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St Paul Elementary School

Private | PK-8 & ungraded | 176 students

Our school is best known for excellent academics and strong Catholic identity.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $634,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,160.

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2013:
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Posted November 4, 2014

This school has been a frustrating on many levels. First the curriculum was sold as high caliber but after comparing it to what is being taught in the local public school it is clearly behind in content level. Secondly the teachers and adminstration weren't particularly responsive when we reached out to discuss our child's progress. Lastly we have heard from local Catholic high schools that children from St. Paul's weren't scoring well on entrance exams and struggling after admittance. Think parents should explore all other available options before sending their kids to his school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2014

My wife and I recommend Saint Paul School for the academic excellence, commitment to values, and strong community feel. We did not intend to pursue a Catholic education for our children, but were so impressed with the students we met at SPS as well as the staff, that we decided we wanted our children to be a part of all the great happenings at the school. The students are kind and respectful to others and care about others' well being. The parent community is terrific as well. SPS offers the whole package. I highly recommend this school. We could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2014

St Paul is a small ementary school offering a village style, community faith filled, enriching environment, with a sound educational curriculum. It is a place where love and respect of God, neighbor and self are demonstrated among the students every day. St Paul is a place where the children attend school in a nuturing atmosphere feeling safe, while growing spiritually, academically and socially. One of my children graduated and gained a great education while making lasting friendships which she still maintains. Another of my children attends now also with positive experience. It is such a wonderful feeling to feel the freedom of being able to pray together as a community and celebrate and acknowledge the religious events that have provided so much of the foundation of society. I say a prayer of thanks that my children were able to attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2014

Our daughter Ciara, attended pre-school with Mrs. O and Mrs. Lag last year and loved it. We did too. She had a wonderful time learning and playing. We cannot say enough good things about Mrs. O, she is so caring and loving of each child and is a wonderful teacher. Mrs. Lag too is wonderful and had a special connection with each child. The warmth each showed the children really fostered a wonderfully enriching learning environment. As a family, we really enjoyed all Saint Paul's had to offer, the education as well as the wonderful sense of community. There were a lot of events throughout the year to go to and enjoy. We particularly liked the fun run, the harvest dance and the St. Patrick's Day show. My parents were blown away with the grandparents appreciation day and the breakfast they were served. It truly was a wonderful year and we are looking forward to Ciara going into kindergarten in a few weeks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2014

St Paul School has been a wonderful place for my 4 children to grow in all dimensions. Parents need to understand the mission, that is to educate the children academically but also in love of God, neighbor and self. They do that for a very competitive price considering the cost of education locally is $10,000+ (thank you great teachers for the sacrifice you make to work in Catholic ed!). Some parents want common core, some do not; some want strong discipline, some do not; some want serious Catholic dogma taught, some do not; it is a hard job to make everyone happy. Our children are part of a warm, supportive environment where children know all the parents and parents know all the children. It has allowed my kids to stay "young" while having rigorous academics, access to technology, leadership opportunities, the arts and, most importantly, daily prayer and celebration of God. They are growing in their understanding of their place in the world around them, have a commitment to srevice and real gratitude for all their blessings. The world gets complicated these days and knowing St. Paul is our partner in raising great kids, has been a source of comfort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

St Paul School is a place for exceptional people. In an era when many public and private schools have forgotten the message of responsibility, community and excellence, this school is embracing and advancing next generation education. My children learn and thrive in an environment of discipline and respect for others that no other school in this area can equal. Continually updated coursework with a vast array of experiential learning opportunities, new technology initiatives and a thoughtful curriculum have allowed my children to thrive and excel in an environment of faith and focus. St Paul s provides a great diversity of special course work, clubs and extracurricular activities for my children. They have built friendships for life here. Every teacher and staff member knows them. My children are encouraged, engaged, challenged and excited to go to school every day. At the end of the day, every parent should reflect on the growth of their child. St Paul s is growing young girls and boys into young women and men who strive for excellence and are conscious and respectful of others. We are proud to be affiliated with such a caring and devoted school. Thank you SPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

No one sets out to be a bad teacher, but with only one teacher per grade at St. Paul Elementary School the chances of getting a great one is stacked against you. Our experience with a teacher includes outdated learning perspectives, inappropriate methods of discipline, refusal to communicate timely and effectively with both students and parents a general lack of teaching experience overall. Additionally, the condescending and poor leadership style coupled with unprofessional and unsolicited comments by the school principal created a difficult and negative environment. The PTO does put on a good show and makes an effort, but many involved are incredibly cliquish which is hypocritical given the religious setting. Bottom line: Children who think outside the box, who "ask too many questions", who challenge the norm or parents who support creativity and individuality in concert with Catholic teachings, and expect a school to follow through on it's commitment to a challenging educational environment in order to prepare for future learning endeavors need not apply to St. Paul's in Hingham. Save your money for a contribution at Sunday Mass and send your child to Hingham Public Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

My three children attend SPS and I couldn't be happier. We moved here this year and they have been easily accepted in all areas and feel as though they have been there for a long time. I am so impressed with the academics from pre-k to 2nd grade my kids are thriving. I couldn't ask for better teachers and an incredible principal. Most of all, I love how safe and nurturing the school is. I love that I am welcomed to be a part of the school and can go in and help for lunch duty or to read a story. It's a great community and we have not looked back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2014

St. Paul's school is a very special place. My spouse and I simply could not be happier with our decision to send our three children there. Our children have been able to thrive in many different ways due to the positive and nurturing environment that it's dedicated teachers, administration, and staff provide. The faculty is great and really encourage their students to achieve both academic excellence AND social responsibility, which is really something special to see in our children. The community is an active one that provides a tremendous amount of caring support for its students, teachers, staff, parents and alumni. My spouse and I have been involved in education for over 15 years and we were first introduced to this school by the unsolicited feedback we received from two directors of admissions at very prestigious High Schools in the area who said that "the best kids they get year after year are St. Paul's kids." We have been at the school for three years now and have seen first hand why they would have that opinion! From top to bottom, St. Paul's is truly a gift for us and our children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

SPS is a great school for chlidren preK thru 8. SPS offers small classroom sizes and comfortable learning and social environment.My three children are able to learn and grow in an environment that nutures them.In the past few years SPS has made great strides in improving its math, science and foreign language curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

My grand daughter is a student in the primary grades at St Paul's school in Hingham Massachusetts. St Paul's provides the total package: 1. An environment that fosters a strong educational component equal to the best schools, if not above. As a former educator, I can attest to the challenging curriculum that is provided. 2. Well qualified, caring and committed staff that are focused on the total development of the child. Student teacher ratio is great. This allows for active student participation in class. 3. A school environment that fosters respect for self and others. 4.A school that is built around parent evolvement, and communication between all parties involved in the education of the child. St Paul's has been a wonderful experience for my grand daughter. I would highly recommend St Paul's. Submitted by a Grandmother.


Posted January 16, 2014

I have four kids that attend St. Paul's and they love it!(I went there as well!) Besides the academics the school environment is all about manner, being kind and respectful of others. The classes are a great size and the teachers are great. I would highly recommend this school. You not only get a great school but a great family with it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2014

This school has been a wonderful experience for our son as we moved from PA to MA during the beginning of 7th grade. He was immediately accepted by both students and faculty and has grown and prospered with being part of the St. Paul school community. Highly recommend this to anyone thinking of living in the south shore area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2013

St. Pauls is a perfect match for my daugter. She is excelling in school in all of her subjects. She enjoys art and at second grade is already writing poems on her self made cards. She shares the moral values that she learns to reach out to others who are need help , to be kind to all people, that God made us all equal. The small family community builds her confidence and trust in others. Volunteering lunch duty and fund raising events brings parents closer and more familiar with each other . Working together with other parents to teach children how to love , share and help others adds hope, joy and love. Having a faith community helps us prioritize on the values of life, to know we have a higher power to guide us and to check ourselves often and try to be better human beings. St Pauls is helping to mold my daugter to have a heart for others , to love God and herself to gain confidence and respect for herself and those around her. It is always individual but for this family having loving people around her teaching her in a moral way is what is working for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2013

St. Paul School is a very special place that has been wonderful for my child. We are beyond thrilled with the school. The academics are excellent, the teachers have been wonderful, and my child is excited to go to school each day. The family community within the school is very active and supportive, and the new principal and pastor are strong leaders. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2013

This is our 3rd year at Saint Paul's School and we are so happy to be here. We moved here because Hingham public schools are among the best in MA. SPS is keeping up with HPS & excelling at what is most important: giving our children an engaging, faith & community based education. My daughters have gained so much confidence and are so happy here. They have made wonderful friends, are learning Spanish in elementary school and are involved in before school choir and afterschool art. The new administration and new priest have improved communication and standards dramatically and we are thrilled to be here!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

I attended this school. The best decision of my young life was when I decided to leave this school and nurture myself in the Hingham Public School System where I found myself and who I wanted to be, not some creation by robotic teachers monotonously teaching outdated lessons and ideals.


Posted October 18, 2011

this school is an extremely bad school i once went there and my experience was awful


Posted October 27, 2010

Saint Paul's offers strong academics and provides a close community atmosphere. The teachers and the principal work closely with the parents to teach children confidence, pride and how to be strong members of the community. I have 3 boys that have gone through the school and can't say enough about their experiences there.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 1% 16%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Law Day Essay Contest 1st Place (2014)
  • Regional Science Fair Winner (2014)
  • Patriot's Pen Essay Contest 1st Place (2013)

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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Liturgical Dance Troupe
  • Drama club

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:45 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Christine Evans
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
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
Fax number
  • (781) 740-1262

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
  • Student-centered, whole child approach
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
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
  • American sign language
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Running Club
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Running Club

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Liturgical Dance Troupe
  • Drama club
  • History Club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Missionary Childhood Associati
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Writers Workshop
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • 2014-15 Admission Open Houses Tuesday, October 28th (6-8p) Sunday, January 25th (12-3p) Tuesday, March 10th (6-8p)
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Notre Dame Academy
Boston College High School
Fontbonne Academy
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18 Fearing Road
Hingham, MA 02043
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Phone: (781) 749-2407

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