Saint Patrick Catholic School

  • Saint Patrick Catholic School provides values-based Catholic education with an emphasis on faith, service and academic excellence to families in our parish and greater community.
  • We inspire students to embrace the gospel mission of service and provide service opportunities within our school, parish, and community.
  • Our teachers attend to the whole child in a loving environment by meeting the physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional and social needs of each student.

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  • Funding Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion - 08/20/2019 - Fulcrum Foundation Building Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program is designed to assist schools in welcoming students regardless of race, ethnicity, or class. Saint Patrick Catholic School in Tacoma, Washington received ...morethe grant in 2019hide

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1893

Student Body

Total Students372 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Saint Patrick Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio15:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Navy pants, plaid jumpers or skirts and white shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$7,830
Tuition NotesTuition based on grade level and status as a parishioner. In-parish tuition for K-8 is $6240
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorChris Gavin
Admissions AssociateKathey Bucholz
Endowment Size$1.4 million


Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Robotics Team, Spanish Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Studio, Choir, Performing Arts

School Notes

  • Welcome to Saint Patrick Catholic School. Together with Saint Patrick Catholic Church, we pride ourselves in being a welcoming community with active parent and parishioner participation.
  • We are a faith-filled Catholic community that embraces our Catholic heritage as integral to our mission.
  • We are an academically rich. We nuture students while pursuing academic excellence through our challenging programs and devoted teachers.
  • We are a loving and compassionate community that values honesty, respect, and service to others.
  • St. Pat's has a long tradition of providing a formative education to the children in North Tacoma. What was started by the Tacoma Dominican Sisters over 125 years ago is now staffed by committed teachers with specialties in literacy, music, art and physical education as well as Spanish and technology.
  • There is a breadth and depth to our curriculum that builds on preceding years ultimately preparing students for entry into college-prep high schools.
  • We want our students to be formed with a strong Christian faith by adults who nurture their souls. Our community is devoted to our students to help them develop into active learners, effective communicators and responsible citizens.
  • We welcome people of all faiths to join us or partner with us.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Puyallup
    Grades: PK-8 | 367 students
    9.6 miles
    504 2nd Street Sw
    Puyallup, WA 98371
    9.6 PK-8
  • Tacoma
    Grades: NS-8 | 532 students
    3.6 miles
    7112 S 12th St
    Tacoma, WA 98465
    3.6 NS-8
  • Federal Way
    Grades: PK-8 | 266 students
    7.7 miles
    30527 8th Ave S
    Federal Way, WA 98003
    7.7 PK-8
  • Tacoma
    Grades: NS-12 | 606 students
    0.2 miles
    827 N Tacoma Ave
    Tacoma, WA 98403
    0.2 NS-12
  • Lakewood
    St Frances Cabrini School
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    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 246 students
    7.8 miles
    5621 108th St SW
    Lakewood, WA 98499
    7.8 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
GREAT GREAT GREAT SCHOOL. Sending my kids to Saint Patrick has been the best decision my wife and I could make for their education. There is a commitment at St. Pat's to the kids, their future that resonates from the Staff, Teachers, Parent community and the Parish that you just don't feel anywhere else. The Recruiting and hiring of Chris Gavin as Principal a well respected Principal from Bellermine. The Constant improvement in technology. Adding Ipads and Chromebooks for student use. The Active Parent Community that sponsors fun family type events and even some needed parent only events through out the year. most of all the Teachers... The small class size is one reason but the real reason is the TEACHERS .. they really care about your childs development and not just test scores. You would be challenged to find the level of commitment other schools at EVERY grade level. Again best decision we made for our kids and now that school is out they are already talking about fall reinforces the decision we made was the right one.
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St. Patrick School is virtual "diamond in the rough" in Tacoma. There is no stronger private school in Pierce County when it comes to education which includes only the highest caliber of teachers as well as parental support. If you are looking for a place where your child will receive a well-rounded, faith-filled (but not over the top) education in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, you will find no better school than St. Pat's!
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The average private school tuition in Tacoma, WA is $6,105 for elementary schools and $11,836 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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