ST. FRANCIS DE SALES SCHOOL

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13368 VALLEYHEART DR
SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91423
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Phone: 818-784-9573
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Catholic
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: Archdiocese Of Los Angeles
  • Students/Teacher: 17:1
  • Students/Grade: 31.6
  • Number Students: 316
  • Number Teachers: 12
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Dr Anthony Galla
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
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  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
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  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (15 ratings)
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    School Reviews (9 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-06
    "My family has been a part of the St. Francis de Sales community for many years. My children started in kindergarten when Sr. Ellen Marie McGovern was principal and continued on through 8th Grade with Mr. Kenny and then, Dr. Galla at the helm. From our experience, we can honestly say that the high quality of education and genuine regard for the students' well being and spiritual growth has remained consistent over the years. There has been very little turn-over in the faculty and staff since we've been there, many teachers have been teaching at SFDS for 10+ years. I was disappointed to read the two reviews below. Obviously, the writer of those posts had a bad experience with the school and the administration. I suppose that is inevitable in even the best schools. Not every school is going to be a good fit for every student and I am glad they found a school that works for their family. St. Francis has a very supportive parent and alumni community. Many parents at the school are also alumni who are sending their students to their "home" school. We have had a great experience at SFDS. Good luck with your school search!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-09
    "This school was a horrible experience for my children. The teachers are burnt out and academically behind. Lots of bullying and favoritism.Full of phony parents and mean kids. Pulled my kids out and watched them blossom at their new school. They enjoy school now."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-24
    "St.Francis de Sales school does not follow their own mission statement with regards to bullying, cheating, and misbehavior at the school. The principal has been dismissive and done nothing to address these issues. Many teachers and administrators are used up, unhappy, mean, and are unapproachable, arrogant, and condescending. They are lazy, inattentive, and just go through the motions of their jobs. They do not celebrate accomplishment. For the money this school should be top notch, but instead is behind in technology and quality faculty compared to other Catholic schools in Los Angeles. More important to them is new paint on the church. Parents suffer in the non air-conditioned auditorium where all children's performances are. There is way too much emphasis on the annual fair and fund-raisers for the school. Church services have an emphasis on social justice instead of self-reliance, music, and joy. The school only cares about the money, not the children, and even less about the parents who pay for it all."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-02-06
    "This is a really great school.... Although the class size is a bit large, there is a teachers aid in each class. In addition to a great athletic program with many team sports open to grades 5 to 8, the school offers many fab extracurricular activities for the younger grades including a swim team (for grades K-8), chess club (grades K-8), guitar class (K-8), Drama, and even a School of Rock program (grades 6-8). SFDS has great parent involvement and the teachers are excellent. They also have computer, Spanish, Art and Music as part of the curriculum. The new principal is awesome and has brought a ton of improvements. Can't recommend it enough!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2008-12-06
    "Large class size after Kinder: 33-35 in each class, one class per grade. Enrichment courses and general learning can be impeded by these numbers, especially in the early grades. Good parental involvement and support, but school is not for everyone."
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