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St. Matthew Catholic School

Private | K-8 | 608 students

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $870,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,770.

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Posted June 5, 2014

This is the most poorly run school I have ever experienced. I have sent two of my children here, and thankfully they are both finished. The school has a massive turnover; good teachers always leave. There are some great parents here, but things are very clique-y. You have to be in the inner circle to make sure your voice is heard. The new administration is stiff, plays favorites, and isn't at all qualified. My kids hated going to school other than to be with their friends. I was always afraid of switching them, due to social repercussions and lack of options. I would not recommend this school to others. I even question whether the other reviews are real.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2013

My son is in 1st grade, and we couldn't be happier with the school. The Kinder teacher is amazing, the school is well run, and we are in the process of building a gym! We have had limited interaction with staff and admin, since we've only been there a year, but principal knows us by name, and is very warm. We have 4 children and plan to send all 4 to St. Matt's.
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Posted May 2, 2013

I pulled both my children from a local public school and put them in St Matthews and couldn't be happier! The new principal is fabulous, and the school is excellent. The academics are strong, there is an emphasis on character building, and they have art, music, athletics. The principal is very approachable and doesn't put up with bullies or any other inappropriate behaviour. I highly recommend St Matthew Catholic.
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Posted January 26, 2009

I have attended St. Matthew Catholic School for over three years, and I love it. It has a very involved community with marvelous competitive sports programs. Not only can I elaborate on the outstanding teachers, but they seem to connect with the students, such as the amazing, current eighth grade teacher Ms. Patrice Costa. I do not intend for this to be extremely verbose, but I must comment that if one may come across this entry, one should send his or her child to St. Matthew.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2008

I have 3 children there. K, 3rd, and 7th..Fantastic school. Unsurpassed parent involvement. Teachers are superb!
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Posted April 16, 2008

A well-rounded school focusing on academics, Christian values, social consciousness, and extracuricular activities ranging from arts, sports, music, and other learning hobbies. Learning instruction encourages students to be independent, self-reliant, and challenging. With parental involvement in the students' education, this method is surely effective.
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Posted March 22, 2006

Quality of instruction varies from class to class. Administration allows each teacher to do as she pleases. School prides itself on meeting needs of individuals, including learning disabled students. In fact, that program is very behind the times and offers questionable support.
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Posted June 30, 2005

A great school with a family atmosphere and much parental involvment. Class sizes a little large but tuition is very reasonable.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 26%
Hispanic 13% 52%
Two or more races 12% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Nancy Arnett
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Direct instruction
  • Hybrid
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of San Francisco
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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910 South El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: (650) 343-1373

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