Our Mission

Proud of our Catholic heritage and woven into the Norfolk community, Saint Patrick Catholic School proclaims the Gospel by offering families with children in grades Pre-K through 8 an exceptional Catholic education built upon character formation, spiritual development, leadership training, academic rigor, physical well-being, and an ethic of service.
Parents are the primary educators of their children, and Saint Patrick is committed to a close collaboration with them to promote their children’s growth and learning. While utilizing the best educational technologies and facilities possible, Saint Patrick is dedicated to maintaining a safe and caring Christian community in which every child’s gifts are identified, nurtured, and celebrated.


The Saint Patrick Catholic School mission speaks to six important "pillars" in education.  These principles form an educational framework intentionally focused on the whole formation of each student.

Cultivating a Growth Mindset in Students

Growth mindset is the belief that the brain’s capacity to learn is limitless and that failure is essential to growth. Saint Patrick Catholic School teachers encourage students to develop a growth mindset, presenting challenges as opportunities and guiding them through problem-solving. With this approach, students cultivate determination, resilience, perseverance, and grit.

"What is Grit, Why Kids Need It, and How You Can Foster It"

Watch a TED Talk by Carol Dweck, the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Watch a TED Talk by Angela Duckworth, the author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Celebrating Gifts

  • Each child is made in the image of the Creator and is born with varying, inherent gifts.
  • Gifts are discovered over time and through many experiences.
  • Gifts are identified through ability, creativity, task commitment, and leadership.
  • A child’s personality and environment influences when and how children’s gifts are revealed.
  • A school, in collaboration with families, should nurture a child’s gifts through rich and varied experiences.
Saint Patrick Catholic School embraces the importance of providing dynamic and creative experiences so students can nurture their gifts.  Through differentiated learning in the classroom, activities that extend and enrich learning, as well as after-school clubs, sports, arts, camps, and community service projects, our school provides numerous opportunities for students to discover, develop and celebrate their gifts.