About Us

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Belief Statements

  • We believe in developing the characteristics of compassion, character, courage, and civility all centered on Christ.
  • We believe in the importance of a faith-filled community that inspires Christian witness through service.
  • We believe in empowering our students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers through the use of technology and other resources.
  • We believe in creating authentic and diverse learning opportunities which maximize our students’ potential for success.

Our History

In 1953, the Blessed Sacrament Community’s Father John O’Brien, SSS and Brother Edward Mullen, SSS came to Highland Heights, Ohio from New York City to start a new parish. An old abandoned farmhouse became the first home for Saint Paschal Baylon Church.

From the very beginning of Saint Paschal Baylon, educating young people was very important. In 1954, just one year after Father O’Brien had arrived in Highland Heights, he set about building a larger church and adding a school. In September 1955, after much hard work, the church, eight classrooms, and a school gym were ready to welcome 321 new students. Greeting students in grades one through seven were four sisters from a teaching community in Canada and four lay teachers. The principal was Mother St. Edward.

O’Brien Hall, our current cafeteria, was our original church. Students had physical education classes in our current gym and also ate lunch there. In 1957, the need to add on was apparent and resulted in the addition of eight more classrooms allowing for two rooms per grade level.

During the 1960’s, Highland Heights began to lose its rural appearance and took on the look of a growing suburb. More homes meant more people and more people meant more children who wanted to attend Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School. In September 1960, enrollment was up to 570 students with a staff of seven sisters and nine lay teachers. The addition of eight more classrooms in 1962 rounded out the number of staff to twenty-four allowing for three classrooms per grade level.

Because of the great distance between the sisters who were teaching at Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School and the rest of their community, communication was a problem. Compounding this problem was the fact that the community didn’t have enough sisters to staff the growing school. For these reasons, in 1964, the Sisters of Notre Dame took over the teaching responsibilities at Saint Paschal Baylon. Sr. Mary Maureen was the new principal followed by Sr. Joseph Paul, Sr. St. Barbara, Sr. Kathleen, and Sr. Mary Alice. The Sisters of Notre Dame were very dedicated to the school and gave many years of loyal service.

In 1966, Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School grew to its all-time peak enrollment of 934 students. Officially opening on February 13, 1966, with 2,000 books was the school library. Volunteers from the Blessed Sacrament Women’s Guild funded the library and, for many years, helped to keep it running. Very late in the 1960’s, a decline in school enrollment was occurring in schools all over the United States and Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School was no exception. The parishioners of Saint Paschal Baylon, however, decided that it was time to build a new church. The groundbreaking took place on July 20, 1969, and after twenty-one months, the church opened on April 8, 1971. It was Holy Thursday and the First Communion class inaugurated the new church. The drop in school enrollment to 600 students in 1974 allowed a kindergarten to be opened in September 1975. With empty classrooms available, fifty-two kindergartners were easily accommodated.

The 1980’s saw many additions to the school. The walls were painted green and gold and the classrooms were carpeted. Art, music, and computer classes were added to every grade level’s schedule.

In 1995, Mr. John Bednar became the first lay principal at Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School. He led the school through the addition of the Family Life Center which opened in 2001. Along with the building of the Family Life Center came a brand new Media Center which housed thirty-five desktop computers in the computer lab and over 9000 library books in the library. A beautiful music room and a spacious administrative office were part of the addition. Jette Gym was also built during this renovation. Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School celebrated its 50th anniversary in April 2005. In 2006, with the help of the SPB Parent Teacher Organization, classrooms were equipped with interactive SMARTBoards. In 2009, the school was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. 

Following Mr. Bednar’s retirement in 2012, long-time Saint Paschal Baylon educator, Mrs. Carol Jansky, took over as principal.  Mrs.  Jansky was the driving force behind the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiative and led Saint Paschal Baylon to be recognized by The Ohio Academy of Science with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research  for nine years.  In 2018, Ms. Diane Raguz followed Mrs. Jansky as principal, and the school continues to excel in STEM education as well as the Language Arts earning local, state, and national awards in different areas.

Today, Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School enrolls over 350 preschool through eighth-grade students with a faculty and support staff of forty. As a collaboration between students, teachers, families, parish and community, Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School hopes to be a vibrant and dynamic school for many more years. Our commitment to the belief that all children can and will learn is one of the main reasons why we continue to be a great Catholic school with a great Catholic tradition of Service, Prayer, and Belief.


See why so many people love Saint Paschal Baylon School!

We are so blessed to have administration, faculty and staff who have literally dedicated so much of their lives to SPB. Their longevity, love for the SPB community, vocation as dedicated educators and model Christians make them instruments of God’s love and grace. I am so blessed to know them and work/minister with them each day. Gratefully, we serve because of what Christ and SPB has taught us so well. We try to live the mission statement successfully each day, and through our generosity and love, we strive to achieve so much for everyone. What a blessing and gift we have been given through our God – what a blessing that we have this opportunity to share it with the wonderful students and family members who come to our campus!

Reverend John Thomas Lane, SSS

Pastor/Class of 1979

Our students are blessed to be able to attend such a vibrant learning community! Our faculty is committed to academic excellence as we strive to keep abreast of current research in education…..I am very proud to be a teacher at Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School as I have the privilege of helping students realize their creative and spiritual potential.
Mary Connors

Junior High English/Religion Teacher

We have two children who transferred to SPB. From the moment my husband and I toured the school we felt welcomed by the principal, faculty, students, and parents. We were extremely worried about the transition but have been impressed with how our children have been nurtured and supported by the staff. Our daughter who has always been shy has now started to find her voice and is building confidence and comes home every day with a smile. Our son loves his class and his teachers and could not be happier at SPB. We have been fortunate to find a school where the teachers go above and beyond to tailor their efforts to meet the individual needs of each child. We have found a principal who shows compassion and truly loves and cares about each student. SPB has allowed our children to feel comfortable in an environment where they can learn and develop by providing a high-quality and
faith-based education.

We live in a world where it is scary for some children to feel comfortable with being who they are, but SPB is filled with a community of caring people. Our children have experienced a successful transition due to the structure set by the principal and executed by school staff and teachers. We feel truly blessed to have joined not just a school but a family.

Tom and Elaine Cutwright


I went to Saint Paschal’s from kindergarten through eighth grade, and I can honestly say it played an important role in shaping who I am today. Apart from the education, our school was made much more enjoyable with the opportunities to participate in many extracurriculars, and I left the school with a variety of important learning skills such as writing and research. I feel that the Catholic environment I was surrounded with, from school masses to religion classes prepared me for the real world. Now I attend Hawken high school, and although I don’t have a Catholic education anymore, I keep in touch with my faith through our parish’s Youth Group. I also made lasting relationships with both my peers and my teachers that have extended into my high school years. 

Abigail Lipold

Class of 2018

I wanted an environment where the children feel safe physically and emotionally. The teachers and staff genuinely care about their students and community as a whole. I am so impressed and delighted that St. Paschal Baylon is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. I like the fact that the children receive “extra” classes such as art, music and physical education. The curriculum is challenging and setting a solid educational foundation. The Christ-centered values instilled in the student body are evident when you attend a school function and weekly mass. My children are forming lasting friendships and it has been a joy reconnecting with old classmates that I have not seen since graduation…..I could not have chosen a better atmosphere or school for my children. Everyone from the staff to each individual teacher and aide has welcomed us and accepted our family as their own. I can call upon a teacher at any time for any reason and get an honest answer or progress report.
Allison Spinos

Class of 1988 and Parent

Unfailingly, St. Paschal Baylon students are polite, earnest, and well-prepared.  In class, it is obvious that they have the work ethic to succeed at a college prep school – the credit for that goes to their families and their grade school teachers.  And in the myriad service opportunities that we offer here, the Green Knight alums are always willing to lend a helping hand – they fit in very well with our “Man for Others” philosophy at Saint Ignatius.  Suffice it to say that every year, we on the Admissions Committee are hopeful that we get a big stack of applicants from St. Paschal Baylon!!”

Mr. Patrick O'Rourke

Admissions Director and Latin Teacher, St. Ignatius High School

My husband and I both had the privilege of attending Catholic school and I am a proud graduate of St. Paschal Baylon School. When our oldest child was approaching kindergarten, we looked at St. Paschal Baylon in addition to the public school to ensure we were making the best choice. We couldn’t be happier in our selection of St. Paschal Baylon to educate our children. They are thriving in the strong academic programs and Christ-centered environment of the school.

The curriculum our children have experienced thus far gets them excited about learning and builds a solid foundation for future academic success. The teachers are top-notch and really care about each student’s academic success, well-being, and adjustment in school. It is a safe, nurturing environment which allows each student to thrive.

As a parent, it is a wonderful feeling to see your children grow in their faith. From weekly masses to classroom religion lessons and activities, there are many ways that the Catholic faith is taught. In addition, the intangible lessons in values are important to building strong character and developing compassion and care for others.

We recommend St. Paschal Baylon to any parents looking for a school with excellent academics, strong Christian values, and outstanding faculty and staff.

Beth and Joe Carlton


At Gilmour Academy, we love when we have St. Paschal’s students enroll because we know that they will arrive prepared and ready to jump into the host of opportunities that await them here. There has been a longstanding connection between St. Paschal’s and Gilmour and the students currently enrolled from St. Paschal’s follow in the footsteps of those who came before them as focused and engaged students and athletes who are involved in a range of extracurriculars. 

St. Paschal’s alumni are just as eager to get involved in clubs and extracurriculars, too. They are involved in everything – five different service clubs, competitive speech and debate, Honor Council, Women in STEM, peer tutoring, Investment Club, Wellness Club, Black Student Alliance, Just Write, the Green Leadership Council, Lancers for Liberty, Drama Club and Psychology Club. I have no doubt that graduates of St. Paschal’s will be significant contributors to our school play this spring as we inaugurate our new performing arts center.  

St. Paschal’s alumni have been and continue to be an important part of each year’s class at Gilmour. We are grateful for the preparation they receive throughout their time at St. Paschal’s and know that they will enhance our student body when they arrive.

Kathleen Kenney

Head of School, Gilmour Academy

Christ is the center of SPB’s mission and students are instilled with the importance of the Catholic religion. The weekly all-school Mass is a great way to share our beliefs and get to see the whole student body. I really felt the sense of shared purpose during Mass. That is what Saint Paschal is about. Helping their students understand that God is the center for all things in our life and us as Catholic Christians help others because we know that, “We can do all things through CHRIST who gives us strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
Luke Kerver

Class of 2012 Student Council President

Our family’s experience with St. Paschal’s has been great. From Day 1 of Preschool, my kids have felt at home. The sense of community is palpable.
Elizabeth Mennel


Saint Paschal Baylon School’s mission is to foster Christ-centered values while providing students with a challenging academic curriculum in an environment of dignity and respect. The school truly does live up to this mission. When you graduate from Saint Paschal Baylon, I promise you will leave prepared for high school, with Christian values, and with memories to last a lifetime.
Julianna Longano

Class of 2014

Our St. Paschal’s Lions arrive to NDCL prepared, respectful, and eager to get involved in the NDCL community.  The formation that students receive from St. Paschal Elementary School equips them well for NDCL’s college-preparatory curriculum—St. Paschal’s graduates regularly enroll and excel in our full complement of advanced classes such as Honors, Advanced Placement, and College courses.  They make a positive impact academically and enrich our school community by actively sharing their gifts and talents, which they cultivated at St. Paschal, on our athletic teams, on stage with our performing arts program, or in one of our many extracurricular clubs.  Perhaps most importantly, St. Paschal gives their graduates a firm foundation of our shared Catholic faith rooted in Christ, planting the seeds for a life of Christian discipleship.  

Michael Suso

Director of Admissions , Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School

We are the Rozman Family…seven kids total who have traveled through time at St. Paschal Baylon School. Our first-born started in 1990, and we completed our journey in 2013 with child #7.

In those long years, we have encountered a myriad of experiences. But, through it all, it has been dedicated teachers who remain in the forefront of memory. It is the dedication to disseminate knowledge and nurture young minds to develop. St. Paschal has been blessed with numerous such teachers who strive to fulfill this vocation—not just do the job.

Martha and Vincent Rozman

Parents of: Vera ’99, Peter ’01, Luke ’02, Kevin ’04, Paul ’05, David ’07, and Tina ‘13

We could not be happier with the education and values our children receive from the teachers and staff at Saint Paschal Baylon. SPB isn’t just a school – it’s a community. This community culture can be felt in the interactions between parents, like-mindedness of the families and children attending school and genuine love the teachers and staff have for the students.

Our children are challenged academically in a fun and safe environment that encourages faith, kindness, and good character. The faculty at SPB are responsive to communication and prompt when answering questions. We love and appreciate the quality attention and love our children receive from their teachers.

We know our children are receiving a solid foundation at SPB that is essential during their growing years. The values being instilled in them will help guide them towards success in the future.

Colleen and Luke Ockenden


We at Benedictine High School have always been impressed with the discipline, candor, intellectual strength and moral character of the young men that have come to us from St. Paschal’s. Many have gone on to great careers in support of humanity on the highest levels.
Fr. Michael Brunovsky

OSB, Academic Dean

Preschool FAQs

Do you have questions about preschool? Browse our frequently asked questions! Click on a question to reveal the answer.
What preschool programs do you offer?

There are three programs available:

  1. Early Learning Program – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:15-10:45 AM or 11:45 AM -2:15 PM
  2. Pre-K Program (half day) – Monday through Friday from 8:15-11:00 AM or 11:30 AM-2:15 PM
  3.  Pre-K Program  (full day) –  Monday through Friday from 8:15 AM-2:15 PM
  4. Jr. Kindergarten Program – Monday throughFriday from 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM 
What are the requirements for admission?

Admission to the Saint Paschal Baylon Preschool is open to children who have turned 3, 4, or 5 years old by September 30 of the year of enrollment. Admission to Junior Kindergarten is open to children who will turn 5 by January 1 the year following admission. These children must have at least one year of preschool experience. A screening by the junior kindergarten teacher may also be required. All children entering the preschool classes must be toilet trained.

Is there priority for admission?

Children will be considered for admission to Saint Paschal Baylon Preschool based on the following priorities:

  1. Siblings: Children who have siblings currently enrolled our day school.
  2. Siblings: Children who have siblings currently enrolled in our preschool.
  3. Parishioners: Children of families who are registered and supporting parishioners of Saint Paschal Baylon Parish as determined by the parish office (i.e. application date, regular contributions, etc.).
  4. Non-Parishioners: Children will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on the available space in the program of your child’s age level.
What is the registration process?
Families whose children currently attend Saint Paschal Baylon Preschool will be required to re-register each year. This re-registration will take place in January. A non-refundable registration fee is due at this time.  Registration of new children will take place in January after the re-registration of the current preschool students. New families will complete registration materials. A non-refundable registration fee is due at this time.
How can we learn more about the programs?

Prospective parents are encouraged to attend our Preschool Open House typically held during the last week of January. Preschool teachers will share information about the different programs, and parents will have the opportunity to visit classrooms and ask questions. 

What is the typical class size?

The average class size for the Early Learning program is 12 students, 21 students for Pre-K program, and 14 students for the Junior Kindergarten program. Two adults are in each room (a teacher and an aide).

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition and fees are determined yearly by the Saint Paschal Baylon Finance Council. Tuition rates for the 2024-2025 school year for the four different programs are as follows:

  1. Early Learning Program – $2,210/ year ($150 application fee: non-refundable)
  2. Pre-K Program (half day) – $3,290/year ($150 application fee: non-refundable)
  3. Pre-K Program (full day) – $5,390/year ($200 application fee: non-refundable)
  4. Jr. Kindergarten Program – $5,765/year ($200 application fee: non-refundable)
    How is tuition paid?

    There are two payment options:

    1. Annual: Full payment due no later than the first day of school
    2. Semi-annual: Payment by August 1 and January 1.
    3. Monthly: 10 monthly payments through FACTS, a third-party source (call the school office for additional information)

    Please note that a non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of registration.

    What is the school’s curriculum?
    A quality preschool program should be designed to suit the developmental needs of young children, promoting their spiritual, emotional, social, physical and intellectual growth.  Our programs follow the Diocese of Cleveland’s preschool curriculum. Our curriculum is center based using an integrated approach where learning occurs through active exploration and interaction in a “hands-on” environment.  Multi-sensory activities that enhance the total development of the child are planned in a sequential manner that follows a theme or is part of a unit.
    What is the calendar for the year?

    The Saint Paschal Baylon Preschool will begin in September and conclude in May.  On days Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School is closed, the preschool will also be closed. A yearly calendar is sent home to parent(s)/guardian(s) at the start of the school year, at which time parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified of specific calendar dates.

    Do you have a before care program?

    No, we do not have a before care program for preschool students.

    Do you have an extended day program?

    No, we do not offer an Extended Day program for preschool students.

    Can I drop off my preschooler at the same time as my elementary (K-8) child?

    The earliest time preschool students can arrive to school is 8:10 a.m.

    Is bus transportation available?

    Bus transportation is NOT available. Please call your local school district’s transportation department for further questions.

    Grades K-8 FAQs

    Do you have questions about kindergarten through 8th grade? Browse our frequently asked questions! Click on a question to reveal the answer.
    Is SPB accredited?
    All Catholic schools located in the Diocese of Cleveland are chartered through the state of Ohio, maintained through the Ohio Catholic Accrediting Association (OCSAA).
    Can we visit the school?
    We welcome you to visit our school and take a tour of the facilities. Please call the office at 440-442-6766 or email at office@saintpaschal.com to set up an appointment in advance. If your child is interested in spending the day at our school (grades 1-8), please make arrangements with the office.
    What is the application process?

    We offer a “Sneak Peek” at the end of January for interested students in K-8. The Sneak Peek offers parents an opportunity for a school tour, a question and answer session, and light refreshments. In February/March, parents of interested students in grades 1-8 can schedule a meeting with the principal during which you will receive an explanation of the Application Information Packet and tour of the school. This typically lasts one hour. If you are interested in having your child shadow for the day, arrangements can be made for that day. Submit the completed application form with a $225 per student application fee which is non-refundable. This fee is required for all students and is applied toward the technology program and playground supervision fees. Open registration is completed following priority enrollment for our current families.

    What is your enrollment?

    Our current enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is 363 students in Preschool through grade 8. We have 296 students in kindergarten through grade 8.

    What is a typical class size?

    The average class size is 19 students in grades K-8 with two classes per grade level.

    What is the school’s curriculum?

    The school’s curriculum is based on the curriculum of the Diocese of Cleveland. The curriculum for the Diocese of Cleveland flows from the philosophy and goals of Catholic education, infuses the Social Justice Teachings of the Church, the Rights of Children, Catholic faith and values, and are aligned with the Ohio Learning Standards. The Diocesan curriculum is approved by the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association and by the Ohio Department of Education.

    What are the school hours?
    Our school day is 8:05 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Students may enter their classrooms starting at 7:45 a.m.
    What is the cost of tuition?

    Tuition for the 2024-2025 school year for parishioners is $6,500 for kindergarten through eighth grades with a $225 non-refundable application fee. Tuition for non-parishioners is $7,995 with a $225 non-refundable application fee.  Every family qualifies for the EdChoice or the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship (varying amounts based on need) as long as they submit required documents to the state of Ohio. We encourage all families to apply for other scholarships for which they may be eligible.

    How is tuition paid?

    There are three tuition plans available:

    1. Plan A–pay full tuition by July 1
    2. Plan B–pay half tuition in July and half in January
    3. Plan C–10 monthly payments, August through May, paid through FACTS Tuition Management. There is a $50 enrollment fee if you choose to pay tuition through the FACTS program.
    Do you accept the EdChoice Scholarship?

    We do not accept the EdChoice Scholarship at this time.

    Is financial aid available?

    Every family qualifies for the EdChoice or the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship (varying amounts based on need) as long as they submit required documents to the state of Ohio. We encourage all families to apply for other scholarships for which they may be eligible. 

    Where do we purchase school uniforms?
    Uniforms should be purchased at Schoolbelles.  They can be purchased online or in person at the Richmond Heights location
    Is there a hot lunch program?

    We have a hot lunch program available to students each school day through Mayfield Food/Nutrition Services. Lunches are prepared on site in our kitchen. The cost of lunch is $3.25. Milk is also available to our students at a cost of $45.00 for the year.

    Do you offer an Extended Day program?

    Yes, we offer an Extended Day program. Our Extended Day program hours are 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. The cost is $6.00 per hour, per child, $11.00 per hour for two children, or $15.00 per hour for three children. The enrollment fee for the Extended Day program is $45.00.

    Is bus transportation available?

    For the 2023-2024 school year, bus transportation is available for students who live in the Mayfield, South Euclid-Lyndhurst, Richmond Heights, and Willoughby-Eastlake school districts. Please contact your school district’s transportation department for specific areas covered.

    How is technology integrated at SPB?

    Technology is integrated throughout the school. Our school campus is wireless, and each classroom is equipped with an ActivPanel.  We have a 1:1 Chromebook program for our fifth through eighth grade students with each student assigned a Chromebook to use both at home and at school. We also have four carts of Chromebooks and eight carts of iPads available for students in kindergarten through fourth grade to use. We know that technology evolves at a r

    What extracurricular activities are offered?
    Students have the opportunity to participate in various sports through CYO (Catholic Youth Organization), including tackle football, flag football, soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, baseball, softball, and track. Academic extracurricular activities include Student Council, Power of the Pen, STEM Club, Science Olympiad, Science Fair, Mad Science, Lego Club, GCCTM Math Competition, Catholic Math League, Brain Brawl, Geography Bee, Spelling Bee, Instrumental Music, Young Rembrandts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Safety Patrol, Ski Club, and Girls on the Run.
    How can parents get involved?

    There are many opportunities for parents to get involved in the life of the school, including classroom volunteers, field trip chaperones, playground supervisors, lunch servers, and more! In addition we have a very active and supportive School Advisory Council, PTO, Ladies Guild, and Athletic Association that meet monthly.

    What is the school's policy regarding background checks for employees and volunteers who have contact with students?

    All  employees and volunteers who have contact with students undergo thorough screening, including background checks through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification (BCI&I). for complete information on screening policies, see the revised Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse, section 1.2 (p. 3).

    Where do SPB students go to high school?

    The majority of our graduates attend local Catholic high schools – Beaumont, Benedictine, Gilmour, Lake Catholic, NDCL, St. Edward, St. Ignatius, and Villa-Angela St. Joseph. We also have students that attend private schools as well as local public high schools, many of whom are accepted into gifted/talented, International Baccalaureate, and other accelerated programs.