2012-2013 P r o f i l e
Mission Statement: The Presentation School, an independent school guided by Catholic values, challenges its students to be active learners reaching their individual potentials with an integrated curriculum and small class size. As a visionary, collaborative, faith-filled community, together we work to prepare students spiritually, academically, socially and physically to become life-long learners and socially responsible leaders.
Student Enrollment: 175
Faculty: 11 full- and 5 part-time fully credentialed faculty
Head of School: Nancy Waarich-Fischman
Enriched Curriculum: In addition to the Core Curriculum, students receive instruction in music, art, faith, technology, Spanish and physical education in all grades.
Elective Offerings: School Newspaper, Garden Innovators, Yearbook, Guitar, Choir, Book Club, Technology Club, French, Student Council. The selection of offerings changes each trimester.
Academic Competitions: Beginning in the intermediate grades, students compete annually in the County Science Olympiad, the County Spelling Bee, The Justin-Siena Math Competition, Sonoma County Science Fair and a handful of regional and national essay, poetry and art competitions.
Arts: Presentation has both dedicated Art and
Music teachers and the school boasts an ambitious arts curriculum that includes fine arts,
drama and music as well as an Art Docent program for the study of Art History
at every grade level. The school
puts on an annual full-scale dramatic production in the fall, an all-school musical
in the winter and a school-wide Art Show in the spring.
Presentation students compete in the Middle School Sports League in
Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field, Cross Country, Golf and fields a
Student/Teacher Ratio: Our average class size is 17, with a teacher/student ratio of 9:1.
Campus: The School moved into a new state-of-the-art campus in the fall of 2006. In the heart of Sonoma Valley the school is situated on 4.5 acres in a park-like setting with classroom and administration buildings, library and computer/technology center, dedicated art and science rooms, and an impressive Activity Center that houses a high school size basketball/volleyball court, a theater with full stage, a 40’ horizontal climbing wall, kitchen and classroom space. In addition, there is a dedicated play area for kindergartners, a school garden and extensive fields for athletics. We are a wireless campus. newcamus in
Tuition: 2012-2013 Tuition for Grades K-8 is $9,040.
Nearly 25% of our families receive confidential need-based financial
diverse student body hails from throughout Sonoma Valley as well as Napa,
Petaluma and Fairfield.
Religious Make-Up: Approximately 50% of our families are Catholic. Students participate in a specific Faith curriculum twice weekly in each grade including Catholic teachings, Bible history, Family Life and World Religions.
Accreditations/Affiliations: WASC (The Western Association of
Schools and Colleges) and Independent School Management.
High School Matriculation: Our graduates typically chose to attend Justin-Siena (Napa), Cardinal-Newman and Maria Carillo (Santa Rosa), St. Vincent De Paul (Petaluma), Sonoma Academy, Marin Academy or Sonoma Valley High School. Current grads are also at Choate Rosemary Hall School in Wallingford, Connecticut, St. George's in Newport, R.I. and Robert Louis Stevenson in Carmel, CA.
Challenging Our Students: Incoming students are assessed for math and language arts placement and these placements are re-evaluated every fall. Based on annual assessments students are placed in appropriate Language Arts and Math classes to address differential learning.
Standardized Testing: In Grades K-2, three times a year, Presentation administers an online formative assessment called "Children's Progress.” Children's Progress (www.childrensprogress.com) is an adaptive assessment of major grade-appropriate language arts and mathematics concepts. The assessment helps teachers pinpoint how to best challenge and support each child as the student progresses through the primary grades.
In grades 3-8, we administer the Stanford-10 because it is the test used by the most academically rigorous public, private and parochial schools nationwide. Our students score exceptionally well when stacked up against students at the top schools in the country. Through small class sizes, small group learning and differentiated instruction, we strive to help every student achieve their very highest potential. Last year, the average Presentation student score was in the 82nd percentile in Total Reading and in the 88th percentile in Total Math. 45 students (45% of our students tested) scored in the 95th percentile or higher on either Total Reading or Total Math which qualifies them to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Gifted Program (the leading non-profit gifted studies organization in the US).
College Matriculation: While we are still a relatively new school with few graduates of college-going age, Presentation graduates have gone on to attend Princeton University, Stanford University, Boston University, New York University, University of Virginia, Tufts University, UCLA, Berkeley and numerous other highly selective colleges.