Akron's Oldest Church

Parish School

We are dedicated to inspiring a love for learning and empowering students to reach their potential in spiritual growth, academic achievement, creativity and citizenship.

Our priority is to keep Christ in our mind, body, and heart in all that we do. Our students receive opportunities and experiences which develop their skills and talents to solve real-world problems.

We Strive to Promote a Sense of Community that Encourages Each Child and Family to Feel Welcomed and Valued.

We believe it is our responsibility to help students become good citizens with a sense of understanding for others in the school community and throughout our world.

Our Mission

The mission of St. Vincent de Paul Parish School is to develop young Catholic men and women with creative minds, a sense of understanding for one another, and the ability to change the world while keeping Christ in the mind, body, and heart.

St. Vincent de Paul Parish School and St. Vincent de Paul Parish are the oldest Catholic church and school in Akron.

The first St. Vincent de Paul Parish School came into existence in 1853. In 1856, a stone schoolhouse was built in the back of the churchyard. The building soon became overcrowded and a new one was built.
In 1892, a red brick school was built behind the current church at 17 South Maple Street. The high school program was developed in 1907 and classes were held on the third floor of the current grade school. In 1956 the old school was torn down and within months a new one replaced it. Five religious’ communities have served St. Vincent de Paul School: Sisters of the Holy Cross, Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of Saint Joseph from Baden, PA, Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters, and Sisters of Saint Dominic.

In 1974, Saint Vincent – Saint Mary High School separated from the grade school and moved across the street to its current location. A state-of-the-art Engineering Lab funded by many generous donors was built in 2015. Saint Vincent de Paul Parish School received the Ohio State STEM Designation in 2016.

St. Vincent de Paul Parish School continues to thrive. Here children from all social, ethnic, and economic diversity work together in a loving, supportive, Catholic environment. The dedicated staff continues to be enriched by the generous support of devoted parishioners and parents.