embraces and educates students
in a Catholic community,
empowering them to lead
To instill the intellectual, moral, and Catholic values necessary for each child to
achieve his/her maximum potential as a student and as a compassionate, faith-based
steward of the Catholic tradition.
Saint Agnes School has been a symbol of excellence in education for over a century. Our mission is to embrace and educate students in a Catholic community, empowering them to lead faith-based lives. The educational heritage of Saint Agnes is deeply rooted in the Catholic tradition of the Passionists and Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. These partners have been the foundation of our educational success and must remain the cornerstone of our educational program. Within this context, the vision of this institution is to instill the intellectual, moral, and Catholic values necessary for each child to achieve his/her maximum potential as a student and as a compassionate, faith-based steward of the Catholic tradition.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN), founded in 1812 by Mother Catherine Spalding and Bishop John Baptist David, opened Saint Agnes School in 1914. With the motto “The Love of Christ Impels Us,” the SCN poured their hearts into educating the children of Kentucky in the Catholic faith. Education, social justice, and outreach are key pillars still carried out by the SCN and evident Saint Agnes’ mission. Much like the SCN, the Passionist Order, founded by St. Paul of the Cross in 1720, advocated for faith development as a community. Passionists honor and promote the passion of Jesus Christ through meaningful prayer and diverse outreach ministries. As a Sacramental church, Saint Agnes’ Passionists foster reflection, growth, and comradery as students move along their Catholic journey.
Our School recognizes the significance of Passionist and SCN ministries; thus we answer the Church’s call to “teach as Jesus did.” We believe in providing students a community of faith and instruction in Catholic doctrine and Christian values. Saint Agnes staff and students embody these practices through meaningful prayer services and liturgical celebrations, and opportunities to serve others in the school, the parish, and the community. We also believe in a climate in which individual differences are respected, as well as the teaching of foundational skills with enrichment and cultural opportunities that meet the diverse need of all students. While our history is rich and our village is strong, at Saint Agnes School we believe parents are the primary teachers of their children. The faculty and staff share with parents this important responsibility. Together, our core values of faith, community, and academic excellence are unparalleled.
In 2014, Saint Agnes School celebrated its 100th anniversary. The school continues to be an important ministry of the parish. We, as School Board and Faculty, commit to building upon the rich traditions of FAITH, COMMUNITY, and ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE that have come to define the school. We make this commitment so that current and future generations of Saint Agnes students will have a rich elementary school experience, rooted in Gospel values and Catholic tradition, which will prepare them to take advantage of future educational opportunities.
In respect to our Tradition of Faith we will:
Make prayer a core element of the school experience.
Promote active participation in our faith community both at parish, local, and global levels.
Provide excellent catechesis in the areas of Scripture, Catholic tradition, morality, and social justice.
Emphasize stewardship as a way of life.
Provide significant experiences of Catholic identity and family faith formation.
Foster an acceptance and appreciation of the dignity of all persons
In respect to our Tradition of Community we will:
Prepare students to engage in a diverse global community.
Commit to sharing resources, research, and best practices with other schools and institutions.
Develop new opportunities to ensure affordable and accessible Catholic education at Saint Agnes.
Expect active participation by all parents in the Saint Agnes Parish community.
Demonstrate leadership in environmental responsibility.
Cultivate courteous and respectful communication among all members of the community.
In respect to our Tradition of Academic Excellence we will:
Maintain a highly credentialed and talented faculty.
Prepare students to think ethically, creatively, and critically.
Develop the skills and personal responsibility in students to prepare them for a rigorous high school program.
Provide students with authentic experiences in the fine arts.
Continuously update instruction in technology skills and related ethical issues.
Work intentionally to build self-confidence in students through the development of effective interpersonal and communication skills