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Mission & Philosophy



San Carlos School, as a ministry of San Carlos Cathedral, provides a high-quality Catholic education for students in 
grades TK - 8. 
We welcome:  
all families seeking a faith-filled learning community. 
We nurture:  
the whole child by integrating spiritual and moral development 
with high academic standards. 
We serve:  
the local and global communities by fostering a spirit of 
safety, stewardship, social justice, and peace.




San Carlos School (SCS) is a Catholic, coeducational TK - 8 school of the Diocese of Monterey.  SCS teaches traditional Catholic beliefs and responds to God’s call by welcoming culturally, economically, and religiously diverse families. We collaborate with parents, the first educators, to foster the holistic development of the learners, create an environment in which diversity flourishes, and help students unveil their full potential.

As a Catholic educational community, we seek to prepare students to respond to modern challenges intellectually and peacefully, by upholding high academic standards.  Our comprehensive curriculum promotes the development of morally centered problem solvers, critical thinkers, and confident leaders.  Organization and study skills are emphasized to equip students with the tools needed for lifelong success.  Faculty and staff members strive to integrate elements of faith into all curricular areas and provide a variety of opportunities for worship.  SCS honors student growth through the recognition of outstanding achievement, community involvement, and extracurricular endeavors.

The vibrant success of each student is dependent upon the schoolwide partnership between families, faculty, and Church.  As we build a community of faith, all are welcome to participate in collective outreach projects in our local and global communities through service, leadership, and reflection.  Together, we model Gospel teachings, cultivate spiritual gifts, value diversity, and provide students with opportunities to deepen their relationships with God.  San Carlos School is committed to the development of the whole child, as they flourish into faith-filled, virtuous, compassionate, and conscientious stewards who respect all of creation.