St. Gregory Catholic School History

Since Saint Gregory School was established in January of 1911, it has provided a quality, Catholic education to the children of our area.

The school presently has students enrolled in grades K through 8. The student body is made up of children from four (4) counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence, and from twelve (12) Catholic parishes: Holy Family, Holy Sepulcher, Our Lady of Peace, St. Christopher, St. Ferdinand, St. Fidelis, St. Gregory, St. Kilian, St. Mary’s in New Castle, St. Matthias, St. Peter, and Sts. John & Paul. We also have several members of various non-catholic churches.

Transportation is provided from eleven (11) public school districts: Ambridge, Butler, Ellwood City, Freedom, Mars, New Brighton, North Allegheny, Riverside, Rochester, Seneca Valley, and Slippery Rock.

The present staff of St. Gregory is made up of the Pastor, Rev. Larry Smith, a full time lay principal, thirteen (13) full time teachers, two (2) part time teachers, four (4) aides, a full time secretary, a full time secretary/librarian, a lunch room manager, a day care supervisor and numerous volunteers. All teachers are required to hold state certification in elementary education and diocesan accreditation to teach in a Catholic School in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Teachers are also required to obtain the state mandated Act 48 hours to keep up dated every five years and all staff members have attended training in “Protecting God’s Children” through the Diocese of Pittsburgh and have clearances on file with the school.

The school first received a certificate of accreditation good for ten (10) years from the Middle States Association in April of 1990 after completing an intensive self study involving ‘The Vision and Values Program’, a long range improvement plan, a three day Middle States team visit and the writing of a self study handbook. In October of 1999 the school was again visited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and was re-accredited for another 10 years in May of 2000, and most recently in November of 2009. The Middle States Evaluation is an ongoing process requiring submission of updated plans every three years.