in the Diocese of Oakland educate children in the Catholic faith and nurture their
minds, bodies, and souls, inspiring them to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, achieve
their highest academic and creative potential, and actively serve and enrich the
On behalf of the Catholic education community of the Diocese of Oakland we would like to welcome you to our website. We are the 32nd largest Diocese in the United States and the 4th largest in California, with 44 elementary schools and 9 high schools, and over 19,990 students.
We are a culturally diverse community of Catholics living in the Northern California counties of Alameda and Contra Costa, under the spiritual leadership of the Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ. The focus of the Department of Catholic Schools is to provide leadership and service to all of those involved in the ministry of Catholic education.
The Catholic elementary and secondary schools within the Diocese of Oakland are the expression of the educational ministry
of the parishes, religious congregations and the Diocese itself. Under
the authority of the Bishop, the schools share a common Christian
vision, resources and responsibilities as they strive to serve the youth
that are reflective of the diverse cultural, ethnic and economic
population of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Diocese and
individual schools are committed to include the poor in Catholic school
The tenets and the tradition of the Catholic faith are an integral component
of the philosophy and goals of each school. All facets of Catholic
education contribute to the faith development of the students and
reflect the commitment to teach and model Catholic principles founded in
the liberating love of Jesus Christ and the Good News as pro- claimed
by the Roman Catholic Church in contemporary society.
The schools prepare youth to respect the sacred dignity of the person as an individual
and as a responsible member of a community and also enable students to
translate the Good News into action within a challenging and disciplined
environment provided by caring and capable teachers.
schools acknowledge that parents, who have the primary responsibility
for the moral and religious development of their children, are partners
with the parishes and the entire Christian Community in the continuing
education process. Together they partici- pate in the development of the
schools policies, curricula, and budgetary process based on Christian
values within the constraints of the local school resources.
Consequently, Catholic schools are committed to provide:
Activities that allow students to experience prayer and liturgy;
Quality educational opportunities for for students of varied academic abilities;
Financial aid programs to assist those families unable to assume full financial responsibilities for tuition;
for students to serve others in order to fulfill the mandate of Gospel
and demands of justice and to recognize that society requires the
cooperation and contribution of each of its members.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need more information.