Why Saint Brendan
There are many reasons to have your child attend St. Brendan Catholic School. We provide a safe and nurturing environment in which your child will develop a strong foundation for his/her Catholic faith and achieve academic excellence. Come visit us and see why our students do so well!
St. Brendan Catholic School in Bothell, WA is celebrated its 50th year in 2016 of providing high quality Catholic education! Thank you to the faith-filled Franciscan religious sisters who had the vision to begin a Catholic school in 1966. We appreciate all the teachers, administrators, pastors, parents, and students who came before us and made St. Brendan School what it is today. We are proud to stand on their accomplishments and be a part of an excellent Catholic school!
St. Brendan School was accredited in 2016 (for the third time) through the Western Catholic Educational Association. We were awarded the highest term for accreditation each time.
St. Brendan School welcomes students from Preschool through 8th grade coming from Bothell and the neighboring cities of Kenmore, Kirkland, Mill Creek, Everett, Duvall, Snohomish, Monroe, and Woodinville. Our school is located within the boundaries of the Northshore Public School District and we are the only Catholic elementary school in the district.
St. Brendan School is co-educational, with an enrollment of approximately 230 students. Our student body is 98% Catholic, consisting of 48% male and 52% female students. We accept non-Catholic students on a space-available basis. Over the past five years, our Asian student population has increased 6% and our Hispanic population has increased by 4%.
We have one class each for Preschool through 8th grade.
Our Preschool class is limited to 10 students for part time and 8 students for full-time; Pre-kindergarten is limited to 20 students for full-day and 10 students for half-day; each class has a certified early-education teacher and a full time classroom aide. The Preschool students have priority admission into our Pre-kindergarten class provided the child meets the minimum Pre-kindergarten readiness skills.
Our Pre-kindergarten class consists of four and five year old children. The teacher to student ratio is 1:10 and our class is limited to 20 students. The Pre-kindergarten students have priority admission into our Kindergarten class provided the child meets the minimum kindergarten readiness skills.
Students in the Pre-kindergarten program can be enrolled for a morning-only program or full day.
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades have full or part-time classroom aides depending on class size and student needs. Our other grades share teacher aides.
With classroom aides, our primary grades have a teacher to student ratio of approximately 1:13.
We provide an on-site before and after school child care program for Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students. Students enjoy the fun activities at extended care while having a chance to have a quiet start to the school day, finish homework, play in the school gym or outside, have quiet time to read, enjoy a breakfast or afternoon snack, use library materials and the computer lab, play lots of games and puzzles, and spend time with their classmates. The staff to student ratio for child care is approximately 1:10.
Families are attracted to St. Brendan School because of the strong Catholic values, our excellent reputation, and our competent and highly-qualified teachers and administrators. The end result is a faith-filled young adult (8th grader) well-prepared for high school and eager to serve the community.
Our students consistently score well above the national percentile in their knowledge about the Catholic faith. One hundred percent (100%) of our 8th graders over the last seven years were accepted into local Catholic high schools. Our above-average student standardized test scores evidence the high level of learning our students achieve.
Our parents are active members of the parish and school. Parents willingly fulfill what is required from them and in turn they can be assured of a high quality Catholic education for their child. Parents are involved in our school on a daily basis and we work as partners. They make a commitment of time, talent, and treasure. Each family donates their time, merchandise for the annual school auction, and financial donations to the annual school appeal. They plan and are involved in many family, student, and fundraising events.
All students have a daily religion class and attend a monthly school Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and other seasonal liturgies. Students in grades Pre-K-8 attend a weekly Mass with parishioners.
Students lead prayer over the school intercom at the opening and closing of each day and each class prays the Angelus mid-day. Each grade plans and presents a liturgy for a monthly Mass and plans and participates in community service projects. Students have opportunities to develop Christian leadership skills in their classroom and through cross-grade activities, within extra-curricular groups, and especially through our Student Council.
Our administrators, teachers, and staff have formed and sustained a genuine, supportive community among themselves. Our teachers’ experience ranges from a few years to master teachers with 20 or more years of teaching. The parents and students respect the teachers and staff as talented, compassionate, and dedicated educators.
The staff is committed to spreading the teachings of the Gospel and they consciously model Catholic values. The staff consists of the principal, preschool through 8th grade homeroom teachers, reading specialist for K-4, a science teacher for grades 5-8, an administrative assistant, an Extended Care Director, a Development Director, six classroom aides, a custodian, a school secretary, technical support staff, a librarian, and music, PE, technology, and art teachers. All teachers hold valid Washington State teaching certificates, have Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees, and eight teachers have Master Degrees.