Welcome from the Principal

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the exceptional St. Rose of Lima Catholic School community. I am extremely pleased to be the principal of this fine school. I look forward to working with you and your child to provide an outstanding educational experience. We are fortunate to have a strong teaching staff that are well experienced and yet open to new and innovative ideas. The dedicated, supportive parents of our students play an equally important role in their child’s education.

Our mission is to nurture students to discover their God-given gifts, to encourage them to use these gifts in the service of others, and to empower them to be models of integrity.  We—parents, school staff, and parish community—collaborate to provide a quality Catholic education based on prayer, stewardship, the Eucharist and Catholic traditions as reflected in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. We encourage our students to reach their full academic, spiritual, emotional, social and physical potential while recognizing each child’s unique strengths and talents, challenging them to achieve their personal best. We look forward to working together with you in helping your child grow toward fulfilling these goals.

This year our academic goals will be to continue the use of formative and summative assessments in determining the needs of our children; to provide direct writing instruction in helping our children become effective communicators; to provide engaging and differentiated instructional strategies; to incorporate technology in teaching and in children’s learning; and to offer many paths by which children can be successful.

Explore our website to learn more about the many facets of our school. You are cordially invited to visit our school so that you can see for yourself the genuine care that our teachers and staff have for each and every student. I also encourage you to talk with parents of our students to hear how they and their family have personally benefitted by being part of our school. Finally, I would like you to know that my door is always open and I welcome your suggestions. Together we make a difference in the lives of our children.


John P. Sanders, Principal

St. Rose of Lima Elementary and Middle School

805-526-5304  /  jsanders@srls.org