We Serve students Pre-K through 12th grade
in a structured, challenging learning environment.
WHY PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC
From an early age, we instill the importance of experiential learning, guided by passionate teachers who cultivate each child’s unique potential.
Our small class sizes are integral for everyone knowing each other. We really are like a family. We offer a warm and welcoming environment. New students won’t feel that way for long. We are here to prepare students to take on the world and be contributing members of society.
Parkersburg Catholic prepares its students for success by setting high academic standards for achievement and helping them meet those standards, through enhanced individualized attention. We have a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate. Our ACT average is consistently 2-3 points above the national average.
We take the honor of being trusted with your children seriously. We have upgraded our security measures throughout the school system, including state of the art cameras, radios as well as engaging all of the faculty and staff in regular safety trainings.
Students are taught the importance of growing their own faith, whatever that may be. They are provided a balanced academic curriculum that integrates faith, family culture and life. Moral development and self-discipline are emphasized, while instilling the value of service to others.
Our Catholic Identity
Parkersburg Catholic takes pride in developing and nurturing a Christian atmosphere. Our Catholic identity is centered around our relationship with God the Father, his Son and the Holy Spirit. We then extend this relationship to our churches, families, and community. These relationships are rooted in many ways, which include:
- Prayer at the beginning and end of the day
- Prayer before lunch
- Every day at Noon the elementary students pray The Angelus
- Weekly Mass for students in grades 1-6
- Bi-weekly Mass for students in grades 7-12
- Yearly classroom service projects
- Students engage in religion curriculum
- Annual All Saints parade to St. Francis Xavier Church for elementary students
- Acts of charity
- 1st & 5th grade Rosary partners and 2nd & 6th grade Rosary partners
- 6th-12th grade retreats
- Catholic Schools Week celebration
- Student prayer and Mass leaders
- Annual Vocations Awareness talk
We didn’t just choose PC schools for our children because we’re alumni. Faith-based education is important to us, and there are several options for elementary faith-based education in our community. The PCES mission to think of others before self, and to serve others are very important in our family. We’re active in our community in many ways, and we wanted a school environment that supported us. We also continue to choose PC Schools each year because we know that our financial investment will pay off with scholarship opportunities for our daughters as they approach college. The data around how many PC graduates pay 50% or less of their college tuition is overwhelming. Additionally, our daughters are active in the arts, and our family needs an educational environment that can support them when they miss school for gigs, large shows out of town, and auditions. The staff and faculty has been instrumental in helping to accommodate and plan for absences for these performance and audition opportunities that will likely be careers for them.
Mark & Erin Augenstein
Parkersburg Catholic Schools, in partnership with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, is committed to teaching the Catholic faith and serving all students with the highest standards of educational excellence, empowering them to be leaders in a global community.
Through a wide range of classes that support and challenge students to be their very best selves, Parkersburg Catholic prepares them for college and life beyond school. From an early age, not only do we encourage and foster in students an excitement and appreciation for learning, we teach them the skills and habits of mind that will set them apart and help them thrive.
With so many thespians, pianists, sculptors, and painters in our midst, our arts facilities stay abuzz with creativity. Lower Schoolers have their own art and music areas, designated classrooms, and performance stages. Art and music studios, as well as a black box theatre in the Donovan Arts Center, give older students access to professional-quality spaces.
With our no-cut athletics policy, more than 80 percent of our students, first grade and up, participate on at least one team. We emphasize participation, skill-building, and sportsmanship in grades 1 through 6, so that we can field competitive teams in grades 7 through 12.