Welcome to our St. Gabriel School website. We are proud to celebrate nearly 70 years in Catholic education. St. Gabriel opened in 1948 amid the sand dunes. Over the next decade, we grew to become the largest Catholic elementary school west of the Mississippi with 1200 students, all from the surrounding neighborhood.
Today, St. Gabriel remains a large Catholic elementary school. This year, we have a healthy enrollment of 468. We serve students primarily from the Sunset District and from other areas of the City, northern peninsula and southern coastal communities. Our student body reflects the ethnic diversity of the Bay Area.
We are very proud of our excellent academic program that strives to meet the needs of each student. We have many co-curricular activities to challenge our students, such as speech contests, science fair competition, and our Academic Decathlon team who have won the local competition in 11 of 15 years of competition. We have a Learning Support Program to assist students with an identified need. We have other programs, such as Bridges, professional counseling, In-A-Pinch, and peer tutoring, to support our students and their families. There are numerous after-school activities available to our students.
Our program is infused with Christian values. Our staff actively helps students develop a positive self-image and a sense of self-discipline. We challenge our students to become loving faith-filled individuals, active participants, responsible citizens, enthusiastic learners and self-aware individuals.
St. Gabriel facilities include a fully equipped Science Discovery Center, a fully networked MAC lab, classroom computer centers, iPads, interactive DLP projectors with document cameras in all classrooms, library, and an Extended Care Program that operates from 7:00am to 6:00pm each school day. Our facility includes campus-wide Wi-Fi.
Our response to COVID-19 remains fluid. At St. Gabriel, a team of teachers and myself have worked hard all summer to develop a plan for full distance learning as well as for our reopening. All plans have San Francisco County Health directives and guidelines driving them to ensure the safety of all who step foot on and off our campus, once we are allowed to return to the school buildings. Our Distance Learning Leadership Team has been invaluable on this journey so far. Our full teaching faculty and staff have also gone above and beyond to adjust to virtual teaching and making their classes just as enriching and fulfilling as they have always been.
As the CDC, the State of California, and the County of San Francisco navigate their decision-making surrounding COVID-19, and delineate reopening directives and guidelines, we are experiencing a very fluid situation. We are currently prepared for multiple scenarios: In-School Attendance, Hybrid Attendance, and Full Distance Learning Attendance. More information on these scenarios will be available on our website soon.
When you enter St. Gabriel, you enter a strong, vibrant community. We are very fortunate to have the support of our school families, parishioners, alumni, alumni parents, and many friends. It is this community that makes St. Gabriel truly special.
We hope you enjoy getting to know us. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions or if we can be of further assistance.
Gina Beal, Principal