Welcome to St. Paul's Episcopal School, an independent, co-educational K-8 school in Oakland, CA. Our school was founded in 1975 in the belief that a school must be actively engaged with its community.
We warmly welcome families and faculty members of all faiths and those who do not practice a faith.
Our mission: St. Paul's prepares students to be confident and skiled learners, cultivates in them a strong sense of purpose, and inspires them to be generous and active citizens of the world.
St. Paul`s is a leader in providing students with the experiences and skills they need to thrive in today`s world an excellent academic foundation, facility in confronting complex problems, and an appreciation of the richness of difference. Through instruction from our dedicated teachers, our students gain skill, purpose, and empathy.
St. Paul's students are sought by the top tier of high schools.  Thank you for getting to know us.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 388 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $32,500
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 16 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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St. Paul's Episcopal School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
388 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
63%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
St. Paul's Episcopal School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
55%
Average Class Size
20 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 16 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition for K - 5th grade is $32,500; for 6th-8th grade it is $37,030. About 50% of our families receive tuition assistance.
% on Financial Aid
51%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$16,000
Admissions Director
Simrita Dhanjal
Admissions Associate
Niki Rouda

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Advanced Math

Club or Organization:
Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Genders and Sexualities Alliance, Latinx Student Union, Student Council, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Drama

School Notes

St. Paul's Episcopal School provides an education that is intellectually challenging and morally enriching. The School enrolls students from widely diverse cultural, religious, family, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds who are motivated to succeed and who, by the virtue of their character, will contribute to the life and spirit of the School. Students are admitted on the basis of academic and social skills, developmental readiness, past school experience, recommendations and character. Kindergarten and sixth grade are primary entry points into the school. 
Our successful approach is based on three principles: 
  • 1. Supporting students as fearless learners is the best path to academic rigor.Through thoughtful cultivation of the social-emotional growth of our students, we create a supportive community where students approach academic, intellectual, and personal challenges with confidence and courage. 
  • 2. We make service and learning interdependent.Our students engage in long-term service projects every year they are here. We help them understand the importance of serving their community and caring for the planet. Their projects reinforce lessons from the classroom, which helps them see first-hand why what they`re learning is important. 
  • 3. Deeper learning can be achieved by harnessing the power of diversity.St. Paul`s is one of the most racially and socio-economically diverse independent schools in the nation, and we nurture open and empathetic exploration of cultural, spiritual, and individual differences. Research has shown that a diverse student population fuels critical thinking and results in academic excellence. 
Recent high school acceptances included Bentley, Bishop O' Dowd, College Preparatory School, Head-Royce, International High School, and Lick-Wilmerding. Our young graduates have gone on to college at Stanford, Dartmouth, Wesleyan, Rice, Spelman, the University of California at Berkeley and many other excellent schools. 
The St. Paul`s Admissions process begins in the fall prior to the planned year of attendance. The applications process has three required steps: A tour of the School, the completion of an application, and an assessment. For details, please visit our website: https://www.spes.org/Admissions/Overview. We look forward to getting to know your family; please come for a tour of our school to learn more about us!
Source: Verified school update

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 388 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $32,500
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 16 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Oakland, CA is $20,306 for elementary schools and $22,144 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Oakland, CA is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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