About Our School

BACKGROUND
Mary Star of the Sea Elementary School was established in 1914 by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart Order. Today the school is staffed by a lay principal, a vice principal, a preschool director and a qualified faculty and staff. Father Maurice Harrigan is the Pastor of Mary Star of the Sea Parish and the head of the school community. 

ENROLLMENT
Current enrollment is 255 students with 20 faculty and staff members. We offer preschool, full day kindergarten, and there is one classroom of each grade, kindergarten through fifth, with sixth, seventh and eighth grades departmentalized.


CURRICULUM
Meeting Common Core State Standards, our curriculum includes Religion, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Family Life, Science, Computer Literacy (K-8), Physical Education, and Art. The school is on a trimester system.


FACILITIES
On-campus facilities include: computer lab, science lab, gymnasium, school library, enclosed play yard, church, and A.M. and P.M. extended day care.


EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Enrichment activities offered are Acolytes in Grades 5 through 8, the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF), Student Council, Catholic Youth Organization Sports Program (CYO), Cheerleading, Honor Societies, National Geographic Bee, Choir, a Drama Program and Art-to-Grow-On.


FAITH COMMUNITY
Faith development and Catholic identity are integral to the philosophy of our school.  The religion program is a lived reality within the school in which all members participate.  Under our Pastor, Farther Maurice Harrigan, the school and parish form a close community.


PARENT PARTICIPATION AND OBLIGATIONS
Parent participation is strongly encouraged. Along with the required fund raising obligations, parents are asked to use their talents and skills to assist with the daily activities and special events at the school.


PRESCHOOL
We take pride in offering a well-rounded preschool program with age appropriate hands-on activities that provide many opportunities for learning and growth. We provide a safe, nurturing environment that encourages independence, confidence, and positive self-esteem in children.


NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Mary Star of the Sea Elementary School, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of every race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at this school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies and practices.