St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School

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  • St Theresa Elementary School, by means of a strong academic curriculum, rooted in Catholic beliefs and values, the faculty, staff, and parish community work cooperatively to educate the whole child: spirit, mind, body; and promote community service as a way to live out Jesus' message of care and compassion develop confident, responsible Christians.
  • We offer a strong, dynamic curriculum which stresses the integration of faith and life, academic excellence, and thinking skills.
  • Our dedicated faculty and staff give time, energy, and devotion to educating and empowering students so that they will become self-directed, self-managing, lifelong learners who are prepared for the many challenges of today's world.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedFull-Time Resource Specialist
Year Founded1958

Student Body

Total Students233 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
12%
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradeSt. Theresa Catholic Elementary School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size26 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost$8,500
Tuition Notesincreased tuition for non-Catholic students
% on Financial Aid
13%
Admissions DirectorKaren Raven

Sports

Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Student Council, Yearbook

School Notes

  • St Theresa Elementary School is a private Catholic elementary school nestled in the Oakland Hills. We offer Art, Music, P.E. and Spanish in all classes. All grades are responsible for community service and our Middle School students have a required number of hours in our Service Learning component of the religion class. Faith families are comprised of students from each grade, joining together to form a "family". This allows for students to get to know others from different grades. This program is especially enjoyed by the students. Sports within the CYO league are offered beginning in kindergarten (cross-country), basketball beginning in 3rd and volleyball in 4th grade. Our gym is state of the art and is used by the students throughout the day. Students in Middle School have the opportunity to participate in Student Council and  Yearbook.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Oakland
    Grades: K-5 | 109 students
    0.2 miles
    40 Dulwich Rd
    Oakland, CA 94618
    (510)428-2606
    0.2 K-5
    109
  • Oakland
    Grades: K-12 | 686 students
    1.1 miles
    1 Hiller Dr
    Oakland, CA 94618
    (510)843-2512
    1.1 K-12
    686
  • Hayward
    St Bede School
    St Bede School Photo - Kinder & 8th Grade
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: K-8 | 234 students
    16.1 miles
    26910 Patrick Avenue
    Hayward, CA 94544
    (510)782-3444
    16.1 K-8
    234
  • Hayward
    St Clement School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: K-8 | 275 students
    16.4 miles
    790 Calhoun St
    Hayward, CA 94544
    (510)538-5885
    16.4 K-8
    275
  • San Leandro
    Assumption School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: K-8 | 267 students
    9.6 miles
    1851 136th Ave
    San Leandro, CA 94578
    (510)357-8772
    9.6 K-8
    267

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (13 reviews)
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I highly recommend St. Theresa School. We had not considered private school for our child and only explored St. Theresa School when my child was waitlisted at our highly regarded public school. We felt very lucky to have found St. Theresa School and decided to pursue enrollment even though the public school finally offered him a spot. Our stressful public school waitlist experience was a blessing in disguise because without it, we would never have learned about St. Theresa School. The school has been amazing with caring and very experienced and knowledgeable teachers and staff. My child is a bit shy but loved the school and his teachers from day one and is excited to go to school every day. He has learned a great deal in the short time that he has been at St. Theresa and has also enjoyed many fun activities such as cross country; a field trip to a pumpkin patch; a fall festival; a fun Halloween parade; STEP (the after school program); and participating in the food drive. My child`s teacher and her teaching assistant are excellent and give very helpful tips and advice. I appreciate their approach to keeping kids motivated and on the right track through positive encouragement methods. My family is not Catholic but the school has nonetheless welcomed us with open arms; we have not felt uncomfortable in any way. Please check out St. Theresa School. You will not be disappointed!
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This is our second year in the St. Theresa School community and we are very pleased with the education and experience our son is receiving. The school offers a strong academic program, along with involvement in service programs. Students participate in Art, Music, PE, Spanish, and Computer Lab as part of the school day. The teachers and staff are extremely dedicated and caring. STEP, St. Theresa Extra-care Program is a huge benefit, offering before and after care with interesting activities and homework help. The campus is also a big positive offering green space, a playground, and Event Center for sports and assemblies. We have enjoyed getting to know the families. St. T. parents are an important part of the community spirit at St. Theresa School.
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My daughter started at St. Theresa School in kindergarten and is now in her third year at the school. Simply stated, she has loved this school since day one. She happily charges into school each morning and comes home happy each afternoon. We have found each of her teachers to be extremely caring, dedicated, and effective. She has built close and caring friendships not only with her own classmates, but also with children older and younger. We continue to see evidence of the school`s quality curriculum and instruction as our daughter continues to grow academically, socially, and spiritually. Our family has had a wonderful experience at both the school and the parish. We have made so many wonderful friends and feel very supported in so many ways. We are grateful to be part of the St. Theresa community.
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St. Theresa provides students with a nurturing environment, solid academic program, and dedication to service in the community. The teachers and staff care about the growth of the students academically, socially, and spiritually. The school has an excellent music program including a chorale and a band with evening performances at least twice a year. The curriculum also includes art, P.E., and Spanish. It has an excellent math and science program which prepare the students well for high school. The language arts program includes a lot of reading and writing which are key for high school success. The social studies program is engaging. It incorporates projects and current events in the middle school grades. The religion program has a community service component which helps develop compassion and awareness of others who are less fortunate. The school day starts with an assembly in the courtyard for prayers and announcements led by the Student Leadership team. There is a school counselor to help the students with social challenges, and an academic counselor for students needing extra attention. I have one child in middle school and one in high school who graduated from St. Theresa. The middle-schooler is thriving and the high-schooler was very well-prepared.
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St Theresa is an all over great school. I have 3 children, my oldest recently graduated from St Theresa and is thriving in high school. He placed into many honors and advanced classes including band. St Theresa not only gave him a strong educational foundation, but it also taught him good study habits and created a learning mindset. There are two primary ways that St Theresa stands out from other schools, its excellent music program and its student community. Through the buddy and faith family program the children are taught respect for others and to lead by example. They are shown how to mentor younger children and to be role models to younger students. The sense of family among the students is unparalleled at other schools.
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Our son is in Kindergarten at St. Theresa`s and we are very pleased with the experience. He loves school and we have enjoyed being involved in school life at St. T`s. He has made great friends and we have become friends with many of the parents- it is a terrific group of families! St. Theresa`s is a wonderful, enjoyable, supportive community. We are pleased with the level of Academics and are clearly seeing our son`s growth in all subjects, especially Language Arts/Reading and Mathematics. In addition, we appreciate that the school day provides for Art, Music, Phys-Ed and Spanish classes. The teachers and staff are very caring, dedicated, and engaged with parents. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the classroom and witness the instruction. Our son enjoys having a 7th grade buddy and being part of a Faith Family with students from each grade level. He enjoyed participating in Cross-Country meets for St. Theresa`s in the CYO league this past Fall and played Soccer in Montclair with a few of his classmates. We highly recommend St. Theresa`s for its Academics, Extra-Curricular activities and Community Spirit.
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Our son is in Kindergarten at St. Theresa`s and we are very pleased with the experience. He loves school and we have enjoyed being involved in school life at St. T`s. He has made great friends and we have become friends with many of the parents- it is a terrific group of families! St. Theresa`s is a wonderful, enjoyable, supportive community. We are pleased with the level of Academics and are clearly seeing our son`s growth in all subjects, especially Language Arts/Reading and Mathematics. In addition, we appreciate that the school day provides for Art, Music, Phys-Ed and Spanish classes. The teachers and staff are very caring, dedicated, and engaged with parents. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the classroom and witness the instruction. Our son enjoys having a 7th grade buddy and being part of a Faith Family with students from each grade level. He enjoyed participating in Cross-Country meets for St. Theresa`s in the CYO league this past Fall and played Soccer in Montclair with a few of his classmates. We highly recommend St. Theresa`s for its Academics, Extra-Curricular activities and Community Spirit.
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I have an 9th grader who was educated at St. Theresa's K-8. Like most parents, I worried about how his 9-year St. T education might stack up against other schools public or private. My son now attends Bishop O'Dowd High School, and not only did he test into all honors-level classes, he also received one of the 30 Presidential Scholarships. I wasn't sure how unusual this was until I talked to some parents from other private schools who were shocked at their children's lack of readiness based on the same placement testing and, some of these kids are at very expensive private schools. Additionally, at a the getting ready orientation, O'Dowd's President cited St. T as one of the schools that does a really great job at getting kids ready for high school. And finally, the outgoing student body President at O'Dowd is a St. T graduate who is now choosing between acceptances from Stanford and Harvard. While I certainly wouldn't expect the average St. T graduate achieve at this level, these results are noteworthy and impressive. We couldn't be more pleased with how prepared our son was for high school armed with a St. Theresa's education!
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My wife is a graduate of St. Theresa and we have three children enrolled. We have been very pleased with all the teachers we have had over the years, and very pleased with the results. The teachers are committed to very high standards for academic achievement and also to a religious education. They strive to nurture the whole student -- mind, body and spirit -- and in my view and according to standardized test results, St. Theresa's succeeds. I am very pleased that my children enjoy St. Theresa and they are proud to be a part of the school and the parish. I am very pleased with the friends they have made in their classes, in other grades and on their sports teams, and I enjoy all the parents we have met over the years through school and parish functions. The school parents demonstrate a commitment to the school and is academic and social mission through their volunteerism and spirit. Our children are exposed to music, science and sports opportunities that exceed my initial expectations and surpass my own experience. St. Theresa's has become a very important part of our lives while we have lived in Oakland. I can't imagine living in Oakland without St. Theresa's, and we are often reminded that we made the right choice for our children and our family.
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Our family feels extremely fortunate to be able to send our children to St. Theresa School. St T's is an outstanding academic school with a warm nurturing environment. St. T's lives up to it's motto of "Educating the whole child: mind, body, spirit" everyday. All students participate in band/music classes, learn in a state of the art computer lab and participate in sports and P.E. in a gym/event center that is unequaled anywhere in the East Bay. We love St. T's!
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St. Theresa is a wonderful school but more importantly a wonderful community. We have been there for 8 years and both my children love it. The smaller school atmosphere is very welcoming and the children know most of the kids in each grade. It also also close friendships with the parents. The teachers are enthusiastic and the campus is beautifryl with a new large Event Center (gym). We are very happy with our choice.
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Excellent school, caring teachers and administrators. The children are taught to respect one another. The curriculum is challenging. Students begin to learn a foreign language in Kindergarten. The computer lab offers the children an opportunity to learn computer skills and the new event center/gym enables them to keep fit. The required service learning, volunteerism, teaches the children the value of giving to society.
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I am a very satisfied parent at St. Theresa School. My children are happy to go to school each morning. We are very happy with the teachers and aides and find the administration very easy to work with. Although music is offered in all grades, musical instruction is part of the curriculum starting in grade 4. My children would never have known how to read music if not taught in school. The gym is state of the art and where P.E. happens. Students participate in community service and belong to Faith Families. This is a program that pairs up children from each grade. This allows them to know other students from different classes. My kids love this! Although class sizes in some grades are larger than I would like, we have never experienced any issues with having too many. The teachers handle it just fine. Overall, we are very happy with the school and community.
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