116 Montecito Avenue

Oakland, CA 94610

Phone: 510.285.9600

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Welcome from the Head of School
Josh Stern's Online Journal
Mission & Values
St. Paul's at a Glance
History and Philosophy
Welcome to St. Paul's School!
St. Paul’s Episcopal School is a special place. Established in 1975, our founders believed that students would learn more by actively engaging in the community surrounding them. Our campus is in the heart of Oakland. We embrace the richness of our our city by engaging with our surroundings as an essential component to learning.

This past spring we celebrated our 40th Anniversary at St. Paul’s Episcopal School by hosting a party at Children’s Fairyland, a centerpiece of Oakland, just across the street from our school. Current students, families, faculty, and community members, along with alumni, former faculty, and a host of friends excitedly filled the park. Guests’ excitement was palpable and the message from attendees was clear: St. Paul’s is a remarkable place and has a lasting positive impact on all who engage with our community.

We are an independent K-8 day school steps north of Lake Merritt, our successful approach is based on three principles:

We couple academic rigor with what we call fearless learning. At St. Paul’s, students develop the skills and knowledge to navigate ambiguity and to solve complex problems with insight and creativity. We have created a supportive community where students approach academic, intellectual, and personal challenges with confidence and courage.

We make service and learning interdependent. Our students understand not only how to learn but why to learn. We help them understand the importance of serving the community and caring for the planet, and the service itself reinforces lessons from the classroom. Students are motivated to learn because they see first-hand why what they are learning is important.

We achieve better, deeper learning by harnessing the power of diversity. Research has shown that a diverse student population fuels critical thinking and results in academic excellence. We require open and empathetic exploration of cultural, spiritual, and individual differences. Students are prepared to step into the world with grace, confidence, and understanding.

These three principles help our students graduate with skill, purpose, and empathy.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about St. Paul’s School. We look forward to seeing you on campus so you can learn more about our academic program, fearless learners, and special community.


Josh Stern
Head of School
At A Glance

Josh Stern

Kindergarten - grade 8
Two classes at each grade level

360 students
8:1 student:teacher ratio

Average tenure: 10 years
55% of full time faculty hold advanced degrees

K-8 Spanish
Music: Choral and percussion
Physical Education
Service Learning
Electives for grades 7 & 8 including drama

After School Program: study hall, music lessons, science, chess, cooking, art, Legos, and more
Team Sports for grades 6-8
Band for grades 4-8

K-1 8:30-2:30
2-3 8:30-3:00
4-5 8:30-3:15
6-8 8:30-3:30
Before care begins at 7:30 a.m. and regular drop-off at 8 a.m.
The After School Program runs until 6 p.m.