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 Schools, in partnership with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, is committed to teaching the Catholic faith and serving all students with the highest standards of educational excellence, empowering them to be leaders in a global community.