St. Leo The Great School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
1051 W San Fernando St
San Jose, CA 95126
Tel: (408)293-4846
  • Saint Leo the Great Catholic School, a ministry of Saint Leo the Great Catholic Parish, is a Pre-K through 8th grade school dedicated to providing a nurturing and safe environment that educates the whole child: spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally.
  • We provide a community that strengthens Catholic Identity through prayer, worship, and service to all.
  • We offer an academically rigorous curriculum, promoting self-motivated learning, and preparing students for the challenges of the 21st Century.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded 1915

Student Body

Total Students 280 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
59%
State avg.: 43%
Students by Grade St. Leo The Great School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 19:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Uniform requirements on Merry Mart Uniforms website - http://www.merrymartuniforms.com/)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $8,384
Tuition Notes Tuition for Pre-K is $8.487. Discount rates apply to multiple students, but does not affect the PreK rate.
Admissions Director Cathy Torrisi
Admissions Associate Meredith Somavia

Sports

Total Sports Offered 6 sports
Sports Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballFlag Football,
SoccerSoftball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Altar Servers, Cheerleading, Choir, Drama, Mouse Club, Robotics, S.P.I.R.I.T. Squad, Student Council (Middle School) Altar Servers, Cheerleading, Choir, Drama, Mouse Club, Robotics, S.P.I.R.I.T. Squad,
Student Council (Middle School),

School Notes

  • PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
  • "Christian, recognize your dignity-"  Pope St. Leo the Great
  • Saint Leo the Great Catholic School is committed to fostering the Roman Catholic faith embodied by the wisdom, charity and courage of Saint Leo the Great. Grounded in prayer, virtues, Gospel values, living out our faith, and celebrating Liturgy and the Sacraments, our students become respectful, faith-filled learners who believe in the dignity of the human person gifted to us by God. Our Catholic Identity inspires our students to serve the parish, local, and global communities by exploring and modeling the teachings of Jesus Christ.We are committed to the following beliefs:
  • Acknowledging the family as the first and foremost significant educator.
  • Working together in partnership with the family to educate the whole child: spirit, mind, and body.
  • Promoting and validating each child`s individual uniqueness in God`s eyes.
  • Providing a safe, nurturing, and secure environment.
  • Facilitating academic excellence through critical thinking, project-based learning, and technological competence.
  • Enabling students to communicate and succeed using 21st Century skills in becoming lifelong learners. 
  • In conclusion, we believe that by being called to recognize our Catholic Christian dignity, we fulfill our baptismal promises in our mission as disciples and followers of Jesus Christ.
  • MISSION STATEMENT
  • Saint Leo the Great Catholic School, a ministry of Saint Leo the Great Catholic Parish, is a Pre-K through 8th grade school dedicated to providing a nurturing and safe environment that educates the whole child: spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally. We provide a community that strengthens Catholic Identity through prayer, worship, and service to all. We offer an academically rigorous curriculum, promoting self-motivated learning, and preparing students for the challenges of the 21st Century.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  5/15/2017
We've been at st Leo's for the past 10 years and love it! Great community feeling and small class environment. St. Leo's has also proven to successfully prepare students well for private high schools -- large number of acceptances year after year. Our kids have enjoyed the many elective programs offered and we are very proud of the state-of-the-art STEM lab! When one of our sons needed one-on-one assistance, the staff was very supportive and went above and beyond to help. Our boys love their small class and appreciate the friendships they have made and close knit environment. The kids are all very patient with each other since they've known each other for many years (most have been there k-8). We are thankful for all the experiences our family has received at St. Leo's.James and May Bojorquez
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5  4/7/2017
Saint Leo`s has been a great experience for our whole family. Among all of the choices, we were so lucky to find such a caring, supportive, tight-knit community in the middle of Silicon Valley`s bustle. Parents are very involved and on campus every day volunteering in classrooms and around the school. Many have become wonderful friends and we have a lot of fun at school functions. When I drop my two kids off in the morning, I know parents and teachers are looking out for them with genuine concern for their well-being. Everyone shares common values and looks out for one another. The teachers are phenomenal. Their skill and dedication cannot be overstated. They are responsive to email, always willing to meet to discuss issues, participate in evening and weekend school functions, and are integrated into the community. We have even gotten calls if one of our kids just "seems a bit off today". It is amazing how much they give both in and out of the classroom. It feels there is the perfect balance when it comes to the way our kids are challenged. They experience traditional teaching methods, STEM learning, group projects, religion, art, perform community service hours, music, athletics, and more. Technology is very visible; but, refreshingly, kept in perspective. It is a tool the kids learn to use, but not a substitute for excellent educators. This year smart phone applications were deployed to keep parents apprised of assignments and grades. It has been wonderful- thanks to excellent teacher adoption. Our choice to join the Saint Leo`s community is certainly validated by all of the traditional measures like grades, national test scores, and high placement rates into local high schools; but the greatest validation of our choice is how happy our kids are in the mornings. They wake up happy, are silly while getting ready for school; then bounce out the door in their uniforms, still laughing as they rush to make morning assembly. To me, it is proof that they are getting more than a great academic education. They are being raised as well-rounded kids in a safe, supportive, joyful environment. Definitely check out Saint Leo The Great and ask to talk to some students or families.
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5  5/17/2016
Saint Leo the Great in San Jose has been a great choice for our family! Lots of Silicon Valley tech types that have fostered a great community of learners. My kids have their own school email address and ability to log into Google Docs at home to access all their school work and communicate with their teachers. St Leo has lots of after school activities from athletics (football, volleyball, basketball, track and softball), theatre (Seussical Jr play @ San Pedro Square theatre), Odyssey of the Mind, Art, Band, Choir, Chess, Writer's Ink, etc. They have a 4 year old PreK/TK Kindergarten readiness program. I''m most impressed with the expertise on staff. 5th grade teacher Mrs Morallos posts her math lessons online as homework (Kahn Academy style) and then works with the kids at school doing the worksheets. It has really accelerated how much math my child has learned in a short period of time (he can rewind the lesson each night and do the practice problem in preparation for the day's work). The school has 3 dedicated math teachers, 2 Spanish teachers, 2 PE teachers and a host of resource staff.
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5  12/11/2012
Worth checking out. Outstanding staff and tech program. Coming up on their 100th anniversary. Cool Middlebrook Garden program for earth sciences. Good foundation for private high schools.
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