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St. Gabriel's Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 441 students

Engaging Minds. Inspiring Virtue.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $339,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,150.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 22, 2014

We have 1 Junior Kindergarten and 1 Kindergarten student at St. Gabriel's, wrapping up their 1st and 2nd years there. We had toured various private schools in town a couple years ago and were the most impressed with the thought St. Gabriel's put into the sub-curriculums for their students, and how happy all the kids seemed to be when we saw them in the hallways. We had high expectations before school began, and now that we have been there for two years we can confidently say that the school has surpassed our already high expectations in pretty much every regard. Both of our kids love it, they have grown so much academically and socially, we love the other kids, parents, teachers and administrators. It is truly a community of people with a community feel. We can't imagine our kids going anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

St. Gabriel s is an amazing school and we feel bless to be a part of this community. Our daughters are seen as individuals with great talents and potential to excel in whatever it is that they are interested it in. St. Gabriel s tailors to the overall character building and spiritual growth of each student, while allowing them the freedom to express themselves. SG does not just teach values and faith they live and model it every day. The community is wonderful and very supportive to all students. Small size classes, rich art and athletic program, community services and the use of cutting edge technology in class are just some of the reasons that make St Gabriel s a one-of-a-kind school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

St. Gabriel's is a wonderful school! Great community involving the students and the families. Builds the students into leaders by offering numerous opportunities to develop confidence. World class integration of technology into the classrooms and educational instruction. Top notch teachers. All faiths welcome. Tremendous differentiation inside the classroom so that all kids can thrive at their own pace. 8th graders are learning Geometry which is two years ahead of most schools at this point.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

We have had an amazing experience at St. Gabriel's. Our children are very unique in their learning styles and interests. I have been impressed by the teacher's abilities to modify and support the learning process to meet both accelerated and remedial needs. The parent community is welcoming and supportive. There is a very strong feeling of community amongst the parents and the students. There were administrative changes this year and I have had nothing but positive interactions at that level. The only negative is lower school language program which is lacking in depth. However, I believe the school is cutting in edge in the use of technology in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

St. Gabriel's Catholic School has transformed our family in a way I never knew possible. This community has been so warm and welcoming. There is a real sense of appreciation for our different gifts, and as parents we always feel comfortable getting involved or just visiting our children at lunch. Our children are flourishing academically and spiritually. Our oldest child came to the school a bit shy, but through public speaking in the classroom and during group prayer, he's really found a confidence I didn't know he had. I know we will be a part of this community for many years to come. Our prayers for our children, and for our family have been answered with the discovery of St. Gabriel's. I'm sure you'll feel the same!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2014

St. Gabriel Catholic School is a wonderful learning environment for anyone wishing to provide a solid academic and Catholic education for their child or grandchild. We moved to St. Gabriel's this year from another local school. We came from a good Catholic school in town, but were looking for something more. What we found was a loving environment, where each child is taught respect (because it is modeled for them by the administration and teachers), and where each child's learning differences and abilities are taken into account. Children are given the opportunity to serve their community, and it is not "for show". These children love giving and are truly empathetic. The school also has opportunities for parents to become better Christians and better parents. We are blessed to be a part of this amazing community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

The only reason I did not give SGCS one star is because of the beautiful grounds and good cafeteria food. Admin fired some very good folks last year for no apparent reason and the behind closed doors decisions are disturbing. It was a better school before all the changes last year that made things more conservative. The diocese has many schools in trouble and it is their fault for handing things the way they do. Time to replace the folks at the top and fill schools with teachers who actually care and not just play the game to keep their jobs. "Train and retain" would be my advice to those who act like the teachers with such arbitrary disrespect. The students who do best are the ones who have parents with deep pockets, but it is still a closed circle. I would advise any parent to look at some of the elite public school offerings. And teachers beware. It is not a safe environment. And that is not good for anyone!


Posted November 22, 2013

SGCS is a beautiful place with a great athletics program and super kids with fabulous parents and hard working teachers, but it suffers under the weight of bureaucracy and politics and bad HR policies. I had expected more from a Catholic institution.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 26, 2013

I had the honor of teaching at Saint Gabriel's Catholic School for over ten years. Families who attend SGCS receive an exceptional education. The faculty and staff are professionals, who truly care about each student's academic and spiritual growth. Saint Gabriel's will always hold a special place in my heart, and I cannot recommend it highly enough to families who are searching for a place to call "home".
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 24, 2013

After 10 years and 3 kids attending St. Gab's I am still impressed! Our oldest has just graduated 8th grade, and we still have a 7th grader and 2nd grader following in the footsteps of their older brother. The teachers have been an absolute blessing! The leadership has been responsive, proactive, and open. The parents are SO involved, talented and supportive, that it really feels like you have a 'village' helping watch over your children. We have loved this school for 10 years now and recommend it highly. It offers a very challenging academic environment. They promote public speaking starting in 1st grade, teach strong writing skills, and are very technologically advanced with iPad's used in elementary and laptops in middle school. If a faith based school is important, St. Gab's should be considered. They are very open to ALL faiths, and celebrate Mass weekly. A gem in south Austin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

Just to provide a little insight to the "interim" principal mentioned below, i want to provide you a little background at how professional and amazing and revered Dr. Knotts is. She is an amazing leader who brought St.. Gabriel's to the caliber it is today. She led the school a year after it opened and maintained her position from 2000-2008. The Middle School building is named after her and she is a continued leader in the community and a board member. Which is why she was called back to step in to make positive changes. Now she is moving to St. Michael's to do the same. Google her name, Dr. Judith Knotts. You will find her many successes and recognitions and pedigree even outside the st. Gabriel's community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2012

We're proud, parent alumni's from St. Gabriel's Catholic Elementary School. We now have two girls who are graduates and because of the education, spiritual guidance, and support of past principal and teachers, they've become successful individuals in our society. They've learned how to reach out to others because of St. Gabriels outreach to the community. They have a deep spiritual life because of their weekly masses and the Christian influence in their education and have been successful in their academics due to staff support and challenging course work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

When our family moved to Austin a little over two years ago, my husband and I knew as soon as we walked through the doors that St. Gabriel's was the right school for us. Since then it has exceeded our expectations for our three children. It is a true gift to have an environment that meets all of our children's needs (including a son with dyslexia) in an environment that is both academically challenging and nurturing at the same time. We have found a close-knit and caring community not only for our children, but for our whole family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2011

We are very happy with our choice to move to St. Gabriels's from another Catholic school in Austin. The quality of the curriculum and the strength of the faculty have provided excellent learning opportunities and challenges for my child. The sense of community and the friendliness of the students have also proven beneficial for the transition. I would definitely recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2011

We wanted a school where our children would thrive and we found that through St. Gabriel's Catholic School. We have two children who have both been enrolled at the school since PK. We have now been at the school for seven years and are overwhelmed by the wonderful community of families, faculty and staff. We are blessed to have found a wonderful environment for our entire family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

One of the best decisions we ever made was to send our children to St. Gabriel's. Having a Master's in Educational Curriculum and Instruction, I knew what I was looking for in a school. St. Gabriel's really fit the bill. The first thing I noticed were the smiling faces of the children when I entered the building. I knew it was a happy place. The atmosphere is such a welcoming one. Not only is the curriculum impressive, the teachers really know each child individually. My children feel the love that the teachers have for them and that is crucial to making them successful in their studies. The administration is truly an amazing group that has done such a wonderful job in making St. Gabriel's the exceptional place it is today. The children are well mannered, intellegient, and kind people who know the importance of their faith in their every day lives. Students even take part in community service projects. St. Gabriel's knows that in addition to academics, the development of the whole person is necessary for each child to flourish in life. St. Gabriel's Catholic School is the total package.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2011

A class act. We greatly appreciate the school's focus on the development of the whole person. Students, parents, teachers and administrators are respectful and optimistic. One can feel the positive energy and sense of community upon entering through the front doors. We feel blessed to be a part of the Saint Gabriel's community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2011

Tessa and I moved to Austint in 2003 with Alec who was 10 and Avery who was pre-k. Most people look for neighborhoods they like and we were no different but we also had heard about St Gabriel's school and knew we wanted our boys to go there. We placed our name on the waiting list and were accepted not knowing anything about the school but their reputation as an excellent school. We were not disappointed in any area, from academics to athletics to religion St Gabriel's has exceeded all our expectation and then some. We have seen our boys developed into very fine young men both academically and spiritually and we owe a lot of that To the quality of the faculty and staff at St Gabriel's. When Alec graduated from St Gabriel's he could have gone to any high school in Austin because he was so prepared and he chose St Michael's another excellent private school. Teachers at all the schools love to have kids from St Gabriel's because they are so prepared for the next level. I would never hesitate to recommend St Gabriel's to any family who are seeking the best for their child because I truly believe it is the best. Ron and Tessa lewis
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2011

Challenging Curriculum and Nurturing Environment at SGCS. We've had our two daughters in the school since PreK. They are now in 3rd and 4th. We knew we wanted a Catholic school and are so pleased that the academic environment and social environment is healthy and challenging. We are very pleased with the new Head of School, Mr. Balak and the staff and administrators he has hired. The school has really "grown up" over the last three years and has lost a lot of those "young school" growing pains. I'm especially pleased "special" areas of the curriculum such as art, science, computers, library, music and PE. I'm also impressed with the amount of writing my kids are required to do across the whole curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2011

St. Gabriel's has been the most outstanding experience for our family! We have two children -- one in 7th and one in 1st grade. I can not say enough about how the whole community (leadership, teachers, parents) overflows with a sincere love of children and the genuine passion for helping each child to be the best of themselves to grow, to learn, to lead, to serve. The academics have been wonderfully challenging, and my son, now in the 7th grade is among the many in his class that were invited to participate in taking the SAT as a 7th grader. This is part of the Duke Tips program and is an honor that comes from placing in the 95th percentile in the nation in at least one subject. My daughter was a little bit shy when she started in preK but now, as a 1st grader she has the confidence to stand in front of the entire lower school and speak into a microphone. This is a place that does not just move students through from worksheet to standardized test. This is a place that nurtures, supports, encourages, and teaches children to love learning and to find their own way to shine. I highly recommend St. Gabriel's for its uplifting community, academic achievement and value formation.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 31%
Hispanic 17% 51%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Dan McKenna
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • ISAS
  • TCC
Fax number
  • (512) 327-4334

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
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • 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)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Parent School Association, Saber Dads
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Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Michael's
St. Andrew's
St. Stephen's
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2500 Wimberly Ln
Austin, TX 78735
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Phone: (512) 327-7755

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