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 the 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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School Overview

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

Student Body

Total Students372 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
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 are a 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 nurture 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.
  • We have a long tradition of providing a formative education to the children in North Tacoma. What was started by the Tacoma Dominican Sisters in 1893 is now staffed by committed teachers with specialties in literacy, music, art and physical education as well as Spanish and Technology
  • Our curriculum 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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  • Puyallup
    Grades: PK-8 | 394 students
    9.6 miles
    504 2nd Street Sw
    Puyallup, WA 98371
    (253) 922-5360
    9.6 PK-8
  • Tacoma
    Grades: NS-8 | 457 students
    3.6 miles
    7112 S 12th St
    Tacoma, WA 98465
    (253) 564-5185
    3.6 NS-8
  • Federal Way
    Grades: PK-8 | 269 students
    7.7 miles
    30527 8th Ave S
    Federal Way, WA 98003
    (253) 839-3532
    7.7 PK-8
  • Tacoma
    Grades: NS-12 | 624 students
    0.2 miles
    827 N Tacoma Ave
    Tacoma, WA 98403
    (253) 272-2216
    0.2 NS-12
  • Lakewood
    Grades: PK-8 | 246 students
    7.8 miles
    5621 108th St SW
    Lakewood, WA 98499
    (253) 584-3850
    7.8 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
Fantastic school! Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I would have given Saint Patrick Catholic School a "5-star" review, but now I find myself knowing that this school is beyond what those stars can express. My husband and I toured several other private schools in the Tacoma area when our oldest was ready for kindergarten. As soon as we walked through the doors of Saint Pat's we knew that this is where we wanted to send our children. A beautiful, kind and accepting community is what you will find at this school where everyone is welcome. We are 10 months into dealing with COVID-19, and I can honestly say that this school has handled it exceptionally. When the schools were closed in March, the teachers and staff DID.NOT.MISS.A.BEAT! Teachers worked hard to create engaging virtual classrooms and material so that students were learning. For the 2020-21 school year and they welcomed students into the classrooms in smaller numbers, hiring new staff and carving out more classroom space to ensure the safety of everyone. Staff and teachers genuinely care about students, their families, and each other - beyond the typical academic needs and taking into account the needs of the whole person. My children have THRIVED here, even in the midst of the pandemic they are learning and growing. We love this school, and I know you will too.
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The St. Pats community is a family. The administrators and teachers truly care for their students and work hard to foster the minds, bodies, and spirits of the children. They have high expectations for students academically, but also behaviorally, which prepares students for the next chapters in their lives. I love St. Pats! It has been a blessing to be a part of this community! Go Shamrocks!
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St. Patrick School is exceptional! A dynamic, accredited learning environment supported by professional, knowledgeable and flexible staff and faculty. A caring contingency of engaged parents and community partners. An unapologetic Catholic identity that welcomes all, loves all, serves all. The first and only school for our beautiful, bi-racial, ecumenical children. St. Pats is the gold standard of elementary education! The building is closed, but learning is on! Smooth transition from classroom learning to online school. Motivated and innovative faculty rerouted curriculum immediately through the building closure of 2020. Students, ages 3 (Preschool) - 8th grade are thriving in the online classroom community. So blessed to have our kids attend this school! All are welcome!
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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 $6,564 for elementary schools and $10,885 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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