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910 South El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402

(650) 343-1373
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March 06, 2015
Great school ... but very bad principal.... Mrs. Nancy Arnett is bringing the school down. Not a leader... not a role model..... not a nice person in general.... should not be working with children.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2015
My child is in the current Saint Matthew kindergarten class and we are impressed. The students feel loved and cared for by the teacher & aide. More important, the students are learning an academic foundation that can be built upon in first grade, etc. They learn the sounds of letter and of letter combinations, the skills necessary to decode words on their own and they are held accountable for site words. All of these skills are imperative to learn to read. My brother's kids at another school missed out on these basic kindergarten skills and his kids struggled in the upper grades. They are reading now after years with a private tutor learning the basic skills that are being taught in kindergarten at Saint Matthew. Ask the Saint Matthew first grade teachers--they will tell you the students come from Saint Matthew kindergarten ready to read and/or reading. Those who transfer from other schools into the first grade, who missed out on these basic skills in their kindergarten, come to Saint Matthew struggling. Besides the successful building of this academic foundation, the kindergarteners regularly practice public speaking, are taught values and are taught to be responsible.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2015
I am the parent of two alums of St. Matt's School. St. Matt's is a wonderful school and a great community. My children attended St. Matt's for 9 years, were taught by loving, dedicated and well-qualified teachers and administrators who were genuinely interested in their education, were admitted to quality high school, were well-prepared for rigorous high school honors and AP classes, and ultimately admitted to top universities. In addition, the St. Matt's parish community is a warm, inclusive, fun and faith-filled community. The clergy, staff, and parishioners of St. Mathew Parish are supportive, with their time, talent and treasure, of the educational ministry of its school. For many years I have promoted St. Matt's to parents of soon-to-be elementary school students; I will continue, without reservation and with great enthusiasm, to do so.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2015
I am the proud father of two current St. Matthew students. My wife and I have been part of the St. Matthew community for several years. Always satisfied with our school decision, it wasn't until my child reached junior high that I realized St. Matthew Catholic School was in a league all its own. In addition to the spiritual and rigorous academic components, I find that St. Matthew constantly reinforces the values my wife and I preach at home; always take pride in one s work, integrity, character and a solid sense of decorum. While some have commented on this site describing these student expectations as unrealistic and uncaring, I see them not only as quite reasonable but also necessary ingredients of becoming a responsible and respectful young adult. It is clear from the postings on this site that from one family to the next, experiences can differ. Yet, I felt the need to speak my truth, after all they are commenting on my school. Basically, from the Administration to the teachers, their love and care for my children has never wavered. It takes a strong leader to be able to withstand the criticism of anonymous others. I fully support our leader. I encourage others to join me.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2015
What is remarkable about the wide range of pros and cons - is how little the administration of St. Matthew's cares about the Legacy of such a wonderful school. They do not care about who attended St. Matt's in the past or in the future, they only care about the here and now. The south side of campus, the Ramp, went from being where we all grew up and longed for becoming upperclassmen and graduates to a full-fledged bleeding-heart day care center. The do-everything Lady in the main buildings office was spat upon and run out by the admin. The chasm that started as a small fissure when the Parish Church left Ellsworth Street and came to 900, only grew into a complete bottom-less pit as decades went by. If it wasn't the Italian Catholic Federation fighting for calendar time or long time gym users fighting with in over their heads clergy, then it was the shameless nepotistic dealings by Administrators towards tremendous former teachers and staff. There have been some wonderful boys and girls who attended this school. Those new families that left nice-nice reviews, just wait.

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2015
When i started at St Matts in kindergarden i absolutely loved it. The students had so much freedom and everyone was always laughing and having fun. The principle at the time was kind to the students and was willing to bend the rules to please the parents. From K-6th grade I loved the school, but as soon as Mrs. Arnett (current principle) took her position, everything went downhill. The teachers became more strict and unhappy and the students did as well. As an eight grader it became more obvious how much we were being deprived of from past years. We no longer were allowed free dress on Friday or jamba juice during lunch. The eight graders also did not go on the graduation trip to Washington. We were the first eighth grade class that i had ever witnessed to be deprived of these things. I was very unhappy in my last years at St. Matts with Mrs. Arnett. When my friends ask me about the school for their younger siblings i tell that that it was the worst experience i ever had. Whenever i get together with my middle school friends, we talk about how unhappy we were and how glad we are to be out of that school. I no longer have anything good to say about St Matthews.

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2015
Unfortunately, I have to agree with the negative reviews provided by a number of other individuals. This was a wonderful place for my older child but has eroded quickly over the last couple of years. Not only have good faculty left but so have some of our good families. The school's leadership needs "adjusting". The faith elements of the education are great and many families have become our close friends, but the warmth of the community and the goodness of the faith are not exemplified by the administration. The lack of professionalism is staggering and is recognized by many even outside the school. We hope St Matts can return to its old stature one day soon.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2015
We have been in the community for two years with a first and third grader. Our kids love the school, the teachers, and the environment. Both my wife and I are very happy with our choice of St. Matthews. Our point of comparison has been the local public school system, and while the public school was ok and it was just ok! St. Matthews = values, dedicated teachers, and a community with families that are willing to invest their time into making the school a great place for our kids. Local Public Schools = lots of social issues, formulaic education, and a lack of diversity of people-ideas-language. While I respect the negative reviewer s opinions (below) and understand everyone s experience is different, I totally disagree and so do the many-many thousands of current and prior students-families.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2015
Do not send your child to St Matt's if you're looking for a supportive administration. The principal is cold and not warm at all. It's her way or the high way. She has poor follow up on email and phone with parents. She acts like she could care less. She institutes new policies without consideration of the students and it's impact. If your child needs any extra help, this is NOT the place for your family. They do not seek help for kids falling behind. You as the parent always have to approach the teachers or administration. They are not proactive. They have a new "no late work" policy. If a child forgets their work on the printer at home...an F! Not even a lower grade for turning it in after school or later in the day. Horrible. They want the kids to feel defeated. Even if they left their work in another classroom is not allowed to be turned in. The Principal needs to be warmer and more kind. She gossips with parents about others and can not be trusted. It's not a good school for community when run like they way she's running it. Look at OLA or St. Greg's.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2014
I have had two kids at this school. My kids hate it and they feel the teachers hate it too. It the worst school ever. Principal is not genuine and blames kids for everything. Teachers don't respond to email, there is no open communications. I feel like 5 moms run the school, and aren't welcoming at all. The best teacher just left- Mrs. Francl. The good teachers leave. Most parent afraid to talk about issues, since principal and teachers will retaliate on your kid. beware of this school. it kills kids creativity and passion for school.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
School has taken a marked turn for the worse with the new (~3 years) administration. Administration is focused on the wrong things and not supporting the broader student population. Clear, concise communication outside the Principal's tight circle of those in the know is non-existent. They are completely unaware of the impact their decisions have on the families that attend the school. Teacher turnover is high and there is very little support to help the new teachers improve. Support of students that may not fit in or struggle with the academics is slim to none. Disappointed that there's a lot of talk, but not much to back it up.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 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
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 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.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
May 23, 2008
I have 3 children there. K, 3rd, and 7th..Fantastic school. Unsurpassed parent involvement. Teachers are superb!

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2005
A great school with a family atmosphere and much parental involvment. Class sizes a little large but tuition is very reasonable.

- submitted by a parent

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St. Matthew Catholic School
910 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA  94402
(650) 343-1373
Last modified St. Matthew Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St. Matthew Catholic School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top