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. Additionally, the majority of our teachers are certified catechists by way of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Basic Catechist Certification Program.  It is not without great dedication that we continue to meet or exceed the expectations of our WASC/WCEA accreditation reviews every six years.

Finally, this past summer the SLM administration, faculty and staff met to discuss the value of a Catholic education at St. Lawrence Martyr School. I am truly inspired by the team's understanding and thoughtfulness of educating the whole-child. The following embodies our root beliefs about a St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic School education:

  • Learning is joy-filled, meaningful and intrinsic to life.
  • All students deserve a safe, loving and positive learning environment.
  • Each student has his or her own way of receiving and expressing knowledge.
  • Every student can learn, grow and be successful.
  • A solid educational system exists when parent, child, and teacher work together with Christ at the center.

We wish you much success through the discernment process of selecting a school for your child. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions 310-316-3049 ext. 257 or

Many blessings,

Diane Kaiser


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 Catholic School serves to educate students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. We provide an environment of academic excellence sustained and enriched by the Gospel values of love, faith, and justice.  Jesus Christ is at the center of all we do. He guides us in leadership, scholarship, and joyful service to others. By this means, St. Lawrence Martyr faculty and staff nurtures the God-given potential of each student toward fulfillment of academic, personal, and spiritual potential in a loving and caring atmosphere.


  • 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 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.


St. Lawrence Martyr School is a Catholic school located in the city of Redondo Beach, California. Founded in 1956 by Msgr. Collins and staffed by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Saint Lawrence Martyr School serves the South Bay community with excellence in academic and faith formation, spreading the message of Jesus Christ.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet opened the school with an enrollment of 350 students. In 1957, the enrollment doubled and four classrooms were added. Through the years, the enrollment grew to 931 which was the maximum in 1961, and from then until now has decreased due to phasing out of classrooms as directed by the Archdiocesan Education Department.  At present, 290 students are enrolled in 10 classrooms that include 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.

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 life-long leaners and responsible citizens, and courageously live-out our Catholic faith.

St. Lawrence Martyr Church