Tuesday, October 6, 2009

St. Paul School Open House

Thursday, October 22nd 6:30 – 8:30 PM
School Gymnasium, 1690 Church St. at 29th St.
Parking Available

  • Meet Faculty, Parents and Students
  • Tour the School
  • Talks
  • Admissions and affordability
  • After School Enrichment and athletics
  • Parent Involvement

St. Paul School

Nurturing Individual Excellence for Nearly 100 Years
Now accepting applications

A commitment to core curriculum enhanced by dedicated science teachers, hands-on computer technology, and Spanish language through Grade 5 offer your child an educational experience that nurtures both individuality and academic excellence. More than 95% of all St. Paul students are accepted at their First Choice High Schools. A wide spectrum of afterschool enrichment programs include art, yoga, piano, study hall, Math and English tutoring. With a “child first, everyone plays” philosophy, St. Paul’s fields Girls, Boys, and Co-ed teams in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and baseball. An extensive array of field trips and other annual events ensure your child’s continued exposure to the performance arts, as well as San Francisco’s leading museums and the California Academy of Sciences. Our students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of social justice programs, including annual clothing, food, and gift drives.

To request further information, or schedule a tour, we invite you to contact us at: 1690 Church Street, San Francisco, CA 94131. (415) 648-2055. www.stpaulsf.net


  1. Why no snarky comments yet re. how horrible private schools are?

    have the readers of this blog lost their angry edge?

  2. Hmmm, are you trying to provoke such comments?

    Anyway, parochial is a different category. Some may be opposed to Catholic/Christian orientation, but those who object to the tendency of the privates to look like gated communities will note that many parochials, including St. Paul's, serve a cross-section of kids at much more affordable prices than most private schools. They are subsidized by the archdiocese or various religious orders because they are part of the mission of the church....it's about outreach both to serve the community and also to draw the community into the fold. Aside from the most-popular NDV and St. Brendan's and a few others, they are also remarkably accessible.

    Test scores vary as wildly as public, of course, always pretty much tracking demographics, just like the publics.

    St. Paul's is a sweet school and a good location for many families on this blog from what I can surmise. I wouldn't call food drives "social justice" teaching myself, more like charity, but obviously it's a good thing to do. I just would've thought the Catholics would know better--they have a long tradition of distinguishing justice from charity and have good teachings on them.

    Anyway, parochial can be a good backup plan for the lottery, so if you can deal with the religious stuff, or especially if you really like the religious stuff, it's worth a look.

  3. Um, the pope recently claimed the use of condoms in Africa could make the AIDS crisis worse.

    That would be your Cathloic school head's boss's boss's boss making that statement.

    Doctrine over reason.


  4. "That would be your Cathloic school head's boss's boss's boss making that statement."

    You're a troll and I claim my $5.

  5. why is it trolllike to point out the criminal position of the head of the Catholic church?

    If the SFFS school board espoused a similar position what would your reaction be to sending your kids to such a school?

  6. So I should not have my kid in public school because Kim-Shree Malfus is a crook . . . got it.

  7. The RC Church as an institution is terrible on women's and gay issues. But SF Catholics tend to be more liberal. And the RC Church has long stood up for immigrants and for the poor. A mixed bag, and a fraught issue for many, especially those who were raised Catholic and care about all these issues and who love the church and its traditions.

    I know many non-Catholic, even non-Christian, families who send their kids to parochial schools. They say it doesn't matter. I guess I would suggest that it does have an impact--how much you are willing to marinate your child in an particular world view or set of people is your judgment though. It wouldn't bother me because I am a churchgoer in another (more liberal on some of these issues) Christian denomination, but it is something to think about. A very personal judgment. I don't think it makes sense to attack people on the basis of the pope's statement on condoms (ludicrous and terribly, even murderously harmful as it is). It's way bigger than that. A 1,500 year-old institution.

    It is true that the parochials are more accessible to a wider variety of income groups than most private schools, and much more affordable. A sign of the RCC's commitment to the poor, which is a good thing. So to the original provocateur, you really can't conflate the critique of private schools with a critique of parochial schools.... the issues are very different.

  8. excellent synopsis

  9. Re: "Test scores vary as wildly as public, of course, always pretty much tracking demographics, just like the publics."

    Can someone point me to where you find test score info on private schools? do you have to get it from the school itself or is it available on web somewhere...

  10. Unlike public schools, private schools are not required to publish their test results. Some do, some don't.

    You can find much more information on the SF Archdiocese schools here. They have specific information on teacher credentialing (which is linked to the public school process), as well as curriculum including religious instruction:


  11. "Can someone point me to where you find test score info on private schools? do you have to get it from the school itself or is it available on web somewhere..."

    The Archdiocese of SF does do testing of its schools to track performance. Those aren't released publicly, though.

    I think there are academic/debate competitions between the parochials through the Catholic Youth Organization, and so you can gauge which schools have the strongest students academically (which, obviously, isn't quite the same as which schools have the best teaching).

    As others have said, I don't like Kim-Shree Malfus, and I don't like Ratzinger either. Neither are an obstacle in my mind to sending my kid to schools run by SFUSD or the Archdiocese of SF.