"Strong Academic Program and Nurturing Catholic Community"
Students enrolled 197
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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5 stars
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March 25, 2014
St. Monica's is a wonderful school. The principal, teachers and staff are caring and helpful. It is a great community. We love St. Monica's and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great school for their children.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
my nephew who's in the 3rd grade transitioned to this school and good to see that he is doing good. school staff is nice, especially ms Dillon in the office.

- submitted by a community member
March 20, 2014
Trying to decide if a private school is right for your child? We didn't know either until we enrolled our daughter. While I appreciate all the students wearing uniforms along with teaching about God, our daughter has come along well so far since Kinder year who is now in the 3rd grade. I appreciate that it's a smaller school community with a strong parent network. Although each family has a required set of parent service hours that need to be met these hours are very easily attainable. There are many opportunities and different ways to meet those hours and we have actually gone over. I have talked to other parents at other private schools in San Francisco and their required parent service hours are considerably much more than what St. Monica requires which is nice to know.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
We couldn't be more happier with how our 3rd grader is doing at St. Monica's. Ms. Keb steps it up a notch with teaching her class responsibility and accountability. We appreciate how academics are taught and like how there is a good balance of both academics and creative learning. There are music are art classes plus a number of after school activities that include guitar lessons, Academic Chess, Chinese classes, and sports involvement. We also appreciate Mrs. Harrington who heads the Extended Care program. Since she joined there have been some outstanding changes that involve more creative learning during the after school hours along with dedicated homework time for the students as well. The fees for Extended Care are extremely reasonable compared to learning about after school care programs at other schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
You might pass up this gem in the Outer Richmond district if you think it is like a traditional parochial school. This school has an unbelievable warm mentor and innovative leader in our Principal, Mr. Sweeters. What drew us to this school is the intimate campus and the dedication to the core philosophy that weaves academic excellence, character, civic mind and personal accountability. If you have a child that would love to stretch their vocal cords - there is the honor's choir, if you have a child who loves to use his or her mind - we have chess, if you have a child who is creative and interested in exploring music, we have it all here. And, yes SPORTS! The faculty consists of years upon years of experience and the love each teacher has for her students AMAZING. Every school conference or issue your child might encounter is met with the loving desire to see each and every child succeed. What I have noticed in both my children is a passion for learning and unbelievable growth in comportment. If you are looking for a school that goes beyond your expectations and affordable then come to our next open house. You will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
I highly recommend St. Monica School for its quality of teaching, small size, excellent leadership, sports programs and parent community involvement. I have a child in the 8th grade who started here in kindergarten and also a 3rd grade child. I have noticed many improvements over the last nine years under the leadership of our principal Mr. Sweeters. He continually strives to make our school better from obtaining and renewing WAS accreditation to bringing technology into the classroom. The middle school school teachers are definitely challenging but they want to prepare every student for success in high school and beyond. My children have made good friends here and I feel that it is a close-knit community that takes care of each other.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
My son is currently an 8th grader at Saint Monica School. We highly recommend this school and following are some of the reasons: 1) Academic standards are set high, but the teachers create opportunities to motivate the children so they can correct their occasional failures. My son is well prepared academically and now has a number of options to attend some of the best high schools in SF. 2) All the teachers (Mrs. Aguire, Mr. Devine, Mr. Mullen, Mr. Bussey) set high standards for good conduct and have a lot of heart. They paid close attention to my son's character development and kept us informed when there are any problems so improvements can be made. 3) Mr. Sweeters, our principal, is very nice to the children and the parents. He creates many opportunities for parents to get involved in the school. Mr. Sweeters works very hard for the welfare of our school. I have seen him standing in the middle of the street, in the rain, directing traffic to keep our children safe. 4) Saint Monica has a tutoring program where 7th & 8th graders can gain experience tutoring younger kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
We are so glad to have found St. Monica School! Our daughter is in kindergarten and so far she is loving it! Not only are the teachers and staff excellent, the school also has a close and responsive parent network/club. We find that St. Monica School's Kindergarten is not only warm and nurturing, but also academically focused, with a curriculum that is engaging and fun. We love that arts and PE are incorporated into their daily routine and not compromised. In addition to regular school activities, my daughter is also learning Mandarin in their After-School Enrichment program. We love that the school is small and intimate and that the principal is easily accessible should we have any questions or comments. The tuition is also very reasonable compare to other private/parochial schools. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
Our daughter started kindergarten at St. Monica this past fall and it has been a great experience so far. It was a smooth transition from preschool and we are amazed on a daily basis by the things she is learning. It is proved to be a nurturing and structured environment at just the right balance. Instilling a sense of independence and accountability while simultaneously fostering an environment of respect, compassion and kindness. The kinder/8th grade buddy program has been one of our daughter's favorite programs so far. She also enjoys Chess Club that is offered in the after school program. We are very happy to be apart of the St. Monica community!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
We love St. Monica School! The parent community is extraordinary, and academics very competitive. Its friendly and safe. Our children love going to school there!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
Great Language programs in the aftercare program, along with other aftercare programs such as chess, piano, guitar and sports. Wonderful caring teachers who are always available to chat about your child's progress (outside of the regular reviews) Great emphasis on sporting activities from basketball, volleyball, soccer, running, baseball etc Wonderful sense of community amongst the parents and the teachers and the principal is very communicative on all levels with regards progress and upgrades to the school academically and the after school programs. Delighted I have sent my two kids here (2nd and 1st grade) and I will be sending my third child in August. They are thriving there and I see progress on all levels with them on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2014
Very happy to have our 2nd grader at St. Monica. Our child has been thriving since starting here -- academically and socially -- gaining confidence while being challenged and developing a real sense of community. The teachers we have had so far have been solid, and our child enjoys the art program and music classes. We also appreciate the convenience of the Extended Care program and that there are onsite after-school activities (sports, language, guitar, piano; we do some of these and will continue to do so). The Principal made a positive impression on us during our visits and we were relieved and delighted that it was not just a show. He's a leader and great communicator.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
i went to St. Monicas in the 60's. It is great that its core hasen't changed. i was an Army Brat. My dad was stationed at Persido, we lived on base. I took 2 busses to get to school. I with my heart and soul loved this school, and still remember it fondly..

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2013
Our boys having been attending since January. They love the school and the teachers. St. Monica is a hidden gem of a school in San Francisco. Ssshhhh... don't tell anybody. :-)

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2013
We have two children at St. Monica both with very different personalities. This school has been wonderful for both the kids. The class sizes along with the teachers are great in giving each child the attention they need. The older students really watch out and take care of the younger ones. Parent involment is great and everyone pulls together to create a wonderful and loving community. St. Monica was our last private school tour but our first choice. We are extremely glad to have our children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
Looking for an elementary school in San Francisco can be a daunting process. St. Monica School is a wonderfully small school with a caring community of both teachers and parents. Our kindergartener is thriving. Students are engaged, they know one another and are treated with respect. If you're looking for a supportive, small community, be sure to check out St. Monica. It's a wonderful school in SF's Richmond District.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
My daughter is in Kindergarten at St. Monica's and we all have been so impressed with the everything the school offers for the students and parents. My daughter LOVES her 8th grade buddy as well as the independence in Kindergarten during Plan Do & Review time to select the area that she wants to work in. Additionally the after school offerings from extended care, piano, guitar lessons and Chinese classes are sure to make every kid happily entertained! The school also offers opportunities for the parents to engage with other parents and support the school via the Parent Club! We selected St. Monica's for the diversity and we look forward to the next 8 years.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
St. Monica is a traditional, neighborhood school that has recently begun to evolve into an institution serving the modern requirements of both students and parents. The leadership and faculty of the school are both visionary and rigorous. The parents and parish community help emphasize the balance between academics, faith, athletics, and personal growth, making this experience more about the evolution of the entire child rather than just their test scores (which are top-notch, anyway!). Recent investments in technology, not only material, but in the planning of how to fully integrate these improvements into the kids' everyday learning, signal the school's ongoing commitment to keep the school one of the City's best. I have children in 3rd grade and K, and my wife and I couldn't be happier that they are at St. Monica. GO BULLDOGS.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
My son is in kindergarten at St. Monica. From the moment we toured the school last year we knew it was the right place for us. The kinder teacher is wonderful and is really great at connecting with the kids to inspire a love of learning. My son attends the extended care program in the afternoon and loves it! He actually asked me to wait until the very last minute to pick him up so that he can stay as long as possible. He's formed so many wonderful relationships with kids in every grade.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
My son is in his second year at St. Monica and I can't say enough good things. We originally were touring Catholic Schools as a backup to SFUSD. When we toured St. Monica, it became our frontrunner for both Catholic and public schools. It's a very strong academic school while at the same time, allowing creativity and providing a nurturing environment. The principal, staff and parent community have great school pride and it shows in the classrooms and social events.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2012
The school has a wonderful principal, caring and dedicated teachers and comprehensive parent support. It has been a pleasure to send our son to St. Monica's and join a strong school community.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
My son is in his fourth year at St. Monica. The school offers a strong community, solid academics, and extensive parental involvement. With a single class per grade level (usually 20 - 25 children per grade) the kids have an opportunity to form strong & lasting friendships, and receive individualized attention from the staff. Like many parents I initially focused on applications to the "elite schools". In hindsight I'm happy that we selected St. Monica, as the school frequently places as many or more children each year in excellent high schools (e.g. St. Ignatius) as the "elite schools", all while charging tuition that's one quarter of the cost of the "elite schools". Additionally, the kids are exposed to a much more diverse group of children, and the environment lacks the high stress tension often found at a number of private K - 8 schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2012
My daughter has been at the school for two years. We are so happy with the academics, the extra curricular activities offered, and the small nurturing community . She loves her teachers and they have instilled "a love for learning." We could not ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
We had the opportunity to compare the quality of education of St. Monica and to another Catholic school in another city. I would have to say we were spoiled by the education and activities our children received at St. Monica. The other school did not have the variety of after-school activities and when we returned to St. Monica, they were behind academically. The biggest issue is we know that the St. Monica takes serious any form of bullying while my son was bullied during the school year at the other school and it wasn't until the bully defaced my son's yearbook did the school do anything.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2010
St. Monica is a wonderful school! We are the parents of a 2nd grader and she has been going to St. Monica's since Kinder. Not only do we love the school, but more importantly our daughter loves it. It is a very family oriented environment which also focuses on academics. One thing that was important to us as parents was the Arts and St. Monica provides art, music, drama, and many other programs in school and outside of the school for the children. I feel the children that attended school here are very well rounded and happy.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2010
St. Monica school is a great school. It builds the students both academically and behaviorally. My son has been improved a lot since he was there. The teachers are excellent and very helpfull . Parents are very close to each others and to the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
Our daughter entered St. Monica School as a kindergartener this fall and has transitioned from her preschool beautifully. Like many San Francisco families, we cast a wide net to ensure the best possible experience for our child and so we looked at public, private independent and parochial schools. Above all else, we wanted strong academics, individualized attention in and out of the classroom, and an active/creative parent community. St. Monica School offers all this and we are very happy parents as a result. More importantly, our daughter is happy and challenged academically.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2010
I love this school. It is incredibly diverse, the teachers and parents are very involved, and it is so much NOT what I expected when I started looking at parochial schools. It is a challenging program, but very realistic about child development, paying attention to the individual child, and phasing in the challenge so that, for example, kindergartners are not overwhelmed. Since it is a K-8 program, they have the time to bring out the best in these kids and I consistently hear this from parents of the older kids. I know that my challenging kindergartner is happy when he comes home, and I can see that he is finding his niche and learning, so I highly recommend St. Monica.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
We placed our son in St. Monica for middle school, after graduating from one of the top S.F. Public Elementary Schools. He was an average student at best, and we wanted to see how he would respond to a smaller environment and more personal attention, In the course of his 3 years at St Monica, his his grades and test scores rose steadily, as did his class participation and interest level in school, He also was able to play 3 team sports, which was a tremendous experience for him. He now attends one of the top-rated high schools in S.F. (he was also one of many 8th graders at SM accepted to Lowell). I expected that St. Monica would be a better fit for our son, but my wife and I never dreamed that he would achieve so much in terms of his personal development and academic success.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
I attended St. Monica School from Grade 1-8. I feel they contributed greatly in developing me as a strong individual with good morals and a big heart.

- submitted by a community member
October 13, 2010
St. Monica is a wonderful, tight-knit school that strikes a perfect balance between academics and emotional development. We received our 1st choice public school in the SF lottery, and chose St. Monica. If you think your child would flourish in a smaller school setting with active parental involvement and top-notch teachers, this is the school for you. The K teacher is especially good at helping little ones make a positive transition into elementary school. Our child is happy and growing skills and confidence every day. Our second child can't wait to enroll, too! Before you flee to the suburbs or take on massive debt at a pricey private, come take a look at St. Monica's. We are glad we did.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
It's a mystery as to why this school is still largely under the radar for private/parochial schools. The academics are very strong as demonstrated by most of our outgoing 8th classes - in terms of their achievement and HS placements. In fact, the 2010 graduating class ranked highest on the standardized testing last Fall, beating out 56 other schools in Marin, SF and the Pennisula. I appreciate the very hardworking principal and staff. Teachers care about students and are involved. The dedicated Art teacher and studio is fantastic. Finally, I appreciate the well-roundedness in the curriculum - traditional academics along with drama, piano, guitar and several language classes. Students here are not 'worldly' just nice kids who seem happy at school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
M daugter is very happy at St. Monica and she is doing well socially and academically. While St. Monica does not have all the bells and whistles of some of the other private schools, it is a quality education in a caring environment. The community is very nice and down to earth. I would recommend it to others

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no rating June 06, 2009
Our daughter attended kinder this year. She was previously enrolled in a preschool for 2 years. During her time at preschool she was timid, shy and not at all out going. She would often cry when dropped off at preschool. Upon entering St. Monica she quickly began to express her love for her teacher and teachers aide. Our daughter is now an outgoing and confident child. She has exhibited several leadership qualities. Kindergarten at St. Monica made her come out of her shell. When our daughter was sick and was unable to attend school she would cry because she did not want to miss any time from school. The principal fosters a loving and caring environment. He is very receptive to the needs of parents. We felt so confident that St. Monica was the school for us. We look forward to many more years here!

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August 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2007
As a current student of St. Monica, I love going here. We all love going here. I transferred in third grade to come here, and I love it here. The courses are challenging yet not beyond a student's capabilities, and the art program has been reinstated, and is led by a wonderful teacher who definitely knows what she is talking about. The new principal is great, and is easy to work with, and I firmly believe that this is the finest elementary school in the city.

- submitted by a student
November 29, 2006
We have two children who attend St. Monica School. They are both thriving academically at a school with great teacher student ratios. St. Monica School offers all children the opportunity to grow and advance. Bright students are challenged. The school has a new principal who is focused on a stimulating academic environment for the children. The faculty loves teaching, love their students and challenge their students--it is outstanding. Each year St. Monica places over half of its graduating class in high Lowell and St. Ignatius High Schools. The school offers sports programs for children from 3rd grade through 8th grade and parents have organized micro soccer programs for children in grades K-2. As with most schools, parental involvement is expected and adds to the educational experience of the children.

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November 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2006
St.Monica School is a place where the children are challenged academically and grow spiritually. When they graduate to high school, most if not all students go to the best private and public schools. Many parents are involved at the school and its activities and the sports teams are very competitive. The teachers are well educated and informed. They know what's needed to succeed in high school. We're a small school but with a big heart!

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2006
My son was not thriving in his other catholic school, so I transferred him to St. Monica, and I now have a new child, a truly happy child. The teachers are fantastic, and real honest to goodness 'warm and cuddly' types, not severe like at his old school. He skips to school every day now....I'm actually serious : ) I didn't realize catholic school could be fun....but here's the great part...not only do they have a lot of art and music, (which is wonderful for children) they also have higher standardized test scores than his other school. I had no idea you could have it all. My son is a different person, and my life is so much better now that he loves going to school! I don't know what school that other person is talking about, but anyone is free to contact me about St. Monica. It's absolutely warm and wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2006
While the education is very good, it does not make for a complete school experience. There are sports teams for older kids. Hardly any field trips available, even for the older kids. Wish I looked longer for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
Run as fast as you can from St Monica School or any school under the Archdiochese of San Francisco! It seems as if the teachers have not taken any continuing education courses to expand their skills. It seems as if the teaching plans are still the same ones used thirty years ago. As far as an art program it is up to the regular teachers whenever they feel like it. The music program was threatened to be discontinued as well, until each family had to pay an additional fee (above tuition) for the teacher's salary. The parental involvement is good, but it is a core group. There are constant fundraisers; you feel like you are buying something every week! Not recommened!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2006
We are so very happy with St. Monica's School. It is such an exciting and very supportive community of parents and faculty. They have a great art program and music program and their Extended Care program is affordable and gives the children time to play and run around which is very important to us. They have teachers there who have been teaching for many years and they are solid. Our new Principal is wonderful. He listens, works with us, and is always there for whatever questions we have. I am so privileged to have my children attend St. Monica's and know they are getting a top-notch education.

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St. Monica School
5950 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA  94121
(415) 751-9564
Last modified St. Monica School is a private school that serves grades K-8
St. Monica School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 45 reviews.