Principal's Message

Dear Prospective Families,

Welcome! First and foremost, I encourage you to reach out to me at any time so that I may introduce myself and share with you the beauty and successes of our little school and also to answer any questions you may have. We are aware of the careful discernment parents go through when choosing an educational program for their child and we thank you for considering St. Lawrence Martyr School.

We are a close-knit, faith-filled community dedicated to teaching Catholic principles, fostering Christian living and providing excellence in academic formation. Prayer is integral to the school day and students learn to recognize Christ’s presence in every moment. In building the foundation for sacramental living, our students attend Mass weekly, participate in Stations of the Cross, the Living Rosary, May Crowning, St. Francis' Blessing of the Animals Mass and many other prayer services and events. The SLM faculty and staff also strive to help our students understand the importance of serving others and, thus, provide many volunteer opportunities, such as  collecting and distributing goods for food drives, writing letters to service men and women overseas, and providing support at liturgies as altar servers, lectors and greeters.

St. Lawrence Martyr School takes pride in providing a challenging, comprehensive and relevant curriculum that addresses the various learning styles of the students. The curriculum includes Religion, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Art, Physical Education, Music and computer software classes. Resource staff are available for students with identified special learning needs. We are also fortunate to provide access to an on-site school counselor.

In addition to our curriculum, our school provides before and after school childcare, as well as, many other after-school activities. Some of the activities include the following: creative writing, computer coding, art, chess, the ADLA Academic Junior High Decathlon, the Constitutional Rights Mock Trial, as well as several athletic teams – football, basketball, volleyball, softball, track and field, and soccer.

St. Lawrence Martyr School boasts an exceptional faculty and staff, who care deeply for the educational and spiritual development of each student. All of our teachers hold multiple or single-subject teaching credentials and over half have Master’s degrees. Our faculty members each have at least 5 to 20 years of teaching experience and view their work in a Catholic school as missionary in spirit. It is not without great dedication that we continue to meet or exceed the expectations of our WASC/WCEA accreditation reviews every six years.

Again, please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions at 310-316-3049 ext. 257 or diane.kaiser@stlmschool.org. I wish you much success through the discernment process of selecting a school for your child.

Many blessings,

Diane Kaiser

Principal

St. Lawrence Martyr School 
1950 S. Prospect Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA
(310) 316-3049 x257

“ The first thing about the angels that we ought to imitate, is their consciousness of the Presence of God. ” ~ St. John Vianney


Mission Statement

St. Lawrence Martyr School provides an environment of academic excellence rooted in the Catholic faith. We strive to nurture independent critical thinkers and virtuous individuals whom positively impact the world as stewards of Christ.


Philosophy

  • We believe that each person is a child of God and deserves love, respect and care.

  • We believe that a quality Catholic education teaches the whole child: spiritually, emotionally, academically, and socially.

  • We believe that faith formation is an on-going collaboration between the school, family, and parish community.

  • We believe instruction and assessment must provide for the diverse needs and abilities of all students, nurturing life-long learners.

  • We believe that students learn to participate in the global community by serving the spiritual and social needs of all.

  • We believe in continuous professional development for all staff members through research, on-going education, and implementation of best practices.


History

St. Lawrence Martyr School is a located in the city of Redondo Beach, California, and serves the South Bay area. The close-knit, faith-filled community is dedicated to teaching Catholic principles, fostering Christian living and providing excellence in academic formation. St. Lawrence Martyr School is a distinguished Blue Ribbon school that takes pride in providing a challenging, comprehensive and relevant curriculum that addresses the various learning styles of each student.

Founded by Msgr. Collins and staffed by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, St. Lawrence Martyr School opened it's doors in 1956. The school building includes 10 classrooms for transitional kindergarten through grade eight. The plant contains additional rooms for Spanish and music classes, a science lab, a computer lab and an extended-day care room. Along with the school, the Church, Parish Rectory, Pastoral Center, Parish Hall, and expansive lower field are situated on the campus.

While the last of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet retired from service to St. Lawrence Martyr School in 2004, the current administration, faculty, and staff continue the school's strong reputation for providing an education where every student is cared for, encouraged, and inspired to excel academically, grow spiritually, become responsible citizens, and courageously live-out the Catholic faith.


St. Lawrence Martyr Church

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