History

2022 Awarded Best Elementary School in RPV

On May 19, 1961, Cardinal James McIntyre established a new parish named St. Peter Alcantara. Msgr. Thomas J. McCarthy became the founding, Pastor. The Daughters of Mary and Joseph joined Msgr. Thomas J. McCarthy and formed the first classes in temporary quarters on the Mary and Joseph Novitiate grounds, as St. Peter of Alcantara School. A year later, the newly established parish was renamed after St. John Fisher. The permanent school was dedicated in January 1963, administered by the Daughters of Mary and Joseph and 422 students in attendance.

Over the years, enrollment rose and fell with the area demographics. In 1965, St. John Fisher School saw its highest enrollment with 654 students. In 1970, due to a shortage of personnel, the Daughters of Mary and Joseph withdrew from the school and were replaced by the Sisters of Rolling Hills. In 1977, the sisters of Rolling Hills withdrew from the school and were replace by The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary accepted administration of the school until 2000. Since 2002, a lay principal, with the Pastor’s support, has administered the school.

In 2010, St. John Fisher School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States Department of Education award program recognizing exemplary public and non-public schools using standards of excellence evidenced by student achievement measures. To learn more about the program, please click here. The Staff and Faculty plays a major role in the education quality of St. John Fisher School. They are truly dedicated to student learning and take personal interest in each students’ success. With a small classroom setting and family-like atmosphere where students feel comfortable and can focus on learning and get challenged to grow and expand their minds.

The Msgr. Eugene Gilb Fund was created in 2015. Msgr. Eugene Gilb was pastor of St. John Fisher Church for 14 years and believed in the values a Catholic education brings to each student and preparing the future leaders of society. The mission of the Msgr. Eugene Gilb Fund is to provide need-based tuition assistance for students who attend St. John Fisher School. The fund is supported by tax-deductible donations made possible by St. John Fisher Church parishioners.

Each year, St. John Fisher School focuses in producing outstanding young men and women of faith, integrity, and service to others. The school honors the memory of St. John Fisher, who died for his belief in the Church, through schoolwide Learning Expectations, which are clustered around the three pillars of Believe, Learn and Care.

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