St. Patrick Catholic School - Parnell

Parnell, MI
Preschool-8th Grade
St. Patrick School Building

Dear Parents,

Are you looking for a school at which your child will be a name and not a number? Are you seeking an institution that values your input and embraces parents as partners in the learning process? Do you want a school that combines rigorous academics with a rich Catholic heritage?

If so, I invite you to join our family at Saint Patrick School.

For nearly 125 years, we have been educating children from Kent, Montcalm and Ionia counties. What started as a small, rural school serving the Irish farming community in Parnell has grown into a modern institution combining the latest technology with traditional, Catholic values.

Today, you’ll find all the following at Saint Patrick School:

  • Smart boards in every classroom
  • State-of-the-art media center with desktops, iPads and Chromebooks
  • Curriculum that exceeds public school standards
  • Enrichment classes including art, music, physical education, band and Spanish
  • Extracurricular activities including Science Olympiad, Boy Scouts and a full range of sports programs
  • Before and after school care and summer child care
  • Small classes with a favorable student-to-teacher ratio

We are honored that parents from Lowell, Rockford, Belding, Greenville, Belmont and beyond recognize the value of Saint Patrick School and have enrolled their children here.

If you haven’t already taken a tour, I would welcome the opportunity to personally show you our school. You can schedule a tour by visiting

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns. Whether you want to meet a particular teacher or have your child join a class for a day, I am here to help you.

I look forward to meeting you and your child(ren) soon!

In Christ,

Scott Czarnopys

Scott Czarnopys


Guided by our Roman Catholic Faith, Saint Patrick School prepares the whole child, spiritually, intellectually, socially and culturally, To Know God, To Love God, and To Serve All.


At Saint Patrick School, we believe in educating the whole child, instilling strong Christian values and Catholic teachings which foster a love of God both inside and outside the classroom.

From the playground, to the classroom, to the lunchroom, you'll find a level of mutual care and respect between students and staff that is unlike any other. Virtues like kindness, compassion, mercy, patience, gratitude, inclusion and tolerance are modeled throughout the school, allowing all students to thrive in a safe, nurturing environment.


Since 1893, a strong Catholic faith has guided Saint Patrick's educational philosophy. In addition to daily devotions and prayers, the entire school engages in weekly, child-friendly liturgies. Students actively participate in proclaiming Scripture, serving at the altar, leading song and other meaningful activities.

Our heritage is strong. Our future is even brighter. We invite you to join our legacy of learning. Come join our family as we inspire youth with confidence, the tools and convictions they will need to support their lifelong journey of faith, self-discovery and learning.


Saint Patrick's strong emphasis on art, music, band, fitness and extracurricular activities is an important part of our total educational offerings. A dedicated art, band and music classroom provides an exciting forum for self-expression, while a recently constructed gymnasium offers superb surroundings for everything from drama to team sports.

School spirit is legendary here; you'll find our "Fighting Irish" passion rampant at school assemblies, on the soccer field and with our extensive alumni family. A dedicated parent teacher organization works to enrich all learning, and an active Leadership Council leads the students in schoolwide stewardship.

Preschool-8th Grade

4333 Parnell Ave.
Parnell, MI 49301
United States

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