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St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School

Private | PK-8 | 298 students

Our school is best known for quality Catholic education.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $245,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,490.

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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
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Posted September 20, 2014

Amazing place. You feel like it is a second home. Starting at the leadership all the way through the staff, the students and the families. Quality Catholic Education for sure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

As a parent of three, I have found this school provides a challenging curriculum in an incredible Christ centered environment. Under the direction of Principal Suzanne Edwards, the school promotes an atmosphere of high achievement and personal respect where each child is valued and loved. They have a fantastic faculty who are exceedingly dedicated, highly effective, and extremely knowledgeable and current. Two of my children have gone on to excel in high school (one now in college) with the wonderful moral and academic foundation provided by St Mary's. Whereas no school is perfect, after 14 years here I can say this school continually works to improve and is an excellent place for our kids We are very happy parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

St Mary's is a top-notch school. It is both tremendous scholastically and environmentally. They are concerned with assisting your child his/her full academic potential - even if that means extra work outside of the classroom on the teacher's part. They are also very concerned about helping each child learn to set individual boundaries with peers and behave in a moral and socially appropriate fashion in a positive, reinforcing atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception is an amazing school! We are a faith-filled community dedicated to learning and growing in God's love. Our students strive to be lifelong learners, independent thinkers, globally aware citizens, respectful individuals and thoughtful Catholic leaders. With support from our parents and guidance from our faculty and staff, St. Mary provides a positive environment for all children as they become active members of our ever changing world.
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Posted October 20, 2013

My son loves St. Mary School. He loves his teachers, his friends and the community, family feel the school has. The academics are rigorous and the Catholic values that are instilled into the everyday routines are why we choose St. Mary School for our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

We LOVE St. Mary school! I have a 7th grader and a 4th grader who look forward to school everyday! The wonderful teachers at St. Mary make learner fun while preparing our children to be lifelong learners! We love the wonderful community atmosphere that is lead by a fantastic principal! We couldn't be happier at St. Mary school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

St Mary's is an excellent school. I have two children at the school, one in 1st grade, and the other in 4th grade. The teachers are great and there is almost no turnover. The children are very high caliber and we enjoy the other parents and families. We have made many good friends. The principal is outstanding. The school offers many extracurricular activities, including scouts, sports, drama, choir, and others. Our children participate in many. We have plans to keep our children there through graduation. We are very proud to send our children to St Mary's and I highly recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

Our son just entered 1st grade and we cannot be happier with the decision to enroll him at St. Mary's last year. Faculty and parental support is fantastic. Our schools "Faith Family" is a amazing peer mentoring program that helps the younger students get acclimated to their new school and St Mary Catholic Church activiites. Although faith-based around a Catholic education, I feel the school is more about empowering our children to be confident, academic and social individuals & citizens within our community.
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Posted June 12, 2010

This school continues to improve--especially over the past three years under the leadership of a dynamic new principal. Strong teachers, and excellent, academic program in all areas, especially junior high. Math program has been greatly improved, and Algebra instruction is strong in 8th grade. Writing, vocabulary and English programs equally strong and students are well prepared for high school. Good, safe, academic and Christian environment. Bullying is NOT tolerated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2007

This is a great school! My 3 children have been going there for 3 years. My oldest is in the my middle is in 5th and my youngest is in 3rd. They love it!
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 26%
Hispanic 14% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

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

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Suzanne Edwards
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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  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Oakland
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Carondelet
De La Salle
Bishop O'Dowd
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1158 Bont Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: (925) 935-5054

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