St. Rose School

Since 1913, St. Rose School has helped raise saints and scholars in a small community centered on Catholic faith and values.
We provide a comprehensive pre-k through eighth grade education that includes art, music, PE and much more, helping to form lifelong learners who respect others and serve their community.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 268 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,440
  • Average class size: 26 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School News

  • St. Rose School Creates a Culture of Compassion and Service - 01/07/2021
    PORTLAND, Ore. (January 6, 2021) - St. Rose School - a pre-k through 8th grade Catholic school offering full-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten - continues to instill a commitment to service ...morein its students, despite pandemic restrictions.
    Service has always been integral to St. Rose School, so they had to get creative when distance learning kicked in last spring. Less than a month into Oregon`s stay-home orders, they completed their first drive-thru service project. School families and parishioners built sack lunches in their homes and made safe drop-offs in the school`s parking lot, providing over 400 meals to our most vulnerable neighbors at Blanchet House. Since then, they`ve made drive-thrus part of their routine.
    The school`s service ethic transcends enrollment, shaping young citizens well beyond the elementary school years. For their most recent Christmastime project, St. Rose School`s Student Leadership Team (led by middle school teachers, Katie Penwell and Stefan Marineau) collected gloves, socks and hygiene items. Class of 2020 graduate, Sante Storm, came back to help his dad, Eric, transport the resulting care kits over to Blanchet House.
    Another St. Rose alum, Emily Harrington, sits on Blanchet House`s board and feels that same connection to service. "The efforts of St. Rose students helped prevent interruption of Blanchet`s meal service-even allowing Blanchet to extend its reach to other unsheltered communities during a global pandemic. St. Rose School offered a sustainable and highly impactful solution during a very difficult time for our city."
    She adds, "I believe my parents chose St. Rose for my siblings and I because of the priority they place on service to others. I`m pleased that this remains part of St. Rose`s tradition." With the help of their families, classmates and teachers, St. Rose School students are learning what it means to be human. And because of them, the future looks very bright.
  • St. Rose Volunteers Deliver 12,000 Pounds of Food - 12/18/2020
    Saturday morning, November 21, 140 volunteers from St. Rose of Lima Church gathered outside-distanced and masked-to obtain their assignments. They then fanned out to canvass six Northeast Portland neighborhoods for ...morenon-perishable food donations. The food drive is just one event in a pre-Thanksgiving to Christmas tradition that results in over 12,000 pounds of food collected in six hours.
    A parish planning committee has been working since early October, coordinating assignments and donations aimed at preparing over 200 boxes of food for delivery to almost 100 families in need just days before Christmas.
    Fr. Matt Libra adds, "Covid has changed so much and hindered so much of what we "normally do" as Portlanders. I am so grateful that there are those among us who would not let covid exempt us from feeding the hungry. Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers who found a way to make it safe to engage in this corporal work of mercy, for all our amazingly generous neighbors who gave over 2,000 lbs MORE than we`ve collected in previous years so that the needy among would not be left out of love."
    In addition to those gathering food, many others distributed donation bags with instructions during the week of November 9. Eighth graders from St. Rose School`s Student Leadership Team and their teachers spent a weekend distributing these door hangers around the neighborhood and promoting the food drive. Boy Scout Troop 100 took on nearly one quarter of houses, while parish and school families took on smaller sections-all adding up to 6,500 houses in total.
    "Since the pandemic started, our SVdP conference has been committed to meeting the needs of our most vulnerable population," adds St. Rose parishioner and conference president, Mark Pinder. "In order to do this, we changed our procedures to ensure safety for our clients and volunteers and still get food, rent and utility assistance to those in need."
    On collection day, volunteers received and sorted donations outside to maintain safe conditions amidst pandemic restrictions. A limited number of additional helpers from the parish`s Knights of Columbus conference then carried the food inside to store it in St. Rose`s own St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.
    Saturday December 19, many of the same families that gathered the food will deliver it to needy families in the Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, Rose City Park, Hollywood, Grant Park and Roseway neighborhoods. Non-perishable items will be paired with fresh produce donated by local businesses. The parish and neighborhood are blessed by many people`s generosity and willingness to help.
    Those in need of food are urged to call St. Vincent de Paul`s emergency line at 503-235-8431.

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
268 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
St. Rose School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
26 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
(Khakis or skirt/skort with cotton polo)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Financial aid and Catholic parish subsidy available for qualifying applicants.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant


Total Sports Offered
3 sports

School Notes

  • Through feedback and surveys, here`s what families share most often about why they value "the little school where big things happen."
  • WE`RE SMALL. St. Rose is a safe, self-contained campus, with one classroom per grade and limited class sizes. Students and families know, trust and take care of one another. Community is important, and we make sure that no one gets lost in the shuffle. 
  • WE VALUE VALUES. Kindness, honesty, respect and generosity are not abstract concepts. Virtue education is intrinsic to our mission, and students in all grades participate in community service projects to care for those in need. 
  • OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED. A comprehensive PK-8 curriculum helps create lifelong learners and prepares students for what`s next. Currently, 100% of our graduates are accepted to their first-choice Catholic high school. 
  • DIVERSITY BENEFITS ALL. We welcome Catholic and non-Catholic families, and encourage applicants from diverse cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. If a family wants to be here, our generous tuition assistance program can help make it happen. 
  • WE WORK AS A COMMUNITY TO IMPROVE. No school is perfect, but we work hard to address challenges together. We rely on parental involvement, an active School Advisory Council, "coffee chats" with the principal and pastor, surveys and more. We're not perfect, but we might be the perfect fit you. 
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We joined the St. Rose School community when my son was in PreK. We thought we would only be here for one year because both my husband and I grew up in public schools. What I didn't realize was what a wonderful community we were walking into. After the first two weeks in PreK, I knew we'd be sticking around. Our son is going into 8th grade next year and this school has been integral in forming him as a kind, empathetic young man. Our daughter is going into 3rd grade and loves the school like her second home. Both kids are constantly challenged in academics and loved for who they are. I can't imagine sending them anywhere else.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 268 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,440
  • Average class size: 26 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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