History of the School –
Presentation Parish School is a welcoming and dynamic community that has traditionally provided an exceptional education in a faith filled environment. It was established in 1965, under the direction of Monsignor James Cloherty. The school opened with grades 1 - 4 and was staffed by the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each successive year an additional grade was added until it was completed as a first through eighth grade school. In August of 1991, a kindergarten program was instituted. Presentation Parish School from its beginning is centered in our Catholic faith.
The retirement of Sr. Monica Lowry in 1996 marked the hiring of the school’s first lay principal. In 2001, health issues required the Sisters of Charity, BVM to return to their community’s home base in Iowa. Today the school continues to operate with an all-lay staff which numbers twenty-eight, including full and part-time certificated teachers, paraprofessionals, clerical, custodial, and administrative personnel.
Presentation School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Educators Association. The purpose of the accreditation process is to foster excellence in elementary education by encouraging school improvement through a process of continuing evaluation and to recognize schools that meet an acceptable level of quality in accordance with established criteria.
As a Catholic school, we are committed to the formation of Christian values as well as academic excellence. The religion curriculum is based on diocesan standards, while California Common Core State Standards form the basis of the academic curriculum. Additionally physical education, art, music, and technology are offered in all grades. Our classrooms are well equipped with technology and teachers use a cross-curricular approach infusing technology, the arts, and critical thinking skills. Most importantly, the experiences of faith and service help our students develop a love for God and an appreciation for the value of others.