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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 440
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2500 Wimberly Ln
Austin, TX 78735

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(512) 327-7755
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January 22, 2015
We had a very bad experience with St. Gabriel s Catholic School. In relocating 1,500 miles to Austin, we had every indication our son would be accepted. We even specifically bought a house nearby and informed the school of that. The admissions counselor told us our son had a very good day on his Shadow Day and a great half-hour conversation with her. He also has a stellar gifted academic record. After months of being strung along, we finally were told our son was not accepted. That was two days before our movers arrived. Apparently his shadow day at the school didn t go well, contrary to what we were told. I don t mind that our son was not a good fit for the school, but I am still appalled by how we were treated. The school blindsided us and left us without any school at all. There was no compassion, apology, or warning. Thank God the public school was so welcoming. Oh, what a contrast! We are very disappointed in how St. Gabriel s conducted itself. This is not how a school that claims to be Catholic should act.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
My daughter has been a student at St. Gabriel's for over three years. We just love the curriculum, the atmosphere and the happy children. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
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
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
April 09, 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
April 09, 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
April 08, 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
March 05, 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
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!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
July 02, 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
May 01, 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
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
November 08, 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
November 03, 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
November 02, 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
November 01, 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
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
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
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
August 22, 2011
Highly recommended school. In 2008, my wife and I informally interviewed about a dozen parents who have kids attending St. Gabriel's and we toured the campus 3 times. After further research, we moved from the NW Austin Arboretum area in 2009 and moved to the West side so that our children could conveniently attend this specific school. Big validator the past 2 years: our two boys smile going to school and smile as pick them up. Both boys are thriving, academically and socially. St. Gabriel's certainly delivers an academic advantage, actively presents virtue as a cornerstone, and calls each student to lead. While school administrators are positively engaged, the parents of St. Gabriel's deliver the solid foundation. From there, St. Gabriel's attracts and retains the highest quality faculty and maintains a very low teacher to student ratio. Having a choice, my wife and I choose St. Gabriel's Catholic School. Giving back, we accept every volunteer opportunity at this fine academic school.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
We wanted a challenging academic environment, but still wanted a place where our children would have fun, feel safe and be surrounded by the values we believe are so important. We found it at St. Gabriel's! The teachers are exceptional. The families are actively involved and welcoming. The art and music programs are stellar. My lower school student has PE every day. We love the world geography, robotics and one-to-one computer programs in middle school. In a world where bullying is prevalent, when things have happened with my kids, as will happen in any school, the teachers have always been very responsive to my concerns. My kids are being taught not only that bullying is wrong, but silence when observing bullying is too. It was also important to us that our kids were in a diverse environment, and in just the two grades our kids are in, we have Asian, African-American, Hispanic, European and Indian families, as well as families throughout the school who are Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim. I would highly recommend St. Gabriel s to any family looking for exceptional academics, a faithful community, and an emphasis on positive values.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
My child attended this school for several years before we transferred to another (much better) Catholic school. St. Gabriel's has beautiful facilities, but once you are done with that wow factor, there is not much other than that. Rules are inconsistent and there is a lot of bullying by both boys and girls. Students who have parents that make sizeable donations to the school tend to be disciplined under a different set of rules. There is an elitist attitude by many parents that very clearly trickles down to their children. There is very little diversity and my child overheard and was subject to very unsavory comments regarding the races of other families. If the learning and teaching was good, we couldn't tell because of terrible distractions such as these.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
My children have attended St. Gabriel's for the past 4 years (they are currently in 5th and 1st grades) and I couldn't be more pleased. The teachers are amazing - in my experience they are very caring, patient and approachable. The curriculum is tough, but fair, and I feel that my kids are getting a fantastic education. I also like the emphasis on public service and the many opportunities families and kids are given to reach out and help the community. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2010
SGCS has excellent teachers and challenging academic programs. All three of my children have attended since 1st grade and have grown to be lifelong learners and well rounded students. SGCS has great extracurricular opportunities and a strong sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
My child is attending this school and we are happy that the teachers and the principals do listen to parents concern and made every effort to provide more challenging works for those children who are above average. However, we were not happy that the majority of the children there are rude, a sense of entitlement and this is reflected as the majority of the parents are the same as their children. For a catholic school, which supposedly represents of kindness and concerns for others we find that this is not so and there are also a lot of bullying going on which the school will nip it in the bud if the parents brought it up to the teachers and principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 25, 2010
Excellent school. Had two daughters graduate from this school..continued to public school-excelled in all AP courses-both girls had great study skills which they learnt at St. Gabriel's

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
Academic Excellence!...These aren't just words at St. Gabriel's. The curriculum is tough but your student will be very well prepared for high school! There are teachers at St. Gabriel's who have a true passion for teaching...My son graduated in May 2009 and often says he misses his teachers! Great place to learn and build long-lasting friendships.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2009
I strongly disagree with a previous review. I have two kids in school, grades K and 4. My kids are happy, the teachers are very professional, and the level of education is much better then in any public school I had experience with. By the way there were only 17 kids in each Fourth Grade class this year. Also never had any problems with viewing grades on school's web site. They were updated every 2-3 days. We absolutely love the school!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
While this school has many positive aspects it might not be the best fit for everyone. The Kinder, 1st and 2nd grades all have excellent teachers. Beyond 2nd grade the academic experience doen't seem to be any greater than public school. Class sizes are 22-24 and the drop out rate each year seems to increase more. The school appears to be stuggeling financially and has recently let go of several teachers. There has been no consistant technology teacher for over seven weeks for the elementary school and no grades posted since March. The school seems to be in a state of flux. New teachers hired in the past seem to have very little teaching experience and as is the case in most private schools no teaching certificates are required.

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
This school is more than an education, it is a home. A true family.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2007
My oldest daughter attended Saint Gabriel's for four years. She is making straight A's in public high school now and I attribute much of her academic success to the years she spent here.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
Great school , it was founded in 1999 pk -8 , ratio 1:15

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2005
Accelerated curriculum rich with art/drama (especially), music, physical education & spiritual programs. Technology integrated into lessons (laptops/portable data storage). Often all subjects will focus on a subject & lesson integrated to all areas of study. Variety of sports offered, top level teams have outstanding coaches & can do personal training for a fee. Athletic Director is outstanding individual. Caveat: some overly strict faculty bordering on unapproachable at times, work load in & out of class intense on middle school students/teachers (particularly Social Studies teacher with a college level curriculum that is stressful for students), frequent donations of food, time & money requested, not a very diverse population. Sports program tends to have small teams and fewer games, low student attendance. Not for quiet, easily flustered or perfectionist students.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
This school is excellent. We enrolled my boyfriends little brothers here and ever since we walked in the door I have noticed that the staff was extremely nice and the education there is beyond what you would expect.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
All three of my children were enrolled in St. Gabriel's from the moment the doors opened. Truly one of the finest school's in Central Texas and worth every penny. Stellar staff, highly trained and nuturing faculty along with state of the art facilities. The leadership of the school is second to none!

- submitted by a parent

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St. Gabriel's Catholic School
2500 Wimberly Ln, Austin, TX  78735
(512) 327-7755
Last modified St. Gabriel's Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Gabriel's Catholic School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top