Catholic Education has been a tradition of excellence in Greenville since 1888. In that year four Sisters of Mercy came up the river from Vicksburg at the request of Father Korstenbroek, Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish. The new school located next to the Church was named St. Rose of Lima. St. Rose was the standard of Catholic Education in the Delta for sixty-two years. By 1949 the enrollment had exceeded the space of the building that had withstood floods and fire for over fifty years.
St. Joseph Elementary and High School was opened in 1950. It housed thirteen grades for fourteen years. Once again the enrollment and needs of the school family called for another school. A new elementary school was built on Reed Road in 1964 and was staffed by the Sisters of Mercy, Kilbeggan, County Westmeath, Ireland, and lay teachers from the Greenville area. St. Joseph’s remained as a Junior-Senior High School. The new elementary school was named Our Lady of Lourdes and has built two additions in the past nineteen years.
In 2016, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joseph Catholic School were reunited onto one campus. The new state of the art elementary facility consists of 11 classrooms, a resource room, music room, art room and library. Each classroom is equipped with apple tv, computers, overhead mounted projector, and whiteboard.
Catholic Education is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church, which He founded. Our Lady of Lourdes School responds to this mission by seeking to prepare its youth to proclaim the Good News and to integrate into all learning the fourfold dimensions of Catholic Education: Message, Community, Worship and Service.
The philosophy of the Catholic School is to educate the whole person as an individual in a loving, Christian atmosphere by offering a quality education program and guiding each one in becoming a moral, productive person in a modern changing society.
The staff believes Christian growth to be a total community effort involving formal instruction, the local community, the parish, and especially the home. The School works cooperatively with parents to assist them in their role as the primary educators of their children.
The School’s administration and faculty believe in the individuality of the learner and are committed to providing a broad flexible program designed to meet high standards of academic excellence. Programs suitable for individual student differences are included in the curriculum and are constantly evaluated and updated to meet the changing needs of students. Special attention is paid to creating a positive self-concept within each student and providing appropriate learning experiences, which will aid the child’s total growth and development.
Faculty members share in the catechetical ministry; therefore, teachers with appropriate qualifications and dedication to the Catholic School’s apostolic goals and charter are selected.
It is the desire of Our Lady of Lourdes School that its students go forth with an understanding of their potentials as persons whose destinies not only include, but also transcend this life. Each individual will grow to be a responsible, self-disciplined citizen in a vacillating democratic society, be equipped to make not only a living, but also more importantly, a life.
The statement of philosophy is implemented in the St. Joseph School System through the following goals and objectives: