Q: Is St. Paul School accredited?
A: St. Paul is fully accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) through 2016.
Q: Is it true that St. Paul School offers before and after school care for its students?
A: We do offer extended care before school from 7:00-7:40am and after school from 3-6pm. Our students receive nutritious snacks, tutoring, and homework help. Additional enrichment classes are also offered. The enrichment programs features classes such as cooking, kungfu, sports, arts and crafts, ballet and tap dance. Our academic programs help our students meet state and local standards in such core subjects as reading, math, technology, the arts, and physical education. In addition, we offer education to our parents.
Q: Do students have to wear a uniform?
A: All St. PAUL students are required to wear uniforms which can be purchased from Classic Designs in San Francisco.
Q: How do St. Paul School's test scores compare with other schools?
A: There are no scores published by schools in the Diocese of Oakland. Catholic schools do not use the same type of test, nor are the results used in the same way as public schools. The high schools that our graduates attend have told us that our students score well on their entrance tests, and many qualify for honors programs.
Q: What high schools do most of your students attend?
A: Our students have a 100% acceptance to Bay Area Catholic High Schools. In the past, a majority of our students have been accepted to and attended: Salesian and St. Mary’s College High School.
Q: What type of involvement do you have with the Catholic High Schools?
A: We offer High School information visits at our campus each fall. In addition, our teachers are in constant communication regarding placement exams, requirements and prepping our students on how to get through the application process.
Q: What is the student/teacher ratio?
A: Class sizes can only go up to 27 students. Small group instruction is a standard practice for our teachers each day.
Q: What does the curriculum include?
A: St. Paul School follows the Diocese of Oakland guidelines and Common Core State Standards with additional enhancements.
Q: What kind of technology does St. Paul School provide?
A: We currently have a computer lab featuring iMacs frequently used by students, with wireless access to the Internet around the school campus. In addition, we have iPad access in each of our K – 5 classrooms and laptop computers available in our junior high. St. Paul has a student-computer ratio of 1 to 1 counting all the computers in the lab, carts and classrooms. Teachers all use iPad technology to enhance curriculum and in group work
Q: Do St. PAUL students receive their sacramental preparation at school?
A: Sacramental preparation is part of our curriculum at St. Paul School. Second graders receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion and the entire school receives the sacrament of Reconciliation after preparation during religion classes at school, parent meetings, and retreats.
Q: Are volunteer hours required of parents or students?
A: We do require 30 - 40 Parent Particpation Hours per school year per family. We like parents to attend meetings and be involved in our fundraising efforts. There are many opportunities to volunteer.