A Catholic Foundation

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend Religion class every schoolday.

Students participate as scripture and petition readers, song leaders, presenters of Eucharistic gifts, and altar servers during school Masses.

Students are taught self-discipline and respect for all. St. Gabriel School promotes positive behavior and applies the Gospel values of justice, truth, love, forgiveness, and redemption.

Service projects that benefit charitable organizations and disadvantaged families instill values of gratitude, generosity, and compassion.

VIRTUS identifies and implements best practices designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote “rightdoing” within religious organizations. VIRTUS empowers St. Gabriel School to control risk and improve the experiences of those who interact with the school.

Academic Excellence

Art, Physical Education, Music, Computer Skills, and Spanish are taught at all levels, kindergarten through eighth grade. Students visit the school library once each week.

Homeroom classes consist of 25 or fewer students. Smaller classes facilitate individualized attention and focused lessons while minimizing disruption in the classroom. Students also benefit from meaningful and lasting relationships with their peers.

The National Blue Ribbon School award – created and overseen by the US government – affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School designation is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

Overall, 85% of St. Gabriel students in third through seventh grade performed at or above the national average on Iowa tests in 2019 (83% in Reading, 82% in Math, 91% in Social Studies, 84% in Science).

A specially trained, veteran officer from the Glendale Police Department provides Drug Abuse Resistance Education instruction to all sixth graders at St. Gabriel. D.A.R.E. America is an evidence-based education program that equips students with the knowledge and tools they need to resist drugs, alcohol, and other high-risk behaviors.

Qualifying students may complete Algebra I course during their eighth grade year. Nearly 100% of St. Gabriel graduates who have taken eighth-grade Algebra have passed the test required to receive credit for the course at area high schools.

Enrichment is available for students in grades three through eight. Students performing below expectations are offered special, individualized assistance in a variety of subjects. Multidisciplinary challenges are provided for gifted students.


Volunteers serve as the backbone of St. Gabriel’s Parent Teacher Organization, Athletic Boosters, fundraising efforts, and special events. VIRTUS-certified parent volunteers chaperone field trips and are present in the school daily, assisting in the classrooms, library, cafeteria, and on the playground.

St. Gabriel’s student buddy program that pairs eighth graders with kindergarteners and seventh graders with first graders fosters mutually beneficial relationships among oldest and youngest students.

St. Gabriel’s unique population includes African American, Asian American, and first generation Latin American and European American families.

All families who seek a solid, Christian education are welcome at St. Gabriel.

Social gatherings encourage fellowship and friendship: ice cream social, skate night, movie night.

Extracurricular Activities

Basketball, Cheerleading, Track & Field, Volleyball, and Football are available to students at various grade levels.

Fifth through eighth graders build and program smart robots to compete in regional and statewide tournaments.

Beginner Band for fourth graders; Advanced Band for fifth through eighth graders

Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does

Through creative movement, dance, gymnastics, cheer and yoga, WEBBY Dance Company provides children the  opportunity to build self-confidence, creativity, and coordination.

Martin Martial Arts focuses on teaching traditional Tae Kwon Do along with respect, confidence, perseverance, determination, discipline, and self control.  Everyone at Martin Martial Arts takes pride in our school and our students.  We are here to help our students become better citizens and the best martial artists they can be.

Sixth through eighth graders are elected to participate in student government.

Eighth graders plan, prepare, and host annual science event for first through third graders.

Seventh and eighth graders serve as cast and crew for the annual production.

The Value of Catholic Education

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year for active parishioners is $4,100 (grades 1-8) or $4,200 (Kindergarten). Tuition for non-parish families is $4,700 (grades 1-8) or $4,800 (Kindergarten). All families will be assessed a $175 non-refundable registration fee at the time of registration.

St. Gabriel’s birthdate deadline for kindergarten admission (September 30) is a full two months later than most local schools (August 1). The total cost of full-day kindergarten at St. Gabriel plus before- and aftercare (7:35 AM – 6:00 PM) is HALF the cost of full-time daycare.

Free bussing is available for all students in Lakota, Fairfield, Princeton, and Winton Woods school districts

Aftercare services are available daily until 6:00 PM for $10 per student per day. Students can socialize and work on school assignments.