Private Catholic School in Santa Paula, CA

About

Learning For Life Through Faith

Mission

St. Sebastian Catholic School, in accountable partnership with our community, believes that every child can and will learn and educates each student with a Catholic worldview.

Our Way

Preschool to 8th Grade

Root Beliefs

Our goal is to educate the child with a catholic worldview, encouraging them to hold God at their core, Christ in their heart, and the Holy Spirit as their guide.
Parents and staff will work in partnership to educate the mind, body, and soul of every student.
All children can and will learn in all subject areas, especially the Catholic faith.
Our community believes that parents, faculty, and students are accountable for academic success and service to others.

Philosophy

St. Sebastian community is committed to the education of every student’s mind, body and soul. Here, Catholic values guide all learning and instruction in a loving community that provides numerous opportunities for faith formation with a focus on service to others.

Essential Marks of a Catholic School

Please click the dots on the Logo to know what it means/symbolizes.

FOUNDED ON CHRISTIAN ANTHROPOLOGY

(Symbolized by the Alpha & Omega)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
Catholic educators should address the requirements of both the natural and the supernatural perfection of the children entrusted to their care.

The Catholic school must be founded on Jesus Christ, who, through his Incarnation, is united with each student. Christ is not an afterthought or an add-on to Catholic educational philosophy; he is the center and fulcrum of the entire enterprise, the light enlightening every boy and girl who comes into a Catholic school.

ALPHA & OMEGA LOGO:
In the book of Revelations, Christ refers to himself as the alpha and the omega. That is, the first and the last. These two letters symbolize the fact that Christ is the beginning and the end of all creation, and we hold him as the beginning and end of our school's being. Thus we hold the Alpha & the Omega as a part of our Identity, Christ with us and of us always.

IMBUED WITH A CATHOLIC WORLDVIEW THROUGHOUT ITS CURRICULUM

(Quill/Book)

The Good, The True, & The Beautiful:
The “spirit of Catholicism" should permeate the entire curriculum. Catholic education is "intentionally directed to the growth of the whole person." An integral education aims to develop gradually every capability of every student: his or her intellectual, physical, psychological, moral, and religious capacities. If a Catholic school is to deliver on its promise to provide students with an integral education, it must foster love for wisdom and truth, and must integrate faith, culture, and life.

LOGO - QUILL & BOOK:
Symbolized with a quill and book, St. Sebastian School, strives for an Intentional Catholic Education focusing on educating the whole student, mind, body, and soul in the ways of the good, the true, and the beautiful.

ANIMATED BY COMMUNION & COMMUNITY

(Papal Keys)

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel -Socrates

A mark of a school’s catholicity is the emphasis on the school as a community but even more so as a "a genuine community of faith."

School is a community in four areas:

TEAMWORK among all those involved

COOPERATION between educators and bishops

INTERACTIONS of students with teachers

ENVIRONMENT provided by the school's
physical plant

LOGO - PAPAL KEYS
Symbol Our Communion and Community as a part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

SUSTAINED BY GOSPEL WITNESS

(Torch)

“You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

As an authentic catholic school St. Sebastian School demonstrates the vital witness of its teachers and administrator. Serving as "Lights of Christ," we uphold the primary responsibility for creating a Christian school climate through our vocation as teachers and participation in the Church's evangelizing mission. We hold Christ as our example and guiding light, as the Teacher of all teachers, and we reveal the Christian message not only by word but also by every gesture of our behavior.

More than a master who teaches, a Catholic educator is a person who gives testimony by his or her life, and we choose to live our lives as a lights of Christ.

SYMBOL OF OUR PATRON

St. Sebastian was an exemplary Roman soldier, a part of the Praetorian Guard (hence our Mascot SPSAINT PRAETORIANS).

However, this was during a time of Christian persecution, and he was discovered to be a Christian and condemned to death. He was shot with many arrows and left for dead. Th brave soldier survived the first attempt to execute him, and went back to those who had ordered his death and preached against their attacks on Christians. Sebastian was again condemned and this time martyred.

The Arrows as a symbol of St. Sebastian exemplify to us his virtues and gifts of strength, stamina, perseverance, courage and justice in the face of adversity. St. Sebastian is the patron saint of soldiers, athletes, and those who desire a saintly death.


We use these arrows in our School Logo to remind us of our own call to be like this brave saint and have strength, stamina, perseverance, courage, and justice as we travel our own path through life.

INSPIRED BY A SUPERNATURAL VISION

(Hands of God & Adam by Michelangelo)

"A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints." (Pope Benedict XVI)

Education is a process that forms the whole child and seeks to fix his or her eyes on heaven. The specific purpose of a Catholic education is the formation of boys and girls who will be good citizens of this world, loving God and neighbor and enriching society with the leaven of the gospel, and who will also be citizens of the world to come, thus fulfilling their destiny to TAKE GOD'S HAND and become saints.

Mountains

Santa Clara River Valley: Nestled in the heart of the beautiful city of Santa Paula, our school serves students from many different parts of the Santa Clara River Valley. The beautiful South Mountain hills provide a gorgeous daily view for our students.

Saint Sebastian School - Intentional Catholic Education for the whole student

It is precisely because of its Catholic identity that a school derives the originality that enables it to be a genuine instrument of the Church's evangelizing mission. The first and most important task for Catholic schools is to maintain and continually strengthen their Catholic identity. Like the marks of the Church proclaimed in the Creed – one, holy, catholic, and apostolic – so, too, does the Holy See identify the principal features of a school as Catholic: a Catholic school should be inspired by a supernatural vision, founded on Christian anthropology, animated by communion and community, imbued with a Catholic worldview throughout its curriculum, and sustained by gospel witness. These five elements that necessarily belong to a school's Catholic identity are the principles proposed by the Holy See as measurable benchmarks, forming the backbone and inspiring the mission of every Catholic school.
(Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B)