For over 50 years St. Paul the Apostle Church has made Catholic elementary school education a primary ministry for the children of the parish. St. Paul the Apostle has been a cornerstone of the community serving families from Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Cascade. Our school has grown to include preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school classrooms, all focused on providing spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, social and physical growth for all of our students.
We are very proud of the fact that last year's 8th grade class are all now attending Catholic Central High School where they continue to excel academically, athletically and socially. Futhermore, 97% of St. Paul students graduate high school and go on to public and private universities around the nation.
Please consider pursuing a Catholic education for your child at St. Paul the Apostle School. Feel free to contact the school to schedule a tour and visit our website to learn more about our dynamic school community.
May God bless you!
St. Paul the Apostle School will provide a God-centered education, fostering spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, social and physical growth that will enable students to live as faith-filled Catholics in a diverse world.
To enrich the faith life of our students, St. Paul the Apostle not only provides opportunities for students to attend all-school Masses, retreats and service projects, they are also given the responsibility to serve in leadership roles in their faith formation. Our students lead prayer every morning, they plan and participate in liturgies as readers, ushers, gift bearers, musicians, and altar servers, and they help orgranize Advent prayer services and Lenten Stations of the Cross.
Students in grades 2 & 8 participate in first Communion and confirmation retreats and our 8th graders also attend a leadership retreat. Individual classrooms are given regular reconciliation opportunities and students are encouraged to participate in the "Keep Christ in Christmas" contest sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
At St. Paul the Apostle, all students at the elementary and primary levels are given the opportunity to move ahead in subject areas. In junior high we offer advanced math and literature and our MAPS scores exceed national averages. Our math grouping is based on MAPs strands and all students in K-8 use the Lucy Calkins Writing Program. In addition, our students have access to Smart boards, document cameras, iPads, laptops in the classroom, as well as a full computer lab, plus a resource/sensory room. Our students attend music, gym and art once a week provided by shared time teachers.
Moving beyond the classroom, our students' education is complemented through programs such as drama, band, Science Olympiad, Camp Roger, recycling, choir for students in grades 3-8, and GR Symphony Artist in Residence. Sports are offered for grades 5-8, we support Girls on the Run and Cougar Dash, and the Knights of Columbus sponsor a free throw competition. We provide camps for 5th and 8th grade students, and scholastic competitions range from Americanism to Spelling and Geography.