St. Nicholas Elementary School

The St. Nicholas School community of parents, students, and educators is committed to the teaching of Catholic truths and values and the fostering of life-long learning.
We provide the spiritual, academic and physical foundations on which the whole child can build toward success.
St. Nicholas School is dedicated to providing a values-centered learning environment that shows children the way to witness the reality of the Risen Christ.
The Gospel message is the core of our educational process.
It guides our students to develop into articulate, participatory members of their community.
The faculty and staff recognize the parents as the primary educators of their children and strive to support and complement them in this role.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 264 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,500
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

St. Nicholas Elementary School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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Attribute
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1953
Summer School Offered
Yes
Awards
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2008

Student Body

Total Students
264 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
37%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
St. Nicholas Elementary School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
19:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
52%
Average Class Size
24 students
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Uniform)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition is different dependent on grade level $8,500 is average
% on Financial Aid
7%
Endowment Size
$1.2 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered
6 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Chess Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama/Theater, Mandarin Chinese

Recreational Athletic Programs:
golf, tennis

School Notes

  • The St. Nicholas School community of parents, students, and educators is committed to the teaching of Catholic truths and values and the fostering of life-long learning. We provide the spiritual, academic and physical foundations on which the whole child can build toward success. St. Nicholas School is dedicated to providing a values-centered learning environment that shows children the way to witness the reality of the Risen Christ. The Gospel message is the core of our educational process. It guides our students to develop into articulate, participatory members of their community. The faculty and staff recognize the parents as the primary educators of their children and strive to support and complement them in this role.

School Reviews

5  
We love St. Nicholas Catholic School! The academics are fantastic; the school is a Blue Ribbon School! The classes all have dedicated aides, so the teacher student ratio is something around 1:12, so there's a lot of small group learning and individualized attention. Even in the lower grades the kids are doing cross-disciplinary projects. They have a reading specialist for the lower grades who is just amazing. I love so many of the teachers. There's also music, art, and physical education, two fantastic science teachers with a great science lab, and a dedicated technology teacher with a brand-new technology center. They've just gone to 1:1 tablets for all grades. The academic focus really pays off - St. Nicholas kids go to terrific high schools (and ultimately colleges), with something like a 99%+ acceptance rate at St. Francis and something similar at Bellarmine College Prep, as well as many of the other Catholic High schools in the area. In addition to academics, St. Nicholas is an amazing community. There's a real emphasis on loving one another. Their buddy system (where a kindergartener is paired with a 4th grader, they will be buddies for the next 4 years) really fosters bonds between upper & lower grades from the beginning. They have a program for the older kids to help manage playground conflict. The kids regularly participate in community service projects. They all know one another; the big kids are really kind and really do know the little ones. And when we go to the grocery store or downtown Los Altos or Mountain View, and we see St. Nicholas folks - and we say hello, and sometimes stop and talk.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 264 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,500
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Los Altos, CA is $17,214 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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