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About This School

St. Pius X Parish School is a private middle school in Santa Fe Springs. The principal of St. Pius X Parish School is Mr. Greg Climaco, MA Ed., who can be contacted at office@spxraiders.com. 200 students attend St. Pius X Parish School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at St. Pius X Parish School is 24:1. Lake Center Middle is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Hispanic 83%
Asian 4%
White, non-Hispanic 12%
Black, non-Hispanic 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I graduated from SPX in 1997 and my child is finishing up his first year at SPX (Preschool.) I have seen a tremendous change in him. SPX s preschool Director and teacher are very dedicated understanding and firm. The Pre-K curriculum is age appropriate. The teachers build a partnership with the parents so that the messages the children are receiving is consistent and positive. I value that SPX teaches children not only the academics but also introduces them to our Faith teaches good manners mutual respect healthy habits and responsibility. My child s vocabulary and math skills have improved tremendously but I what makes me proud is that he is building a strong foundation that he can build on and with this partnership he can grow to become a contributing member to society and his Faith. Thank you so much SPX!

  • (5 months ago)

    I have nothing but good things to say about pius the school is awesome the teachers keep the parents well informed. As far as someone posting something mean about Mrs.Reynolds i find it hard to believe she was a bully. She is a great teacher my son has her and she is great with the students she even goes out of her way and teaches academic decathlon which my son is apart of. She is tough on students who don't do there work and need the extra push by the middle school age they should know what is expected of them homework everyday and projects i think as parents we need to make sure our kids follow these rules and complete all the tasks they are given.

  • (6 months ago)

    Hi again I believe my review of this school was removed from this site. I'm guessing Pius X isn't too keen on having the truth posted. Yet again we recently removed my nephew from this school due to the fact that a teacher was bullying him. Mrs. Reynolds a 7th grade teacher unfortunately treated him very unfairly. She had the rest of the class point of his flaws publicly during class time she called him names on various occasions and she didn't allow him to participate equally in group exercises. This is very unfortunate that we not only have to worry about our children being bullied by other children but to now have to be cautious of the teacher in unbelievable. I hope this brings light to this situation and that no other children are subjected to this mistreatment. It's very hard to hear that a child is ridiculed by an adult especially an educator whose purpose is to teach students and instil a sense of excitement in learning new things. I hope this ends here but if this is removed I may have to re-post. Please take the childs feelings into consideration before removing this review.

  • (1 year ago)

    I took a tour of the school today the office was closed due to summer hours I did not give it the 5th star because I cannot judge with out meeting the staff. I am a parent that is about to enroll my 3 year old into Pre K. I see some negative reviews but I also see the positive ones. I am going to give it a try. I chose St. Pius for two reasons one its closer to my in laws to help me pick up my daughter from school. The second reason I chose it over St. Josephs because there is an option for part time. I really hope I am not dissapointed. I forgot to mention a third reason. Norwalk School district told me there is no Pre K programs and I am conserned about my daughters education.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a parent who will enroll my child another year. I hope there is more done at the school to improve it. Like remodel the classrooms bathrooms hall and the schoold office. Everything is so out dated and probably not up to code because it is a very old school. It's a small campus and with all the fundraisers a make over is possible. I also hope there is more gated security installed near the front entrance and the church walk ways. There is too much easy access and that's scary. There has been vandalism in cars parked on campus during school events. I have seen strangers go thru the campus during before and after school hours because there are other schools and a parks nearby. There has been incidents in the surrounding neighborhood where the police is involved and the school does not notify the parents and I find out after when my child tells me. I think it's the schools obligation to report it to all the parents asap. My neighbors children attend a local public school and they get automated phone calls alerting them of any crime or health hazard happening on campus or in the neighborhood. I just hope the principal makes these changes soon.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a parent of 3 students currently attending St. Pius. I believe the teachers are very attentive and want to make sure each student is excelling. The principal and staff are very helpful. I am very happy to see how academics is once again the focus at our school. I invite anyone to come and visit our school and see what a great learning environment looks like.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a long time parent at St. Pius X School. I have a high school student that went through St. Pius from PreK - 8th grade and now have my younger children there. When I first enrolled my oldest daughter back in 2000 the school and principal were great. Years later we went through a rough patch with bad leadership which caused many families to leave our school. We now have a great principal Mr. Climaco that has taken the lead to bring that sense of community and family back to St. Pius. I see that the school is headed in the right direction in preparing my children for all aspects of life. I am currently very pleased with my kids teachers and have seen great improvement in them. It's overall a great place for my kids and tuition is very reasonable. Please come visit our school and see how your child can benefit from a having a religious education and wonderful sense of community all in one.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have had both of my son's at Saint Pius X since Kindergarten . One will be graduating soon and my other will continue. I have witnessed lots of changes through-out the years. Even though I may have not have liked or agreed with them I do realize the changes were for the best of my kids education not for what makes my life more comfortable. The teaching staff is GREAT if I ever have any questions they have ALWAYS been more than happy to take time out of their schedule to answer my questions. Our principal . Mr. Climaco is working diligently to keep the school updated with the latest available programs that are beneficial to our kids. Parent participation is OUTSTANDING Everyone pulls together to get things accomplished whether it be Study Hall Fundraising Sports Events Church Events etc. God has truly blessed us with having been able to have my kids attend St.Pius X . I would HIGHLY recommend this school to any parent that wants their child to have an enriched and spiritual education.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have 3 kids at the school one who is just starting one in the middle and one is getting ready to leave. Since we started at Pius we have gone through many ups and downs. We are currently on the right track and moving forward to improve our school. We have a great staff and the principal is great. He really wants to hear from the parents and the students. He added a wonderful math teacher this year for 5th-8th gr. She is awesome for many reasons not just math. She is now our art teacher for K-8th gr. She is our decathalon and her dedication is great. The staff is really working with the parents and students to make St. Pius the best school it can be. Sure we do have room for improvement we are not perfect but we do have a lot ot offer. I invite you to come to our school for a visit talk to the staff the students and the parents. Our open house is coming up and if you are interested come an see what we have to offer. I am a full time working parent and I am an active involved parent. I attend meetings and am on different committees and attend most school functions so I do talk to a lot of parents students and staff. Come see what St. Pius X is all about.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child attends this school which I feel has it's ups and downs! I have enjoyed each teacher she has had so far. They have truly wanted the kids to learn and grow. Growing up I attended private school From 1st-12th we were challenged everyday we were being prepped for college not just high school. I do feel this school needs to work on it's academics more. My main complaint though is I feel the money we spend in fundraising and tuition is not being put back in the school at least put air conditioners in these class rooms. Our kids should come first instead of stressing over leather shoes let's focus on what will give these kids a good learning environment!! Again I'm not here to bash the teachers or principal I just want my child educated an education that is higher then public school and a school that cares about itself by putting our tuition to improving the school. My child still has a few years left at this school I don't plan on moving her so let's make this a great school w can be proud of!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a parent of a student who recently graduated from SPX in June 2012. I am not one who checks this web site for reviews but other parents brought it to my attention that on May 29th a disturbing post was added to this site. The junior high teachers are dedicated professionals who work hard so that our students succeed and produce to the best of their abilities. My child tested high in his high school entrance exam and will be taking Geometry as a 9th grader. He's very appreciative of his math teacher. She would offer help at recess lunch and after school. My son acknowledges her for his passing to Geometry. It's hard to believe that the parent who posted on May 29th didn't express any of his concerns during the school year for explanations. When are parents going to allow their children to take responsibility for themselves? If my child is not doing well in Science or any other subject how is it the teachers' fault? Parents today are different than they were when I was growing up. My parents would NEVER point the finger at my teachers. It sounds to me like this student didn't do his part to study and do well this year and instead of taking responsibilty blamed the teachers.

  • (2 years ago)

    I graduated from SPX. As I start to consider my college major I really thought about teaching. I reviewed this website's comments & I realized how awful & ungrateful the parents are to the teachers. I definitely do NOT want to be a Catholic school teacher. Why are the parents taking their child s word as whole truth? It wasn t that long ago when I was a teen & I would give half truth about my school day if it would save me. J.H. parents need to wake up! First your child is going through puberty which is a confusing time. Also pop quizzes are a fact of life. What is your child going to do with pop quizzes given in high school & college? Next the practice of repetition works. In my Catholic high school & now university I am still creating outlines flash cards and writing in repetition. I do this not because I am told but because it works! I keep in touch with many SPX alumni & they are all fond of the J.H. teachers. In fact several continue to receive help from the 6th grade teacher on high school & college term papers. Current SPX parents should be more supportive and talk to the teachers!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have two children that attend this school and this will be our last year there! My daughter is doing poorly in Science because she states that the teacher gives them a quiz before she even reviews the lesson. How is that teaching? My daughter also is allowed to complete her spelling homework in class if they are done with their class work. Junior high students should not be writing thier words 5-10 times each for homework. Isn't that done in kindergarten and first grade? For math my daughter says half the time the students aren't paying attention because all the teacher does is sit behind her machine and write instead of monitoring the class and then when she looks up she just yells at everybody. I stayed at St. Pius because I thought that there would be positive changes with the new principal but I was wrong. I have a great relationship with my son's lower grade teacher. She is inviting and she genuinely cares about him. If you are looking for a good elementary school then St. Pius is a good start the junior high program needs to get better and sad to say because of their junior high teachers my children will be probably be leaving this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm a parent w-kids that attend private schools far from home. The new Principal-Mr.Climaco was the Vice Principal at one of the schools then promoted to Principal last year. I can proudly vouche for him as he's very well-rounded in the doctrine education & is genuinely dedicated to provide nothing but THE BEST for his students parents & faculty. For this reason I've heavily considered transferring my kids to St. Pius next year. It's conveniently close to home/work & I know they will be left in good hands. I can assure you that God placed him there for a reason (w-out a doubt). He's very well equipped w-the right armour to take on the challenge at St. Pius. He's approachable honest loyal innovative & welcomes constructive criticism. It's evident that those who stuck it out their prayers were answered. Prayer moves mountains! We have to faithfully/patiently wait on the Lord for the school's reputation to restore full-circle. Rome was not built in a day! Despite of the negative past (I did my own research & interviews) I'm confident that w-the community's full cooperation we'll see more positive reviews posted here in the near future. Godspeed to Mr. Climaco & St. Pius!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am currently a student of St. Pius X and I must say that this school has gone through a lot of changes. Back in 2003-2007 the school was actually a great place! I learned a lot of things made some friends and felt challenged to work hard. But in 2008 when the new principal came I started to notice s significant drop in morale among my peers. This drop was even present in my teachers. Some of my old teachers left the school too. I kept wondering why. The teachers that remained were beginning to become a little slack about the rules. This caused a few problems with bullying but it got cleared up. Now with the new principal I think the school will become the great school it used to be. So far most things at this school has improved. I still think that there could be more extracurricular activities at this school. Recently they added soccer to the list of sports but there should be more things like an art class. Something along those lines. Overall I really look forward to how St. Pius X will be in the future.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children attend St. Pius right now and it has not changed much since the new principal has taken over. I feel the teacher as focusing more on the childrens shoes and their supplies more than on important matters like teaching them. But if you are one of the parent that are always helping because you are a stay at home parent or if you donate to the school your child can get away with alot of thing oppose to the parent that have to work everyday and dont have the time to be at school all day. I have notice this as well with some teachers since they favor the child that the parent gives them gifts or are always helping them. Like I said not everyone can be at the school 24/7 and help out but that does not mean that their child shouldnt get the same treathment as the child which patent is always there.once again not all the teachers are this way but the majority of them are in the upper grades. I just hope the new principal notices this and see that I am not the only parent that thinks this.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a graduate of St. Pius back when the old principle 07 and below was in charge. The school was in tip top shape and the students parents and staff had a great time. But when the new principal came and took control of the school it just went downhill. In addition that new principal has left the school and right now in 2011 St. Pius X School has yet changed once more to another principal. I do not know if this principal is different from the last one but i do hope that he/she does a good job and turn St. Pius X back to what it used to be.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have two children that attend St. Pius X. I believe that everyone needs to know there is a new principle and everyone is excited about new changes. Time to put the negative experiences in the past and create positive school spirit. Our kids need positive parents who can see the good in the new changes. Yes it will be slow but from the experiences I have had with Mr. Climaco in this short time things look great. I did have concerns last year with 1 of my children and went right to Mrs. Delrocha the first grade teacher. She immediately started working with us and my child to fix our conerns. She did a wonderful job. Not only that she went over and beyond as a teacher and even attended some of the students birthday party's. How many kids can say that there teacher spent there free weekend time with there students off the clock. This shows the dedication of the staff at St.Pius. Even Mrs. Spepulvda who does the daycare treats my children as if they were her own. My kids love being with her and get mad if I pick them up too early. This is the environment that makes me feel good about leaving my children at everyday.

  • (2 years ago)

    My name is Mr.Greg Climaco and I became the principal of St. Pius X Parish School in the summer of 2011. Some reviews on this website do not reflect the positive experiences that most students and families encounter who attend our school. I invite you to visit St. Pius X in person to learn more about our excellent school program and experience first-hand what our school has to offer and to meet our welcoming staff. Our community is strong in faith and tradition as we continue to promote the mission and charism of Catholic education started by the Sisters of Mercy in 1955.

  • (3 years ago)

    St. Pius X has been a great school and continues to be a top rated school. It is known that enrollement has declined but that is true for all private schools. Due to the downturn of the economy many families have been forced to leave private schools. My children have been attending St. Pius X since Pre-K and life changed for the better when the new principal took over. The previous principal allowed teachers to run the school making the students fearful of the staff harboring a hostile environment for students. I do not send my children to a Catholic school to be harrassed by the staff. Although for many parents that system may work it is NOT a learning environment. I was very sad to learn that so many parents will take to a site like this and complaint about their former school. No one is perfect. I think it is shameful that parents would blame a principal whose main job is to over see the school for their children lack of academic luster. Furthermore parents should put the energy they spent talking about St. Pius into focusing on their children. In conclusion perhaps these families did not belong in a Catholic school afterall since they do not display Christian behavior.

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