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Welcome to Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School and this year’s version of Catholic education that began in 1857. From the school’s humble beginnings in the back room of St. Francis Xavier’s rectory, to the establishment of St. Francis Xavier School, to our consolidation to a central school called Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School (PCES) in 1970, we are alive and well in the 2017-2018 school year.

Serving five local parishes, we provide Catholic education for students from 3 year old preschool to sixth grade. Our 3 year old, 4 year old and kindergarten students are housed in a renovated convent on Fairview Avenue which provides a beautiful and private setting for our younger students. Students then transition to our main building on Juliana Street for grades 1-6. With our total enrollment between 175-220 students, we have a very favorable student/teacher ratio. Our various class size limitations also create a positive working environment in our individual classrooms. We provide a normal curriculum based on West Virginia standards of education. We also provide individual assistance through our Title I/IRA teacher for special needs. Our religion curriculum is provided through the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston educational standards.

Enjoy your website visit and please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Our Catholic Identity

Parkersburg Catholic Elementary 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 and after lunch.
  • Everyday at Noon the students pray The Angelus
  • Weekly Mass on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. for students in grades 1-6.
  • Yearly classroom service projects.
  • Students engage in our religion curriculum.
  • Annual All Saints parade to St. Francis Xavier Church.
  • Acts of charity, i.e. Matthew 25 and Holy Childhood Association.
  • 1st & 5th grade Rosary partners and 2nd & 6th grade Rosary partners.
  • 6th grade retreat.
  • Catholic Schools Week celebration.
  • Student prayer leaders.
  • Annual Vocations Awarness talk.


Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School accepts the educational mission of the Church to provide its students with a Christian environment wherein God is loved, humanity is served, and community is formed. To carry out this mission parents, faculty and administration work cooperatively with the parish communities to develop the child into a skilled, confident, responsible Christian individual.

The educational program contributes to the development of the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically. To this end the student will master basic skills for communicating, problem solving, and reasoning. Students will model Gospel values in all aspects of their school experience and their day to day lives now and in the future.