Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the most important criterion for acceptance into kindergarten?

The development and social readiness of the child is the key criterion for acceptance into kindergarten. By California law, kindergarteners must be five by September 5th.

Q: How is the developmental and social readiness of my kindergartener evaluated?

Children participate in a readiness assessment in during the application process prior to the start of the year in which they will be entering kindergarten. The kindergarten teacher and principal evaluate each child through observation, preschool recommendation and the assessment to determine their preparedness to begin school.

Q: What are enrichment classes and what grades take them?

All grades participate in the following enrichment classes: art, music, Spanish and PE. Technology is infused in the curriculum in all grades. TK-5 also participate in garden science and library, while grades 6-8 choose from a range of elective courses.

Q: What are Student Learning Expectations?

Student Learning Expectations, which were developed by the parents, faculty and staff are the essential character qualities we want our students to master by the time they graduate.

Q: How does the school prepare the students for the requirements of the high school curriculum?

The curriculum is aligned to standards and Saint Philip Neri is in contact with their local high schools to ensure vertical integration of the curriculum. Additionally, the teachers promote responsibility and strong study skills

Q: What is the average class size?

The average class size is 30 students in each class. Grades K-5 have instructional aids, so the student to teacher ratio is 15:1. In grades 6-8, the various elective programs also provide for a student to teacher ratio of 15:1. Additionally, we have a credential teacher who teams up with Grades 3-5 for further differentiated instruction.

Q: What electives are offered?

The Middle School students take core classes in religion, mathematics, science, social studies and language arts as well as enrichment classes in music, art, Spanish and Physical Education. In addition, students choose elective courses that promote 21st century learning. The electives include: Media, Broadcasting, Drama, Art, Music, Public Speaking, Study Skills, coding/programming, and Lego™ robotics.

Q: How is technology used?

Technology is widely-used at the school from classroom projectors and TVs to students using iPads and Chromebooks. Our tech use is always learning focused and never about “tech for techs sake.” Technology is used to drive personalization, to enable connection to the broader world, and to give student’s voice and choice in how they learn and demonstrate their learning.