Queen of Apostles

A Catholic Education - Emphasizing Academics & Community

Our History

Queen of Apostles – Our History

 

Queen of Apostles School is a preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school.  Queen of Apostles is part of the Diocese of San Jose. The school opened in September 1964, with three grades. Each year thereafter, another grade was added. The Kindergarten class was added in 1984, as well as an Extended Care program. Currently, there is one class per grade, Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Our computer lab opened in 1985, we doubled the size of our library in 2003, and relocated and then expanded our computer lab capacity in the summer of 2010. Queen of Apostles School was built under the direction of Father Elwood Geary, Pastor of Queen of Apostles Church. The school was staffed by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary until 1972 when a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was appointed principal. In 1976, lay administration was appointed for the school. In 1998, Sister Paula Quinlan, RSM, joined the staff as Religion Coordinator and Primary Grades Reading Specialist, but the staff has been essentially lay since 1976.

In 1985, the Marianist Community took over pastoral care and administration of the parish. Father Jim Mifsud, Pastor from 1998-2008, provided both spiritual inspiration and financial support for Queen of Apostles School. When the Marianist community left Queen of Apostles Parish, Bishop Patrick McGrath appointed Father Michael Carson as Pastor. The school and parish were under Father Mike’s capable leadership from 2007-2013. Father Mike was joined by Father Noel Sanvicente, as parochial vicar, and Deacon Brian McKenna. Fr. Noel was moved to another parish in the summer of 2011 and newly ordained Fr. Angelo David became the parochial vicar. The parish and school also benefited from having a seminarian in residence from 2009-2011. Father Thuc Si Ho was appointed Pastor in July 2013.  Fr. Thuc's energy and spiritual leadership help guide the school.  Reverend Reynaldo Sarmiento was appointed parochial vicar in July 2014.

In the fall of 1999, a new community center was completed. The building contains a gymnasium, two meeting rooms, a kitchen, and bathrooms. Because of the kitchen, the school is able to provide daily hot lunch for the students. The meeting rooms are equipped with a sink and a gas line and are used for small group instruction as well as meetings. The gymnasium is used for PE, after school sports, assemblies, and social activities. The school and the parish community share the community center.

In the summer of 2012, a preschool that caters to 3 and 4 year olds was built.  Within weeks of opening, the preschool classes were filled.  The preschool is open all year round and offers a variety of sessions and times.  

Succession of Pastors at Queen of Apostles
Rev. Elwood Geary, 1960-1979
Rev. Richard C. Fry, 1979-1985
Rev. Bertrand Clemens, SM, 1985-1988
Rev. Joseph Stefanelli, SM, Jan-Oct 1989
Rev. James Mifsud, SM, Nov 1989-2007
Rev. Michael Carson 2007-2013
Rev. Thuc Si Ho 2013- present

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