School Details

Madonna Del Sasso

20 Santa Teresa Way, Salinas, CA 93906
(831) 424-7813

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 237 students 24 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Madonna Del Sasso is a private middle school in Salinas. The principal of Madonna Del Sasso is Rev. Gregory Sandman and can be contacted at 237 children attend Madonna Del Sasso and identify primarily as Hispanic, Native American or Native Alaskan, and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at Madonna Del Sasso is 24:1. Carr Lake Community Day School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 50% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 25% %
Asian 20% %
White, non-Hispanic 20% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Multiracial 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My child has been attending Madonna del Sasso for several years and although I have seen it go through many changes; overall it has proven to provide a safe and academically superb education over other Salinas schools. Our current Principal is willing to work with parents who speak up and voice their concerns.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our family has attended MDS for many years. As you can see from previous ratings our school has had its ups and downs. Our old principal was great and served many great years in the beginning but towards the end of his service it was apparent that he was lacking the interest in improving our school. Our new principal is just starting his second year. He did receive a lot of criticism for how he handled his first year. He has started this year on the right foot. He has brought back our music program Spanish in grades 1-8 smart boards for our classrooms new textbooks ( which were very outdated) and is improving the safety of our campus. All of the things that I think the previous principal should have never taken away. I think MDS is on the right path to becoming the great school it once was.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love the family atmosphere in this school it is very different from the other school my child has attended. I read some of the reviews about the new principal but I happen to see not only think that he is doing a great job for this only being his second year. I can see the campus and curricular improvements . One of the new changes i am really excited about is the common course standards that are being implemented in the classrooms. i made some research and found that this a positive improvement to our school. The teachers are great. They make it so easy to communicate with them and I always get a response. I have to admit that at one point a couple of years ago I wasn't sure if I would let my child continue at MDS but with these huge and positive changes I have seen here i am confident my child is getting a great education.

  • (2 years ago)

    Madonna is not a good school anymore. Theres is chaos everywhere. My greatest concern is that the quality of instruction is very poor. Teachers are not held to high standards nor do they use good instructional strategies. A better choice for elementary school is York or Catalina. At least they care about stretching students mentally

  • (2 years ago)

    Worst year I've ever had at Madonna. The principal seems clueless about what is going on. The teachers are allowed to do whatever the want. Discipline in the middle school is very weak. I never get responses to my email concerns. My child cannot wait until the end of the year. We are leaving MDS.

  • (2 years ago)

    Curriculum is very weak. The principal does not know how to make a decision. Teachers are not highly qualified. Middle School is a disaster. Not a recommended school

  • (2 years ago)

    MDS has Excellent teachers in the lower and intermediate grades ( grades Pre K through 5). The teachers in grades 6 through 8 are inferior. You can expect hours of homework based on meaningless worksheet activities. Teachers are very old fashioned in the way they teach. They lack current professional development. A good place if you want your kids safe from the problems of Salinas. A mediocre school for students in grades 6-8

  • (2 years ago)

    I am so disappointed with Madonna del Sasso School. The new principal allows the teachers to do whatever they want..... Parents viewpoints are not considered. Low level curriculum. Smart students are disregarded. Drill and kill. It's a nightmare. Who would pay for this sort of education? Bad bad bad

  • (2 years ago)

    Read the reviews from last year and before. All of that is changing. They have a new principal who is a disaster. He is trying to change this once great school into a joke. He comes from public schools and doesn't understand the culture and has no respect for anyone who tries to tell him. The kids think he's strange. He demands kids squat at the sound of the bell to show their mechanical compliance. This guy has go to go. I don't know how the teachers put up with his craziness

  • (4 years ago)

    I think Madonna is a good school but to my new school i go to Madonna isn't really good compared to my new school. The school i go to now it International school of Monterey which is a charter school and its with the international school all over the world.

  • (4 years ago)

    I was VERY impressed with the Kindergarten and First grade teacher. But the second grade teacher is a nightmare. She likes to nitpick and nothing is ever done to her specifications. During school hours the entrance to the school is locked and you have to ring a buzzer and go to the office which I Iike nobody can just walk into the school off the street and access the classrooms.

  • (4 years ago)

    too bad mr.becker is leaving. madonna is going to be sooooo boring now. oh well im graduating now. i just wish that madonna had more money to make the school a BIGGER and MORE EXCITING place.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am so glad I transferred my son to Madonna del Sasso School. The teacher/s really express they 'care' about the success of students. My son is doing way better than ever before I really feel good about my decision.

  • (5 years ago)

    Madonna del Sasso School is a wonderful environment in which to teach learn and work. There is a strong and pervasive spirit of love and concern among the staff faculty and children. There is a high level of professionalism and concern among the faculty and staff that is particularly heartwarming as they work together to achieve the best possible educational experience for each child.

  • (5 years ago)

    We are new to the school having come from another Catholic school in the valley. I am most impressed with the quality of Madonna. Everyone is so supportive and welcoming. The academic level is amazing. It seems like all the teachers are geared to having the kids do their best work.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended Madonna and now attend Notre Dame in Salinas. Madonna prepared me for my high school courses enabling me to meet the challenges of honors courses I was not overwhelmed by the harder classes. Not only did I learn material from Madonna that I still use at ND but also I learned how to learn and my best study strategies. I will be forever grateful to Madonna for preparing me for a smooth transition into high school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I lov ethis school for my child its the best school. My child used to go to harden but this school is much better. Also learns much more than she use to. And comes home happy.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a 4th grader and a 5th grader who have been at mds since preschool. No better educational environment. Well-run close community. Great School

  • (7 years ago)

    This is indeed a Great school. Academics are the priority for our family and Madonna delivers. The kids love the school. Lot's of family stuff for those who are into that. Principal's been here a long time knows what he is doing and most of the staff have longevity too.

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