School Details

St. Stephen Martyr

119 South Ramona Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 573-1716

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 121 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

St. Stephen Martyr is a private middle school in Monterey Park. The principal of St. Stephen Martyr is Mrs. Christina Arellano, whose e-mail is 121 students go to St. Stephen Martyr and identify primarily as Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at St. Stephen Martyr is 22:1. Ynez Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 59% %
Asian 48% %
White, non-Hispanic 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 28% %
Multiracial 11% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    As a new family to this school I have observed many great things happening. Most evident is the dedication and collaboration that is put into providing a nurturing and rigorous educational program for each student by all the teachers and principal. The small class size allows for maximum interaction between the teacher and student assuring that our children get the assistance needed to excel and make great academic gains. I am excited to see the results of the new changes and programs being implemented for the next school year. Great job Father Leo Mrs. Arellano and staff!!!

  • (5 months ago)

    This school is the perfect balance of care nurturing and academic excellence. With outstanding leadership and an esteemed faculty this school is the place to be. My children have excelled here and I am a proud parent.

  • (1 year ago)

    Very caring teachers and willing to go the extra mile. Principal is willing to listen to concerns and make changes. Our child will be returning and we look forward to the improvement that has taken place. There have been some changes but in order for things to improve change is needed.

  • (1 year ago)

    After years of uncertainty our school is on the road to recovery. Reason? Our new principal Mrs. Arellano. She has established herself as THE authority figure on campus. Some were disappointed and frustrated by it but they were the ones who were getting everything their way before... Enrollment is on the way up and we had the best re-registration rate in SEVERAL years... Thank you Ma'am......

  • (1 year ago)

    THe new principal is great. She has good vision for the school. The new principal is so open to the parents regarding all aspects of the school. The preschool is great for any child going to school for the first time. My granddaughter is learning so much and is so advanced. I would recommend this school to any parent.

  • (1 year ago)

    What a difference good leadership makes! I have seen our school improve 100% since this new principal arrived. I love the website the Facebook updates and the frequent newsletters that keep me informed. The kids seemed thrilled with all the new programs and activities.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great School Great Principal. The new Accelerated Reader Program has been a plus for my children and provided great incentive for them to read more.

  • (2 years ago)

    St. Stephens has been a GREAT school for my children. I am very much looking forward to this upcomiing year! Fr. Ortega has been an amzaing pastor and I am excited to see what new programs our new principal has to offer.

  • (2 years ago)

    SOFT SKILLS (Hidden curriculum) emphasis was introduced by the previous administrator which has created a strong impact on HOW the students behave outside school grounds. Being thoughtful generous honest and concerned are attitudes that one cannot simply cannot take for granted. Students have become strong active members of the community and a great contrinutor to the society as a whole. Great job St. Stephen's!

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a parent a former student and a member of the St. Stephen Martyr School & Parish for over 35 years. I have just returned from the 8th grade awards ceremony and I am extremely proud of all of the students. I don't care if there are 5 or 5000 students in the school they are all wonderful children who have accomplished so much. Bottom line is that they cannot do it alone right? They need the leadership of the principal the guidance of their teachers and the partnership with their parents and family members. And from where I'm standing I can see all of the above. I am a proud Spartan. From 1973 through today and beyond. God Bless You Class of 2012 & all of the students parents & faculty who make this school what it is.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school has approximately 100 enrolled. They are not confirmed but that is the round number. And yes the description is wrong. Whether it is 98 or 100 or even 120 it is nowhere near the 246 number advertised. The pre-school does not have a waiting list and there are 2 multiage classrooms. As with most catholic schools there are fewer students enrolled year after year. This one is no different. No principal can fix that. Good or bad. But this principal does not have the leadership skills nor does he appear to care much what happens to the school. I don't believe it is his fault. For however long this school is around it would be nice if he would show a strong presence. Some of the teachers really need to go too. Not all of them.

  • (3 years ago)

    My children have been at St. Stephen since kindergarten. They both love the school as well as their teachers. They are now in junior High and excelling in all classes. They are very happy which makes me very happy as a parent. As far as the enrollment I personally do not know the exact enrollment of the school. I am unsure how anyone could unless they are in the administration. I just passed a flyer to my neighbor whose child will be entering 1st grade in the Fall. SSS is offering a Kinder/1st Readiness Camp in the Summer to prepare the students. My friend and her child are excited and looking forward to this new program.

  • (3 years ago)

    I know the school definitely has more than 100 students enrolled there are two multi-age classrooms and the preschool is fully enrolled with a waiting list.

  • (3 years ago)

    The previous two posts (both written by the Principal) are incorrect. 1) the violin lessons and other arts programs were not created by his administration. They were the previous Principal's work. 2) Most of the 8th graders are going to public school and were not "accepted." The "scholarships" he speaks of are financial aid. Not academic scholarships. 3) the "parent" who wrote the newest post is mistaken. The school has less than 100 students. I don't know if they are counting weekend catechism students or what but they do "multiage" classes which is their fancy way of saying "filling a classroom." And the preschool has 1 enrolled student. He is right. You should visit. You will get a bird's eye view of the "improvements." Please be sure to call ahead and make sure the Pricipal is actually there.

  • (3 years ago)

    My family and I have been part of the St. Stephen Martyr community for years and I feel some of the below comments are unfair and do not paint a picture of the great school I know. First of all there is more than 130 students and a full preschool of children.Second the principal is a very hardworking man who genuinely cares about the school.He is constantly looking for ways to improve the curriculum and make parents happy.They have extended the school year to 11 months which means an extra month of education for your child.The teachers are undergoing training to implement an accelerated reading program and more powerful curriculum next year.As for the teachers they are very giving and sincerely care about their students.Where else are you going to find teachers who sacrifice their time to provide free after school clubs for your kids work late on school events and weekends to benefit the school. This school has had a problem of having a few parents who are negative and aren't willing to work together as a family to benefit the school. At St. Stephens your child will not only receive a good education but will learn to be a well rounded well mannered and a compassionate individual.

  • (3 years ago)

    As the principal of St. Stephen Martyr School I would like to address some of the comments shared by earlier reviews. First of all our faculty staff and administration are all hardworking and dedicated to each child achieving academic excellence. Together we made a commitment to academic excellence by extending our school year from ten to eleven months. We also decided to bump up our Math program one grade level for each class. This has proven to pay off since our 8th graders have scored the highest on average in years in their High School Placement Tests (also more scholarships than ever). Under my administration the school has gone through numerous improvements such as our free after school clubs piano and violin lessons and increase in parish/community service. St. Stephen School is becoming known in the city as a partner and in creating Catholic leaders. We are blessed to have a supportive PTA and school board. Finally we are looking ahead by adopting the Common Core Standards next year and have just set in place Accelerated Reader. Please do not rely on these reviews to determine if our school is GREAT. Come visit and see for yourself what St. Stephen has to offer.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been a parent at this school for 12 years and I have sent 3 of my children to this school. I am glad to see this school going in the right direction. They have a great affter school program with the free clubs they offer. The classroom sizes average about 18 in each class last I saw. I really feel that this school is like being part of a family or community.

  • (4 years ago)

    I agree many parents complain about what is not being done or what is wrong with the school but don't participate and don't take the initiative to make a change. If we want change for the better we need to be proactive and be more involved; afterall our children are the ones that benefit.

  • (5 years ago)

    The parent guild and school board are strongly committed to helping the school. The school provides a healthy and safe environment for students. Excellent curriculum in Science and Math! Great sports' program. Preschool is wonderful. Thank you.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child was enrolled at Oprah's school in South Africa before my company transferred me and my family to America. St. Stephens has been a very positive change for our child. A good curriculum coupled with warm caring and intelligent teachers has made our child flourish. BombaChiWomba as we say back home to the great St. Stephens Martyr School.

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