Mission and Philosophy 1


St. Alphonsus Parish School is an accredited Catholic School that welcomes families of all backgrounds. Founded in Ballard in 1907, the school provides an excellent education from preschool through eighth  grade by developing the whole student in a caring environment enriched by the faith of the Church and commitment of families.


St. Alphonsus Parish School Strives to create a Catholic educational community where teachers, students, and parents/guardians in a spirit of love share human knowledge, enlightened and enlivened by faith. The goals of the school flow from the fundamental understanding that this is a Catholic educational community.

Because it is Catholic, St. Alphonsus Parish School:

  • incorporates the vision of faith into education
  • offers personal experiences in Catholic living through liturgy; sacramental life; prayer; guidance and example; and service
  • provides association with families and professional qualified faculty who have a conscious and deliberate Christian outlook on life and the world
  • develops religious understanding and provides opportunities for personal commitment to religious values
  • fosters a Christian understanding of our mutual responsibilities to each other
  • encourages the faculty, parents/guardians, and students to achieve a mutual awareness of what it means to be members of a Christian society

Because it is an educational institution, St. Alphonsus Parish School:

  • develops basic skills, especially in the area of communication (reading, writing, speaking) and in quantitative thinking
  • prepares the student for further education in high school
  • helps each student develop a positive attitude toward lifelong education
  • guides the student toward the spirit of freedom which recognizes self-discipline and personal responsibility
  • helps instill a sense of responsibility to the community and the need for service to it

Because it is part of the school, parish, and larger community, St. Alphonsus Parish School:

  • provides communal religious activities and prepares students for participation in parish life
  • focuses attention on the personal growth of each member of the community as a mutual concern
  • fulfills a secular educational function which society has declared is essential
  • provides opportunities and experiences which emphasize the heritage, the responsibilities, and the privileges of American citizenship
  • provides an excellent alternative to the public school system which allows for the place of religion in formal education