Mission & History
Recognizing that all children are created in the image and likeness of God, we provide a Christ-centered Catholic education through which all students are prepared and empowered to reach their full potential-spiritually, intellectually, socially, and morally.
Msgr. John Sammon founded St. Cecilia School in 1961. The Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange were the early administrators. The school began with 8 trailers, two for each grade. The bathrooms were two little outhouses, which soon became little shacks. And before there were drinking fountains, students had to stand in line for the daily ration of one cup of water from the water cooler. The playground was just a small dirt field covered with gravel. By the following year the school moved from the trailers into the brick school building.
St. Cecilia Parish encompassed Irvine as well as Tustin at the time, and there were no other Catholic Schools for many miles south.
In 1966, St. Cecilia students gave their first performance with a mural covering the window of classroom 6A as a background. Today we have great performances at Christmas and every spring on a theater stage with professional lighting and sound.
The graduating class of 1969 was the first class that went through St. Cecilia School for the whole 8 years. By then the school had a sports program that included football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and a cheerleading team!
The school continues an outstanding tradition in academic achievement and sports, built on Gospel values and faith. Today, our school has new upgraded classrooms, a great computer room with, a wonderful art lab, and a well-equipped science lab. The parents, staff and parish members have developed a community of support for the students.
Over the past five years, St. Cecilia students have consistently won awards in the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts Junior Art Exhibit, Orange County Imagination Celebration, Chapman University Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, Academic Decathlon and Parochial Athletic League. In 2006, St. Cecilia School received the prestigious No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award for high test scores in reading and math. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and Western Catholic Education Association.