"We are best known for academic excellence."
Students enrolled 230
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Michael Browning
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2015 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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5 stars
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May 30, 2014
This is my child's first year at SAS, we came on a recommendation, transferring from an LAUSD (highly rated) school. At SAS, the staff is what makes the school fantastic. My only criticism is that the blended learning system is being used as effectively as possible but I'm sure that will be rectified by the next school year. STUDENT BODY: diverse in many areas. Some of the children are incredibly gifted and some of the children would probably lag considerably at another school. Despite the spectrum, there doesn't seem to be any preferential treatment. PARENTS: most seem to be highly involved in their children's development (academically AND character), it is a small school so I sensed a little mistrust when we started but have since seen that dissipate. STAFF: this area is the treasure of SAS. I CANNOT express enough how impressed I am at the synergy between teachers and administration (including their directory of marketing), they're all accessible and seem to communicate with each other regarding the direction that they want the school to go. LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: traditional and intense with enrichment programs to supplement and broaden the children's experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
Our son attended St. Anne School as an 8th grader. This was his first year at St. Anne and we could not have been happier with his experience and his improvements in academics. The teachers, staff and administration all take the time to get to know each child and their parents. The communication between the school and parents is seamless. Teachers always keep us up to date and informed on tests, assignments and grades, They assign challenging yet fun projects that really engage the students, My son always received the attention he needed. We highly recommend this school to everyone. It may be small but it provides everything your child needs to thrive academically!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Saint Anne School is the best gift that I can give my children. The education is very complete and challenging to my kids. They feel welcomed, cared for and they are always eager to find out what is the next activity the school has planned for them. The connection with parents, students and teachers is great and everyone participates with a sense of care for what is best for all. The kids enjoy the music program after school, the boys and girls club, the theatre productions, the sports, the art classes, game night, excercising as a group in the morning, and the new blended learning program has been awesome for them too. Both of my kids got Honor Roll and Principals Award and they are always striving to do more because they feel they can be anything they want to be in life if they are guided by God, their parents and great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
The culture of Saint Anne is changing rapidly as the principal accepts students that otherwise he shouldn't. I don't blame him as he is under a lot of pressure to raise enrollment. But he is starting a trend that has already impacted the quality of education that was once excellent.

- submitted by a teacher
October 23, 2013
My daughter transferred to St. Anne School and hasn't looked back once. She is having a FANTASTIC experience, both academically and socially. In just a matter of a month at St. Anne's, her ability to focus has become razor sharp (and noticeable to those outside school), which I attribute to how her teacher works with her in class. I also attribute the overall leadership to Michael Browning, the Principal. Mr. Browning is fair and truly cares about what is best for these children. He is incredibly busy but accessible if you must meet with him. He is the main reason why we chose St. Anne's. Everything Mr. Browning told me about St. Anne's several years ago is true. The children are taught to be polite, respectful and to model values that all of us want in our children. The introduction of the Blended Learning program proves to be a very exciting time for all children, no matter what level your child is at. How exciting that the teachers can individually tailor their lessons to meet your child's needs! With the fun Mission Marathon walking program before school to the weekly violin class, I'm grateful my daughter is at St. Anne's. I wish I could've gone to school here!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
Saint Anne is a wonderful school dedicated to the highest level of education. Santa Anne is one of the most, if not thee most culturally diverse schools in the city, which my wife and I love. The new blended learning program is amazing. The principal is amazing. This school is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
very nice school and and the teaching and the students learning is very good...i glad my two daughters have been hear more than 5-7years..you go vikings......

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
My son has always been a smart kid and I had no idea how much better he could get. He has greatly improved since he joined Saint Anne School 2 years ago. He enjoys different programs like Spanish and music among others. He loves his teachers and the new blended learning system that let's him work at his own pace. Iam so glad that we found a school that cares so much for the kids, small enough that the teachers are able yo give individualized attention and teach them all the important values of life. It's the most affordable private school for its caliber. Everyday is a great day at St Anne School

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
St. Anne School provides quality education at a very reasonable price. My daughter looks forward to going to school every day and enjoys learning. With the new Blended Learning program, she has developed a new confidence and pride in her school work and activities. In addition to the academic program, St. Anne provides after school care through the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club which provides the opportunity to do homework and participate in different activities. I am very pleased with the education and care that St. Anne School offers. I personally feel that St. Anne offers a safe and healthy learning environment for its students. I encourage families to visit the school website and taking a tour of the school so that you can see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
this is our first year at Saint Anne's and they all have been amazing. My children all felt welcomed and never did they say they missed their old school. Teacher's are great, they all have been amazing. There is so much unity within the students, there really teach them to be responsible, not including getting the best education.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Saint Anne is a great Catholic. School! The teachers are awesome, they have invest money and time for the school to improve technology and this year they are just launching the Blended learning with laptops for every middle school student and desktops for the children from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. My son loves it! Also the after school care is wonderfull and is managed by Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica which is awesome too! Go Vikings!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
We are now in our first year at Saint Anne School and couldn't be happier. We transferred our second grader from a very expensive private school in Culver City (in fact, we had to bring up his reading skills to be on par with the incoming 2nd grade class). We were content with their program until we discovered Saint Anne School. For a fraction of the private school tuition we now receive a stronger academic program, the innovative Phaedras Blended Learning Program, FREE afterschool care by a dedicated staff from the Boys and Girls Club, a well-rounded music program and an amazing teaching staff. The administration is absolutely dedicated to the well-being and growth of these children...Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Our transition was an easy one and our child has been happy and excited everyday since his first day of school. I would strongly recommend touring this gem of a school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Saint Anne School is very good school. When my kids became 5, we were seriously looking neighbor schools, public and private. After 5 months research, we found this school is the best for my kids because the principal and parents in this school are very friendly and really think about the students. The rule is rule and very serious with education is needed for my kids. Now they are grow up, they love school and I am very happy what they are learning from school every day.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
As being fairly new to St.Annes, we absolutely found a diamond in the rough! What a rare find . The teachers, office personnel and families are so wonderful. I love their festival and all the activities they have for the kids. As a blended learning pilot school we're excited to see our son soar in 7th grade! Thank you for allowing us to apart of this wonderful school community.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
Three of my daughters attended St. Anne's. The youngest attended from Kindergarten through 8th grade and then received a scholarship to an outstanding high school. The older two attended beginning in fifth and sixth grade. This is a school with excellent academics, small class size, a caring staff and a Catholic education. The tuition is amazingly low for the quality and they do have scholarships. I strongly encourage any parent to check it out.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
Saint Anne School is the best kept secret in Santa Monica...but not for long! The faculty and staff put the children first and foremost. They are constantly looking for ways to add value and improve the student's experience. Saint Anne provides a high quality, Catholic education. Students at the school not only learn their lessons but they learn to be good people and to be kind to each other. The new blended learning curriculum for Fall 2013 promises to be exciting for the children and foster personal growth, each at their own pace. We love Saint Anne's!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2013
Overrated. Saint Anne is not 5 stars school. It is a very affordable private school but, you get for what you pay.Unfortunately, with the time I find out that there are very bad situations in this school swept under the rug.I am aware that there is not perfect school, but been a Catholic school...I was expecting more. One of those bad situations is like any middle school, Saint Anne has bullying issues. The principal took care of it partially. He came very hard only with one student to make happy some parents.But with the rest of the bully students, he is very soft and flexible..... no disciplinary action at all for braking the school conduct code.I really felt he was an exceptional principal and fair with ALL the students. Soooooo disappointed!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2013
I wrote earlier when my son first entered Saint Anne School in sixth grade. He is now preparing to graduate from 8th grade. He actually enjoyed junior high school. I didn't know this was possible. There is no bullying, no "mean kids". The teachers and staff model and expect kind, respectful behavior. It definitely rubs off on the student body. My son has been able to thrive at this small wonderful school and we could not be happier. Academically, he has exceeded our expectations with a strong grasp of algebra, advanced literature, grammar, writing, American History, understanding of ancient civilizations and multiple religions, a continued love for science... it is phenomenal. When we first came to Saint Anne, our son had applied to another private school which gave the ISEE test and he scored in the 10-20 percentile in nearly all subjects. Now, only three years later, he scored in the 80-90 percentile on the ISEE test and got admitted into his first choice for high school. We did not put him into any outside tutoring or prep classes; his only academic preparation was from Saint Anne. I cannot have imagined a more perfect experience for our son.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
We found St. Anne School online, after we d already submitted applications to a list of other schools. We thought we were done looking, but in the spirit of leaving no stone unturned, we scheduled and took a principal-guided tour of SAS. When we left, we knew that SAS was the school for us. One full year later, we can honestly say that we made the right choice. We love that art and music (vocal and instrumental) are valued parts of the curriculum; that technology enhances rather than dominates the classroom experience; that religious education respects all faiths; that the teachers are energetic, happy, and accessible; that the big kids are kind to the little kids; that parents are such willing and active volunteers; that the front office is super-efficient; and that our principal works so hard to make sure that our teachers and students have the resources they need in the classrooms and on the playground - to succeed and grow in their respective roles. It s this environment of family and community, where everyone pulls together and for each other, that makes SAS kids happy to go to school and eager to put forth their best effort.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
We transferred from another private school in the area. The academics at the school are unmatched and there are more programs and more parent involvement at this school than at our prior school. The teachers are fantastic, they are young, enthusiastic and energetic and can't wait to get to school to get to work. They aren't the older, burned out, just there to get a paycheck, type of teachers. The principal is the biggest draw. He has an amazing energy and the children all love him. He greets them every morning by name and welcomes them into the school. Religion isn't forced upon anyone here. We are now in our second year here and are recommending this school highly to all of our friends who have children in both private and public schools. Oh, and before I forget, it costs a fraction of what most private schools charge.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2012
We love Saint Anne! My daughter started kindergarten last year and was wonderful, she is already reading. The staff is great. They have after school program and a lot activities that the kids love.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2012
We are on our second year at Saint Anne, I have seen the best come out of my kids they wake up every morning happy to go to school. if there is a concern there is always someone to help. All the staff is amazing! Every chance I get I recommend Saint Anne to friends and perfect strangers. Bringing my children to Saint Anne was the best choice I made. Come to Saint Anne and see for yourselves.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2011
My child came from one of the "best" public elementary schools on Montana in Santa Monica. They told me she was failing everything but she scored superior/above average on all the IEP tests so they denied any extra help. After meeting with St. Anne's principal Mr. Browning, who speaks "to" not "at" you as an educator, not administrator, I made the decision to move to the school. the whole experience has been fabulous. After 1 1/2 years, my child now in fifth grade, has been on the honor roll, is happy, feels taken care of and is not bullied. St. Anne's is the best!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
St. Anne School is truly a school of EXCELLENCE! Not only are the staff very professional from the front door (Mrs. Francis, Office Personnel) to the rear, but they are also very courteous and caring. Having been in several private school settings, St. Anne's stands high above the rest. Academic standards are high, teachers are personable and efficient and the principal, Mr. Browning, is a very caring individual. As a matter of fact, it's a pleasure to have a leader (prinicipal) who stands at the entrance of the school daily, greeting students by name. Mr. Browning is a blessings!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2011
My two kids have attended St. Anne School for one semester and we have nothing but great things to say. The principal, Mr. Michael Browning is as passionate about his school as they come. The staff and the teachers are also amazing, friendly and professional. It's a very small and friendly environment where my children have come to thrive. It's also very affordable compared to other private schools. We are not a religious family and not even catholic but my children and I have come to fully enjoy the Wednesday mass that is part of their curriculum. Father Arthuro Corral is both funny and serious and I am very impressed in how he charms the kids with his wit to make them listen to biblical stories. He is truly brilliant! I couldn't recommend a school more.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2010
My daughter has been going to St. Anne for 2 years and she loves it! Its a great and affordable school. The curriculum is well thought out. They have an after school program with tutoring and volunteers from the Boys and Girl Club (membership is free for St. Anne students). The teachers are wonderful and very qualified and I can't forget to praise Mr. Browning for all of his great efforts and work. He not only operates and promotes the school he educates. Everyone is friendly and cordial.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2010
I almost bypassed this school based on looks . What I found there was incredible. A principal that works hard daily to make the education here top notch. Small class sizes and qualified teachers. A friendly staff that knows everyone by name. And then there's the curriculum... Music (violin, guitar, etc.), SmartBoard technology, PS Science (hands-on classes) and Mountain Math. There is so much to this school that I could write about, but you need to see it for yourself. All this at a price that is about the same as I was paying for my two kids in public school with the after school program. (Did I mention the after school program, with tutoring and free membership in the Boys & Girls Club of SM?) Even if you're not Catholic, it is important that moral values are taught to your kids. This is the best kept secret in Santa Monica.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2010
My daughter has attended St. Anne's since Kindergarten and she is now in the 4th grade. It was important that my daughter attend St. Anne's because I am an alumni and I always felt safe going to school when I was growing up. St. Anne's provided me with a good academic foundation. I went on to graduate from UCLA twice, ending with a Masters degree in Social Welfare. I expect more from my daughter and I believe that St. Anne's will provide her with the same solid foundation. We have had great experiences with the teachers at the school and I love the effort that the administration has in regards to constantly improving the school. I love all of the after school activities such as hip hop class and science class. Most importantly though, the school teaches morals, faith and love for God.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
My daughter has attended St Anne School since Kindergarten, she is now in 6th grade and believe it or not, she still enjoys school, she has had some fabulous teachers, the principal is great and Ms Frances is amazing and all are very approachable. The children know all the teachers and most importantly all teachers know the children.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
When I was looking for a school in the Santa Monica area I was looking at the public school system. SInce I am not a Santa Monica resident my chances of getting my daughter in the public school system was almost like zero to none. I am so thankful that I visited St Anne because my daughter's academic achievements have been richly increased and I just love this school. And I am not saying this just because my daughter goes here. The evidence is in my daughter's ability to hold an intelligent conversation with adults. My daughter is only in kindergarten. Now to end this review I must say that the principle is just an outstanding man. He puts his best foot forward in all that relates to the schools activities and functions. He really makes an super extra effort to always greet the parents and children. We love Mr. Browning!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
This is my daughter's 2nd year at St. Anne School. She is now in the 1st grade. When she started she was very shy, and only knew three other students. She not only made friends in kindergarten, but also with all the students from the school. Everyone is very courteous, helpful, and caring. My daughter has always spoken highly of her 'buddy' she was paired-off with in kindergarten and misses him very much! The school provides great education, morals and values, and a family based environment. This allows for the parents and children to feel confident, safe and comfortable. In addition to a formal curriculum, the school provides extra curriculum courses offered on campus and off campus. My daughter is taking keyboarding and music for the 1st time and enjoys it very much! Being a part of a small school, encourages you to participate, volunteer, and feel proud of the teachers, principal, Frances, and all the students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2009
I always look at the reviews when available on a school. I noticed the comment from the 7th grade student about the cyber bullying and was skeptical but decided to enroll my child. I realize no school is perfect. I found the Principal, teachers and staff have a no tolerance policy for any type of bullying be it cyber, verbal, or physical. I am very happy with my choice of sending my son to St. Anne's. The teachers are wonderful and really care about the educational needs of each student. I wish they had a more rigorous athletic program which would open more scholarship availability from high schools in addition to academic scholarships. I would however recommend St. Anne to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
My daughters and I love this school! It is affordable, clean and cozy. The teachers and all the staff are awesome. I highly recommend you take a tour of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 05, 2009
This is the 3rd year that my daughter will be part of the St. Anne family. The staff, from the principal, to his assistant, to all the teachers, are all very involved with the kids. As a parent, I feel very secured that when I drop off my daughter every morning, I know that she is in good hands, and that she is getting a very good education for the fraction of the cost of any other private school in the Santa Monica or West LA areas. Aside from the good education, they also put emphasis on responsibility, discipline and values.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
March 29, 2009
We are very Happy to have our kids in Saint Anne School, they have a wonderful teachers, amazing discipline. The Principal Leadership is very good, He is always around the school helping with everything, he knows the name of each kid!! and always have a very nice smile for all parents. The academic lever is incredible!!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2009
I am in the 7th grade and enjoy going to Saint Annes.There are good teachers and staff. Its a great community but also has its ups and downs. There has been alot of issues in the junior high area. Mostly bullying and cyberbullying. There has been physical issues to. The teachers handle it but in their own way, which is not really discipling the students.

- submitted by a student
March 20, 2009
The best kept secret in Santa Monica with a dedicated, gifted staff and administration, amazing extracurricular programs in science, arts and music and high levels of academic achievement. My child LOVES this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
I've been pleased with the kindergarten teacher and my daughter loves her which is important to me. I appreciate the friendly staff. The close knit family of St. Annes school and parish are a plus. With all of the uncertainty that goes along with your child leaving preschool and starting kindergarten these aspects have made the transition a smooth one for us.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
A hidden jewel for parents working in Santa Monica, at only about $300 a month, it costs less than any other private school in West LA or Santa Monica, Saint Anne School has great academics, an amazing instrumental music program where every child gets instrument instruction every week for free, an innovative hand-on science program for 1-4 and UCLA middle school science program, a new after-school homework club and after school care available until 6pm. If you work in Santa Monica and want a faith-based, safe environment for your elementary or middle school child, you should visit this school--you will be pleasantly surprised by the academic and music programs, and the happy kids at a great price.

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2009
St. Anne's offers a quality education for an amazingly low tuition. My daughter's fourth grade teacher engages the students in the learning process as opposed to 'teaching at them'. In the past 3 years that we have been at St. Anne's, extracurricular offerings have increased greatly. Most importantly, my daughter is happy there and enjoys going to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
This is a great environment for children. They have great teachers who go the extra mile and also offer additional help for those children who need it.

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May 16, 2004
Good school. Teachers are caring and strict. My son really likes this school and the teachers. They teach the kids responsibilty, which is important.

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St. Anne School is the first Catholic school in Los Angeles to fully implement blended learning, offers free after school care for students in Gr. 2-8 and for a modest fee for children in grades TK, K and 1, as well as after school enrichment daily until 6:00 pm for working parents. Saint Anne School has been in existence for 105 years in this location, and provides a superior, accredited quality education in a safe, nurturing learning environment at low tuition, $4070 for 200 days.

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St. Anne Elementary School
2015 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90404
(310) 829-2775
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St. Anne Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top