School of the Madeleine


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History of School of the Madeleine

Statement of Philosophy

Mission Statement

School-Wide Learning Expectations

Policy of Non-Discrimination



  • Parochial School of the Diocese of San Diego, California

  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

  • Accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA)

  • Member of the National Catholic Educational Association

  • Member of California Junior Scholastic Federation

  • Member of the Greater San Diego Math Council

  • Member of the Association of Student Councils

History of School of the Madeleine

In September of 1957, School of the Madeleine opened with three hundred students in grades one through six.  The school was staffed by Sisters of Saint Francis.  During the school years 1958-1960, one additional upper grade and teacher were added, bringing the total number of classrooms to 17 with grades kindergarten through eight operating in one main building.  In 1985, the kindergarten was expanded into a developmental program with two kindergarten classrooms and a pre-first class located in the convent building.  Two preschool classrooms were added in the 1992-1993 school year.  One was a classroom for a three-year-old program and the other for a four-year-old program.  In March 2000, a new multi-purpose building was completed.  It includes a library, a computer lab, a tutoring room, an extra classroom for projects, the faculty lounge and workroom, the janitor's room, a storage room and bathrooms.  At the present time, School of the Madeleine offers a full program from preschool through grade 8.  There are three preschool classrooms, two kindergarten classrooms, one pre-first classroom, and two classes of each grade from grade one to grade eight.

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Statement of Philosophy

Each student at School of the Madeleine is a unique creation of God actively involved in the process of his or her own spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth.  The administration, teachers, staff, and parents, as the primary educators, are committed to the development of each child by providing loving support, inspiration, and quality instruction, while integrating Catholic values, traditions, and worship throughout the school environment.

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Mission Statement

The mission of School of the Madeleine:

"Our love is not to be just words or mere talk,
but something real and active."
                                               1 John: 3:18

Students at School of the Madeleine are empowered to be committed to their Catholic faith, to become aware of their personal potential, and to mature spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

We achieve this by:

  • Encouraging an atmosphere of respect, dignity, faith, love, forgiveness, and stewardship to the school, parish, and global community

  • Providing an instructional climate which fosters academic success

  • Presenting opportunities for our students to practice ethical and moral decision-making

  • Supporting the development of good habits of physical activity and wholesome attitudes toward personal health

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School-Wide Learning Expectations

A graduate of the School of the Madeleine is:

1.  A compassionate Catholic/Christian who:

  • knows Scripture and Catholic doctrine

  • understands the meaning of a personal relationship with God

  • understands and models Christian values and has a spirit of service within the school and community

  • has an awareness of God's presence in others and has a respect for life

  • unites with others as God's children in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church

2.  An independent learner who:

  • has a foundation in the fundamentals of all subjects

  • is able to use technology appropriately

  • is able to use critical thinking and a problem solving skills

  • is aware of his or her own academic strengths and weaknesses

  • understands the importance of being organized, following directions, and setting personal goals

3.  A responsible individual who:

  • understands how to establish personal and group goals

  • is aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle

  • understands the importance of respecting authority, self, and others

  • accepts consequences for his or her actions

  • has an ability to stand up for beliefs in the face of peer pressure

  • is aware of how his or her decisions will affect himself or herself and others

4.  An effective communicator who:

  • can articulate ideas effectively and appropriately

  • expresses written thoughts clearly by using proper writing techniques

  • is able to deliver opinions and information

  • is an active listener respecting others' thoughts and ideas

  • recognizes the importance of evaluating information objectively

5.  A globally aware citizen who:

  • follows the decisions of authority

  • has a sense of responsibility for social justice

  • is cognizant of current events and their effect on his or her life

  • recognizes others' cultural diversity

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Policy of Non-Discrimination

School of the Madeleine, in the Diocese of San Diego and as part of St. Mary Magdalene Parish, mindful of its mission to be witnesses to the love of Christ for all, admit students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. School of the Madeleine, in the Diocese of San Diego and as part of St. Mary Magdalene Parish, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex or disability in the administration of educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

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