From the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston: As many of you are aware, the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, recently released a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. Included in the list were the names of priests who have been stationed near, or who have celebrated liturgies and other events at parishes within the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, including our Catholic Schools. The Diocese encourages anyone who may be the victim of abuse by one of these priests, or any priest in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, to contact your local authorities or the Diocesan Office of Safe Environment at (304) 233-0880.    Diocese of Steubenville Release.


Welcome to Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School.  Serving five local parishes, we provide Catholic education for students grades Pre-K to six.  Our younger students attend classes on our Fairview Avenue campus, while students in grades 1-6 are located at our main campus on Juliana Street.  The school was founded in 1857 as the St. Francis Xavier School.  In 1970, the school moved to its current location and was renamed Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School (PCES).

We offer a traditional curriculum based on West Virginia standards of education.  Our religion curriculum is provided through the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.  We also provide individual assistance through our Title I/IRA teacher for special needs. Our 10:1 student-teacher ratio ensures each student has the opportunity to excel.

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Our Catholic Identity

Parkersburg Catholic Elementary takes pride in developing and nurturing a Christian atmosphere. Our Catholic identity is centered around our relationship with God the Father, his Son and the Holy Spirit. We then extend this relationship to our churches, families, and community. These relationships are rooted in many ways, which include:

  • Prayer at the beginning and end of the day
  • Prayer before and after lunch
  • Everyday at Noon the students pray The Angelus
  • Weekly Mass on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. for students in grades 1-6
  • Yearly classroom service projects
  • Students engage in our religion curriculum
  • Annual All Saints parade to St. Francis Xavier Church
  • Acts of charity, i.e. Matthew 25 and Holy Childhood Association
  • 1st & 5th grade Rosary partners and 2nd & 6th grade Rosary partners
  • 6th grade retreat
  • Catholic Schools Week celebration
  • Student prayer leaders
  • Annual Vocations Awareness talk


Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School accepts the educational mission of the Church to provide its students with a Christian environment wherein God is loved, humanity is served, and community is formed. To carry out this mission parents, faculty and administration work cooperatively with the parish communities to develop the child into a skilled, confident, responsible Christian individual.

The educational program contributes to the development of the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically. To this end the student will master basic skills for communicating, problem solving, and reasoning. Students will model Gospel values in all aspects of their school experience and their day to day lives now and in the future.