learning at a higher level now. Also my children receive tutoring every week in math for one hour at no extra charge. Didacus has too many children in some of their classrooms and they do not do enough to help children that are struggling. the school focuses on academic competitions for promotion but doesn't focus on overall classroom academic excellence. I give this school three stars because it is better than public schools in the area but they need to make some changes. Just read the students review, pretty accurate.
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Posted November 17, 2011

Moving our daughter to this school was one of the best decisions we could have made as parents. Our daughter's level of knowledge is by far above and beyond that of other kids her age who do not attend this school. This school prides itself on academic achievement and students see the result after they graduate. Principal is top-notch. They just hired a Vice-Principal and smartly hired one that is a counselor, she is a good hire. There is no such thing as a perfect anything but this school is by far the best in the North Park area!
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Posted May 4, 2011

Very solid preK teacher!!! Ms. Rose knows how to handle all types of children. She nurtures and runs a tight ship with so much love. My son has some sensory issues (autistic-like) and would be considered challenging to most teachers. We tried 3 preK programs and finally landed here. Ms. Rose has him working at grade/age level and socializing. Very good experience. I'm not religious however this was a solid choice for my son. Thank you Ms. Rose and assistants!!
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Posted March 2, 2011

I'm a student here. Almost none of our homework is graded, only checked for completion, which gives me no incentive to do my work properly, therefore hindering my learning experience. Principal is insensitive and quick to inflict punishment for mild offenses. There's only one classroom for each grade, which is not optimal for students who need individual attention. Teachers come into work moody and unpredictable. We are forced to do a prison style line-up and uniform check every time the bell rings. Individuality is not accepted in the forms of writing. Art class is not art, we are taught to copy individual lines and create duplicates. This school was impressive many years ago, but staff has since changed for the worse. Teachers push opinions on the students, and other parents are generally standoffish if you have not been at the school since at least the first grade. I would not recommend this school if you need special attention, are a minority, or are working-class. The only reason that I give this school two stars instead of one is because I have been to schools that are much worse than this one, nevertheless in MUCH worse areas than that of this school

Posted June 1, 2009

I just love this school. Friendly, families are involved in school. Great principal and teachers. I would recommend this school to every parent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 19, 2009

My son attends 2 preschools and this one has surpassed all my expectations. I am so impressed with the curriculum not to mention the loving discipline which is instilled.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 16, 2009

Great school. Great family feel. Multi-racial. Really good education and involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2007

5 kids at St Didacus. Can't believe the wonderful education they are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 30, 2007

We have 2 children who attend St. Didacus School. We moved our children from a private school setting at a young age, and were very pleased with our decision. The spiritual component along with the ability to grow personally for two very different kids is what made this an excellent choice for our family. What makes it a wonderful school is the small- one class per grade. The kids must follow the class expectations and problem children are not tolerated. We admire the 8th graders assisting preschoolers, something not seen in public schools. The long term friendships will last them a lifetime. Parents take an active role in school activities, fundraising, and education at school, church and the home setting.
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Posted July 17, 2007

I have 3 children attending the school. I chose St Didacus over more expensive catholic schools due to its discipline and the requirement that the children show respect and are held accountable for thier actions. If you want to make excuses for your children for not achieving their best, do not send your children here. If you want to raise children with character who are required to be held accountable for their conduct and who will develop a good moral compass, choose this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 23, 2006

Both my Children ages 5 and 8 attend St. Didacus school. My wife and I chose this school carefully for its religious, moral, and academic teachings. Its Pre-school program is in no way a day care facility. Students are there to learn. They are taught to count and recognize their numbers, letters, shapes and colors. Pre-schoolers are introduce to religion and prayer, as well as creative thinking through arts and crafts. St. Didacus is top notch in preparing its students for kindergarden. Its' grade school studies are just as impressive, Its' students are incredibly polite and well-mannered, something you won't find in todays public schools. Parents are encouraged to participate in all functions of the school and its' parrish, which makes for a better learning enviroment for students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 23, 2005

Small school environment encourages personal attention to students. Opportunities for sports and other activities are open to all. Parents are involved and interested. Students are expected to be self-reliant, conscientious, and resepectful of themselves and others.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2005

School is good for above avg children, if your child is in need of extra help, they don't allow or help the children in this area, they don't want the hassle of alittle more attention to each child!
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 40% 52%
White 30% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 28% 11%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Academic Decathlon City Champions (2011)
  • First in CA for First in Math (2011)

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Student newspaper

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Fr. Michael Sinor
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (619) 284-1764


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  • Religious


School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of San Diego
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Student clubs

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  • Student newspaper
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School culture

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  • Uniforms
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Academy of Our Lady of Peace
St. Augustine High School
Mater Dei Catholic High School
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4630 34th Street
San Diego, CA 92116
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Phone: (619) 284-8730


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