Catholic Schools

Diocese of Harrisburg Catholic Schools

We believe your child is a gift from our loving God.
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Excellent Academics
95% of our Elementary students score above the national average in Language skills.
90% of our Elementary students score above the national average in Reading.
85% of our Elementary students score above the national average in Math.

Affordable Tuition
We are committed to making Catholic education an affordable option for families.
Financial Aid and Scholarship programs are available to help with the cost of attending our schools.

High Graduation Rates
Over 98% of our students graduate from High School.

College Scholarships
Annually over $40 Million in scholarship funds are offered to graduates of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg.

We Believe:
1. Every Child is a gift from God
2. Parents are the primary educators of their children
3. Teachers are a partner with the family in the educational process
4. Every person must be treated with dignity, respect, and care
5. The school is rooted in the life of the parish

Very Rev Edward J Quinlan
Secretary for Education

Office: 717-657-4804 ext. 222
Fax: 717-657-3790

A quality private Catholic education comes with a cost. Our schools work hard to offer the most affordable tuition possible for parents who want to make that choice. Check with your local school for tuition assistance and scholarship information.

Catholic Schools have high graduation rates.

As the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Harrisburg, we envision education as a lifelong process that can actualize the full human and spiritual potential of all people, calling them to discover, internalize, proclaim, and live the Gospel message and to grow in faith.

Mission Statement:

Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Harrisburg supports their Catholic Schools by promoting the spiritual, academic, social, and physical development of students in an environment that is distinctly marked by the values of our Catholic faith.

Values Based Learning
Our schools are Christ-centered with a goal to provide the best spiritual formation for each child’s body, mind, and soul and to educate each student intellectually, spiritually, and morally.

Students in almost all our schools have access to a world class wide area network that brings untold educational resources and opportunities to them in well equipped classrooms.

Our schools are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and are members of the National Catholic Education Association. Catholic schools are unique faith-centered communities that integrate thinking and believing in ways that encourage intellectual growth and nurture faith and inspiration. They create a supportive and challenging climate which affirms the dignity of all persons within the school community.Please check out our schools.

A Dozen Reasons to Choose Catholic Schools

1 We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence.
2 We partner with parents in the faith formation of their children.
3 We set high standards for student achievement and help them succeed.
4 We provide a balanced academic curriculum that integrates faith, culture and life.
5 We use technology effectively to enhance education.
6 We instill in students the value of service to others.
7 We teach children respect of self and others.
8 We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.
9 We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders.
10 We have a 99 percent high school graduation rate. 85 percent of our graduates go to college.
11 We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring and effective.
12 We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

Courtesy of the National Catholic Education Association

Livia Riley
Superintendent of Schools

Office: 717-657-4804 x228

Mrs Maretta K Schmidt
Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools
and Federal Programs

Office: 717-657-4804 x224

Mrs Margaret Barrett
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Development

Office: 717-657-4804 x230

Administrative Assistants

Dawn Eppinger
Office: 717-657-4804 x223

Ann Everest
Office: 717-657-4804 x222

Lynn Falcone
Office Manager

Office: 717-657-4804 x221

Introduction to Service
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Mr. Michael Ciccocioppo President 717-571-3952
Mrs. Livia Riley Superintendent of Schools 717-657-4804
Mrs. Maretta K Schmidt Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools and Federal Programs 717-657-4804
Mrs. Margaret Barrett Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Development 717-657-4804
Mr. James Gontis Director for Religious Education 717-657-4804
Mr. Francis Bach Esq Board Member
Mrs. Susan Mareck Board Member
Rev. Philip Burger Board Member
Mr. Samuel Barbush Board Member
Mr. Charles Swanderski Board Member
Mr. Daniel Phillips Board Member
Mr. Robert Mrazik Board Member
Mr. Douglas Little, PhD Board Member 717-657-4804
Mr. Phillip J Murren Esq Board Member
Dr. Eric Zeglen, PhD Board Member

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