School Vide

2017 School Video

Enjoy our new video about St. Raphael School.


Watch it here.



St. Raphael School's 29th Annual Auction!

Thank you to our sponsors: MarBorg Industries, Boone Graphics and Mr. and Mrs. David Borgatello



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Preparing for Tomorrow

A St. Raphael School education prepares our children for success in high school, college, and career.



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St Raphael Winners Elks


Congratulations to our teacher and students that were honored by the Elks!

Click here to read the Noozhawk article.




The student body participated in adoration. It was a joyous opportunity to spend some quality time with Jesus.



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Multipurpose Room

Welcome to St. Raphael School!

We have students from preschool-8th grade! Our school is located in northern Santa Barbara. All tours begin at 9:00 am. Upcoming School Tours:

2016-2017 Tour Dates:

February 15
March 15
April 12
May 17


Contact the school office to reserve your spot for a school tour. 



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Junior High

Saint Raphael Junior High: What Sets Us Apart?



  • Annual retreats for Junior High
  • School Mass once a month, student altar servers and school choir
  • Daily Mass, student lectors
  • Community service hours
  • Outreach to Buena Vista
  • Active parish Youth Group



  • Small class sizes enable teachers to differentiate instruction to meet various needs and ability levels
  • Understanding of each student's unique needs as teachers have on average only 60 student contacts
  • Project Based Learning provides opportunities for multi-grade, small group collaboration
  • Small group instruction



  • Rigorous academics to meet and exceed the standards set forth by the State of California and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Ambitious independent reading and creative writing expectations
  • Multiple levels of math for grades 7 and 8 including Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Advanced Geometry
  • Departmentalized: Ms. Schiferl, Mrs. Galvan, Mrs. Courtney, Ms. Heinrich, Ms. Breton
  • Up to six different teachers
  • Google Classroom


Leadership & Mentoring Opportunities

  • Prepared to be school leaders
  • Participation in Student Council
  • Act as role models to younger students through School Families and Class Buddies



  • Students explore the arts and technology in an age-appropriate and relevant manner
  • Electives: Yearbook or Digital Media, Horticulture, Outreach, Drama, Teacher Assistance Program
  • Sports for girls and boys through the Christian Athletic League: soccer, volleyball, basketball, co-ed flag football
  • Foreign language program: Spanish two days/week
  • Class trips to CIMI (7th grade) and Sacramento (8th grade)
  • Financial literacy
  • Etiquite classes
  • College tours


See Characteristics of Successful Schools of Young Adolescents.


Newsletter May 15, 2017




Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,      

Last Thursday, we had our May Crowning. This is one of the most memorable days at our Catholic schools. It is a tradition that dates back to the 18th century and continues today. The morning of this time-honored tradition begins with all of our families bringing in flowers, vines, and greenery to adorn a ladder for the ceremony that every year Mrs. Lori Schiferl and many moms miraculously transform into a beautiful array of color with just enough flowers. Let us be sure that we always hold Our Blessed Mother in our hearts and our homes. We can recite the rosary each day, have an image of the Blessed Mother visible as a reminder of her fiat or yes to God, or even having a special shrine in our backyard.   Maybe some of you will even have your own May Crowning in your family to now only foster devotion and faith, but will also draw your family closer to the heart of Our Savior.  

This past weekend, the Detroit Tigers were in California playing against the Anaheim Angels. You might be wondering why this is significant for our St. Raphael School newsletter. Well, the starting catcher for the Detroit Tigers, James McCann, is a graduate. Many of our teachers, fellow parents and alumni traveled to Anaheim to watch James play. It’s not just about graduating from college, being drafted by a Major League Baseball team, and making it to the Big League…it’s about who James is as an individual. James is an amazing athlete, but more importantly, he’s a sincere, humble, faith-filled and inspirational man that is evident through his interviews and how he carries himself. While in Anaheim, James signed autographs for many Santa Barbarians, and on everything that James signs, he also includes Mark 10:27 that states, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.’” This is what St. Raphael School does for our graduates…it builds that foundation that no matter how one succeeds or may struggle in life, they will have their faith as a foundation. Congratulations, James, and Go Tigers!

This Friday afternoon, we will have our annual iRaphael chalk drawings on the quad. We will need some volunteers on Friday morning to help get the quad ready for the students’ masterpieces. If you can help, please just stick around on Friday morning after drop off.

Important Dates:
May 15:
Jeans for Jesus
May 16: Pep Rally at 1:05 pm
May 19: iRaphael Chalk Drawings at 1:15 pm
May 23: Athletic Banquet at 6:00 pm
May 25: Spring Sing at 6:00 pm
May 26: Field Day and Jog-a-Thon Prize Rally
May 29: No school for Memorial Day
June 1: Graduation Mass at 10:00 am and Graduation at 6:00 pm
June 2: Jog-a-Thon BBQ for those that brought in $150
June 9: Last day of school. Noon dismissal.

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal

Holy Mary, Help the Helpless
Holy Mary, help the helpless, strengthen the fearful, comfort the sorrowful, pray for the people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may all who keep your sacred commemoration experience the might of your assistance. Amen

St. Raphael, Pray for Us!


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Newsletter May 8, 2017




Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,      

Congratulations to all of our students who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday. It was a beautiful day where these children received Jesus in a very special way for the first time! Remember that Jesus calls on us daily to receive Him in the Eucharist. Please know that you are always welcome to join your child/ren at daily Mass during the week. A very special thank you to Mrs. Gosney, Mrs. Rivlin, Mrs. Froelicher, Ms. Ontjes, and, of course, Monsignor Jon for making this day so memorable for our students.

Please join us on Thursday for our May Crowning Mass at 10:00 am. Students need to be in their regular school uniforms for Mass. It’s a lovely day where we get to honor Our Blessed Mother.

Last Thursday was a wonderful and typical “St. Raphael School” display of school spirit and celebration. We held our annual Jog-a-Thon and many parents, grandparents, and visitors came to cheer our students on as they ran to raise money for our amazing school. Please remember to turn in Jog-a-Thon monies by this Friday at 2:30 pm to qualify for prizes. Thank you for your generosity and support!

This Friday, we have our final movie night of the school year. Please join us for The Secret Life of Pets on the school field. Admission to the movie is $5 and there will be a $5 pizza dinner available for purchase. Doors open at 6:00 and the movie will begin at sunset, around 7:40 pm. Our school field is a great place for movie nights, so please join us for this end of the year celebration.

We have another staff change to announce for next year. Ms. Bosio has been offered the full-time softball coaching position at Santa Barbara City College, so she will be leaving us but we wish her all of the best in her future endeavors. We are happy to announce that Mrs. Fiona Gosney will join our staff as the 5th grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Mrs. Gosney has fit right into our staff as a long-term substitute in 2nd grade and I have been extremely with her passion and dedication for teaching and student learning. She is a veteran teacher with 8 years of experience and she also holds her Master’s degree in education. Welcome to our staff, Mrs. Gosney!

Important Dates:
May 11:
May Crowning and School Mass at 10:00 am
May 12: Movie Night
May 15: Jeans for Jesus
May 16: Pep Rally at 1:05 pm
May 19: iRaphael Chalk Drawings at 1:15 pm
May 23: Athletic Banquet at 6:00 pm
May 25: Spring Sing at 6:00 pm
May 26: Field Day and Jog-a-Thon Prize Rally

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal

Hail Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, To thee do we send up our sighs, Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

St. Raphael, Pray for Us!


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St. Raphael School
160 St. Joseph St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Phone: 805.967.2115
Fax: 805.683.9765


Mission Statement

SR_Emblem-150hSt. Raphael School was founded when God answered a Daughter of Charity’s prayer.  To this day, our mission is consistent with that of our founding Sisters: to educate all children in preschool through eighth grade in mind, body and spirit by imparting the values of Jesus through a rigorous curriculum, devoted faculty and an actively involved parent community.

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