About Us

 

Cathedral School does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of Cathedral School is to lead our community to a deeper knowledge of God.  Through rigorous academics in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, we strive to educate the whole person -- body, mind, and soul.  Our purpose is to form true missionaries of the Gospel who realize their full potential as individuals of the highest moral character.

Student Oath:  As a student of Cathedral School, I strive to live Catholic values and achieve academic excellence in a disciplined environment.  Disciplina ad Deum Ducit -- Discipline leads to God.

         

Statement of Diversity

Tolerance of and respect for diversity are essential in promoting peace and understanding in our multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith world. So that our students thrive in such a community, Cathedral School endorses diversity of race, creed, and nationality in our activities, curriculum, student body, and faculty.

          

Enrollment Statistics

Ratio of Catholic Students to Non-Catholic students  is 33% Catholic to 67% Non-Catholic.

Ratio of Catholic Teachers to Non-Catholic Teachers is 59% Catholic to 41% Non-Catholic.

43% of the Faculty hold Masters and above Degrees.  All teachers are certified by the State Department of Education.

 

Associations

Cathedral School is an approved member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancEd, MAIS and meets Non-Public School standards set forth by the Mississippi Department of Education. Cathedral School is also a member of the National Catholic Education Association.

 

History

Cathedral School was founded in 1847, just five years after the formation of the first Catholic Diocese and Catholic Church in Mississippi. It has remained in continuous operation for 172 years. The school was originally staffed by the Daughters of Charity who remained on staff until 2003. Throughout the years, many religious women, brothers, and priests have ministered to the youth of Natchez. In more modern times, lay teachers have added their ministry to the educational program of Cathedral.

During the 172 years of education in Natchez, Cathedral School has led the way in all aspects of life and social change. The school has produced priests, sisters, brothers, busi­ness professionals, athletes, and others. Its graduates have gone to the finest institutions of higher learning in this country and have served this country in world conflicts, politi­cal areas, and education. Currently over 25% of the staff are graduates of Cathedral.

The Cathedral Family has a long and proud tradition in Catholic education.

   

Facilities

Founded in 1847, Cathedral School is located on a 22 acre campus in historic downtown Natchez. The campus contains 48 classrooms, three state of the art science labs, two computer labs, two libraries equipped with computers for student’s use, two gymnasiums, multiple playgrounds, a large cafeteria offering hot lunch daily, a weight-training facility, a football, softball and soccer stadium, and a chapel.

 

Cathedral Elementary offers Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds and two classes each of kindergarten through fifth grade.  In January of 1999, Cathedral successfully completed a capital campaign building for a new elementary wing and athletic facilities.  The Elementary School building houses Preschool 3 year olds through fifth grade as well as After School Care Facility, Multi-Purpose Room/Gymnasium, a 25 workstation technology lab, and a Cafeteria which serves hot lunches daily.  Cathedral Middle  School was built in 2014 and houses sixth through eighth grade with eight classrooms and a Science Lab.  Cathedral High School has seventeen classrooms, computer lab and a Biology Lab and a Chemistry/Physics Lab along with a stand along classroom for each lab.  With two well-equipped science laboratories as well as a large technology lab, these students have access to a superior academic program.