St. Nicholas Catholic School

We consist of three schools in one! Students can study at the Preschool and Pre-K, Elementary, and Middle school levels.
We are conveniently located in downtown Gig Harbor, not far from the Wallochet exit on Route 16.
We have experienced, caring teachers. They teach the same curriculum as the public schools with the addition of instruction in Catholic Christianity.
Our students go on to excel at Bellarmine, Peninsula, and Gig Harbor high schools! Families appreciate St. Nicholas because "you can just feel the love here;" "I know other parents care for my son too;" "My whole family feels a sense of belonging here." We welcome families and students of all faiths.  Come, take a tour!!.Call 253-858-7632

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 175 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,000
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
175 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 27%
Students by Grade
St. Nicholas Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
15 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Christine Navarro
Admissions Associate
Jen Finnerty
Endowment Size
$0.1 million


Total Sports Offered
3 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Little Flowers Girls Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Unicycle Club

School Notes

United by the love of Christ, St. Nicholas Catholic School, in partnership with parents and parish, teaches the fullness of the Catholic faith, fosters academic excellence, and nurtures a community of disciples.

As a faith-centered school, we serve our parish and community through prayer and action.  Working together with home and Church, the focus of our instruction is to help students achieve their highest individual potential, to model Gospel values to others, and to become life-long learners in a global community.

The school campus offers self-contained classrooms for Preschool through 5th grade and  a 6/7/8 model for middle school students. We also offer:
  • two-day, three-day, and five day morning preschool
  • morning pre-Kindergarten with afternoon enrichment option
  • full-time, five-day per week kindergarten
  • a family atmosphere with personal attention
  • competitive tuition rates and scholarship program
  • Spanish,  STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), Music and PE classes
  • Chess club, Band, Choir, Cnicycle club, Spanish club, Bricks for Kidz, Drama, and Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) sports activities

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
Our family loves St Nicholas Catholic School! The teachers are very caring and go above and beyond when it comes to taking care of our kids. They have been very accommodating with my oldest child's unique learning needs and have added valuable input to his learning plan. I truly feel that the staff have a calling for what they do and it shows. They not only focus on academic success but work on forming each child into becoming the amazing individuals they were meant to be.
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St. Nicholas Catholic School has been a blessing to my family for the last 4 years. Beyond feeling truly like a family on campus, what has really impressed me of late is their plan for distance learning in light of the global pandemic we are facing. My two children had no extra down time-they were up and running with their learning the next available school day. This is a testament to the amazing staff and teachers!
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I am a teacher at St. Nicholas, but I am also a parent. I have one child who has graduated from St. Nicholas and one child who still attends in Middle School. St. Nicholas is a unique community - more like a family than a school - where children of all ages learn, play, and pray together. St. Nicholas provides academic rigor, but also guides the faith and overall development of its students. It most definitely teaches the whole child and does so in an environment that is warm, inviting, and engaging. The teaching staff and community of parents work together to create a school experience that is truly special.
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St. Nicholas has given my children an excellent education. It is a small-knit community with a strong Catholic identity. I am so grateful for the wonderful experience we have had there.
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We've been at St. Nicholas for nine years. I can't imagine my kids in any better learning environment than here, and my Children's learning styles differ greatly from each other! Dedicated staff, welcoming community, and a well-rounded education!
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My children have attended St. Nicholas Catholic School for five years. It is a beautiful and welcoming community. My children have received not only a wonderful education but have been taught kindness and love for others. St. Nicholas is truly the gem of Gig Harbor.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 175 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,000
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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