Since 1867 (read our
history), Saint Paul Catholic School (SPCS) has been a
leader in educating children. We embrace the uniqueness of each
student by fostering spiritual, intellectual, social and physical
development. With 145 years of experience and a dedication to
excellence, our school has a legacy of nurturing confident students
who are poised and well prepared to embrace their futures (read
a few grad’s success stories).
elementary and middle school (K-8) is accredited by the State
of Indiana, and we recently earned an A rating by the State. SPCS
has consistently outperformed the state average and Valparaiso
Public Schools in the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational
Progress-Plus ISTEP+ which measures student achievement in English/Language
Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. To view our most
recent scores, please visit the Indiana Department of Education
student body includes 331 students. Each elementary class has
one teacher and an aide and averages 25 students per class. Our
middle school class size averages 26 students and students change
classes for each subject. We offer full-day and preschool is available
through Tiny Tim’s
Early Childhood Development which is located on our campus. Students
attend classes daily from 7:45 a.m. until 2:40 p.m. Before and
after school care (including busing) are available for an additional
fee through the YMCA and Growing Kids.
campus features 13 state of the art classrooms, computer and science
labs, a library, art room, cafeteria, gymnasium with bleachers
that seat 300 people, soccer field with electronic score board,
and playground. Our campus also includes Saint Paul Catholic Church
where students attend Mass twice a week.
individual and collaborative work, students expand their knowledge
and gain insight into a vast scope of subjects. Our curriculum
includes: phonics (elementary grades), language arts, composition,
oral communications, mathematics, social studies, science, handwriting/penmanship,
computer science, physical education, art, music, and religious
education. In addition, students learn study skills and the importance
of service to others. Daily homework assignments are checked for
completion and mastery, and tests are given for evaluation purposes.
An optional Spanish course is offered after-school for kindergarten
through eighth grade students.
Paul Catholic School, we are dedicated to helping each child reach
his or her fullest potential. Our experience is that when we set
the bar high, students rise to the occasion. As such, teachers
in grades 1-8 use a more rigorous grading scale than public schools.
Our grading scale is set by the Diocese of Gary:
also thrives outside of the classroom, as students participate
in enriching field trips and a variety of academic activities
such as Knowledge Master, National Geography Bee, Science Olympiad,
science fair, and speech competitions. Each class visits the school’s
library on a weekly basis to peruse a growing collection of 12,000
books managed by our librarian. Each book has been assigned a
text measure according to the Lexile Framework for Reading to
help match text difficulty with the individual student’s
With technology playing an increasing role in the daily lives
of students, we have integrated it into students’ daily
experience. Each classroom is equipped with projectors, document
readers and computers, and middle school classrooms also have
SmartBoards. Students in all grades attend computer lab once per
week to receive instruction in Office 2010, Internet research
and searches, in-house software and online testing. The students
and parents are also regularly instructed in Internet safety by
our Computer Applications teacher.
Our school is able to maintain our high standards of academic
excellence by partnering with parents. We encourage parents to
actively engage teachers in discussions about their child’s
progress and opportunities, and we utilize a variety of vehicles
to keep parents informed and involved:
in first grade, each student receives an assignment book that
is sent home daily. In it, students record daily assignments
and file graded papers and tests that parents can easily review.
Teachers may handwrite notes to the parents, and parents can
also send messages to the teacher via the binder.
addition, our school utilizes an online tool called Fast
Direct. After logging in, parents can view grades, attendance
records, class lists, and more. Faculty and parents also use
Fast Direct to send and receive email messages.
Thursday, each family receives a white envelope containing news
of upcoming events, Scrip transactions, field trip forms, and
week, the school publishes The LINK e-newsletter which
is chock-full of news, events, recognition.
conferences are held once a year. However, parents can also
request an appointment with a teacher to discuss their child’s
progress as needed.
Scupham, the school principal, has an open door policy, and
welcomes an open dialog with parents.