St. Mary’s Star of the Sea

St. Mary’s has both a preschool and a K-8 school. The schools are located on Oceanside, CA near Camp Pendleton. It is fairly close to base, with less than a 20 minute commute from base to school.

These are religious schools that follow the teachings of the Catholic Church. The preschool also uses the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education. The K-8 program is also take a whole child approach with a focus of Christian education.

Great Schools does not provide a test-based rating, but there are community ratings for both schools. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about both programs. Preschool parents comment on the loving and attentive program and staff. Elementary reviews mention the academic rigor and outstanding staff.

What MilFams Say:

This is a great preschool! There is often a long wait list, so enroll early. This is a warm and welcoming environment, with staff that take the time to get to know each student personally. Students are both supported and challenged academically as needed. There are supports in place for both emotional and social needs. The school communicates regularly with parents.