Oldest Private Elementary Schools in California

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Preschools
(1048)
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(1048)
 
The average private elementary school in California was founded around 1972 (2021).
The oldest private elementary school in California is San Domenico School, founded in 1850.
The oldest private elementary schools are listed below (where sufficient data available).

Oldest Private Elementary Schools in California (2021)

  • School Founding Date Grades Location
  • Rank: #11. Founding Date: 1850
    Grades: K-121500 Butterfield Road
    San Anselmo, CA 94960
    (415) 258-1900

  • Rank: #22.
    St. Ignatius College Preparatory
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1855
    Grades: 6-122001 37th Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94116
    (415) 731-7500

  • Rank: #3-43.-4.
    Mission Dolores Academy
    Mission Dolores Academy Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1856
    Grades: K-83371 16th St
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    (415) 346-9500

  • Rank: #3-43.-4.
    St. Clare School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1856
    Grades: NS-8725 Washington St
    Santa Clara, CA 95050
    (408) 246-6797

  • Rank: #55.
    Mount St Marys Academy
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1859
    Grades: K-8400 S Church Street
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
    (530) 273-4694

  • Rank: #66.
    Holy Cross School
    Holy Cross School Photo - Holy Cross School ~ 2019 Preschool -8th grade
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1862
    Grades: PK-8150 Emmet
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (831) 423-4447

  • Rank: #77.
    The Hamlin School
    The Hamlin School Photo
    All-girls
    Founding Date: 1863
    Grades: K-82120 Broadway
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    (415) 674-5400

  • Rank: #88.
    St. Mary School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1871
    Grades: PK-87900 Church St
    Gilroy, CA 95020
    (408) 842-2827

  • Rank: #99.
    Old Mission School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1876
    Grades: PK-8761 Broad Street
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (805) 543-6019

  • Rank: #1010.
    St. John's Lutheran School
    St. John's Lutheran School Photo
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1883
    Grades: PK-8154 S Shaffer St
    Orange, CA 92866
    (714) 288-4400

  • Rank: #1111.
    Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School
    Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School Photo - Established in 1885 by the sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the historic school building in nestled in a residential neighborhood close to downtown Redwood City.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1885
    Grades: PK-8301 Grand St
    Redwood City, CA 94062
    (650) 366-6127

  • Rank: #1212.
    Holy Rosary School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1886
    Grades: PK-8505 California Street
    Woodland, CA 95695
    (530) 662-3494

  • Rank: #13-1413.- 14.
    Convent & Stuart Hall
    Convent & Stuart Hall Photo
    Founding Date: 1887
    Grades: K-122222 Broadway St
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    (415) 563-2900

  • Rank: #13-1413.- 14.
    Head Royce School
    Founding Date: 1887
    Grades: K-124315 Lincoln Ave
    Oakland, CA 94602
    (510) 531-1300

  • Rank: #15-1615.- 16.
    St. Brigid School
    St. Brigid School Photo - Ist grade students enjoying the play system in our school yard.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1888
    Grades: NS-82250 Franklin St
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    (415) 673-4523

  • Rank: #15-1615.- 16.
    St. Vincent De Paul Elementary School
    St. Vincent De Paul Elementary School Photo - Art Class
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1888
    Grades: K-8100 Howard Street
    Petaluma, CA 94952
    (707) 762-6426

  • Rank: #17-1917.- 19.
    Marlborough School
    All-girls
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: 7-12250 S Rossmore Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90004
    (323) 935-1147

  • Rank: #17-1917.- 19.
    St. Catherine's Academy
    St. Catherine's Academy Photo - Our outstanding music department provides classroom instruction in music theory, music history, and musical experiences. Students are also welcome to play in the marching band and take private piano or guitar lessons.
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: PK-8215 N Harbor Blvd
    Anaheim, CA 92805
    (714) 772-1363

  • Rank: #17-1917.- 19.
    St. Raphael School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: PK-81100 5th Ave
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 454-4455

  • Rank: #2020.
    Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School
    Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School Photo - Monthly family liturgy at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1891
    Grades: PK-8741 Ware Avenue
    Colusa, CA 95932
    (530) 458-8208

  • Rank: #21-2421.- 24.
    The Harker School
    The Harker School Photo
    Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: 1-94525 Union Avenue
    San Jose, CA 95124
    (408) 553-5700

  • Rank: #21-2421.- 24. Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: NS-54300 Bucknall Road
    San Jose, CA 95130
    (408) 871-4600

  • Rank: #21-2421.- 24. Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: 6-83800 Blackford Avenue
    San Jose, CA 95117
    (408) 248-2510

  • Rank: #21-2421.- 24. Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: NS-12500 Saratoga Ave
    San Jose, CA 95129
    (408) 249-2510

  • Rank: #2525.
    St. Anthony - Immaculate Conception School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1894
    Grades: K-8299 Precita Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415) 648-2008

  • Rank: #26-2826.- 28.
    Fresno Adventist Academy
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Founding Date: 1897
    Grades: K-125397 E Olive Ave
    Fresno, CA 93727
    (559) 251-5548

  • Rank: #26-2826.- 28.
    Sacred Heart Academy
    Sacred Heart Academy Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1897
    Grades: PK-8215 S Eureka St
    Redlands, CA 92373
    (909) 792-3958

  • Rank: #26-2826.- 28.
    St. Andrew Catholic School
    St. Andrew Catholic School Photo - St. Andrew Catholic School is a diverse, nurturing community that fosters faith development, intellectual curiosity, respect for others, and lifelong learning. St. Andrew
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1897
    Grades: PK-842 Chestnut Street
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    (626) 796-7697

  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.
    Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton
    Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Photo - Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton sits one 64-acre campus housing the Preschool & Kindergarten, Lower & Middle Schools and Preparatory.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1898
    Grades: NS-12150 Valparaiso Avenue
    Atherton, CA 94027
    (650) 322-1866

  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.
    St. Joseph Elementary School
    St. Joseph Elementary School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1898
    Grades: K-81200 W Holt Ave
    Pomona, CA 91768
    (909) 622-3365

  • Rank: #31-3231.- 32.
    Moreland Notre Dame School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1899
    Grades: K-8133 Brennan St
    Watsonville, CA 95076
    (831) 728-2051

  • Rank: #31-3231.- 32.
    San Antonio Christian School
    (Christian)
    Founding Date: 1899
    Grades: K-81722 E 8th St
    Ontario, CA 91764
    (909) 982-2301

  • Rank: #3333.
    Santa Clara Elementary School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1901
    Grades: K-8324 South E Street
    Oxnard, CA 93030
    (805) 483-6935

  • Rank: #3434.
    Foothills Adventist Elementary School
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Founding Date: 1902
    Grades: K-8711 Sunnyside Rd
    Saint Helena, CA 94574
    (707) 963-3546

  • Rank: #3535.
    St. Michael Elementary School
    St. Michael Elementary School Photo - St. Michael's is a small school with a family feel where students grow academically, socially, and spiritually.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1903
    Grades: PK-81027 W 87th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90044
    (323) 752-6101

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