St. Paul Catholic School Memphis
Our Mission Statement

St. Paul Catholic School fosters the development of the whole child in an academically challenging environment based on Catholic doctrine and virtues, and empowers children to make a positive difference in the school, community and world.

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About St. Paul Catholic School


Preparing children for a faith-based life built on a strong foundation of academic excellence and personal character has been the foundation of St. Paul Catholic School since 1948.  

St. Paul Catholic School is a Catholic co-educational elementary school serving students in grades pre-kindergarten 3 year-olds to 8th grade.  Founded in 1948, St. Paul Catholic School is a part of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

St. Paul Catholic School is committed to the spiritual growth and development of each child.  Mass with students is normally celebrated in St. Paul Catholic Church once per week.  Parents are welcome to attend Mass and daily morning prayers held in the gym.  Catholic students in the second grade are prepared for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Catholic students in 7th and 8th grade prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.


Approximately 280 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8.

Faculty and Staff

St. Paul Catholic School includes approximately 39 faculty and staff, who fulfill the indispensable role of providing the quality educational experience at St. Paul.  In addition to the homeroom teachers, this includes teachers for computer, library, music, art, and physical education, two full-time aides. as well as cafeteria managers, grounds supervisor, and maintenance technicians.  About 50% of faculty members hold master’s degrees, and many have returned to St. Paul Catholic School after having graduated from here themselves.


• Approved as a Catholic School in the Diocese of Memphis. 
• Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI)
- National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)
- Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
- National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
• Approved by the State of State of Tennessee Department of Education 

Average Class Size

Pre-School –  14
Kindergarten – Eighth- 17


Pre-K Curriculum
The Pre-Kindergarten program is an integral part of the over-all school program.  Here, where our students have their introduction to St. Paul Catholic School, the mission of helping children flourish and grow in the spirit of the Gospel is established as tehy embark on their education experience.

Our Pre-K Program strives to:
- Provide a loving Christian environment which nourishes a sharing, co-operative approach to learning and problem solving
- Develop motor, cognitive, and social skills in preparation for academic success.
- Teach pre-reading and math skills in an environment where children can wonder and imagine.

The Pre-K curriculum focuses on : religion, phonics, reading readiness, math readiness, computer, science, and social studies activities, art and creative development, physical education, and music.

Grades K-8
Unique to the Catholic school is the opportunity to nurture spiritual and moral values within the students.  This occurs and is constantly reinforced not only in the classes of religious instruction but throughout the curriculum and extra curriculars.  The Gospel's message is taught in a myriad of ways throughout the day.  catholic school students enjoy the benefit of a broad selection of extra-curricular activities and sports that help to develop community commitment, social skills and physical fitness.  Authentic learning experiences enable students to have a deeper understanding of their faith, promote tolerance, value the environment and see their role in the world as Christians.

St. Paul Catholic School offers a strong academic program committed to excellence in the areas of math, language arts (reading, spelling, and grammar), mathematics, science, social studies, and religion.  All special classes (PE, computer, art, music, and library) are scheduled once per week.  Students develop pattered, logical, higher-level thiking and are instructed to make observations and apply knowledge through the scientific process of inquiry.  Reading, writng, speaking, listening, and logical thinking are emphasized.  Systematic relgious instruction is provided daily for all students and is an integral part of everyday life.


St. Paul Athletics are an important part of the school, invigorating the spirit and life of our student body.  The Diocese of Memphis sports program includes three busy seasons - fall, winter, and spring - and the St. Paul Panthers participate in all of them!  As members of the Tennessee Athletic Association and Diocesan League, the following sports teams are available to St. Paul Catholic School students:  5th-8th:  soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, cheerleading and baseball; grades 1st - 4th: soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball.


Seeking to assure the physical and social dimensions of the child, St. Paul students may participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities such as athletics, choir, clubs, and service projects.

The St. Paul Catholic School Choir is open to students in grades 4th - 8th.  The Choir performs a Christmas musical in December and a Spring Concert in May.

Students can also become members of the Safety Patrol, Science Olympiad, Chess Club, Math Club, Spelling Bee, and participate as Altar Servers.  Other special activities include: Fall Festival, Festival of Saints, Field Day, Heritage Day, Grandparents' Day, Educational Field Trips, Assemblies, and Celebration of Catholic Schools' Week..


Our computer lab serves students with up-to-date hardware, software and internet access. The lab consists of 24 computers, a SMART board, and a secure network with educational software for students to use.
St. Paul Catholic School also uses digital document cameras/Elmos® in all K-8 classrooms.  Each classroom has computers for student and teacher use.

Tuition Assistance

Each year tuition prices are set by the Diocese of Memphis and St. Paul Catholic School Parish.  For 2012-2013, 15% of the student body is receiving tuition assistance and scholarships totaling over $100,000. Tuition assistance is offered in K-8 and is generated through annual donations, parish subsidy, special giving and as part of the operating budget funded by tuition.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

St. Paul Catholic School takes pride in the depth of diversity within our student population.  Visitors to our campus see happy students who care about their classmates like family, for that is one of the ways we describe our school community - a family.  St. Paul Catholic School welcomes students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

Spiritual Foundation

St. Paul Catholic School is committed to the spiritual growth and development of each child.  Mass with students is celebrated in St. Paul Church once per week.  Daily morning prayers are held in the gym and open to parents.  In the second grade, Catholic students are prepared for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.
We Believe...

  • Every person is created in the image and likeness of God, and we value the uniqueness of each person.
  • The education of students is a shared responsibility among the parents and school, along with the parish and community.
  • In assisting students in their life-long commitment of spiritual, academic, social, emotional, and physical growth.
  • In accepting, understanding, valuing, and celebrating the diverse cultures within our school community.
  • In commitment to academic excellence which promotes the intellectual development of faculty and students.
  • Good citizenship and Christian living are based on respect for one’s Church, home, school, community, and country.
  • In a God-centered, ethical, and moral environment of education according to the teachings of the Catholic Church.