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Students and friends huddle together. St. Nicholas fosters a strong community spirit. St. Nicholas is a Catholic private school serving Los Altos, Mountain View, Los Altos Hills, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Palo Alto.

Student Life


Our students range from young children just out of preschool to teens heading off to high school. St. Nicholas nurtures involvement and self-confidence throughout these students’ journey at our school.


In the younger grades, students have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of after-school activities and clubs, from tennis to foreign language to drama. In the classroom, each student receives a “buddy” through our buddy program. Kindergarten students are partnered with 4th grade students, 1st grade students with 5th grade students, and so on. Buddies meet often to read and participate in a variety of projects together.


As students grow, they have an opportunity to add school sports starting in 4th grade and compete against other local Catholic schools. These sports are “non-cut” and popular for students of all skill levels. In 4th grade students also become the “buddy” to younger students, growing their leadership and mentorship skills as they grow.  Some 4th graders are selected and trained as Conflict Managers, with students rotating responsibility for helping to resolve conflicts on the playground during recess during the remainder of their St. Nicholas career.


Junior high brings the opportunity to attend Catholic school dances monthly and run for Student Council. This is capped by a very meaningful year for our 8th graders, including "dads vs. grads" basketball tournament and a week-long graduation celebration including baccalaureate Mass, dinner dance with parents and graduation party.


The entire school comes together every morning at assembly for daily prayer and pledge, celebration of birthdays and announcements.  Periodically, the Student Council also sponsors Spirit Rallies for students to team up for some fun competition and teamwork.  Students’ favorite days of the school year include the Blessing of the Pets, where parents bring the family pet for a special blessing from our parish priest; Halloween, which includes a costume parade and pumpkin-carving contest; and the Dads vs. Grads basketball game featuring eighth graders against their parents. 


These Celtic traditions connect all of our students and alumni in an unforgettable school experience.

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