At St. Cecilia, we take a whole-child approach that gives every type of learner the tools, confidence, and support needed to grow. Our goal is to develop critical and creative thinkers, encourage curiosity, and build a lifelong enthusiasm for learning. Our environments support tradition, while encouraging innovation. It’s a balanced educational foundation that helps ensure our students are well-rounded individuals with the skills necessary to succeed throughout their lives. We are proud that 95% of our graduates attend their first-choice high school.
St. Cecilia School follows the Curriculum Guidelines stipulated by the San Francisco Archdiocese Department of Catholic Schools. Students receive instruction in the following areas: religion, reading, English, writing, spelling, handwriting, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, music, art, and physical education.
- A K-8 Spanish language program that introduces and develops basic skills
- A music program that includes classroom music education and optional private instrumental lessons in piano, strings, and woodwinds
- A Physical Education (P.E.) program with a credentialed P.E. teacher for K-8 students
- A Technology Resource Lab for all K-8 students
- A religion program that includes daily instruction, values and moral education, family life education, school prayer, Liturgy preparation and participation, opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and other community-building and service-oriented activities
- A library staffed by a librarian and parent volunteers
Standardized Testing Program
Standardized testing is under the direction of the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The results from these standardized tests assist teachers in planning and adapting curriculum to meet students’ needs.
- The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills are given in the fall to students in second through eighth grade. During the November Parent-Teacher Conferences, teachers discuss the overall test results with the parents, focusing on areas of student strengths and growth.
- The Otis-Lesson School Ability Index tests are given to students in third, fourth, fifth and seventh grade in the fall of each year.
- In February, the Assessment of Catechesis Religious Education test is administered to students in the fifth and eighth grade.