Junior High

Saint Raphael Junior High: What Sets Us Apart?



  • Annual retreats for Junior High
  • School Mass once a month, student altar servers and school choir
  • Daily Mass, student lectors
  • Community service hours
  • Outreach to Buena Vista
  • Active parish Youth Group



  • Small class sizes enable teachers to differentiate instruction to meet various needs and ability levels
  • Understanding of each student's unique needs as teachers have on average only 60 student contacts
  • Project Based Learning provides opportunities for multi-grade, small group collaboration
  • Small group instruction



  • Rigorous academics to meet and exceed the standards set forth by the State of California and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Ambitious independent reading and creative writing expectations
  • Multiple levels of math for grades 7 and 8 including Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Advanced Geometry
  • Departmentalized: Ms. Schiferl, Mrs. Galvan, Mrs. Courtney, Ms. Heinrich, Ms. Breton
  • Up to six different teachers
  • Google Classroom


Leadership & Mentoring Opportunities

  • Prepared to be school leaders
  • Participation in Student Council
  • Act as role models to younger students through School Families and Class Buddies



  • Students explore the arts and technology in an age-appropriate and relevant manner
  • Electives: Yearbook or Digital Media, Horticulture, Outreach, Drama, Teacher Assistance Program
  • Sports for girls and boys through the Christian Athletic League: soccer, volleyball, basketball, co-ed flag football
  • Foreign language program: Spanish two days/week
  • Class trips to CIMI (7th grade) and Sacramento (8th grade)
  • Financial literacy
  • Etiquite classes
  • College tours


See Characteristics of Successful Schools of Young Adolescents.


Contact Information

St. Raphael School
160 St. Joseph St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Phone: 805.967.2115
Fax: 805.683.9765


Mission Statement

SR_Emblem-150hSt. Raphael School was founded when God answered a Daughter of Charity’s prayer.  To this day, our mission is consistent with that of our founding Sisters: to educate all children in preschool through eighth grade in mind, body and spirit by imparting the values of Jesus through a rigorous curriculum, devoted faculty and an actively involved parent community.

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