St. Finn Barr Catholic School

Tel: (415)333-1800
Grades: K-8 | 247 students
At St. Finn Barr Catholic School, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of the whole child, embracing his or her potential to become an independent thinker and productive member of society in accordance with gospel values and Catholic tradition.
Our purpose is Christian education of youth, emphasizing the harmonious development of the spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional endowments of young boys and girls in accordance with Gospel values, in the spirit of Vatican Council II, and the directives of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
We believe that the future of humanity lies in the hands of those who are strong enough to provide coming generations with reason for living and hoping.
The faculty recognizes the parents as the primary educators responsible for the education of their children and strives to support and complement them in their role.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Other religious school association(s)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported All Moderate LD Supported
Year Founded 1962

Student Body

Total Students 247 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade St. Finn Barr Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 21:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 27 students
Classroom Dress Code Formal

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $6,118
Tuition Notes 2014-2015 school year for Participant rate for 1 child. More tuition information available at
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $700
Admissions Director Mele Mortonson


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. ANTS Tennis (skills camp), Chess Club, Choir, Dance, Engineering Club, Guitar, Health & Wellness Club, Journalism Club, Linda's Musical Productions, Piano, SFB Sports Program K-8, Soccer Shots (Skills Camp), Spanish Club, Young Leader's Club Chess Club, Choir, Dance, Guitar, Piano, Spanish Club, ANTS Tennis (skills camp),
Engineering Club,
Health & Wellness Club,
Journalism Club,
Linda's Musical Productions,
SFB Sports Program K-8,
Soccer Shots (Skills Camp),
Young Leader's Club,

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Archbishop Riordan High School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Wen Jian Ying (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Stratford School - San Francisco (0.9 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • San Francisco
    Wen Jian Ying
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 2-7 | 7 students
    0.2 miles
    259 Judson Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94112
  • San Francisco
    Archbishop Riordan High School
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 700 students
    0.4 miles
    175 Phelan Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94112
  • San Francisco
    Grades: 9-12 | 445 students
    0.5 miles
    755 Ocean Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94112
  • San Francisco
    San Francisco Adventist
    (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    Grades: KG-8 | 21 students
    0.6 miles
    66 Geneva Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94112
  • San Francisco
    Grades: K-8 | 296 students
    0.6 miles
    925 Chenery St
    San Francisco, CA 94131

School Reviews

After a rough 6th grade year at a public middle school, we needed to find a better situation for our son, and we found it: St. Finn Barr Catholic School. The principal is dedicated, dynamic, and approachable. She welcomed us to the school and treated our son''s concerns seriously and kindly. The teachers know each of their students and truly care that each one succeeds. SFB tests at the beginning of the year, and it seems like that affects how the teachers approach their work: SFB teachers do not teach to the test, they teach the child. The curriculum is thoughtful, with college-like syllabuses, opportunities for extra credit, field trips, and a variety of approaches, including computer games and creative projects like poetry and drawing. And the science! A lab, a notebook, experiments, observations. Fabulous. The students are encouraged to behave kindly and to have respect for their teachers, their classmates, and themselves. No bullying! My son has relaxed noticeably, his confidence has increased, and he does better work. My son is working hard, and he''s never been happier in school, ever. How many middle-schoolers can say that? We love SFB and we only wish we had enrolled our son sooner.
- Posted by Parent, 10/06/12

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