St Matthew's Episcopal School

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Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 5:00pm

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Our family has been a member of the St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School community for five years, and we couldn't be happier. The education is outstanding due to the small class size, outstanding faculty, and superior resources. The school is led by an incredible administration, which is responsive and interactive with both parents and children alike.

The children are taught public speaking from a very early age and are exposed to almost every extracurricular activity imaginable. Together with the parents, the school helps children foster self-confidence, empathy, manners and an orientation toward community service. Upon graduating from St. Matthew's, the children go on to the best high schools in the area well prepared and enthusiastic about learning.

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Our family has been a member of the St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School community for five years, and we couldn't be happier. The education is outstanding due to the small class size, outstanding faculty, and superior resources. The school is led by an incredible administration, which is responsive and interactive with both parents and children alike.

The children are taught public speaking from a very early age and are exposed to almost every extracurricular activity imaginable. Together with the parents, the school helps children foster self-confidence, empathy, manners and an orientation toward community service. Upon graduating from St. Matthew's, the children go on to the best high schools in the area well prepared and enthusiastic about learning.

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I currently have two children at St. Matthew's Episcopal and one graduate. The school has high standards both academically and socially so that students are prepared for the best high schools in the area and beyond. Plus, the kids learn to respect others, speak in public, do community service, as well as participate in art, drama, music, sports. There are no cliques here because the classes are just too small. With only 22-23/grade the kids learn to get along and find common ground in each other. Despite the comments I see here, the church and school are on very good footing. Both the Rector of the church and the Head of School send their children here. It is typical for Episcopal schools to have a small percentage of parishioners attend their schools, since the mandate of an Episcopal school is to teach all kids, not just the students from the church. In that way, the school has a more diverse population than one might expect from a church-affiliated school. It's a great place with a community of parents, teachers and administration that is very committed to education. I have to stress that the teachers are fabulous.

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I currently have two children at St. Matthew's Episcopal and one graduate. The school has high standards both academically and socially so that students are prepared for the best high schools in the area and beyond. Plus, the kids learn to respect others, speak in public, do community service, as well as participate in art, drama, music, sports. There are no cliques here because the classes are just too small. With only 22-23/grade the kids learn to get along and find common ground in each other. Despite the comments I see here, the church and school are on very good footing. Both the Rector of the church and the Head of School send their children here. It is typical for Episcopal schools to have a small percentage of parishioners attend their schools, since the mandate of an Episcopal school is to teach all kids, not just the students from the church. In that way, the school has a more diverse population than one might expect from a church-affiliated school. It's a great place with a community of parents, teachers and administration that is very committed to education. I have to stress that the teachers are fabulous.

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We are at the school since 6 years and had only great experiences, I totally disagree with the rude comments in past reviews and do not believe that you can judge a school by visiting it once. There are very many wonderful families at the school. The academics are good and the kids are very nice. While there is a new leadership of school and church since a number of years now, there has never been an interim head of school. The relationship of school and church is good, since the change. All private schools do fundraising as do the public schools and all schools rely on volunteers. Middle school kids move on to Menlo, Sacred Heart, St. Ignatius, Castlileja... etc, which I do believe are very good high schools. Yes, it is expensive as most other private schools are, but in my area the local public school is not good and with the reduced funding in public education I do not believe it is going to get better.
The greatest asset of St. Matthews though are the teachers!
It is not true that many of them are close to retirement. The school has a great faculty which works closely together.

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★★★★★

We are at the school since 6 years and had only great experiences, I totally disagree with the rude comments in past reviews and do not believe that you can judge a school by visiting it once. There are very many wonderful families at the school. The academics are good and the kids are very nice. While there is a new leadership of school and church since a number of years now, there has never been an interim head of school. The relationship of school and church is good, since the change. All private schools do fundraising as do the public schools and all schools rely on volunteers. Middle school kids move on to Menlo, Sacred Heart, St. Ignatius, Castlileja... etc, which I do believe are very good high schools. Yes, it is expensive as most other private schools are, but in my area the local public school is not good and with the reduced funding in public education I do not believe it is going to get better.
The greatest asset of St. Matthews though are the teachers!
It is not true that many of them are close to retirement. The school has a great faculty which works closely together.

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I also agree with So many other choices an Stepford. Everyday math is awful; you will have to spend time compensating for the gaps or hire a tutor. Graduates do not go on to impressive high schools or colleges. The environment is poisonous. Very snotty, cliquey. The walk is the opposite of the talk. School and Church have feuded for years resulting in sacking of Head and Priest. Neither Church nor school are financially viable which is the result of years of infighting. Very, very few Episcopal children in the school; in fact, in years gone by the NOT Episcopal head went out of his way to NOT have parish children in the school. Lots of lip service but very little transaparency or accountability. For a good laugh go to the church web page and look at the notes from the vestry meetings. Properly done these notes should provide a lot of insight and disclosure as to what is really going on. Did you notice that the last posting of the minutes was November 2006? Need I say more? Much healthier, kinder, nicer schools available for the money.

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I also agree with So many other choices an Stepford. Everyday math is awful; you will have to spend time compensating for the gaps or hire a tutor. Graduates do not go on to impressive high schools or colleges. The environment is poisonous. Very snotty, cliquey. The walk is the opposite of the talk. School and Church have feuded for years resulting in sacking of Head and Priest. Neither Church nor school are financially viable which is the result of years of infighting. Very, very few Episcopal children in the school; in fact, in years gone by the NOT Episcopal head went out of his way to NOT have parish children in the school. Lots of lip service but very little transaparency or accountability. For a good laugh go to the church web page and look at the notes from the vestry meetings. Properly done these notes should provide a lot of insight and disclosure as to what is really going on. Did you notice that the last posting of the minutes was November 2006? Need I say more? Much healthier, kinder, nicer schools available for the money.

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I agree with the comments left by "anonymous" about Saint Matthews Episcopal (SMEDS). We visited the school and talked to several families before choosing to go with one of the excellent public schools in our area. The cost of St. Matthews is very high, and the value delivered is very low. They appear to be on a constant fundraising drive, and the parents are also expected to volunteer a lot of time in the school and at fundraising events. Their students are not sought after by the best private middle schools and high schools in the area as they tend not to have a superior education and are very snobby.

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★☆☆☆☆

I agree with the comments left by "anonymous" about Saint Matthews Episcopal (SMEDS). We visited the school and talked to several families before choosing to go with one of the excellent public schools in our area. The cost of St. Matthews is very high, and the value delivered is very low. They appear to be on a constant fundraising drive, and the parents are also expected to volunteer a lot of time in the school and at fundraising events. Their students are not sought after by the best private middle schools and high schools in the area as they tend not to have a superior education and are very snobby.

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This school reminds me a lot of the movie "The Stepford Wives" (the original good one, not the remake). The wives are primarily stay-at-home homemakers, and they ostracize the few families that are not. Several of the children have learning disabilities in each grade, and that slows down the class. The teachers are average at best with many close to retirement. The facilities are terrible. The principal left last year after a stormy tenure, and there is a temporary head of school now. The school is associated with St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, and there is a bad relationship between the school and the parish because the parish is heavily funded by the school (you would think it would be the other way around!).

In summary: very mediocre education, very bad social environment, constant turmoil in the administration, very unstable faculty, bad facility. STAY AWAY: we wish we would have had this advice 5 years ago.

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This school reminds me a lot of the movie "The Stepford Wives" (the original good one, not the remake). The wives are primarily stay-at-home homemakers, and they ostracize the few families that are not. Several of the children have learning disabilities in each grade, and that slows down the class. The teachers are average at best with many close to retirement. The facilities are terrible. The principal left last year after a stormy tenure, and there is a temporary head of school now. The school is associated with St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, and there is a bad relationship between the school and the parish because the parish is heavily funded by the school (you would think it would be the other way around!).

In summary: very mediocre education, very bad social environment, constant turmoil in the administration, very unstable faculty, bad facility. STAY AWAY: we wish we would have had this advice 5 years ago.

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Saint Matthews Episcopal Day School offers really good education with an emphasis on smaller classes and individual attention. I work in the daycare industry and I got to know a lot of daycare businesses in the area. Saint Matthews Episcopal Day School really offers really good services to parents in the San Mateo county. I highly recomend the school.

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Saint Matthews Episcopal Day School offers really good education with an emphasis on smaller classes and individual attention. I work in the daycare industry and I got to know a lot of daycare businesses in the area. Saint Matthews Episcopal Day School really offers really good services to parents in the San Mateo county. I highly recomend the school.

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my youngest sister went to this school from pre-school until eighth grade and she loved it. they have small class sizes and the teachers are so well qualified. they encourage individual talents. they have very high standards for their students so they definately push their students towards academic success. my younger sister had many wonderful experiences at this school and has a very strong academic background because of this school.

PROS: small class size, highly qualified teachers
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★★★★★

my youngest sister went to this school from pre-school until eighth grade and she loved it. they have small class sizes and the teachers are so well qualified. they encourage individual talents. they have very high standards for their students so they definately push their students towards academic success. my younger sister had many wonderful experiences at this school and has a very strong academic background because of this school.

PROS: small class size, highly qualified teachers
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