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712 North School Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

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(808) 536-4703
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September 02, 2015
As a school alumnus, I'm glad I went to St. Theresa School! The foundation of my Catholic values and my personal beliefs was built with the education and support I received from the school. When I was a student, the faculty and staff was amazing. I understand the school has gone through major ups and downs, but I believe with Sr. John back in actions that the school is on track to succeed! The memories and friends you make here will last a lifetime. The education, values, and faith you gain from your experience here will stay with you always. This school has always felt like home, and I believe it's because of the continuous encouragement, opportunities, and security the students receive. I have always been proud of coming from St. Theresa. I had the time of my life here and the education I received from the amazing teachers has helped me prepare for high school. All Hail St. Theresa!

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
September 02, 2015
As an alumnus, I felt prepared for high school. If it wasn't for the faith foundation built by the school's religion curriculum, I wouldn't have felt confident to grow in my faith even more.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
September 02, 2015
This school makes sure the students feel self-confident, safe, and successful. The education and values you receive here will help them strive in life and also provide them with life-long memories and friends.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
September 02, 2015
It is so good that St. Theresa students don't bully each other. The older grades help with the younger grades. I see the 7th and 8th grade students walk hand in hand with preschoolers and kindergarteners going to Mass services and other school wide events.

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September 02, 2015
St. Theresa School is a great Catholic school for K-8. Affordable Tuition and convenient location

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September 02, 2015
It is with great honor that I am able to share my gratitude for Saint Theresa School and their staff. I've had the privilege of attending STS from kindergarten continuing my education for 9 years there and graduating from the 8th grade 15 years ago. A lot has changed over the years and I truly believe it's been and continues to be for the better. My family has and always will be indebted to Saint Theresa School. Both my younger sister and I attended STS from kindergarten through the eighth grade and now as a mother of three I couldn't be more happy that my two eldest children now attend Saint Thersa School. It's obvious to see how much the faculty and staff care about the students and their families. It's crazy being on the other end now watching my children grow up and be educated by many of my former teachers and some even classmates that have gone on to become actual staff of this amazing school. The principal now, Sister John Joseph, was the principal back when attended Saint Theresa which amazes me. She cares so much about this school she's dedicated almost her entire life to it. She along with a few other teachers have made Saint Theresa School their home and the students their family, what more could you ask for in a school. The classes have downsized which to me is a good thing. The student teacher ratio is better and the relationships are stronger. My oldest daughter is now in the 6th grade. Every morning she is excited to wake up and get to school. As a parent I couldn't be prouder. She is active in all sports and she get good grades and I have Saint Theresa to thank for that. As for my son, he recently joined the STS Ohana as a new preschool student. It's only been 3 weeks into school and I can already see the difference the school has made on him. Everyday he is singing new songs he has learned and just so eager to share with me how his day has been. You should see the sparkle in his eyes when he speaks about his new school. I could go on and on about everything that makes me continue to be apart of the Saint Theresa Ohana. That being said I hope that what I have shared with you can give you a glimpse of just how special this school is and how throughout the years even as times change and technology evolves, this school still strives to give our children, the future of tomorrow, the best education possible with the best religious values.

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September 02, 2015
Sister John is back and the school is headed in such a positive direction. Mrs. Gora is one of the most hard-working and caring individuals I have ever met. Teachers/administration seem so much happier and that translates to a much better learning environment for all. The school offers so much for such an affordable tuition and there are many extracurricular opportunities as well, such as sports, a math club, gardening, choir, theater, hula, and so forth. My child loves it at St. Theresa School. Yes, there have been so many changes over the past years, but we can only learn from our past history and aim to improve, which is what I think is the case here.

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September 01, 2015
We are pretty new to St. Theresa School as we just enrolled our youngest one. Although ee are new, we heard or we knew STS very well as a good school having a very good reputation coming from friends and relatives who became alumnus. Its so sad to read most of the bad reviews STS is getting from people who became part of this wonderful school, who helped them a lot, in a lot of ways, to mention one very is the affordable tuition. All I read is just about themselves getting angry or disappointed for being left out on a special occasion, teacher not at par with other school and other stuff. I need to ask them, what did you do to your school who gave you and brought you to where are you now? They have the most affordable tuition on any Private Catholic school around Honolulu, where you cant be on a private school of your choosing because of high tuition fee, STS is the only option left. Being that, STS still boast a very modern equipments for teaching. I am not just writing this just to help STS, I am writing this review because I feel that I have to and I know the staff are all hardworking and dedicated. Some would talk about this schools aggressive fundraising, I say "So WHAT" to that! They need help and they are asking, whats wrong with that? This private schools thrive on donations and rely heavily in enrolees to keep up. If they have a lot, I do t think they would still ask for help. Public schools have the luxury of government funds using mine and other parents of STS students taxes, and none of that go to STS. So, we are vrry glad that STS accepted us to be a part of them and I will support this school 100% in any way, shape or form. PROUD TO BE A THERESEAN! PROUD TO BE AT HOME WITH THE BEAVERS!

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
September 01, 2015
This depends on the grade levels; she started with 15-20 minutes from K-1, 20-40 for2nd, 3rd and now 4th grade..

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September 01, 2015
My child has been attending this school for 4 years now and I'm happy with St. Theresa's quality of education. The tuition is reasonable compared to other private schools and I know the school administration does their best to stretch my dollar to its limit.

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May 04, 2013
I am a seventh grader here, and I love this school so much, but over the past few years, a lot has changed. Some changes are for the better, but some are not helping the school at all. It's really sad to see that a lot of our teachers will not be back next year. Some of those teachers lead extracurricular activities, and I don't know what will happen to them, but I really hope they won't get rid of them. I really like how the Head of School genuinely cares for each and every one of the students, but the Dean of Students doesn't really seem to care at all. All in all, I'm glad that the school is starting to improve, and when I graduate next year, I will be proud to say I came from Saint Theresa School. Go Beavers!

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October 18, 2012
My friends and I went back to St.Theresa School to help out teachers as part of our community service. As alumni, we felt very unwelcome and were treated as if we were bad people by the Dean of Students. I received a letter in the mail from the Head of School mentioning how he welcomed alumni. I do not think the Dean of Students feels the same way as the Head of School. We have younger brothers and sisters that still attend the school, yet we are chased off campus. I am sure that the school is going to ask us to donate back to the school. Why should my friends and I donate to a school that does not welcome it's alumni on campus. I know of many other alumni that feel the same way. I remember when my friends and I were proud to tell people we graduated from St. Theresa. Now it is all about money and liabilities. Too bad, hopefully they can get better administrators for the 2013-2014 school year. Ones that genuinely care about alumni and students, especially since I attended from Kindergarten to eighth grade. I hope they do not treat the current students like the alumni. I pray that we will be welcome at St. Theresa again, but I do not see that too soon in the future.

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August 12, 2012
I graduates STS in 2011. In all my 9 years there (kinder-eighth), I think that Sister John did a better job that any of the other principal s/head of schools that followed her. It was disheartening to see, as a child, the school go from being exceptionally successful in academics and teaching the students responsibility to basically changing the entire curriculum and not challenging the child in the classroom. When the staff of the school changed, I feel that the trust that the students had in the previous teachers diminished greatly because they never fully get to understand the teaching system of the new teachers, and these new teachers 75% of the time did not help the students one-on-one like they should have. If I had graduated in 2009 I would have been proud to be an alumni, but now, I'm just disappointed.

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July 23, 2012
I've been part or the St. Theresa alumni for a little over 1 year now. At the school, I learned a lot about myself. I highly enjoyed the administration up until the very last year. I personally think it made a huge difference in the quality of the school because all of the sudden changes causes lose of focus on the main practice of a "school". It was a good school when i went though and It had that family feeling. I personally hope it can somehow revive its self and make a comeback. I have a lot of good things to say about the school but they all have to do with the people in it, most of which are no longer there. That being said, i can't really comment on the school anymore.

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July 23, 2012
LOL i wasted 9 years here. Sadly, I only realized that when I actually gained some common sense in high school, which I should have already developed at STS, but did not. I honestly did not learn much. All they made us do were EXIT GOALS (Copying a piece of paper from top to bottom multiple times; sometimes alternating colors when writing each letter of a word). Exit goals were a waste of time and I couldn't study or do any of my homework because the teachers kept giving those useless things out to us because we were "talking in class". Knee bends (bending knees, going up and down multiple times) were another thing they made us do which I thought was child abuse. Honestly, don't waste your money here. Worse school ever.

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May 10, 2011
I graduated from STS 22 years ago. The institution has instilled in me moral compassion and discipline that I still practice to this day. My academics on the other hand began its decent due to a 5th grade teacher that I hope is no longer an instructor anywhere on this planet. I've smashed a lot of cans during recess and copied the Book of Proverbs a millions times after-school, but it never got my grades up. I also was not invited to the 8th grade picnic due to my poor grades. I have no ill will towards the school, 99% of the faculty or my fellow classmates during my time at STS. A few years later after STS, I decided to straighten up. I am currently employed in the IT sector with a well paying salary that affords me to own a $70,000 car that I drive past STS on a daily basis. From what I've read from the previous posts, I hope that the school does not change its name to Damien. I attended SLS after STS. Go Beavers and Go Saints!

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March 15, 2011
I am a student here at Saint Theresa Catholic School. I am a seventh grader. Right now our school is in need for help. Our current priest wants to change our school into Damien Elementry School. Most of the student, teachers, staff, alumni, and parents are very against this decision. We feel that the school should be kept the same because of all the work that was put in to make it what it is today.

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March 15, 2011
I am a 7th grade student at Saint Theresa Catholic School. Our priest wants to change our school into Damien Elementary School. But our school has made such a name for itself, and for it to not be called Saint Theresa anymore is horrible. Our school is one of the best schools. I have been at this school for 8 years (kindergarten through seventh) and next year I will be graduating. I have learned so much throughout the years. Saint Theresa is one of the best schools on the island, our education is much more better and advanced than Damien. Saint Theresa will always be Saint Theresa Catholic School. Students, teachers, staff, alumni, and parents are all concerned about it and don't want this to happen. Our current principle is not returning next year. He has done so much for our school. He help us grow as a community. Together as a family in Christ. Our school has been here for 80 years. And it will stand for 100's and 100's of more. We as a school are going to stand together if this does happen. We are not sure if we will change this school into Damien, but our current principle will not return next year. And he means a lot to us. Saint Theresa Beavers!

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March 15, 2011
Right now, there is a problem going on in our school. I personally don't like it. I don't like the idea of the merging between Damien Memorial School and Saint Theresa Catholic School. having this problem happen right now makes me mad and sad at the moment. Because knowing that our school may merge, Saint Theresa School will no longer be the same.

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January 15, 2011
I will never forget this school. I was a student here from K-8 and it was the best 9 years of my life. The academics here are exceptional. With the help of my teachers and administration, I graduated at the top of my class and was able to go to an exceptional high school. It gave me the foundation for my religious education and instilled the morals that I live by now and for the rest of my life. For the parents and students that "bashed" this school, you must not have anything to do, honestly. It is a parent's job to be their child's first teacher and to inspire them to do better; not just the teacher. If you send your child to a private school and EXPECT the sole educator to be the teacher, you are WRONGLY MISTAKEN. My parents went after me for my work and grades because they believed in me just as Saint Theresa School faculty and staff.

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April 19, 2010
I like the school. The teachers are kind. The subjects are fun to do. If I need help with a problem the teachers always help me. The extra curriculum classes are great! We have Speech, which is where you tell stories or poems. We have Track, Basketball,and Volleyball for our sports. Some teachers and our principal help coach our sports.

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March 04, 2010
I find the comment from one of my classmates to be very interesting. While at time I found the work difficult at STS, I was taught that I am a partner in my learning. I am attending one of the best private high schools in the state and I am doing very well. I believe that I am doing well in high school because of STS. The staff was always their to help me when I needed it. For the parents who say it is the school job to be solely responsible for the education of their child, you are so misguided. At STS I learned that my parents are my primary teacher and I take responsibility for my learning as well. I am honored to call my self an Alumni of STS !.

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January 05, 2010
I regret sending my child to this school. The teachers are of no help and my child is having a very hard time.

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November 30, 2009
It is very disappointing that academics at this school has taken a backseat to discipline. Through knowledge and education, one will automatically become disciplined in life. This school has very often failed to educate their students; they teach but students don't learn. The teachers are always too busy handing out detentions and suspensions for circumstantial occurrences and subject to personal interpretation in many instances. The problem is that these infractions take away from actual grades and is now way a true reflection of the student's knowledge and ability, therefore the grades have a bogus meaning. It becomes to me more of a measure of the inability of the teachers to educate, not teach, and make the students learn. They depend of parents to do most of the educating, which most cannot due to working hardships, which is why we pay a private school to do the job.

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October 04, 2009
As a graduate of STS, I would have to say that I am lucky to be able to get into a good high school that offered me the best of education there is. However, I am not here to praise this school for it's 'outstanding' curriculum. The academics at STS are very poor that the thought of sending your child to public school is more appealing. In my personal experience, STS has not prepared me for high school, for, while I was a rather bright student in STS, I was the worst in the freshmen class due to the lack of physical activity, mathematical skills, scientific reasoning, and so on. If I, one of the bright students of the grade, had struggled in high school, what becomes of the ones that barely made it through STS? Spare your child the struggles in high school, send him/her somewhere else.

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January 15, 2009
I praise and thank God for leading my husband to enrol our children at St. Theresa School. I am very happy! I recently had a situation resolved immediately with the help of the Dean of Students, Mr. Pires. Great job, Mr. Pires! St. Theresa School instills the Catholic values of faith, hope and charity among the students. Above all, there is love, and genuine professional care and compassion!

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January 13, 2009
The change of administration is a bad idea. Improvements and changes imposed by the new administration is not after academic reasons, its merely on adding more expense to the parents....changing uniforms and tuition hike are to name few his new changes.

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October 07, 2008
Dissatisfied with the change of new administration. Saint Theresa once was a great school, but with all these changes, it is nothing like it was before. While at times change is for the better, I believe it is not in this case.

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September 06, 2008
Spending years at saint theresa school has taught me valuable lessons. the teachers and staff give you encouragment to reach for a higher goal. they prepare you for the future, and i think thats important. All of the students are very respectful and mature. Its a smart descion to put you child into this school(:

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June 21, 2008
I think that Saint Theresa School is an excellent school for a pupil who wants to learn and get more in touch with his/her christian side. Saint Theresa School has helped me become a more christian person ever since I graduated from Saint Theresa School as the class of 2008. STS is very suppoortive of their students and has educated over 500 students in its 25+ years of its education. If you were a parent and were looking for a great place for a students to have his/her christian side strenghtened, and have a more academic strength, trust my review and enroll your child now at Saint Theresa School as said by a graduate of STS as the Class of 2008

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July 31, 2007
The principal's dedication to the academic standing of her pupils is only surpassed by her love for the children. She, as well as the other Sisters at St. Theresa, have devoted themselves to the well being of other people's children. They are something more than teachers and something shy of angels. The example and imprint of such a Christlike lifestyle will shape my children's opinions, decisions and destinies long after they have forgotten many of the spelling rules, math shortcuts, planetary achronisms and history lectures. Many schools can equip you with the skills to succeed in academics. St. Theresa teaches the strategies and guidelines to do so in an ethical manner. While my children may not get into Harvard - they will get into Heaven.

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April 17, 2006
Saint Theresa School has helped me to be the person I am today by providing me with many hard core subjects to be graded on. The overall academic program is well maintained but this school just does not offer alot to its students. Some teachers are understanding while others are not. There are only about 5 extra-curricular activites to be involved in. During the school day you basically stay in one classroom throughout the whole day w/ one teacher. The grade levels that switch classes are 7th and 8th grade. We participate in assemblies and do many things as a school together. The campus is very small and no student should have to go through these bad times at STS. I would not recommend this school to anyone because of the many bad aspects of STS. Just remember that this is only one person's opinion. -M.A.A.

- submitted by a student

April 16, 2006
I honestly think that St. Theresa School is a very good school. The teachers cooperate with the students, besides the times when the students annoy the teachers. The teacher's there have taught me SO much! They truly care for their students, and when there's bullying in the classroom, the teachers quickly stop it. It's truly a great experience.

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April 16, 2006
Saint Theresa School has given me knowledge and the yearn to learn new and wonderful things.I have learned valuable lessons.This school has also given many opportunities.I have been able to participate in many extra-curricular activities,e.g.,speech competitions,and a concert choir that goes to the mainland every two years to participate in the America Sings event-where we perform and do services for the less fortunate. There are great sports teams, and wonderful coaches. The teachers are very caring and compassionate towards their students,e.g.,my teacher once gave me her lunch, when I had no lunch.The teachers care for us SO MUCH, that they even have SATURDAY SCHOOL.They also pray for us and give us guidance.

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December 29, 2005
Saint Thersa School has given me the fortitude and confidence I need to possess a successful and prosperous future. The loving faculty and staff has watched with pride as every student takes, their first steps in their life's journey with the Lord, and watch with tears as each student graduates after so many years of high-quality education. Saint Thersa School has given me countless opportunites that I can find no where else. Saint Thersa School provides countless opportunities for students and their interests - including speech and debate, choir, computer classes, and sports. As a freshman in high school, I am confident and willing to share my leadership skills and talents with my new classmates. I am proud to be a graduate of Saint Theresa School. Now I know I am ensured a successful future. -Nicole Ancheta c/o 2005

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October 26, 2005
I am a graduate of Saint Theresa and I think it is great. I even visit it sometimes and so do my old friends. We grew up together and we don't want old memories to diminish. Although I never played, it had great sports--volleyball, basketball, and track. I'm not much of an academic person, so they have other activities--the speech team, vision & values, advanced math, and a tutoring program for the younger kids. If you apply your child to Saint Theresa School, it will be a big impact. The children are friendly and the teachers are there to help. He/she will feel right at home there, but not too at home.

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October 10, 2004
I sent my son to St. Theresa for K thru 1st grade. Academically, I thought it was a great school. As far as teaching principles and discipline, I felt it was very poor. My son was picked on by teachers, I feel, particially because we are not catholic. There was 1 teacher for more than 30 students. Teachers told my son he was the worse student in the entire school and treated him poorly. I tried to make complaints to the principal but no action was taken. Upon talking to other parents, I found they too made complaints about teachers, only for no action to be taken either. The first 2 years of my son's schooling was a bad experince. Now that we changed schools, he has gotten to enjoy school. No child should have to ever experience this. I felt good money was spent and wasted. It's a shame.

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St. Theresa School
712 North School Street, Honolulu, HI  96817
(808) 536-4703
Last modified St. Theresa School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St. Theresa School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top