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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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