455 S. Compadre Road, Palm Springs, CA 760-327-4919

Mission Statement and Philosophy

Our Mission

The mission of St. Theresa School is to provide a nurturing environment that facilitates the development of lifelong-learning skills and the formation of the whole child by living Catholic values and following Jesus’ example through prayer, service, and love.


The Catholic community of St. Theresa School strives to create a nurturing faith-filled learning environment infused with Gospel values. Our students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to allow them to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. Our role as Catholic educators, in collaboration with parents and community, is to lay the foundation for a love of learning and instill a sense of personal worth for one’s self and a respect for others. We are committed to supporting all students to attain the following:

  • Spiritual values rooted in the Catholic faith

  • High academic achievement

  • Self-esteem and personal growth

  • Skills for a diverse global society

  • Effective interpersonal communication skills

Schoolwide Learning Expectations
Preschool - 3

A Saint Theresa student is…



A Faith-Filled follower of God who:


  • prays
  • learns about God, our Church, the Bible, Mary and the Saints
  • participates in Mass and worship activities
  • shows kindness to others
  • asks for and gives forgiveness


A Lifelong Learner who:


  • actively participates in learning
  • reads for learning as well as pleasure
  • follows directions and completes work on time
  • uses and applies technology


A respectful and Compassionate Person who:


  • is helpful, friendly, polite and respectful to everyone
  • volunteers and serves others
  • accepts others for who they are


A Responsible Citizen and a Productive Member of Society who:


  • resolves conflicts peacefully
  • takes responsibility for choices
  • takes care of one’s self, others and all of God’s creation
  • cares about people everywhere


An Effective Communicator who:


  • speaks and writes clearly and correctly
  • listens carefully
  • shares with others
  • works in a group to complete a task

Grades 4 - 8

A Saint Theresa student is…



A Faith-Filled follower of God who:


  • prays and worships God daily
  • demonstrates an understanding of the Church’s teachings, scriptures, Mary and the Saints
  • participates actively in the Mass and liturgical events
  • demonstrates compassion for all
  • asks for and offers forgiveness


A Lifelong Learner who:


  • plans, sets timelines and meets goals in his/her own quest for knowledge
  • reads for learning as well as for pleasure
  • applies research skills and uses appropriate resources
  • uses and applies technology to complete classwork and homework
  • completes individual assignments and participates in group collaborative assignments


A Respectful and Compassionate person who:


  • practices politeness, forgiveness, tolerance and acceptance of others
  • exhibits courtesy and shows respect to everyone
  • volunteers and serves others
  • accepts and respects the uniqueness of each person


A responsible Citizen and a Productive Member of Society who:


  • accepts responsibility for his/her decisions and actions
  • demonstrates concern for others and our world
  • appreciates and cares for all of God’s creation by being environmentally conscious
  • understands and lives by the rules and laws of the community


An Effective Communicator who:


  • listens critically and compassionately to the ideas of others
  • expresses themselves honestly and confidently
  • works cooperatively to accomplish tasks
  • leads by example in working collaboratively and resolving conflict

REGISTER FOR 2016 - 2017


Register for the 2016 – 2017 school year at St. Theresa School.