The Saint Frances Cabrini Parish established Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic School in the Cambrian area of San Jose. It opened its doors in 1960 with grades one and two. Father Robert Essig was the founding Pastor and he brought the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose to staff the school. The original school building had eight classrooms, school offices, and a religious education office. In 1963, the new church was completed, and the old church was renovated to accommodate the increasing school enrollment. The first graduating class was in 1967.
Due to its academic success and community impact, the school continues to grow. Today it holds an approximate enrollment of 620 students. The school now includes an administrative wing, 22 classrooms, two science labs, three resource rooms, a full-size gymnasium, and an athletic field.
The Dominican Sisters withdrew in 1994. Today the school is staffed by a dedicated group of lay teachers who direct the spiritual and educational needs of students from preschool to the eighth grade.
Saint Frances Cabrini School is part of the Diocese of San Jose. There are 36 schools in the Diocese, which are regulated by the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools. The State of California and/or the Diocese mandates the total number of school days, instructional minutes per subject, and federal/state holidays.
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