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School History

Established 1916

Saint Cecilia School opened on September 11, 1916, with 200 students in grades one through eight, just seven years after the adjacent parish had been established by Bishop Thomas Conaty. The school was led and staffed by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, who continued to have an active presence in the school until 1998.

Unfortunately, the original three-story brick building was condemned in the 1950’s because it did not meet newer earthquake standards. The current school structure was opened in 1959. Ten years later, Holy Cross Middle School opened, and the seventh and eighth grade classes from Saint Cecilia School and several other neighboring Catholic schools were incorporated into their student body. Saint Cecilia School added a kindergarten class in 1975.

In 1998, Holy Cross Middle School closed and a seventh grade was added to Saint Cecilia School and an eighth grade in 1999.

Our Patron Saint

St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia was a martyr of the early Christian Church and is the patron saint of music, especially church music, as well as that of musicians, composers, instrument makers and poets.

According to legend, Cecilia was a young Christian of high rank betrothed to a Roman named Valerian. Through her influence Valerian and his brother were converted. After their conversion was revealed, Cecilia and the brothers were killed for their faith. The legend about Cecilia’s death says that after being struck three times on the neck with a sword, she lived for three days, and asked the pope to convert her home into a church.

Since the time of the Renaissance she has usually been portrayed with a viola or a small organ. Her feast day is on November 22.

Contact Us

St. Cecilia Catholic School

4224 South Normandie Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Phone: 323-293-4266

School Hours

8:00am – 3:00pm
Monday – Friday

Office Hours:
7:30am – 4:30pm

Morning Daycare:
7:00am – 8:00am

Afternoon Daycare:
3:15pm – 6:00pm