The Owensboro Catholic Schools Community (OCS) works hard to create a faith-filled family atmosphere with the ultimate goal of fostering each student’s academic and spiritual growth. The schools were founded by the Sisters of Charity and the Ursuline Sisters of Maple Mount and have a rich tradition dating back to 1859.
While buildings and campuses have come and gone and educational practices have taken many forms, one thing remains constant: faith. Campus K-3, Campus 4-6, Owensboro Catholic Middle School, and Owensboro Catholic High School comprise the entire school system.
“As displayed on signs in all our buildings, Christ is the raison d’être of our school. He is the invisible but ever-present teacher in his classrooms. He is the model of his faculty and the inspiration of his students,” said Director of Advancement Natalie Hayden.
The school system places a strong emphasis on its college-readiness efforts, consistently producing high test scores, and offers a wide range of extracurricular activities and award-winning sports. Whether it’s performing arts, sports or clubs, Hayden said students are encouraged to participate.
“Catholic schools are rooted in academic excellence,” she said. “Our caring and dedicated faculty and staff challenge students to use their God-given gifts to reach their potential. They are ready to continue their studies and they are prepared for life.
Hayden attributed much of their success to the strong culture created by staff and alumni over the years. She said high school class reunions feature special events each summer, giving alumni a chance to revisit the halls and school chapel they once called home.
“OCS culture tries to provide meaningful, personal and social experiences,” Hayden said. “These activities help create strong friendships and values that carry over into adulthood and often develop into lifelong friendships. Faith, family, and the strong support of former students help maintain the tradition of OCS.
OCS also encourages and supports involvement in the city’s many service and charitable organizations to emphasize the importance of helping and serving others.
“Our students are our greatest source of pride. They exemplify what it means to be true leaders, achievers and believers,” Hayden said.
The OCS central office is located at 1524 West Parrish Avenue at the south end of the high school and is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration for the 2022-23 school year is open and additional information is available on their website at owensborocatholic.org. For help with the registration process, call them at 270-686-8896.
“There are thousands of generous families and alumni in our community and beyond who work hard to make Owensboro Catholic schools affordable for every family who is willing to serve and sacrifice for the education of their children,” Hayden said. “If you have any questions, please contact us. We are happy to help you through the registration process from start to finish. Come and see what it means to be OC.
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Today, with a membership base of nearly 1,000, the Chamber is a guiding force in community and business development initiatives, serving as the business advocacy center for the Greater Owensboro area.
To learn more about becoming a Chamber of the Week member or to inquire about Chamber membership, contact Shelly Nichols, Chamber Vice President, at 270-926-1860 or [email protected]