ABOUT ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC SCHOOL
"Formed in the spirit of dynamic growth, social justice and intellectual pursuits."
St. Patrick Catholic School was opened to its first students on May 1st, 1866, and has consistently provided affordable education for the community of St. Croix. In those early years, St. Patricks was in the center of the Frederiksted community. Its influence spread into the Countryside, Northside and Southside, where there were many farming communities. The children of these outlying areas came to St. Patrick's School to join those living in town to get an education, and then returned home each day, either by bus or by foot. Every school day began with a Mass, prayers and catechism. Also included, was church history taught as the first subject of each day. The impact that religion had on the lives of the people in those years, was a deeply embedded part of the culture of the community.
St. Patrick School today, evolved from an open kindergarten building and a first grade complex at the old convent on Prince Street, to a single structure where the present school building now stands. That wooden structure housed only an elementary school in the early days, and then an additional building for a junior high and commercial class was added. Today, a kindergarten and preschool now stand where children once played recess in the school yard. The present building, dedicated in 1940, is now over 75 years old, and now stands as a memorial to those nuns, priests and students who have kept St. Patrick School as the firming foundation in the lives of those who have passed through its doors.
Our Mission Statement
St. Patrick Catholic School seeks to develop the whole child through the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ; foster spiritual, intellectual, psychological, physical and social growth. The mission is to promote Catholic faith and intellectual development in our students. We do this by teaching about and modeling the precepts of the Catholic faith, as well as challenging our students with a rigorous course of study. We do this so that they will use their faith, knowledge and skills to shape their futures positively and work for the benefit of the whole society.
St. Patrick Catholic School through the community and service strive to provide opportunities for growth in knowledge, beliefs and living out the teachings of Jesus Christ. We strive to instill Gospel values and develop Christian attitudes in the students who attend our school. We realize that parents are the primary educators of their children. We want to work with the parents in the formation of their children.
St. Patrick Catholic School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools. In addition to accreditation, we are recognized by the Virgin Islands Department of Education as a certified institution for learning, as well as the Department of Human Services as an Early Childcare provider.