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St. Polycarp Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 160 students

We are best known for quality Catholic education.

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $250,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,560.

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
Based on 17 ratings
2012:
Based on 15 ratings
2011:
Based on 17 ratings

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Posted September 9, 2014

This school was great! We just got tired giving our kids junk food and cold food everyday. They had no lunch menu or hot lunch. They cut down on school field trips and other activities. Most of the best staff left, and most parents took out there kids. We thought it was time for us to take our kids out too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2014

St. Polycarp Elementary School is such a great school, great foundation for children, academically and spiritually. We moved a year ago from Chicago and was overwhelmed what school to enrolled my son, private or public school, my son is in 6th grade. I met with the office staff, very welcoming and the principal is always helpful. She made it easy for me to transferred my son. The school have great program throughout the year and excellent teacher. So far my son loves the school and he's getting great grades in all classes. I'm so happy for the decision we made to enrolled my son to St. Polycarp!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2014

The curriculum is excellent and the teacher's engagement with my son's educational goals is impeccable. This is a big reason for my son's love for school and excellent grades. Most of all my son's spiritual growth and relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ is without question. My wife and I are so please with my son's growth spiritually and educational achievements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2014

my daughter is attending kindergarten here. Her teacher is one of the bests. I have nieces and nephews going to public schools near by so I know. An excellent and dedicated teacher will leave a good impression on the kid for the rest her/his life. That is why I chose to send my daughter to Saint Polycarp Catholic School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2014

My daughter is in Kinder and she absolutely LOVES to go to school everyday. She has a true interest in learning and loves being able to read her sight words in signs and postings as we drive around or are in the grocery store. She constantly says that her teacher is nice and she looks forward to her daily hugs from the principle, who is greeting all the children to school in the mornings rain or shine! I have peace of mind knowing that my child is in a good environment being taught a great curriculum along with morals, and our catholic principles. My daughter is putting those teachings into practice I can see that she is learning and that she is growing spiritually by loving and caring for others. SPC is like an extension of our family and I know that she is in great hands everyday! Teachers and Staff are great and make it a point to put the children as their priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

After being here for 5 years, I still love Saint Polycarp. It's a school that it's always improving. I have a 4th and 2nd grader, next year my son will come to Kindergarden. I like the schedulle 8 to 3pm and the day care too! The thing that I love the most is the staff. Teachers are very profesional, compromise and loving to the kids. Mrs. Wyles the principal is always willing to help and keeps doors open to comunication and sugestions. I would love Saint Polycarp to have more sports Programs and a Music Teacher so the kids can have singing lessons and instrument tutorials. I know that in order to do that the school needs more income so, don't hesitate and come and see our school, you'll love it...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2014

This is one of the best Catholic schools in the area. My son has been attending here since Kindergarten and he enjoys the knowledgeable teachers as well as the school's super friendly principal, Mrs. Wyles. - Donny Vu
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Posted August 22, 2013

My son had been at St. Polycarp school, this is the third years for him. I very love the school and all the staff faculty. They very support and work with each children and families good education for the students. I am very proud and rate this school five star for any parent need to find the best school for their child.
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Posted July 8, 2013

Its really a pleasure to be able to send my daughter to Saint Polycarp School. My daughter has quality education with excellent teachers in a family environment. My daughter loves her teacher and principal and hugs them whenever she sees them. I am completely content.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

My son was in Kinder. We are members of Saint Polycarp comminity and were highly recommended to put our son here. We were please that we did. Now is summer and our son keeps asking us why he can't go to school anymore. Any time we go pass the church/school, he always get excited and asks us take him to his classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

St. Polycarp has an amazing staff. The staff has a wonderful relationship with the students. The individual attention that students receive reflect the child's confidence. The staff is patient, energetic, and focused with every student. It is easy to see how happy the students are at St. Polycarp. The atmosphere is friendly and very family oriented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

The education is amazing. The small classes allow the teachers to focus on each child to enrich their learning experience. My granddaughters have been students at St. Polycarp for 4 years and my Grandson will be starting in the fall. The school is like an extended family to us.


Posted January 25, 2013

I am a graduate of Saint Polycarp school, I attended 1st through 8th grade many years ago. Now, my daughter is attending. The education she is receiving is amazing. I know my daughter will have values that stay with her for the rest of her life. I had a wonderful experience and want the same for my kids. I have a 2 year old son who will also attend when he is older.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

St. Polycarp School has enriched my son's life, academically and personally. He started in kindergarten and will be graduating in June. The principal, teachers & staff are amazing. They are engaged with each student's growth & development. They embrace each child and treat them like they are their own. This is a family environment-teachers, staff & parents work together to ensure the best experiences for all students. This school offers a strong academic curriculum. With smaller class sizes, teachers are able to facilitate more classroom discussions. Every child is able to participate & voice opinions - which develops critical thinking skills necessary for their future. As parents, we work very hard to instill Christian morals and values, it is a huge bonus that these morals and values are reinforced at school. St Polycarp holds its students up to a higher standard than other schools and that's one of the many things that sets us apart! This is a financial sacrifice but it's an investment in my son's future. I know that he will embrace life as an intelligent, confident, successful, well mannered young man. This is the perfect school to prepare your child for the future!
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Posted January 25, 2013

Our son will be moving onto high school next year and St. Polycarp has been a wonderful experience for him. Thee small classes allow the teachers to focus on each child to enrich their learning experience. The teachers are young, caring, energetic and know how to motivate each child to do their best. We came to St. Polycarp 4 years ago because of the rave reviews from families we knew from the school the boys used to attend. We also knew the principal and she has done a spectacular job of providing the best possible learning experience for the students. We stayed even after moving 30 minutes away because it truly is an amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

This is a great school with the best staff around. My daughter is receiving a great education. Five stars from me....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

I am a parent at St. Polycarp School, I love this school. It reminds me of when I went to school and we respected our teachers and everyone knew everyone. Our students here respect, and admire our teachers and faculty. The also respect each other. We have many new students start each year and they are welcomed by each and every student. In fact there is always competition with the students to be the first friend. By the time students reach 8th grade they are well rounded individuals with great character. There is a great sense of community here so your not just getting a wonderful education your getting a family for life. You need to go by the school and take a tour to really understand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

I have sent both of my children to St. Polycarp School for over 12 years. My children and I love this school for many reasons. First the small classroom size ensures that my daughter gets quality one on one attention from her teacher. The principal and staff are very hands on and approachable. The school has an excellent academic and extracurricular programs such as their homework and drama club. St. Polycarp always has fun activities to entertain their students all year round such ss family game and movie nights, family picnics, and fun filled field trips. Safety is always the number one priority for this school. And their weekly school newsletter always keeps me abreast of any current and upcoming events and activities taking place at the school and their community. I would.highly reccomend this private school to all my family and fiends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

My son is in Kinder and I commute 45 minutes to bring him here. His older brother and cousin attend Saint Polycarp and I was highly referred. I have never regretted the drive as my son is already reading and writing with just one semester in. When he came in, he knew how to count to 20 and didn t know his full abc s. I m simply amazed at how wonderful the school is. The teacher student ratio is perfect for quality and detail to assess the students. The value and moral of the entire staff sets the perfect environment for children to blossom and builds up self esteem, good values, and the involvement of parents and staff makes it feel like a second family.VERY impressed, tuition is also very acceptable compared to other schools such as Irvine Montesary which was beyong our financial budget.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

We have been St. Polycarp School parents since 1998. My son is a freshman in college and my daughter is currently in 8th grade. Both children have attended St. Polycarp from Kindergarten through the 8th grade and have had great experiences by both academically and personally. Each year the children were challenged by a vigorous academic curriculum and nurtured in a welcoming and safe environment. The class sizes are ideal for more one on one with the teachers and they continue to grow by adding extra curricular activities to help build a well rounded individual. Parent involvement is great and the school also has a parent council and they continue to look for ways to improve and grow each year.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 31% 52%
White 11% 26%
Two or more races 10% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
Vietnamese
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • American sign language
Foreign languages taught
  • ASL
  • American sign language
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:00 a.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Theresa Wyles
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website contact saintpolycarpschool.com
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • American sign language
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • ASL
  • American sign language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Homework Club
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Drama club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • You only need to walk on the campus of St. Polycarp to feel the love and family connection.
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
30
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
30
Students typically come from these schools
preschool

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Mater Dei
Servite
Rosary
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8182 Chapman Avenue
Stanton, CA 90680
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Phone: (714) 893-8882

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