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St. John Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 210 students


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Posted September 15, 2014

My son started at this school in Jr. High and the students and staff made him feel as if he's been part of their family since Pre-K. I can't say enough about how great St John Catholic School has been for my child. The Principal knows the students and spends time in the classes. Even the parent community is welcoming. My only regret is not sending him to St. John sooner.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 4, 2014

I sent my son here in the 2013-2014 school year and was very pleased with his teacher and the staff at this school. He grew so much and asks the family to pray before every meal now. He absolutely loves his PE teacher and has made some very good friends. The teachers here really care about the students and I know they want what's best for the students. The school does have a new principal, but she is doing wonderful things for the school I love that she asks input from all of us.
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Posted June 11, 2014

I took my kid out of this school. It's not the greatest school it once was. They have changed principals and since then over 10 teachers have left. The school is falling apart and it's sad that the diocese is not paying attention to the warning signs. Save yourself the money and send your child somewhere else.
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Posted September 25, 2010

Great school, wonderful principal, with great teachers who take the time to get to know each and every child as an individual and create lesson plans which challenge the children academically. They help the children grow to thier full potential and beyond. It is a private school and the school puts together events and fundraisers so that any child can have the opportunity to attend regardless of families income. Events and fundraisers do not interfere with the childrens education nor class time. The events are also an opportunity for school unity and parent involvment. This is not only a school but also a community, an extended family. If you are interested in a school where your child can recieve a great education and are interested in being involved, hands on, with your childs school than this is a great option for you.
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Posted April 23, 2009

Wonderful teachers & responsive administration. Great school community. Awesome music/play program. Great sports/cheer program. Yes as a private school, there is a lot of fund raising -- but it does NOT get in the way of the kids' education and all private schools do it. In fact all of the major fund raising events bring the community together such as the festival. It's peace of mind to have my kids attend St. John where there is a 80% parent participation rate and caring teachers & administration.
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Posted September 22, 2008

I am so disappointed with this school because instead of focusing on education they are concentrating more on raising money for the school all year long. Also, they have so many short days and no school days and I wonder if these kids are getting the appropriate and complete education that they need.
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Posted March 30, 2006

I personally feel that the teacher should use a more innovative method of teaching the kids that would be more enjoyable and to interact with all the kids more on a personal one on one level to get better understand their peronality and learning method.
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Posted August 24, 2005

We chose St. John for the academic excellence as well as the spiritual/religious guidance they offer to students. We like that they strongly promote family and activity as well.
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Posted September 28, 2004

We selected St. John School for our daughter because we believe it will give her a strong educational experience in a Catholic school environment. So far, it's met our expectations. We find that she's challenged academically, encouraged to reach higher goals, rewarded for her successes, and is growing in her Catholic faith. We feel secure knowing she's in a safe, caring, and stimulating environment during her school day. We hear on a daily basis how much she loves school! When there are issues, the staff works with us, not against us. But, as in all schools, there's room for improvement. I wish more parents were involved beyond the required service hours. Also, I'd like to see more co-curricular activities for students to learn beyond their classroom lessons. The school needs to pursue these opportunities more.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 38% 52%
White 20% 26%
Black 5% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs. Emily Murphy
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270 East Lewelling Boulevard
San Lorenzo, CA 94580
Phone: (510) 276-6632


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