Our Mission

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Des Moines are collaborative communities of spiritual formation and academic excellence, where students grow in faith and wisdom and emerge as responsible citizens dedicated to the practice of life-long discipleship.

We believe Catholic education should be rooted in faith, focused on excellence and supported by a caring community while also providing the best value to our families.


Discover the Difference with Catholic School Values


Daily exposure to our faith-based mission and a caring culture enables students (Catholic and non-Catholic) to learn about the divine teachings of Jesus Christ and freely discuss the compatibility of faith, science and reason without government restrictions or interference.


From preschool through high school, your child will thrive with smaller class sizes that teach BIG subjects. We encourage our students to respect the diversity, dignity and beliefs of all in pursuit of knowledge and truth through critical thinking and constructive debate. This helps them form strong principles and a moral center that celebrates all achievements for the common good. From a more practical perspective, that means fewer disruptions in the classroom, higher attendance and graduation rates, better test scores, and strong civic engagement.



Walk the halls of our Catholic schools and you’ll discover not just a great learning environment, but also an opportunity to form lifelong friendships with students and families who have the same values, aspirations and desires to advance the common good. We also help students discover their soul, build self-esteem, cultivate interests and develop the skills and empathy needed to create a better world. As a result, our students are fully engaged with the community. They study today’s difficult social challenges by building mutually beneficial relationships and exploring innovative solutions.



Rooted in faith – the cornerstone of all we do – it’s about having the best educators with challenging lesson plans and new technologies at your disposal. It’s about a creative, disciplined and welcoming environment, where a focus on social justice, service and leadership is central to each student’s experience. It’s about your child growing and flourishing in every part of their life – not just test scores. And it might be more affordable than you think. 



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