St. Lawrence O’Toole School provides a challenging, comprehensive, and relevant curriculum for each student. We focus on the continuum of learning from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade, allowing for the smoothest possible transition between grade levels supporting the high achievement of our students. To maintain this continuum, we rely on our student learning expectations, the standards and benchmarks established by the Oakland Diocese, and the Common Core for State Standards adopted by the state of California.
Catholic identity and faith formation are integrated throughout the curriculum, as students are inspired to live the Gospel values. We pride ourselves on our history of service to the community and continually look for opportunities to support social justice and give to others in need.
Faculty and staff members apply a variety of teaching methods, consider the students’ multiple forms of intelligence, apply cross-curricular integration, and provide real-world experiential learning opportunities to establish deep cognitive foundations.
Choral singing and music theory are taught in the Kodaly Method by graduate-level teachers from Holy Names University. Additionally, homework club, guitar lessons, baking club, gardening club, technology club and Children’s Choir are after school opportunities for all students.