Why Saint Isabella School?

  • Catholic Values
  • Community
  • Size
  • Academics
  • Quality Teaching Instruction
  • Technology
  • Value
  • Enrichment
  • Facilities

 

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As a Catholic school, we teach our students to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of their faith based on Scripture and Church doctrine
  • participate in school and parish liturgical celebrations
  • live their faith through example and service to others
  • respect life, fostering the values of compassion and understanding
  • make good moral choices based on Gospel values

We are proud of our Catholic identity.  We are also pleased to have students from other faith backgrounds and we welcome this diversity within our student body.

Community

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Our current student body is comprised from a variety of communities both within and outside of Marin County including San Rafael, Novato, Belvedere, Corte Madera, Greenbrae, Mill Valley, Petaluma and Fairfield.

In the last three years, our students have been accepted at Marin Catholic (Kentfield), St. Ignatius (San Francisco), San Domenico (San Anselmo), Justin Sienna (Napa), and St. Vincent (Petaluma). Some students chose to go to the following public high schools: Terra Linda, Novato, San Marin, San Rafael, Redwood and Drake.

The vast majority of our students are accepted at the high school of their choice. In fact, our graduating class of 2017 had 20 students who are attending the following high schools: Marin Catholic, (17 students), St. Vincent (2), and San Rafael High School.

We encourage and welcome parent involvement. We believe that one of the main strengths of Saint Isabella School is the involvement of our parents. This serves two main purposes: first, it builds bonds between the parent and the student when the parent takes an active role in the student’s education, and second, it is beneficial for the parent in that they develop friendships and feel pride in the entire Saint Isabella experience.

Some of the ways parents participate include:

  • Chaperoning on field trips, including overnight trips to Yosemite, Alliance Redwoods and Walker Creek
  • Assisting in the classroom, particularly in the primary grades
  • Serving as Room Parents
  • Organizing social events for parents
  • Serving on our Parent Club Board (PCB), which is the fund raising vehicle of the school, or on the School Advisory Board (SAB), which assists the Principal in setting the long-term goals of the school

Many parents reflect that their involvement at Saint Isabella becomes a highlight of their own social life. Many develop life-long friendships with other parents. This sense of community is one of the things we are proudest of at Saint Isabella School and is what sets our school apart from many others.

Size

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Saint Isabella is the perfect size to provide our students the best learning environment. We offer one class for each grade, Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Each class typically has between 20 and 30 students. The K-8 structure allows our students to benefit from Saint Isabella’s caring, nurturing environment for their entire elementary school experience.

We welcome students into our school, space permitting, at any grade level. This is particularly meaningful at the Sixth and Seventh Grades, when many students in public, private or other Catholic schools are exploring other options.

The size of our school ensures that teachers, administrators and students know one another and develop strong inter-personal bonds.

Academics

IBTS scores: The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is a national achievement test taken by our students. It evaluates each student’s performance in Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. The scores are then aggregated by grade and the total Saint Isabella score can be compared with the national average. For instance, the nationwide average for Grade 8 is 8.0, for Grade 7 is 7.0, etc.

The following chart shows how Saint Isabella students compare to the national average.

Further, the longer a student is at Saint Isabella School, the more his/her average score exceeds the national average:

Composite Total Grades
Saint Isabella Grade Ahead of National Average
4 0.8
5 1.4
6 1.9
7 3.1
8 3.4

Clearly, the longer a student remains at Saint Isabella, the more he/she benefits from our strong educational programs!

Differentiated Math classes: To better prepare students for high school, starting in Grade 5 we offer two levels of Math instruction, with a dedicated teacher for each level. The classes are fluid and a student may be moved from one to the other depending on their individual progress.

Quality faculty and staff

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A school is only as good as its teachers. And that’s why Saint Isabella is a great school – we have great teachers! Consider the following:

  • Our teachers are experienced, averaging over twenty years of teaching experience, and many with over ten years teaching at Saint Isabella.
  • Many of our teachers have taught various grades during the course of their career, giving them a broader perspective on what and how students learn at different stages in their academic lives.
  • Our teachers are dynamic and can incorporate all students, regardless of learning style or ability, fully into the classroom experience.

Technology

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At Saint Isabella, we pride ourselves on providing our students with the latest technology to augment their educational experience. Technology is not an end to itself; rather, it is one means by which we teach our students. Every student, Kindergarten through Grade 8, has access to iPads and Chromebooks. We also have a dedicated technology teacher to ensure our students know how to effectively utilize computers and educational software. Many of our classrooms have been retrofitted with Smart Boards, which are interactive white boards that allow teachers and students to make presentations incorporating a variety of technology from various teaching tools. All students have access to our iPad cart.  Grades 3-7 use Chromebooks in the classroom and Grade 8 uses their own iPads as part of their classroom experience.

Value

Saint Isabella provides tremendous educational value.

The following tuition plan is in effect for the 2015-2016 school year. A non-refundable student registration fee is due each spring. Tuition is subject to incremental annual increases.

2017-2018 One Child Two Children Three Children Four Children
Annual Tuition $9,425 $16,494 $23,348 $28,854
Monthly Tuition $786 $1,375 $1,946 $2,405
Registration Fee $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000

 

St. Isabella School offers financial assistance to qualified students and their families. Assistance is based on financial need. All applications are kept strictly confidential.

Aftercare and Enrichment

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The Saint Isabella school day runs from 8 AM to 3 PM, however, our Kindergarten dismissal is at 2 PM. We recognize that many parents work, so we offer Extended Day for our students. The morning session runs from 7:00 to 7:45 AM, and the afternoon session runs from 2:00-3:00 for Kindergarten and from 3:15 to 6:00 PM for the entire Student Body. We provide a secure environment for our students to do homework, read, or play until they are picked up. We also provide snacks during the afternoon Extended Day.

We also offer numerous after school activities for interested students. Typical activities include chess, art & crafts, dance, drama, golf and many others. Various activities run throughout the year and there is often a choice of two or three activities at any point in time. Many activities are extremely popular and fill up quickly.

Debate team: We offer interested students the opportunity to participate in Debate, in which our students compete against other students in and beyond Marin County.

Facilities

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We are very proud to ample play space for our students.

We are fortunate to have a grass field, which allows our students to play baseball, soccer and other sports during PE class and during their morning and lunch recesses. Saint Isabella is the only Catholic School in Marin County that has a grassy field adjacent to the school.

We also have a play structure adjacent to the school for our younger students, providing a fun and safe play environment for our younger students.

Saint Isabella’s CYO teams include both our own students, as well as children from our Parish and larger community. CYO teams include basketball for boys and girls from Grades 3-8, and volleyball for girls grades 4-8.

See for yourself

Come and tour Saint Isabella School. We offer tours weekly at 8:45 AM. Please contact Vice Principal Rob Pheatt or call 415-479-3727 for further information.