Saint Isabella Parish School is committed to providing an education that challenges students to responsibly live out the Catholic faith in service to God, family and society. We provide a solid foundation for the spiritual, psychological, and academic development of our students.
Saint Isabella School bases its philosophy on the belief that the school, in partnership with the parents, works to offer an education that promotes the spiritual, academic, social, psychological and physical development of its students. The school strives to foster:
- The spiritual development of its students through the message of the Gospel, Catholic teachings, service to others, community and worship
- The academic development of its students by offering a rigorous, comprehensive course of studies that takes into account various modes of learning and learning differences
- The social and psychological development of its students by helping them develop self-esteem, leadership qualities, self-discipline, acceptance, tolerance, a moral conscience, and an appreciation for the gifts of others
- The physical development of its students by offering a safe environment, a comprehensive physical education and health program and team sports opportunities
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.
Our current student body is comprised of a variety of communities throughout 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 to the following private high schools: Marin Catholic (Kentfield), St. Ignatius (San Francisco), San Domenico (San Anselmo), The Drew School (San Francisco), Monte Vista School (Danville), Marin School of the Arts (at Novato High School), Justin Sienna (Napa), and St. Vincent (Petaluma). Our students who chose to attend public high schools selected the following: Redwood, Drake, Terra Linda, San Rafael, Novato, and San Marin.
Parent Involvement: 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.
Small Class Size
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.
Quality faculty and staff
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.
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.
Saint Isabella provides tremendous educational value.
The following tuition plan is in effect for the 2018-2019 school year. A non-refundable student registration fee is due each Spring. Tuition is subject to incremental annual increases.
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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
We recognize that many parents work, so we offer affordable Extended Day options for our students. The Saint Isabella school day runs from 8 AM to 3 PM, however, our Kindergarten dismissal is at 2 PM. We offer morning care, which runs from 7:00 to 7:45 AM, aftercare, which 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. Snacks are provided to the children at aftercare.
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.
Saint Isabella is unique in that it is the only Catholic K-8 School in Marin County with a large grassy field. We are very fortunate to be able to provide our students with a variety of outdoor spaces where they can play baseball, soccer and other sports during PE class and during their morning and lunch recesses.
See for yourself
We invite you to come and tour Saint Isabella School. We offer tours weekly at 8:45 AM. Please send us an email or call 415-479-3727 to schedule an appointment.
- Small Class Size
- Conveniently located in Terra Linda minutes off Hwy. 101
- Strong academics and values-based curriculum
- Separate Kindergarten building and schedule
- Our parents are our partners and we welcome their involvement
- Nurturing and affordably priced Extended Day Care offered before and after school on a drop in basis