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St. Charles Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 203 students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $240,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,440.

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Posted August 8, 2014

My kids love their school!!, We as parents love our kids school. It's not just a school, its a complete package!! The Teachers, Administrative Staff, Parish Members, Students & Families are what make this a complete package. An abundance of morals, values, respect, academics, sports, community service, parent involvement & love walks on our campus everyday!!! I am a proud parent of SCCS, and I have 3 proud children to tell their friends they go to SCCS!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 19, 2014

SCCS is a very diverse school community where students,parents,teachers from many different heritages and faiths come together as one loving and supportive family. SCCS reflects real world diversity. Respecting everyone as a unique and worthy individual who has something to contribute to their school and community is what makes SCCS work. We did not want to raise our children to judge or be judged and the diversity at SCCS has helped our children to not be afraid but to embrace children from different backgrounds than theirs. The Principal, Teachers, Librarian are all experienced professionals who go above and beyond to teach to every child. The teachers truly care about their students and take the time to get to know them. Our sons 1st grade teacher still takes the time to talk with our son in 7th grade. Across the board the teachers and principal come out on the weekends to cheer for their students at soccer, football, basketball and volleyball games. SCCS offers both Accelerated Math and Reading, smart boards in every class, state of the art technology center,library, music, sports program, extremely affordable before and after school care and a hot lunch program.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 27, 2014

We love St. Charles Catholic School . This is our first year here and my twins absolutely enjoy going to school!! This school provides a great education and educators that truly have a passion for teaching. I noticed since day one great parent involvement and a real sense of family community, I am looking forward to many more happy years at St Charles!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 5, 2014

My Wife And I Enrolled Our Daughter At St. Charles In 2009 And Is Currently A Fifth Grade Student. The Office Staff Are Friendly And Helpful.The Teachers Really Care About The Students. Tutoring Is Provided For Students That Need Extra Help In Learning. I Have Not Heard Anything Negative About The Teachers. The Students Are Respectful. Zero Bullies At The School. There Are Many After School Activites For Students Such As Sports, Music And Dance. The Family Mass PTG General Meetings,School Fund Raisers Are Well Attended By Parents. Numerious Parents Participate And Volunteer At Halloween Carnival, Parish Bazzar Not Just Because Of Points, But Its Also Fun, Enjoyable, Fulfilling. The First Ever Talent Show Happened Last Year. It Was So Incredibly Entertaining And A Great Success, Now Its Become An Annual Talent Show. A Good Number Of The Students Parents Graduated From St. Charles. Parents Can Drop Off Their Kids At 6AM And Pick Them Up As Late As 6PM. My Daughter Really Enjoys Attending St. Charles Catholic School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 9, 2013

St. Charles feels like home as soon as you step on campus! It is a welcoming and warm environment that makes everyone feel like part of the family. St. Charles really focuses on teaching the whole child while providing a safe environment for all students to be themselves and learn about their Catholic faith. They focus on providing a rigorous curriculum and meeting the needs of all the students. This is a wonderful school!!!
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Posted August 5, 2013

Sometimes, as concerned parents we questions ourselves. I'm I doing the right thing for my kids? Will they benefit from this education? and so forth.....I can assure you that sending my three children to this school was, without a doubt, a great decision. The faculty, staff and overall school community were awesome and will always be remembered by my family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 27, 2012

I've had three children graduate from St. Charles. All three still keep in touch with their SCCS friends as the bond they have will, I'm sure, last a lifetime. They have all taken different paths throughout high school and now even college, but the one thing they all have in common is the strong faith and academic foundation set by this school. It's amazing and we feel truly blessed to have been part of this school. I would highly recommend St. Charles to anyone who's priority is to send their children to a school that has a great academic curriculum and teachers that care about every single student.

Posted November 20, 2012

I am an alumnus of St. Charles Catholic School. I was lucky enough to attend kindergarten and stay until 8th grade graduation. When looking at schools for my children, none had a feeling of a second home and excellence in education. I knew that I was making a decision that would help mold my children into intelligent, confident and proud Catholics that I want them to be. We visited SCCS campus and I knew that this is where I wanted my kids to spend the next 9 years of their lives. It was the best decision that I have ever made in regards to their education, both academically and spiritually.
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Posted October 1, 2012

I am proud to say I am a Spartan Alumnus. This is the second year I have sent my children to St. Charles and I we are blessed to be here. I have experienced both public and private schools and can honestly say there is a huge difference between the two. My concern with the public school system was the type of learning environment created and exposure to unfavorable influences. St. Charles is the answer to this problem. The staff create a warm and spiritual learning atmosphere. The teachers take a genuine interest in the success of each student. They welcome parent involvement and encourage participation with the school through many different fun events, which allows parents to get to know each other and the children time outside of school to play with their friends, while at the same time supporting the school. It is true that it is a sacrifice to pay tuition, but it is well worth the investment in your child's success.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 14, 2012

I am not only the parent of a student at St. Charles, but also an alum. The schools Catholic and family values have been a staple for years. The schools allows for a learning environment in a manner that is both structured, but friendly and welcoming.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 12, 2012

After my sons first year (Pre-Kindergarten) at St. Charles Catholic School, I am 100% confident that I made the right decision. The staff, students and parents are like family. My son loves his school and there is a sense of pride among students and alumni. The academic, faith and technology that students are learning sets them aside from others. I have received compliments on my sons manners, respect for others and willingness to help. It is great to have the morals taught at home also taught at school. As a signal parent who is making the financial sacrifice I know this is a great investment in my sons future.
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Posted May 2, 2012

My husband and I knew that we wanted a Catholic School education for our daughter. We not only wanted her to have the academnic advantage we believe comes from a Catholic School education, we also wanted her to be in an environment that celebrated her faith. After looking and touring a couple of Catholic Schools in San Diego we chose St. Charles. They had all of the components that make a great Catholic School, focus on our faith, academic excellence, technology, encrichment programs, but what sold us in the end was the great teachers and the welcoming and supportive school community. My daughter is a happy, thriving and loves her school! Can't ask for more than that!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 16, 2011

Both my childred graduated from St. Charles Catholic School; they attended St. Charles from Kindergarten through 8th grade and I'm very happy with the results: they are both responsible, hard working, well mannered young adults. It was not easy financially; in fact, it was a great sacrifice, but my husband and I decided that paying for a catholic education was the right decision even if it meant not to drive an expensive car, take expensive vacations, or wear expensive clothes. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it in a heart beat!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2011

My experience at this school was great. I am now a college student and always look back at the great times I had at St. Charles. I attended catholic high school upon leaving St. Charles and was totally prepared to meet all the academic requirements. If I am in San Diego when I have children, I will definately, without a doubt, send them to this school.

Posted November 8, 2010

Safety of my children; teachers, staff and parents involvement in giving their time to better serve the needs of the students are the two important reasons why my husband and I decided to bring our two sons (5th & 8th grade) in this school.
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Posted October 20, 2010

Thanks for the opportunity to let everybody know that this is a wonderful school, my son has been at St Charles third grade. He is currently in 8th grade and I can honestly tell you this is an amazing school, not only academically, but also because of the wonderful teachers and staff. Also, the extracurricular activities (sports) are awesome, students are encouraged to participate, my son has developed in to a great athlete. Great Job Coach!! I am blessed to be able to have my son at this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 13, 2010

My daughter is in this school, and I love it because everyone knows each other. It is a very close group. Besides the great education.
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Posted May 3, 2010

My son has been at St Charles since kinder, and now he is in the 6th grade. Everyone knows each other at this school; we are one big family. I do not worry about my son's safety, but probably would if he were to be at another school. High academic standards are required of each student, and there is the technology to help them achieve their academic potential. Additionally, the extracurricular activities are awsome, and each child is encourage to participate, nobody gets left behind. Definitely, my son , will be a St. Charles Graduate. I cannot pictured him in any other school, only this one.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 20, 2010

It is disappointed to see how the academic level of the school has gone down in the last years. Some of teachers are great, but the performances of others leave a lot to be desired by far. Also, teacher s aides have no required preparation. On the other hand, school has strong faith and family values.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 3, 2009

This school is amazing, not only is it academically the best, it also has wonderful teachers and staff who adore our children! St Charles everyday amazes me with everything they do for the community, I am so glad and blessed to be able to have my daughter in this school, as I believe that she will have the best education and the best spiritual values ever. thank you very much for placing this school as part of this contest because private schools do not always get the credit they deserve.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 78% 52%
Two or more races 11% 3%
Asian or Pacific Islander 6% 11%
White 4% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

  • Band

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Fr. James Bahash
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (619) 423-5331


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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


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  • Access to sports fields
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Library
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  • Diocese of San Diego
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

  • Band
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  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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929 18th Street
San Diego, CA 92154
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