Our Lady of the Rosary parish school is committed to a Catholic-Christian education with the belief that God is the focal point of our lives. This reflects our commitment to teach and model Catholic principles in order to develop the spiritual, intellectual, social, psychological and physical gifts of our children.
Our school teaches students to respect each person as an individual and to be a responsible member of the community. We provide educational opportunities for students with diverse academic abilities and we are dedicated to work with their parents who are the primary educators.
The first Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, Bishop Floyd Begin, believed that Union City’s population was much too large not to be served by a Catholic school and wanted a Catholic school in the community. Father Leonard Herzberg and Father Bruce Pardella were the Franciscan priests serving at Our Lady of the Rosary parish at the time and were responsible for “getting the school off the ground."
The main building that is used today for Our Lady of the Rosary School was formerly part of the Decoto School located at Sixth and H Streets in Union City and was relocated to its present location on the parish grounds for use by the CCD program. The building was then renovated and became home to Our Lady of the Rosary School.
The Franciscan Sisters of Malta were put in charge of running the school. The school was opened in 1967 for students in first through fourth grades. One grade was added each subsequent year. A Kindergarten was added in 1985. In June of 1973, the Mother Superior of the Franciscan Sisters of Malta withdrew the order from the school. At this time, a Holy Names sister became Principal and the remainder of the staff was comprised of lay employees for the 1973-1974 school year. After one year, the Holy Names order withdrew the Principal from the school and since then lay employees have staffed the school.