Discover the many ways our schools are working to be good stewards of the gifts given to us. The message presented shares our proactive focus on providing excellence in faith-formation and academics. Our students continue to represent their families, their school, and their faith with dignity, integrity, and care.
Owensboro Catholic Schools is a Catholic/Christian school system that provides a quality education to its students. We do this in a disciplined, safe environment that is rich in tradition.
We offer students and their parents a family atmosphere, challenging curriculum, caring and professional teachers and opportunities for spiritual and academic growth.
Owensboro Catholic Schools are fully accredited by the State of Kentucky’s Non-Public Schools Commission. The Owensboro Catholic Elementary has two campuses. The Elementary K-3 Campus serves our Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade students while the Elementary 4-6 Campus serves our 4th, 5th and 6th-grade students. This allows our students to collaborate academically and socially to create a strong school unit.
All of the schools within the system are dedicated to Mary; the Elementary K-3 Campus through the Annunciation, the Elementary 4-6 Campus through the Immaculate Conception, the Middle School through the Holy Family and the High School through the Assumption.
To that end, students receive daily religious instruction, attend weekly Mass, participate as liturgical ministers (cantors and lectors) and partake in school-wide community service projects.
Owensboro Catholic Schools share in the mission of the Church in cooperation with families to provide a religious and academic education, which prepares students to become responsible members of family, Church and community. The Owensboro Catholic Schools are located in the Diocese of Owensboro.
The history of Catholic education in our area dates back to 1848, when the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth opened St. Frances Academy. The school was located in an old frame building, formerly a hotel, at 3rd and Allen Streets. The school remained at that location for 40 years until increasing enrollments and requests from parents to give their children a Catholic education persuaded the sisters to move to a newly constructed building at 5th and Allen Streets.
A generation later, St. Frances Academy was again overcrowded. The Ursuline Sisters of Maple Mount, Kentucky were also experiencing difficulties in providing space and faculty for St. Joseph High School in Owensboro. Superiors of both Orders were pleased to learn that property had been purchased by the Diocese of Owensboro on Parrish Avenue to build a diocesan high school to serve Daviess County.
In 1951, the equipment of St. Frances Academy was moved to the new Owensboro Catholic High School, which opened in September 1951. In 1989 The Owensboro-Daviess County parochial schools were consolidated.
Today, students from all parishes attend Owensboro Catholic Elementary K-3 Campus, 4-6 Campus, Owensboro Catholic Middle School, and Owensboro Catholic High School. Fifteen parishes partner with the Owensboro Catholic Schools to provide faith and academics for the greater Owensboro community.