St. Therese Academy

6046 Camino Rico, San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 583-6270

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 286 students 12 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

St. Therese Academy is a private middle school in San Diego. The principal of St. Therese Academy is Fr. Bruce Orsborn, whose e-mail is 286 students attend St. Therese Academy and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander, Multiracial, and Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at St. Therese Academy is 12:1. Lewis Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% %
Multiracial 6% %
Hispanic 44% %
White, non-Hispanic 43% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    St. Therese is an amazing school. The principal Mr. Sperrazo is absolutely awesome! The Pre-K Director Mrs. Paddock is incredible as well as her team of teachers! I have two kids that attend STA and couldn't imagine them being anywhere else. The eduation is top notch!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    After having our children in several schools we finally found St. Therese Academy. It is worth the drive! We believe it is the outstanding leadership of the Principal who has chosen some awesome teachers. We feel very blessed---thank you to all of the phenomenal teachers and Mr Sperrazzo the principal for this excellent school! Parent of two graduates.

  • (3 years ago)

    It has really gone down hill. More than half the teachers have been replaced for the coming year. When we inquired about the direction the school was heading we were told that it was "none of our business"! Needless to say we have NO intention of paying that much money for tuition and NOT know what's going on! There are much better schools out there.

  • (3 years ago)

    I hate this school! my child went here since pre-school and left in 5th grade. I think this school doesn't challenge their students enough! My child was bullied every single day and was so upset that we were about to leave during MAY but we left as soon as possible! There is nobody at this school preventing bulling! I would not enroll my child here if i were you because the horror at this school is out of control and your child would me so upset!

  • (4 years ago)

    We love this school! My son has a unique educational background so I was worried about him keeping up with a challenging academic pace. He isn't just keeping up he's really getting into it. My favorite part is the staff. I haven't met one person who works at St. Therese who doesn't seem genuinely happy to be there. The care for the kids is sincere and enthusiastic. I am so happy with my decision!

  • (5 years ago)

    St. Therese Academy has the most amazing faculty and staff. We had two older kids who graduated from STA and had our youngest is now in kindegarten. Mrs. Swesey was one of the main reasons we sent our youngest to STA. She has a way of tapping into a childs desire to learn. It didn't take long for our youngest to come home and talk about what he was learning in school. The excitment he showed was thrilling as a parent. Sr. Janet Ms. Zora and Ms. Fitzpatrick are the other teachers we hope our son will be able to work with as he ventures into the older grades. As an added bonus the pre school run by Barbara Paddock was fantastic. A well run pre school with the perfect structure of academics creativity play time and religion. The factuly demonstrates dedication love and passion for what they do. We are thrilled to have many of the same teachers at STA now as we had 13 years ago. The principal is amazing. Regardless of the stress of the job you can hear his laughter throughout the school. Yet if you watch Mr. Sparazzo carefully you will see he handles every detail of his job with the utmost concern. His dedication to the school and the benefit of each child is demonstrated in his actions each and every day.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school has been great for my son the investment is well worth it. They offer a value centered education that has Jesus Christ in a very high place. My son is able to tell right from wrong and is held accountable for his actions. I am very happy with the choice and would not take him anywhere else.

  • (6 years ago)

    It is the Premier Catholic School in San Diego!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am so pleased that we decided to go with St. Therese Academy. We were very lucky and had 3 very good (10) elementary schools in our area one of which our daughter was all set to go to. But the community spirit at St. Therese is wonderful. Strong academics and strong faith based teaching make this a very special place. Their Kindergarten teacher is absolutely the greatest ever!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children who attend school at STA. It has provided them with a Catholic environment in which to learn. They have excelled in all areas. The school continues to provide aides in classrooms dedicated art music PE computer and resource teachers. They also offer sports academic decathlon and many service opportunities. Social academic and spiritual growth are primary with all of our excellent teachers and staff.

  • (7 years ago)

    My children have been at this school for 3 yrs. I am very pleased with the calibre of education and the positive social atmosphere of the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    The faculty at St. Therese are wonderful and very personable. My child is doing wonderful socially spiritually and academically.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a small school with great teachers what I don t like is the racism you can feel in the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has been very good for my child. The principal is a very positive person the staff is wonderful the programs have been challenging and the extracurricular offerings are excellent.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has been a wonderful experience for me and my children. The principal is terrific and the staff is top notch. The children thrive. I am pleased with the structure and academic coverage of the school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am tremendously pleased with this school on all levels.

  • (8 years ago)

    The parents of children that attend the school are not very welcoming to new students or parents. When I first started my son at this school everything appeared excellent. As the years progressed it seemed the focus was more on fund raising field trips and the social circle. My son has fell into this idealism and has lost his focus which is his education.

  • (8 years ago)

    Overall St. Therese is a good school. The biggest negative is that the ratio of teachers to students is skewed. It's too much; hence a lot of time is wasted with lining up disciplining organizing etc. I also truly dislike the nickel and diming with all the 'fundraising' activities. Some of the fundraisers are truly exhorbitant!! You end up paying far far more than just the monthly tuition in order for your child and family to be/feel included. Bottom line - sadly If you've got the money definitely a good school!

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