Q: Is St. Martin de Porres School accredited?
A: St. Martin de Porres is fully accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) through 2018.
Q: Is it true that St. Martin de Porres School offers free before and after school care for its students?
A: We do offer free extended care before school from 6:30-7:55am and after school from 3-6pm. Our students receive nutritious snacks, tutoring, and homework help. Additional enrichment classes are also offered, such as counseling and character education programs and drug and violence prevention programs. The enrichment programs also feature music education and dance. Our academic programs help our students meet state and local standards in such core subjects as reading, math, technology, the arts, and physical education. In addition, we offer literacy and other educational services to our parents.
Q: Do students have to wear a uniform?
A: All St. Martin de Porres students are required to wear uniforms which are purchased from Dennis Uniform Company.
Q: How do St. Martin de Porres School's test scores compare with other schools?
A: There are no scores published by schools in the Diocese of Oakland. Catholic schools do not use the same type of test, nor are the results used in the same way as public schools. The high schools that our graduates attend have told us that our students score well on their entrance tests, and many qualify for honors programs.
Q: What high school do most of your students attend?
A: We are proud to announce that students from St. Martin de Porres have a 90% acceptance to Bay Area Catholic High Schools. Our students have been accepted to:
Q: What type of involvement do you have with the Catholic High Schools?
- St. Elizabeth High School
- St. Joseph High School
- St. Mary’s High School
- Holy Name High School
- Bishop O’Dowd
- Salesian High School
- Moreau Catholic
A: We offer High School information visits at our campus each fall and we strongly encourage our 8th graders to “shadow” a high school student from one of their top choices for the day. In addition, our teachers are in constant communication with our families regarding placement exams, requirements and preparing the application process
Q: What is the student/teacher ratio?
A: Class sizes can only go up to 25 students. Small group instruction is a standard practice for our teachers each day.
Q: What does the curriculum include?
A: St. Martin de Porres School follows the Diocese of Oakland guidelines and Common Core State Standards with additional enhancements.
Q: What kind of technology does St. Martin de Porres School provide?
A: Technology is a part of classroom functionality, as well as, administrative and student record management and communications. The Sacred Heart lab has 25 computers and 22 laptops on cart and 23 iPads. The middle school lab has 19 computers and 2 laptop carts with 24 laptops each. St. Martin de Porres School has over a 1:1 ratio of Computers per Student.
Q: Do St. Martin de Porres students receive their sacramental preparation at school?
A: Each year, the school offers sacramental preparation classes for students making their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
Q: Are volunteer hours required of parents or students?
A: Every year, the school requires 30 hours of volunteer time from each family. Volunteer activities include recess and lunch supervision, tutoring or assisting in the classroom, answering phones at the front desk, supporting campus clean- up activities, chaperoning field trips and assisting with parent/family programs (such as Hispanic Heritage Night, Christmas Pageant, etc).