St. Lawrence Academy

2000 Lawrence Court, Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 296-3013

(out of 10)

Private Grades 9-12 243 students 13 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

St. Lawrence Academy is a private high school in Santa Clara. The principal of St. Lawrence Academy is Ms. Bridgit McGarry, who can be contacted at 243 students attend St. Lawrence Academy and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at St. Lawrence Academy is 13:1. New Valley Continuation High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 39% %
Asian 37% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 36% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% %
Hispanic 21% %
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is currently a student had his struggles but has had incredible support from teachers and administration. The teachers offer one-on-one help and if he slips in his grades I receive an email notification offering help/advice. The students are extremely tight knit and help out each other. The drawback is not enough classes offered. And students can expect strict enforcement of the rules; depending on the infraction they are given a second chance but we've witnessed expulsion for infractions not enforceable by a public school.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a former Celtic I look back on my high school days and happily reminisce. Many people will complain about the school since they originally didn't want to go to SLA however I personally had a great experience there. Classes are small which allows for more one-on-one interaction between teachers and students. Teachers genuinely want to help students and are willing to provide any necessary assistance. I never felt bad asking for help because I knew they would help. New classes are being added very frequently to keep up with the competitive nature of today's high schoolers. Outside of academics the experience of high school is what you make of it and there are lots of clubs and organizations to join despite the smaller than average school population. In my time at SLA I served as president or vice president for 4 different clubs and that allowed me to meet lots of different people from different classes. In addition the sports program is becoming better and stronger every year. All in all I highly recommend SLA to any student who is looking for a challenge and who wants to try something different. I am very thankful for my experience at SLA.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is the hidden gem of the Silicon Valley. The small community along with stellar teachers equals to an amazing high school experience unlike any other. The school has a reputation of letting freshman in easily during the admissions process compared to schools like Bellarmine Saint Francis or Mitty. However these schools cannot even hold a candle up to the tight knit and highly competitive society that Saint Lawrence has created for it's students. The athletics program is highly successful in it's league and consistently strives to perform better in events as to bolster the schools reputation. The school's bad reputation comes from jealous Bellarmine and Mitty students who cannot succeed at their own school so they feel the need to put down smaller schools. All in all if you want your child to be successful get into a good college and overall be a well rounded individual send them to Saint Lawrence Academy. You won't regret it! Celtics Pride!

  • (4 years ago)

    Small classes strong teachers great opportunities for students. I found this school to be an excellent place for students to excel. Everybody knows everybody here there is a very strong family dynamic.The athletics are seriously under rated. The Cross team has made the state tournament nine of the last eleven years. This is a great school.

  • (5 years ago)

    & p.s of course juinors and seinors get privlages. If you go to any other school you'd see that. They don't offer as many classes because of how small the school is.

  • (5 years ago)

    Sla is very tight knit everyone knows everyone and teachers are real in touch with the students you don't go to sla for amazing academics or for great sports you go because the school is like a family. Some things are unfair but honestly life is all about unfairness not everything is going to be fair you've just gotta learn to pick your battles and move on.

  • (5 years ago)

    I honestly dislike this school 1) Kids are bad; bullies and spoiled people mostly (except a few) 2) The teachers are less than satisfactory In all fairness there are some good teachers and the principal is much more understanding than the Dean

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a former student of SLA and I have to say -Not enough classes to offered. AP/Honors classes are basically available to only juniors and seniors. -Administration practices favoritism on the juniors and seniors. Seniors get a separate line (shorter and faster mind you) in the cafeteria. Both juniors and seniors can get student of the month award while the other two classes don't. What are they trying to do? Ruin the freshmen and sophomores' experiences in high school? -Laptops are a waste of time. There's no point to having them except taking computer-related classes. The most likely reason you pay $800 a month to the school is because the school pays the taxes to keep them. -Like the other reviewer said the only person you can be there is the bullied or the bully. -Cafteria meals are average or bad. Refer to my next post for more info.

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from SLA three years ago. I didn't appreciate it when I was there but I found that I was very well prepared for my years at Santa Clara University. One of my religion teachers took the time to make corrections in spelling punctuation and grammar. He was my best English teacher even though he did not teach English at the school. I also learned a lot about life. I learned that life is often difficult but that we have the ability to overcome the challenges we face. I learned that life isn't always fair but we can learn to accept the way things are and make the most of it. I learned that it is important to be aware of the needs of others especially the poor and that we have a responsibility to help people who don't have what we have. I learned a lot at SLA.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have just started with st. Lawrence and my son has been loving it. His teacher is friendly out going and patient. Yes some parents can not partipate in everything because of the economy today but that why we have excellent teachers. Out all the teachers I have met mrs credi is the top of the line.

  • (9 years ago)

    this is a great school- diverse enough (not just while and catholic ) but high regard for parental participation and achedemics

  • (9 years ago)

    Not too many class offered. Extracurrucular activities were limited. Parent involvement was over all good.

  • (10 years ago)

    I attended this school a couple of years back. Honestly the kids here are not nice at all. There's a lot of spoiled kids who kind of just control the school in a way. There are is no middle in this mess your either being bullied or your the bully.

  • (10 years ago)

    Academic programs seem decent and extracuricular activities although small are wide open for each and every student. Parent involvement should be better than it is but with today's economy and job pressure it is legitimate to think that parents just don't have time to help out. Paying the tuition and giving a donation seems right doesn't it? Actually parent involvement is almost more critical than the donation. The kids enjoy it and it creates a bond. St. Lawrence is so close to a family that sometimes I wish my family was as close.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have found the academics of this school less than satisfactory. Had one teacher who taught in class chapter 1-3 even though the other class did chapter 1-6 but gave the semester test for chapter 1-6. Many parents complained. This was repeated for the next semester. Also the Alegbra II book only presented basic formulas then gave examples of the extended formulas but never gave the generic extended forms which confused the students. For the amount of money that you pay which is more than for Bellarmine you certainly don't get what you pay for. The academic scores are only about that of the average public school.

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