St. Monica Catholic Elementary School

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St. Monica Catholic Elementary School Mission Statement
The administration, faculty, and staff of St. Monica Catholic Elementary School are committed to providing a safe, caring Catholic learning environment for our students. Together with parents, we support and nurture the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of our students and prepare them to live moral, responsible, and effective lives.

SMCES School Philosophy

We, the administration, faculty, and staff of St. Monica Elementary Catholic School, recognize the importance of cooperation with our parents, the primary educators, in helping to develop good intellectual and moral habits in the holistic education of each child. Our goals embrace the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of the students we serve.

As Catholic educators, we strive to live a life that creates an atmosphere that bears witness to Gospel values. We are united in the belief that God is the Father of all. Guided by His Spirit, we enthusiastically participate in the Church’s mission of Catholic education. We also recognize the changing circumstances of today’s society and strive to accommodate these conditions by developing programs that will best serve the needs of individual students, their families, and the community as a whole.

At St. Monica Catholic Elementary School,

our children are valued and respected for who they are and how they learn. We seek to educate the whole child, and prepare him or her to live responsibly, morally and effectively in today's society. We strive to provide for each child's spiritual, intellectual, psychological, social and physical growth and development. Our school is a microcosm of the world: our student body is diverse in terms of ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, and our kids get along; they respect each other, and they are friends to each other--of course, we have great kids!

St. Monica Catholic Elementary School
is a Catholic, parochial school in Santa Monica. It was formally opened in 1930 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. In 1975 the sisters withdrew because of a personnel shortage and an all-lay faculty and staff took over to continue the good work of Catholic education begun by the Holy Name Sisters. Since its founding in 1930, the school has continued to improve and enrich its educational program and facility, which currently includes ten renovated classrooms, one full service library, one computer lab, and four MacBook computer carts. A large auditorium and a youth center for school and parish use, administrative and counseling offices, and a teacher and parent workroom.Grades K - 6 are self-contained classrooms, with students receiving specialized instruction in Computer Science, Music and P.E. Grades 7 - 8 are departmentalized for all classes except Homeroom and Art. All students receive instruction in Religion, Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science, as well as in Computer Science, Music, art, Physical Education, Substance Abuse Prevention and Aids Education.