About Our School

Saint Raphael School, established in 1889 as part of the Saint Raphael parish community, fosters a Catholic faith that gives meaning and direction to life, challenges and guides our students to pursue academic excellence, and instills within them a spirit of service to God and others.

Saint Raphael School is located in the heart of downtown San Rafael. We are a community steeped in Catholic tradition while dedicated to addressing intellectual, social and spiritual challenges. We celebrate diversity and inclusiveness in a warm and welcoming school community for students Preschool through 8th grade. Saint Raphael School welcomes students of all religious, ethnic backgrounds, race and color. We celebrate our differences and unite as friends and family. Saint Raphael School is a fully accredited Catholic elementary school located in the heart of downtown San Rafael, adjacent to the Church and historic Mission. The school, Pre-School, Kindergarten through eighth grade, is part of the educational system of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The school has been matriculating student leaders since 1889, providing an excellent academic education, while emphasizing strong Catholic moral values. Saint Raphael School boasts a dedicated faculty averaging 14 years of teaching, an active parent association and generations of loyal alumni, many of whom are parents of currents students.

We take pride in our rich diverse population. Our graduates are seen as leaders throughout the community. Our Graduating Classes are encouraged to apply to the high shcool of their choice and best fit. Our students attend Marin Catholic, Saint Ignatius, Marin School of the Arts, San Domenico, Archbishop Riordan, Tamalpais, Redwood, Drake, Terra Linda or San Rafael High Schools.

Our students graduate from high school and move on to excellent four year colleges and universities such as: Cal, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Davis, the Universities of Gonzaga, Santa Clara, and Chapman, and Saint Mary’s College Moraga.