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PK-8|Private
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Having our children attend this school has been an unbelievable experience. The administration and staff are exceptional and the sense of community was exactly what we had hoped to find. The gifted program has really brought out the best in our children. I would highly recommend this school for anyone looking for a safe and nurturing environment.



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My children have attended ESCS for over a decade. Their education, at ESCS, has been first rate. In fact, all three of my children have been recognized through the Duke Tip program for outstanding scores on standardized testing. (They scored in the top 5% (in the country) in Language Arts, Science/Social Studies, and Math Computation.) This would not have been possible without the AMAZING teachers at this school. My oldest was even in "on-level classes" here, yet he still excelled tremendously...and continues to do so! (He recently found out that he scored in the Top 5% in the nation on the LA section of the PSAT and he's been recognized for his academic success in all Honors/AP classes in high school.) It's ALL because of the SUPER STRONG LA Department at ESCS. The teachers are outstanding! It's not just my children. Whereas local public/private school have a small handful of students recognized by the Duke Talent Identification Program, Espiritu Santo Catholic School consistently has at least a third (if not half) of the entire class make it. The students also excel in local high school admissions test (this year's class had a 100% testing-acceptance to Jesuit), local IB programs and several have been recognized as National Merit Scholars. The academic foundation, established at ESCS, is truly incomparable to others Bay area schools. Combined with a top-notch Drama department, successful competitive Math-Teams, incredibly strong athletics, and dedicated parental volunteers, ESCS is simply outstanding. I highly recommend this school!




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Great School!...We have three children at the school that all started there during pre-k years. The teachers are amazing and loving to the students and parents. The parent participation is very high and we have made great friends that will last a lifetime. Academics are a top priority and you would be hard pressed to find a better primary school in the entire country with higher scores on verbal section of standardized ITBS testing. Our understanding is that enrollment is over 400. Father Brad is an incredible addition to the community and spiritual life of the school and we would recommend anyone considering ESCS to take a visit and spend time with some of the families.



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It used to be a good school. Principal is mean, rude and incompetent, Do not believe numbers, it is now at 380 because so many have left. Principal Penn this year has caused over 20 students to leave. She has also fired or pushed seasoned staff to leave who even looked at her funny. She needs to go!



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We have only been at this school for one year now, but we have had an amazing experience so far. Everyone is so welcoming and helpful. Our child loves his classes, teachers and the faith based environment. It is so obvious that the teachers and staff really do care about the children. It does indeed feel like a family...


Teacher effectiveness: Neutral


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The few excellent teachers have either been fired or have quit as a result from the principal.

Amount of homework: Disagree


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We spent anywere from 2-4 hours a night on homework, which I'm not sure is even legal...

Develops character: Strongly disagree


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Again, the issues are all results of the Principal and her lack of respect for anyone but herself.




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The teachers at this school try their hardest to teach, but is made impossible by the current Principal, Mrs. Penn. The lack of respect is astounding and extremely disconcerning. I wanted my child to have a christ-centered education, but we recieved quite the contrary. She doesn't care about anyone but herself, and only seems to focus on keeping her job, which is the only thing she has successfully accompplished. Also, I was just recently notified that Mrs. Preble, the last teacher who knew what she was doing, has quit. I have a strange feeling Penn had something to do with this. I wish the best for this school, but it is near impossible to accomplish something when your "leader" is holding everything back.

Teacher effectiveness: Neutral


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There are a few of effective teachers. The middle school has a few who are older and tired.

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