School Details

St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School

1300 Bayswater Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 344-7176

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 318 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School is a private middle school in Burlingame. The principal of St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School is Sr. Antonella Manca and can be contacted at 318 children attend St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School is 17:1. St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 78% %
Multiracial 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% %
Asian 13% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Hispanic 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Never had a doubt in my mind that this was the school I wanted my kids to attend. My son is enjoying school at the same time being intellectually challenged. Parent participation is so important to this community. Both my husband and I are grateful that we can be active participants in our son's education. Our son's teacher let's us know what they expect the child to know by a certain time frame; both my husband and I appreciate these milestones. It may be challenging while we work with him but so rewarding when it suddenly clicks and he comprehends. The teachers have a wonderful way of maintaining control of the classroom without raising their voices or any other negative methodology. I'm looking forward to spending many years getting to know the St. Catherine's School community!

  • (11 months ago)

    We are very pleased with the education our children have received here. The classes do move fast and there is homework almost every night even in Kindergarten so it does require commitment on the parents part. On top of that we are required to contribute our time to the school. It's amazing how involved so many of the parents are going far beyond the time they are required to contribute to add to the children s experience here. The end result is the children excel. The school is beautiful high ceilings with lots of windows create a bright and airy atmosphere. There is also a new gym being built. There are lots of enrichment programs which we feel will benefit the children later such as art music drama foreign language and computers. Another thing we like is the kids are expected to speak in front of the class at an early age so they will have the ability to speak and present later in life.

  • (1 year ago)

    St. Catherine of Siena is the best Catholic school because of the teachers who provided the best education to all of the students. Also the programs like the drama/ theatre are awesome. I have done 5 shows ranging from Peter Pan A Midsummers Nights Dream to even Alice in Wonderland. Each character that I have portrayed really got the audience to laugh or even cringe like one of the alummi who accidentally slapped me hard on the back while I played a character who was "Murdered at a Banquet".

  • (1 year ago)

    Not happy with the way important academic matters are handled. As you move into the higher grades things change.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is fine until you reach 6th grade. Teachers seem displeased with students who talk so they take out their frustration on the whole class. There are other issues hand and parents seem to not be able to voice their opinions respectfully for the benefit of their child. Would not recommend this school for multiple reasons. Was raised Catholic attended Catholic and the religious morals taught do not seem to apply when you voice a concern.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our children (twins) started kindergarten at St Catherine's this month (Aug). My wife and I have always been completely confident in the level of academic achievement at this school - we are really really pleased with the compassion kindness and care shown to our children. We could not be happier than our children are at this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I spent some years there as a teacher (1999-2005) before returning home to Ireland in 2005. I had a great time there made good friends among the staff there learned strong discipline as a teacher which has stood to me since and most importantly taught many great kids over the years. I am still in contact with many of them still via Facebook. St. Catherine of Siena is a great school. It certainly benefitted my career back home here in Ireland.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter spent grades K-8th at St. Catherine of Siena and overall the school provided her with exceptional skills in preparation for high school. The academics were strong as well as the spirituality which is highly emphasized and promoted by the nuns and the administration. We chose St. Catherine's for my daughter not only for the academics foreign language the arts but the mere fact that it is one of the few school that actually have nuns who teach the students. This unique experience is one of the values that a student will cherish forever.

  • (7 years ago)

    We are very happy with our school. The community is great! Yes the homework load is a lot but the kids get thru it and seem to be learning more than the other schools in the area at the same grade levels. The families and staff at this school are the best and we look forward to the rest of our years here...

  • (7 years ago)

    My son goes to St. Catherine's and we love it! They're strict but loving and warm. There is a lot of homework but my son is thriving. Their emphasis is on education as that is what the children are there for. The community is warm and friendly and the principal Sister Antonella really does a great job in running the school. I would highly recommend St. Catherine's.

  • (7 years ago)

    Very ridged education and old fashion. Kids given too much homework and dragged from one activity to the next. Students succeed to go on to good high school but it's a big wonder how.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great school that has gotten better since the new principal Sister Antonella returned. Top flight education and the cost is a little less than other parochial schools on the Peninsula. We could not be happier with this school. So glad we were able to get our children enrolled.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school from the academics to the extracurricular activities. I especially like the option of adding another language to the curriculum (spanish or latin).

  • (9 years ago)

    Very good acacemics. School facility is what one would expect of a private school; enclosed quiet with well behaved students.

  • (10 years ago)

    I was born and raised in this community and hoped to see my younger siblings do the same. My memories of how this school used to be will be positive ones. However a new principal and new pastor has changed the dynamics. When I was in the 3rd grade my parents divorced the school principal Sister Antonella helped us make it through this turbulent time. The within two years of the new principal's 'reign' many of the school's less fortunate students have been tossed out. This includes my little brother and sister who were not informed of their need to find a new school only two days before the start of the 2003-2004 school year. What happened to the love and compassion I grew up with? For these 'followers of Christ' to target the less fortunate is the epitome of hypocracy. Send your kids to St. Matt's.

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