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3801 Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA 94121

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(415) 221-2711
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October 18, 2013
This school is a hidden gem in San Francisco. My daughter has just blossomed here. The teachers and principal are all very engaging and helpful. The small classes and family feel of the community is amazing, and the academic support is incredible. I couldn't be happier with our decision to attend STA!

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April 19, 2013
The preschool at STA is nothing short of amazing. I've interviewed at several preschools throughout the bay area and eventually found this to be what I need. As a SAHM, there had to be a compelling reason for me to choose to send my child away to school since there was so much I could offer him at home and by taking him to all the museums in San Francisco. STA preschool offers a facility that dwarfs any other preschool in the bay area with highly educated and skilled teachers who know how to bring out the best in the children. They are tremendous at building confidence and inter-personal skills, as well as the educational foundation for early learners.

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April 12, 2013
STA is a rare find! We transferred our son here this school year after a year of being bullied and unchallenged in our local public school. The academics are superb, faculty and staff are warm and caring, and the principal is a true leader. You can't find a better Catholic school in the SF Archdiocese.

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November 14, 2012
Best school in the SF by far! As a recent graduate of this school, I was able to live through 9 years at STA. This school, as I see it, is one of the main reasons why I became who I am today. The school has much to provide from wonderful drama programs and an awesome tutoring program to supportive teachers and a loving community. The best part of STA, in my opinion, would be the faculty and community. The faculty at STA truly helped motivate me to be a successful student and athlete. The teachers are always there with their doors open for everyone. Being a student that wanted another supporter by my side, this really helped and as one of my teachers said, "this is a marathon and I am running beside you. We need a strong start and a strong finish." I am truly thankful for EVERYTHING that STA had provided for me and given to me to become a successful student. Without STA, I would never discipline myself and learn moral values.

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May 30, 2012
We transferred our daughter here because she was not challenged enough in a highly rated public K-8. We're very happy with the quality of education at STA. This school sends students to top private high schools every year such as University, L-W and SI. In addition, it's a warm family atmosphere that emphasizes moral behavior and good manners, so lacking for young adults right now. This school is an incredible tuition value compared to some schools that cost as much as UC and provide frills but not much substance. STA has everything we wanted and our daughter is thriving there. For us it was definitely the right move.

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October 19, 2011
Both of my children attend this school, one in K and one in 2nd. Ms. Borelli is a great principal and is very open to our suggestions. Mrs. Greenhouse, the office manager, is wonderful as well. This school exceeded our expectations and I would definitely recommend it to everybody. It is a smaller school but to me, that's the appeal. You develop a bond with other parents and the teachers.

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May 11, 2011
My kids love STA. My son has a learning disability and if it were not for Mrs Harrison-Wong, I doubt if he would be reading at his level at this time. She works with him four days a week after school and I do not have to pay any extra fees for this. I had spent hundreds on private tutors and specialists before STA but my child never improved. It was not until STA that this became a possibility. I am so happy. I see my child reading and keeping up with the rest of the students in his class. His third grade teacher, Mrs Anderson is a gem.

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April 08, 2011
This is a great school. The principal Mis Borelli is open and supportive of her staff and teachers. The school has a family atmosphere and most of the parents know each other. The academic standards are high and there is a great Big brother/Big sister program in place. I highly recommend this school.

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March 22, 2011
I am currently an 8th grade student at St. Thomas the Apostle and just received my letters of acceptance this past week. Thanks to St. Thomas the Apostle's fabulous education and foundation for the past 9 years, I am able to choose from some of the many prestigious high schools in the city such as University High School, Lowell, Saint Ignatius, Sacred Heart, Lick-Wilmerding, Urban, Drew, and Bay.

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March 22, 2011
My son was transfered to the school in 3rd grade and at the time he was an average to above average student. Today he is on 1st honors for every report period and at 98 percentile for the Iowa Test Nationally. He now has aspirations to attend Oxford University. All this is possible due to the love and professionalism shown by everyone from the Principal, to the Vice Principal and the exemptional teaching staff. I am active in the Parent Teacher Group for the last three years and I am very proud that we have been able to bring the Science, in class teaching equipment (smartboards) to the students. Along with that the single classes, which are involved in families, which consist of one student from K-8, are ways that Integrity, Love and Stewardship are promoted in the school. I am proud to be involved in the whole school and all that are there. I can not imagine my son ever going anywhere else for the most important foundation for his future.

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October 17, 2010
This school has been fantastic for my son. We transferred him to STA in 3rd grade several years ago and have never regretted the decision. The principal and teachers are highly dedicated and the parents and students are respectful and involved. The academics are very strong and the children and their success are the number one priority at the school.

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April 20, 2010
This school takes education very seriously and prepares the child for high school sholastically and also teaches good manners.

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September 21, 2009
It is a great school and the school stresses out the importance of education and family values.

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September 11, 2009
Students, teachers, academics are all top notch! Transferring my child to this school from one of the local high-priced elite schools was a correct decision. This school has a no-nonsense approach with a high level of academic and performance expectations. Children are kind and the faculty and the administration are highly supportive and friendly. I wish we would have come here sooner.

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May 29, 2009
The teachers at sta are always will in to help the students no matter what the problem or condition is.

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March 11, 2009
As a parent (2nd yr) who researched and visited many schools in the SF area, I found St. Thomas to be top rated school and very good value for a private school. The staff/faculty are excellent in terms of educational knowledge, community & value building, very important qualities for todays young people. I highly recommend the school, principal, staff (very friendly, good communication), curriculum, and location. See their web site too.

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June 06, 2008
Excellent school for the price. The students are regularly admitted to top high schools. The absolutely best thing about the school is the amazingly kind, large-hearted students.

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December 25, 2007
It's a well educated school where students have a very safe environment. All our kids love this school.

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October 29, 2007
ST. Thomas the Apostle is a top acedemic school, the faculty constantly challenges the students. In addition to the strong academic core subjects - ST. Thomas has computer, drama, P.E., Spanish and other art oriented classes in their curriculum. In the the upper grades the 7th and 8th grade students can join the speech team who are undefeated for the last 6 + years. There is a fall and spring play which is lead by Mr. L (who is fabulous!), he is also the summer gate drama director. In a nutshell, with one of the most reasonable tuition in the city, you really get your money's worth and then some.

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October 25, 2007
STA has many fine teachers and programs. Many of the teachers are dedicated and hardworking. However, the class size is too large. She also struggled in some subjects, but was not always able to get the help she needed in a large setting. If children do not have a learning disability, are in a big size classroom, and need extra help, they will not get quality there.

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October 23, 2007
Is great school ! My child was transfer from cornerstone is also a private school it was ok academic wise. But since I transfer my child to St Thomas apostle my child everyday is so excited to go school she say she missed her teacher and activities.

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September 25, 2007
Although St. Thomas thrives on structure, the class sizes are too large for students to receive individual attention in the classroom.

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September 25, 2007
Academics at St. Thomas seems to be slipping in part due to the large class size in most grades. The teachers, talented and dedicated as they are, cannot possibly teach the students effectively while trying to keep 35 or more students orderly. The drama department is outstanding and the parents are enthusiastic and dedicated.

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May 13, 2007
The principal is very helpful. The school is very clean. The new science building is a great addition to school donated by the parents. Teachers and staff are great. The musical drama is fantastic. Academics are above average. I highly recommend this school.

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August 16, 2005
Good academics. Wonderful teachers. Students learn responsibility.

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St. Thomas The Apostle School
3801 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA  94121
(415) 221-2711
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St. Thomas The Apostle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top