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Old 11-11-2008, 08:24 PM
 
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We will be moving to SF within the next few months. We had always planned on sending our kids to Catholic Schools for a variety of reasons. Here on the East Coast, the Catholic Schools are on par or above the level of the local public schools (where we live, anyway).

I was floored when I started looking into Catholic Schools near SF and learned that many have student teacher ratios of 36-38:1! I find this totally unacceptable for kindergarten (and honestly, any other grade). My son is currently in a preschool where the ratio is 10:1 and the local catholic schools ratio is 18-20:1.

Any explanations for why this is? Are the public schools so bad that the Catholic Schools are this full? Does the diocese set the ration? I am absolutely perplexed by this.
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:38 PM
 
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I don't have an answer exactly, but SF schools have been notoriously bad for decades. Maybe you are correct that that's why the parochial schools are so full? Makes sense. There are private schools in SF that probably have much better ratios, 36-38:1 is pure insanity!
Will you be living within city limits of SF? If not then you may have more choices than you think.
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:46 PM
 
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Actually, the schools I looked at were in the EAst BAy (I think). Christ the King, St Isadore's, ST. Francis of Assisi all in the Walnut Creek vicinity.

I did find much better ratios in Marin catholic schools. This may be a deal breaker for where we want to live.
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