School Details

Holy Spirit Elementary School

3930 Parish Avenue, Fremont, CA 94536
(510) 793-3553

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 292 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Holy Spirit Elementary School is a private middle school in Fremont. The principal of Holy Spirit Elementary School is Mr. Kenneth Boegel, whose e-mail is 292 students go to Holy Spirit Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at Holy Spirit Elementary School is 22:1. Centerville Junior High is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 5% %
Asian 46% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 39% %
White, non-Hispanic 27% %
Hispanic 19% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    My child started Holy Spirit School in Kindergarten. So far it has been a great experience. Kindergarten is a full day (8 am to 3 pm) so this is particularly helpful for working parents. The transition from the end of class to extended care is seamless. Academically I'm pleased with the core curriculum as well as subjects in Spanish technology music and religion. I like that she has her Kindergarten teacher (who is great and responsive) and also has specialty teachers for Spanish music PE etc. The morning announcements and prayers are a great way for the kids (and parents too) to start their day. I find that the school events (field trips class events College Bowl Catholic Schools Week Friday mass etc.) add value to the school experience. The school is family friendly. I assume after many years of school events and parent volunteer hours (yes there is a requirement) you get to know each other well. Holy Spirit Church is my parish as well so it felt really comfortable settling into the school.

  • (5 months ago)

    Holy Spirit is a great school and my child loves it there. Yes there has been some staff changes in the last few months but that's life and bottom line is if my child is happy and learning things are good. The teachers and staff at Holy Spirit show the students love and kindness which makes it a positive environment for them. My child is happy and loves the school - we are happy with Holy Spitir!

  • (6 months ago)

    I would avoid this school at all cost!!! The principal and the 1st grade teacher both left in the middle of this school year (14-15). Pretty telling!!!! Most of the remaining staff have been there less than 5 years. The longest running teacher is the grumpy Kinder teacher who is just waiting to retire when her own child graduates and seems to take pleasure in making parents feel like crud by scolding you like a toddler. You and your child(ren) deserve more than having to put up with the mis-run school's constant change. Don't think because you are paying them $$$ you have a vote in anything. P.S. I used to go to the school board meetings. All the smiley happy reviews are PR from the school board. Don't be fooled.

  • (1 year ago)

    I absolutely love this school and parish community. My son has thoroughly enjoyed his entire time at Holy Spirit Elementary School. I am proud that he has become a very caring and Christ centered young man. I feel strongly that he is getting a quality education from a teaching staff and other peers that truly care about each and every one of their students. I like the fact that the school really tries to act upon any negative feedback that they may receive. A couple of examples over the years could be that they did not offer a language program now all students have the opportunity to learn a second language in elementary school. Also bullying has been a sore subject for just about all schools these days. Holy Spirit takes a strong stance against bullying and offers education for both the students and the parents to help prevent bullying from happening. I highly recommend Holy Spirit Elementary School to any Catholic family that is looking for a quality education for their children.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have two children at Holy Spirit School. One in kindergarten and one in 2nd grade. I believe that they are getting a wonderful spiritual education by some amazing teachers. I love hearing my children sing and learn about God having my children incorporate prayer before meal time at home and the friendships they create is quite special too. I like the way they now include Spanish into their curriculum now. My boys enjoy Holy Spirit and the community! Being that they also have the BFAT team now bullying is not tolerated either! This is important to me as a parent.

  • (2 years ago)

    Sending my children to a Catholic school is a priority as we chose Holy Spirit School. We have been so happy to be part to the Holy Spirit community since we moved here seven years ago. A good school is comprised of many factors including the education the families and the teachers. My children have felt a sense of belonging since the moment they stepped foot on that campus. They have made great friends with their classmates and we have a connection with their parents. With caring teachers and the introduction of new curriculum my children will be better prepared as a person and a student as they transition to high school. We love Holy Spirit!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am very thankful that I was able to send my children to Holy Spirit School. The dedication and quality of the teaching staff was outstanding. My children were well prepared for honors programs in private college prep high schools. It was very important to me to have my children in a school that reinforced the values I taught at home.

  • (2 years ago)

    My two beautiful children have been attending Holy Spirit School since preschool. I feel very blessed that our kids are receiving the education and faith to prepare them for a better tomorrow. Staff students and parents work as a team and this make us a great Holy Spirit Family. Holy Spirit promotes service and fosters cultural sensitivity which makes this school a HOLY GROUND for our children. I invite you to join our FAMILY!

  • (2 years ago)

    Now that my last child to attend Holy Spirit has graduated from high school and is off to college I believe I can truly give an accurate review of the school. Each of my children were so different and had different needs. Holy Spirit took them where they were and prepared them to attend wonderful high schools where they thrived. They were not only well prepared but had an excellent work ethic and love of learning. Additionally they truly understand about service to others and that no matter what happens in life God will always be there for them.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school has continually gone downhill since my family first enrolled there and it is only continuing on the same trajectory. I have had to supplement my children s math education with tutors for the last few years as addressing the curriculum delivery issues was not going to happen i.e. the 4th grade teacher having to start her year each year reinforcing what the kids should already know! Now they are adding Spanish for next year at the expense of laying off 2 teaching aid positions while not fixing the issues they already have?!?! I also have concerns about using a parent with no teaching credential as a regular substitute for any grade and even PE. I am sure there are plenty of qualified teachers available and thought I got passed the co-op teaching approach in preschool. It also gets old fast that the same children are used for speaking opportunities; pictures in newsletters website or yearbook; masses etc and they usually are the children of the staff or pet families of the staff. It would have been nice to see random kids cycled through opportunities in each class in a year. If the teacher needs a list to remember who has done what for the year then do so.

  • (3 years ago)

    Academically we rank high on HS equivalency tests but more importantly is our awesome school community. As a Caucasian family we ve felt only welcomed embraced and loved by the Filipino families and all the cultures. Non-Catholics are welcomed as well. Dyslexic children thrive at HSS with excellent on-site tutoring available. Our CYO sports teams are top notch. Our teachers are wonderful and caring. Fr. Mathew is involved daily and has an open door policy. Our children love the Arts FAME & PE programs. Our Buddy program for all PreK-8th grade promotes a favorable school atmosphere. Parents are always encouraged to get more involved while speaking out by attending parent club meetings and school board meetings. Many opportunities to meet new friends at school events while earning parent hours. Our 6-8th grade can go to Washingon DC while our 8th grade also does a yearly Yosemite trip. Many field trips for all grades. 6th grade goes to science camp and 4th grade visits Columbia CA. Our tuition costs are the most reasonably priced in the area. Catholic values are taught daily. My tweens have attended HSS since preschool and we wouldn't go anywhere else.

  • (3 years ago)

    As the parent of two alumni of Holy Spirit School (HSS) the best thing I can say is that HSS prepared them for LIFE (not just high school but LIFE). Principals I know at different high schools all remark glowingly that HSS students are the best prepared and most mature to enter high school and excel. Add to this fact that they receive a well rounded education (prepared for LIFE). The faculty and staff truly love your children and will do everything to help them flourish.

  • (3 years ago)

    My children attended top and mid-ranked public schools prior to HSS. HSS offers more in a few areas. All staff are dedicated and the majority of teachers are excellent. The school integrates multi-modal approaches including arts and technology. Teachers are using these resources to keep the curriculum fresh and relevant while also addressing the basics. This year iPads augmented an existing technology program and there is more to come. Things I love about HSS music and arts with dedicated teachers specialized staff in 4th-8th fine arts/music (FAME) new afterschool Spanish program flexible Day Care aides in K-5 active parent community (School Board/Parent Club) new anti-bullying program competitive Science Fair afterschool sports (CYO) program etc. I could definitely write about areas that the school should improve but it would not outweigh the three most important school features to my family 1) my children look forward to going to school each day 2) a Catholic education that is BOTH high quality and values driven. 3) a supportive parent and teacher environment that also includes our pastor.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two daughters' attending Holy Spirit School. They are currently in 3rd and 5th grade. There is one grade per class and each class can hold 36 students. The reason this large capacity works out so well is each grade K-5th has a Teacher's Aid. In addition all of the children are split up into smaller groups for music computers math library composition and science. 39 parent volunteer hours are required per family per year but there are many opportunities to get hours. ie Doing projects at home going on field trips helping out at yard duty during your lunch hour evening committee meetings and weekend events which usually include the children all go toward your parent hours. Plus you meet the other parents in the process which is a good thing. The school has a wonderful No Bully program and terrific sports program thru CYO. Our students get accepted to Bellarmine Notre Dame Moreau and other popular college prep high schools. The community of parents at HSS is wonderful. Parents help each other out. If you are considering transferring your child from another school or starting your kindergartener off at HSS you're making a great decision.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm a parent of a child who attends this school and it has been outstanding. They are really taking a proactive against bullying - the times I stay for announcements there is always a story about a "hero" who stops bullying. My son has been thriving academically and spiritually. Lastly there is a strong sense of community here. They continue to make improvements including incorporating parent input. As a result they started an after-school Spanish class. I think that says a lot about this school. Come to the open house in January and judge for yourself.

  • (4 years ago)

    Here are my observations of this school 1. Ms. Marchetti (8th grade) is by far the best teacher at this school. We wished there were more teachers with her experience and temperment at other grade levels. 2. There is a large Filipino community/presence at this school which seem to "over-impose" themselves in many/all aspects of this parish and school. This also included the clique's they formed amongst their children. There were many instances where my child felt "bullied" by these students. 3. I have a younger child currently attending public school in Fremont. This child's curriculum is far superior than what my oldest child received at HS in the same grade. Don't take my word for it....Just ask a Fremont public school parent to see their child's textbooks/homework/exams and compare it with a HS child's. Essentially I'm kicking myself for wasting $$$thousands!

  • (5 years ago)

    I agree with the other below average ratings posted on this website my kids have been attending Holy Spirit for years now and it has been academically disappointing. Holy Spirit really needs to focus on getting experienced teachers especially in some of the upper grade levels. And offer better tutoring opportunities for struggling students 30 mins once a week with another student (who may not know how/what to teach a struggling student) is not enough help! And unfortunately the principal tends to cast a very somber mood over the school not very friendly.

  • (5 years ago)

    Holy Spirit School is the best private school in my opinion. Chalenger is a very good school too but this school has better dicipline in my opinion.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a current parent at Holy Spirit school and we love it. Our children are in the lower grades and we love the teachers we have been with so far. The are so caring and take the extra time to spend with children as they feel they need it. Unlike the public schools in the area if your child starts to fall behind in anything it is caught communicated and worked on with the family and the teachers. Where as the public school system does not treat a problem until a child is a good year behind ( that is coming from a resouse director at a local public school). We love school and the new principal is doing her job. She is not there to be a friend she is their to run the school. We recommed Holy Spirit for a good Catholic education.

  • (7 years ago)

    As current parent of the school it has been a disappointment thus far. The new principal is unfriendly and very cold; we are not sure how she can run a Catholic Elementary school with her type of demeanor. We have been patient with all the changes going on but feel no progress. The instruction is subpar compared to public schools. We find it difficult to communicate with the Teachers. The after school languages are a joke. no meaningful extracurricular activities. We need to supplement our children's education with a private tutor just to keep par with children in the same grade going to public school. We will be making a change to save our children's education. Holy Spirit is not able to academically prepare our kids.

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