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Beaverton, OR
Students enrolled: 269

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12250 Southwest 5th Street
Beaverton, OR 97005

(503) 644-2619
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November 22, 2015
St. Cecila is an excellent school! I would highly recommend this school if you can afford the tuition. The staff is wonderful, experienced and knowledgeable. I do feel that for a private institution the classroom size is way to large. The teachers do a good job managing it, however I feel if they expanded the school with additional classrooms, children would have a more"private school" experience. I like that they added the cameras around the school for security purposes, I do wish the front doors had an additional security system. -Parent

- submitted by a community member

March 22, 2015
My kids (6 & 8) have been at this school for 3 yrs. We are really happy with the staff. They are dedicated, caring, knowledgeable about the catholic faith and their subjects. The front office staff are wonderful! The lunchroom staff is great and I am very happy with the variety, quality and nutrition of the school lunches. My kids are very happy here and they are definitely receiving a top notch education. The parent involvement is excellent, many of the school activities are run by parents with little staff involvement. The community is an excellent source of support. The only issues I have with the school is the high tuition rate(although it is competitive with surrounding private schools), the variety of fund raisers that need "your financial help" and the lack of a bus system--that would be great! I also wish their was a better security system at the main doors. I highly recommend this school as we have made wonderful friends and see our children thriving in this school.

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2014
St. Cecilia School is a wonderful school in every way! From the principal to the faculty and staff, the students in their care are happy and thriving. For many reasons--strong academics, good values, a sense of community--we have found it to be the best choice in town for our children and for our family. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2014
Being a part of this school for 8 years and having a wonderful experience is why we recommend this school. We have seen many families come from public schools and have a difficult time that you actually have to earn your grade. A gem has been finding Mrs.Charmlers a teaching aid specialist who also serves as our tutor for our daughter. Parent involvement is very high and many parent friendships are quickly formed. Earning a honors at this school and obtaining letters of recommendations from the staff will open the doors to any private high school. Give, Live, Love, Learn and Laugh should be this schools motto. Please read Mother Teresa s poem Anyway then you will understand why this school has such high respect for others.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2014
Give this some serious thought before you go this direction and then rethink it again. We are an upper income family- and even we found the community to be pretentious and unfriendly. Not to mention the hypocrisy of how people are treated by what is supposed to be a "Christian" place to send your children. Principal is out of touch- some teachers are ill prepared for the job. Please be careful!

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2014
Our family is strong in our faith and in our love. There are teachers and aids who are well aware of problems and keep quiet for fear of losin their jobs. Beware.

- submitted by a teacher

June 01, 2013
Unfortunately, the leadership is very political and when the going gets tough don't expect the principal to be an advocate for your child. Christian values are taught but not lived by example. If your child doesn't fit the "norm" don't expect any understanding or support. Academics are mediocre.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2013
We feel very lucky to be part of the St. Cecilia community. St. Cecilia is our first exposure to school in Oregon and after visiting and touring a multitude of schools in the Beaverton area we knew we had found the right place for our children's education as soon as we walked in the doors and met the staff. Principal Sue Harris is an amazing leader who is passionate about the school, the staff, the students and the educational programs St. Cecilia provides. Our experience at St. Cecilia has been one of a kind and we look forward to the years to come.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2013
This school not only has great teachers, great opportunties for arts, music, language and technology, but it has brilliant leadership in Principal Harris. Coupled with a strong school advisory committee and an equally strong parent association, we are truly blessed to be part of this school family. Our child has thrived at this school and we really see it as an extension our family. I see a very small minority of negative comments on this blog, but I firmly believe that if you talk to 10 random families at the school, 9 would tell you they were satisfied beyond expectations. All you have to do is look at the final product. The vast majority of graduates of St. Cecilia go on to excel at some of the areas best high schools. Principal Harris and her team are fantastic and the main reason why we would recommend our school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2013
St. Cecilia is a wonderful community of caring and giving individuals who are dedicated to providing a quality education. In the midst of hard times in the K-12 education universe, thanks to the leadership of Principal Sue Harris and an amazing teaching and administrative staff, St. Cecilia is successfully preparing youth for high school and beyond as lifelong learners and engaged community members.

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2013
St. Cecilia is an out standing school. Incredible academics, pro-active, fair-minded teachers and administrators and great facilities. This school has it all AND it has it's roots firmly planted in a dynamic and diverse parish. This has been the best education we could have hoped for and the best preparation for the area's top high schools. My child transferred in this year and was readily welcomed by the entire class. Thanks to St. C's, she is happy and thriving. We could not have hoped for a better experience for our child.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2013
St Cecilia offers an excellent mix of high academic standards, a broad curriculum and traditional Catholic values. My kids have also attended Beaverton School District schools and another private school) and St Cecilia stands above them on numerous planes. There is a challenging course load presented by engaged and caring teachers. Communication from both teachers and administration is excellent. The middle school is more technologically advanced than many high schools as every 7th and 8th grader uses a smart tablet in lieu of textbooks. From a spiritual perspective, not only do the kids go to mass weekly but often go to the Eucharistic Adoration or pray a rosary. I'm sorry to hear that someone below had such a bad experience. Ours has been just the opposite. A former class troublemaker from another school preceded our child in transferring here. Upon learning this we mentioned our concern to the teacher who was already a step ahead of us; she was aware of the previous issues and had been addressing them for months prior to our arrival. The proof was in the pudding - this former abusive student was exhibiting vastly improved behavior. It is comparatively affordable.

- submitted by a parent

December 03, 2011
Poor academics that move at a snail's pace. The reviewer who posted that the school has "rich academics" must have very low standards.The school offers a lot of assistance to student's who are below average academically. This is not a school for high academic achievers - they will be bored. We found the principal, Mrs. Harris, to be full of a lot of hot air. Publicly she comes across well,but behind closed doors her "true colors" shine and it isn't a pretty site. There are several in the area that have much higher academic standards with better curriculum. For parents, that want an excellent education look very carefully before selecting this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2011
St. Cecilia not only provides children with a rich academic environment with extraordinary caring instructors but it also gives children the essential tools for living as contributing members of society who are caring for their community and environment. Mrs. Harris, the school principal, instills such a healthy energy in the school that the children become eager to engage in activities like who can collect the most boxes of mac n cheese for an outreach organization. We have been simply amazed at watching our daughter grow and transform into a well-rounded little member of society and highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2011
Our child was bullied regularly over a period of several months at St. Cecilia's School. Principal Sue Harris refused to take action after being informed and even when told that other children also were being bullied. The principal stated she felt "nothing abnormal" had happened, though we told her our son had been hit, kicked, pushed and threatened again and again and that there were witnesses to this behavior.. We were told by Principal Harris that if our son responded to these attacks, he would be considered equally at fault. The St. Cecilia's Student Handbook clearly defines the behavior in question as bullying. Our child rightfully has lost trust in those who were supposed to educate him and protect him. He has lost trust in an institution which espouses Christian values, but then sweeps inconvenient truths under the proverbial rug. We had no choice but to wtihdraw him from St. Cecilia's school. The administration at St Cecilia s seems to put their own political concerns above the well-being of a child. We are deeply disappointed and hope that by sharing this story, other children at St. Cecilia s might be spared such uncaring treatment in the future.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2010
The teachers are simply amazing. They are dedicated to educating the kids and to helping them become good people with sound moral values. I like the emphasis on building strong character and respect.

- submitted by a parent

November 27, 2007
St. Cecilia's provides the best combination of a sound Catholic education with an involved Catholic community anywhere in the state. There are many great schools in the Beaverton area, but St. Cecilia won us over with its curriculum and the wonderful staff and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
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St Cecilia School
12250 Southwest 5th Street, Beaverton, OR  97005
(503) 644-2619
Last modified St Cecilia School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Cecilia School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top