School Details

St. Catherine Elementary School

17500 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(408) 779-9950

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 304 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

St. Catherine Elementary School is a private middle school in Morgan Hill. The principal of St. Catherine Elementary School is Ms. Fabienne Esparza. 304 students go to St. Catherine Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at St. Catherine Elementary School is 22:1. Lewis H. Britton Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 72% %
Hispanic 17% %
Asian 10% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    No school is perfect. This is my 5th year at this school and by far this year seems to be better than any other year. Clean and safe environment that is very very secure! Music program is phenomenal and the science program is beyond compare to any other private school in the Riverside area. The school has over a dozen public school teachers that are parents and choose to send they're children here. I am happy with my children's Catholic education at St. Catherines of Alexandria school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I can't say enough about how bad this school is. The faculty consists of all women so if you're a young man in 6-8th you are in for it. The christian values are non existent it is superficial poorly managed and overcrowded.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love this school. My first child started there in 5th grade 10 years ago. I was never an 'in parent' but he was treated with love and kindness by other parents as if he was one of their own children. When I started my other children at Kindergarten I found out that the 'in parents' were the ones who showed up to volunteer and again kindness and support for my children. After school care is affordable and safe environment wth lots of study buddies. Grammar school classes had a 2 35 ratio. There is always an aid or a parent volunteer helping out. Junior high is 1 35 with occaissional parent volunteers...still way better than public ratios at that level especially on the playground since there is only one class per grade level. The school has an annual survey and they were extremely responsive to parent concerns each year adding programs and services requested by parents. When my children hit rough patches there were onsite counseling services available that got us through a lot. Fully supported parents and children with a great education. All I could dream and ask for.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have been at St. Catherine School for 2 years and are very impressed with the depth and diversity of teaching styles. My 1st grader can explain an exothermic reaction and LOVES science. My 5th grader who wasn't challenged in the public school system is now thriving because there is a staff and administration that are willing to go the extra mile to meet an individual child's needs. They receive instruction in PE Spanish and Music regularly. They actively participate in a community garden. Those garden lessons are interwoven into the curriculum. Large class sizes so not appear to be a problem. The lower grades have aides and LOTS of parent involvement. Technology is also a large part of the students' daily life - computer lab mobile computer cart and smart boards!

  • (5 years ago)

    Adminsitration is non-responsive to parental concerns. Classrooms are filled to maximum levels and teacher/student ratio is terrible. Adminiatration and teachers are very 'click oriented'. Only parents that are in the 'In Crowd' are responded to. Teacher quality not great. School tolerates other parents making judgements about children. Not a very nurturing enviorment for a religious based school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I feel so fortunate that my children attend a school with such caring teachers staff and principal. They are very strong academically and teach moral values. We couldn't ask for a better school!

  • (5 years ago)

    St.Catherine school has strong academics and students who learn morals and values. The school educates the whole child and the mission is clearly stated and folllowed by the teachers and staff. We appreciate the school and love being part of a great community.

  • (5 years ago)

    We were new to the school this year and can't say enough great things about this school. From the office staff to the teachers what a warm welcome we were given. Our child loves this school. Yes we do have bigger classes than the public schools but the children are taught respect and to care about each other and their teachers. Something you won't find in the public schools these days. We are so happy to be part of such a great place

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter loves St.Catherine School she has attended since kindergarten and is now in 7th grade. She has been well prepared for Catholic High School. She has received a great eduction at this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    overfilled classes no honors programs

  • (6 years ago)

    The classrooms are very full and consequently the teacher-student ratio is as high as 36-1. The administration is non-responsive to parental concerns. Many of the teachers are inexperienced.

  • (8 years ago)

    St. Catherine School has both great academics and teaches strong moral values. The Kinder program is phenomenal and there are many wonderful teachers in all the grades 1st-8th. There is an after school sports program wonderful drama program for all grades a chess program and they are staring a band program in the fall. There will be other extra curriculum classes offered this fall as well. There are both music and P.E. offered during the school day along with the regular classes. Many children that have been through the school do great at the Catholic High Schools. This includes my own children and many of their class mates. Fantastic School!

  • (8 years ago)

    Severely overfilled classes poor teacher quality very poor selection of classes (no advanced level courses offered).

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