Saint Justin Martyr

Saint Justin Martyr School

The School of The Month for December is Saint Justin Martyr Catholic School in Anaheim.

At a time when there is growing violence and distrust in the United States, it is more important than ever to build relationships and understanding between various groups through education and personal narrative. On Wednesday, October 11th, Orange Crescent School in Garden Grove was invited by the seventh grade class at Saint Justin Martyr School in Anaheim in an effort to build interfaith relationships and dialogue between Muslims and Catholics. A group of eighth grade students, their two teachers, and a few parents graciously accepted an invitation to visit the school and present the Muslim faith from a personal perspective. Catholic students listened respectfully, as their peers presented information about everything from prayer to cultural traditions. The adults then fielded questions from the students and presented each seventh grader with the gift of their name in Arabic. After taking pictures, shaking hands, and promising a reciprocal visit to Orange Crescent School everyone present realized that this was a wonderful first step toward tolerance and that the foundations had been laid for a new friendships. Saint Justin Martyr School also recently hosted a visit with Rabbi Michael Mayersohn who spoke with grades 5-8 about Judaism and the Holocaust, and they hope to host a visit from a Hindu priest later in the year. Hopefully, these visits will build new bridges in the school community and beyond.

For more information on Saint Justin Martyr School, visit their website at 

St. Polycarp Catholic School

Station Rotation

The School of The Month for November is St. Polycarp Catholic School in Stanton.

St. Polycarp has been named to the prestigious Blended Learning Universe index. This honor officially designates them a Blended Learning Universe (BLU) School. Presently, only 560 schools worldwide, both public and private, have received this designation. St. Polycarp Catholic School is one of only three recognized BLU schools in Orange County and the only recognized Catholic School in Southern California.

The Blended Learning Universe is an online center of blended learning resources for educators and parents. The BLU is managed by the Clayton Christensen Institute. This nonprofit research organization is highly respected for their research in blended learning and the ability of blended practices to provide a more equitable, personalized learning environment for all students.

A blended learning approach allows for a more personalized learning experience. All students are given the tools to succeed, based on their individual needs. While blended learning does include both face-to-face and online learning, simply having computers or tablets in a classroom does not constitute blended learning. It must also include some element of student agency over their learning. To encourage this, students are taught in small groups through a station rotation process. According to the Principal, Alison Daley, group activities include: “small teacher group, various digital adaptive programs, independent/collaborative practice, and project based activities (incorporating the 4 C’s: creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking).”

For more information on St. Polycarp School, visit or to schedule a school visit, call Principal Alison Daley at (714) 893-8882

St. Anne Parish School

St. Anne Parish School

The School of the Month for October is St. Anne Parish School

St. Anne Parish School in Santa Ana has been the recipient of many generous donors in the past, but this time St. Anne is the one doing the giving. The students were moved by the devastation that occurred in Texas and wanted to help. Sister Teresa, the principal at St. Anne, has a close connection with one of the Catholic schools that suffered immense flooding. Through Notre Dame’s Latino Enrollment Institute program, Sister Teresa was connected to St. Catherine of Siena in Fort Arthur, Texas. Both schools benefit from the myriad of workshops and support offered by Notre Dame.

The Student Council planned a Relaxed Dress Day where students donated $2.00 towards repairs to St. Catherine of Siena. Together, the students raised a total of $500. Helping St. Catherine ignited a desire to continue to help others. This time their sight is set on those affected by the earthquake in Mexico City. The goal has been set at $500, but the students are confident that they can surpass this goal.

Service to others, and in particular the Corporal and Spiritual Words of Mercy, is a big part of St. Anne’s Catholic Identity. Students believe in giving back regardless of how much they can give. Visit or call (714) 542-9328 to learn more about the school and the many service projects the students participate in.

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School

The School of the Month for September is St. Junipero Serra Catholic School


Siempre Adelante – Always Forward. These words are what inspired a group of concerned parents to approach their Pastors over 20 years ago about the feasibility of establishing a much-needed Catholic elementary school for their children in South Orange County. Their commitment and determination resulted in the doors opening to 250 students in September of 1995. St. Junipero Serra Catholic School now serves 1,000 students from preschool through eighth grade, and remains a leading, Catholic faith-based school in the Diocese of Orange. Today, SJSC parents remain at the very heart of the school just as they did 23 years ago. Many gifted parents and grandparents give so generously of their time and talent for the benefit of the students and the future of SJSC.

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School seeks to provide students with a moral center, a virtues-based education, and a challenging curriculum for all types of learners, nurturing curiosity and inspiring the love of learning through innovation, investigation, and imagination. As the largest elementary school in the Diocese of Orange, SJSC offers the opportunities for students to thrive, whether in athletics, academics, community service or faith formation. However, what St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is most proud of is the “small school” sense of community that is prevalent in the classroom, on the playground, at school Mass, fundraising functions, sporting events, and anywhere SJSC students, parents and staff come together. It is a community filled with the loving charism of Christ, which is taught to the students and reflected in all aspects of the school’s life.

Today, St. Junipero Serra Catholic School maintains to live by Siempre Adelante… Always Forward. SJSC continues to grow and anxiously awaits the completion of the sacred Chapel that will bring the Blessed Sacrament to the campus along with a Student Creation Center (STEAM education and the Arts education), administration wing and parent hub. This project will complete the final phase of the school’s permanent structure development. A groundbreaking ceremony was celebrated by the Most Reverend Bishop Kevin W. Vann of the Diocese of Orange on Monday, April 3, 2017. The final phase of development is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018, with the dedication of the Chapel October 6, 2018.

Learn more about St. Junipero Serra Catholic School by attending one of their Meet & Greet or Open House events or visit You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram. To schedule a tour of our beautiful 10-acre campus, contact Shirley Merchant at, (949) 888-1990 ext. 123.

Mater Dei High School

Junior Monarchs, Mater Dei High School

The School of the Month for August is Mater Dei High School

Located in the heart of Santa Ana, Mater Dei High School has a long history of excellent academics and strong community building. For over a decade Mater Dei has invited incoming 6th grade students from Saint Anne, Saint Barbara, Saint Joseph and School of Our Lady for a summer enrichment Junior Monarch program. The five week program offers these students enrichment classes, field trips, athletics and performing arts. The culmination of the program ends with a heartwarming awards ceremony and graduation where families come to recognize the students’ hard work. This year students had the honor of a special message from Bishop Vann.

Mater Dei works diligently to help students continue their Catholic education through high school. Contact the admissions office to set up a tour!

Blessed Sacrament School

Blessed Sacrament School

The School of the Month for July is Blessed Sacrament School

Helen, a 7th grade student at Blessed Sacrament School in Westminster, is an excellent example of what makes the school so special. Helen was recently awarded the title of Grand National Champion for her grade level in the annual Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest.  For this outstanding achievement, Helen received an engraved trophy and a check for $1,000.00.

Mrs. Joanna Peters, her 7th grade homeroom teacher, will also receive a round trip flight to attend the Zaner-Bloser conference in Orlando this summer, 3-4 nights lodging, and admittance to the conference, in addition to a framed certificate from Master Penman, Michael Sull.

Blessed Sacrament School takes great pride in promoting the importance of penmanship to their student body, believing it to be an important foundation for academic success.  From an early age, students are taught the four ‘S’ rules: size, shape, spacing and slant.

Please call 714-893-7701 or visit to learn more about all of the diverse learning opportunities the school has to offer students in Preschool-8th grade.

Catholic Schools Make a Difference

Schools That Make a Difference, Schools that Produce Results

The Orange Catholic Foundation’s annual Conference in Business and Ethics continues to be an essential event for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orange. Thanks in part to this conference, schools are able to offer financial assistance and change the lives of children in the community. See for yourself why we can proudly say, “Catholic schools of the Diocese of Orange are Schools that make a difference, Schools that produce results.”


Holy Family Cathedral School

The School of the Month for May is Holy Family Cathedral School in Orange.

Holy Family Cathedral School is a Preschool-8th grade school located in the city of Orange. The school prides itself on excellent curriculum with a great history of project based learning. An example of this is the much anticipated “Greek Day.” Every spring the 6th grade students from Holy Family learn what it’s like to live in Ancient Greece for a day. This unique event, “Life in Ancient Greece”, gives the students an opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve learned and researched about Ancient Greece. Preparation for this event starts around a month beforehand. Students first brainstorm ideas and work in teams to create a unique product to enhance the class experience in the Greek Marketplace. The students also learn debate skills as they formulate their opening statements for the debates on topics important to preteens that the students will vote on at the Marketplace. The sixth graders are assigned teams, named after Greek city-states, and design posters that relate to their research about their city-state. Finally, they learn how to make a Greek toga/chiton to wear for the big day.

Project Based Learning is just one of the many ways Holy Family Cathedral School’s curriculum stands out. Come and see our students and all of their hard work on May 12, 2017 or call to schedule a tour!

St. Edward the Confessor Parish School

St. Edward the Confessor Parish School

The School of the Month for April is St. Edward the Confessor Parish School in Dana Point.

The Parish School is a STREAM focused school that shares a campus with one of the most vibrant and supportive parishes in the Diocese of Orange. True to the school’s vision and mission to develop lifelong learners who will make a difference in the world, the school features a championship Academic Decathlon Team, championship Battle of the Books Team, three Notre Dame Trustey STEM Fellows among the esteemed faculty, a full stewardship and service program focused on providing a House of Prayer and House for the Poor of the community, Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop, Singapore Math, student-produced daily news program called Monarch TV, student produced school newspaper, an expansive visual and performing arts program, an interactive learning garden including hydroponic and terraced beds, expansive travel and field experiences, a Makerspace Lab, innovative student leadership programs, and an academically rigorous and cross-curricular program focused on the developmental needs of the whole child. Instructional practices provide an integrated curriculum enriched with inquiry-based, hands-on activities to help develop authentic problem-solving skills and collaborative interests. Learners are at the center of all that happens in the classrooms and through co-curricular experiences at The Parish School.

Recognizing parents as the primary educators of their children, the school works in partnership with families to provide faith formation, fellowship opportunities, intergenerational outreach programs, and Family STREAM Nights. Parents provide integral volunteer support that helps bolster the programs offered by the school including the STREAM Task Force, Digital Advancement Task Force, Faith and Fellowship Committee, Literacy Task Force, Consultative School Board, and Parent Guild Organization.

St. Edward the Confessor Parish School features a Mommy and Me Early Childhood Program, a 3-4 year old preschool program, TYKE (Two Year Kinder Experience), and three homeroom classrooms per grade from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The school is accredited through the Western Association of Catholic Schools (WCEA) and the Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WCEA) and features an overall 8:1 student to faculty/staff ratio. Check out our website at or follow us on Facebook.

For more information about our school, please contact our Principal, Dr. Catherine Muzzy at

Our Lady of Fatima

The School of the Month for March is Our Lady of Fatima in San Clemente.

Our Lady of Fatima’s Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Lynda Donovan, was awarded the San Clemente’s “Elementary Educator of the Year.” Lynda has been an educator for 15 years, 12 of which have been at OLF. She loves the enthusiasm and love of life that each four and five year old brings with them to school every day. Watching them grow and discover how smart and competent they are is what motivates Lynda to be an exceptional educator. Every day is a fun adventure in her classroom!

Despite all the other options, Lynda chooses OLF because she is a product of Catholic education. She and her husband also sent their five children through Catholic school, from OLF all the way through Catholic Universities. Lynda feels blessed to be at a school where she can pray and give thanks to God and cannot imagine teaching anywhere else. She loves the kids and the school community and, it is safe to say, they love her too.

Call (949) 492-7320 or visit to schedule a visit to see Lynda and her amazing TK students at Our Lady of Fatima School.