St. Paul's Episcopal School

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 (2024)

  • 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

Top Rankings

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
50%
State avg.: 51%
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
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; pleasecome for a tour of our school to learn more about us!
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does St. Paul's Episcopal School cost?
St. Paul's Episcopal School's tuition is approximately $32,500 for private students.
What schools are St. Paul's Episcopal School often compared to?
St. Paul's Episcopal Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Redwood Day by visitors of our site.
What sports does St. Paul's Episcopal School offer?
St. Paul's Episcopal School offers 6 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball.
What is St. Paul's Episcopal School's ranking?
St. Paul's Episcopal School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for St. Paul's Episcopal School?
The application deadline for St. Paul's Episcopal School is Jan. 16 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 16 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

5  
Our family lives in Rockridge and has been at St. Paul`s since 2019; our two kids are in the lower school and have been so happy with our St. Paul`s experience. This year in particular, as the school emerges from covid-centric operations, we are having the experience we thought we would when we first learned about SPES. Few things I would highlight: Diversity - racial, religious, socioeconomic, and otherwise - permeates the school, both representationally in the faculty and the student body, and programmatically in the curriculum. While the school is connected with an episcopal church, the curriculum is not religion-based and the make-up of the family community is incredibly diverse in faiths and traditions (we don`t observe any religious customs at home). All faiths are welcome and part of the school experience. My kids know more about Diwali than I do. When we first toured the school and I saw student-made Chanukah menorahs made of pasta, we knew it was the right spiritual climate for us. Kindergarten certainly starts with a focus on social-emotional learning (which was critical for us), but as our older child has progressed through grades, academics have become more of a focus but at a reasonable pace. Despite being a relatively urban campus, the kids are outside A LOT. Whether it`s on school grounds, leveraging Lake Merritt for nature/bird walks, or walking to the local YWCA for swimming classes with the P.E. teacher, the kids get out and the school leverages the neighborhood safely and thoughtfully. The % of the school on financial aid is 2x other local independent schools. This is integral to the school`s mission and fosters a level of community diversity that exceeds many public schools, let alone other independent ones. The fact that the school is K8 gives us great peace of mind that we have a home for our family for the foreseeable future. We did tour the Middle School as well (when we were looking at independent schools) and 90% of 8th graders are accepted into the high school of their choice. While we`re not worried about that today, it was a great bonus as we envision our future.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • 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 $23,917 for elementary schools and $25,857 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Oakland, CA is 85% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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