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About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower students through our Catholic faith, Academic Excellence, and Community Service to become leaders of integrity and compassion. 

Our Philosophy

St. Joseph Catholic School emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and community service. Rooted in Catholic values, the school aims to nurture students' minds, bodies, and spirits. St. Joseph School prepares students to become compassionate, responsible, and well-rounded individuals. 

Our Vision

To be a leading Catholic school known for academic excellence, faith formation, and community engagement. 

​Our Staff

We have an amazing and dedicated faculty and staff who make many sacrifices in order to serve in a school where they have the freedom to pray with their students and share their faith in Christ! We are so proud of their dedication and service. Please do not hesitate to contact our staff if you have any questions or concerns about your child's education and progress.

​Our History

The first German settlers arrived in Paris in 1818, bringing their Catholic faith to Arkansas. The children of those settlers began Saint Joseph School in 1879. The school had a humble beginning with one Catholic lay woman teaching children in the home of Vincent Stauss, located just west of Paris. In 1880, the first St. Joseph church was built. In the same year a one-room school house was constructed and the children were taught by Mr. Joseph Duerr. In 1889, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Convent in Shoal Creek, Arkansas took over teaching at the school. Two new classrooms were built in 1968 to accommodate the increase in enrollment. A kindergarten was added in 1990. In 1993, an Endowment Fund was established to provide financial stability for the future. A Preschool program was then added in 1995. Beginning with the 2000-2001 school year, St. Joseph School began using the Montessori method for instruction in Preschool. This method continues to be used in Preschool through 1st Grade.

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