Our History


Welcome to the St. Clare Parish Community: Church, School, and Preschool. We invite you to share and celebrate the transforming power of God's love through worship, education, and service. St. Clare Church celebrated its first Holy Mass on Sunday, August 17, 1913. Father Capistran Damek O.F.M. welcomed over 30 parishioners that day, and today almost one hundred years later, St. Clare Church serves over 1,000 families.

On Thursday, September 10, 1914, the Ven. Mother Willamine superioress accompanied by Rev. Mother M. Pauline arrived at St. Clare Church. Four days later, the two Franciscan sisters opened St. Clare School’s doors to welcome 31 children—a number beyond expectation. St. Clare School's long tradition of academic excellence within a faith-filled community continues today.

Our goal at St. Clare School is to help each student attain his or her fullest potential in order to become a successful life-long learner and to embrace the future with hope. We are a Catholic parish-school (K-8) community that integrates faith with academics, social outreach, and extracurricular activities. Students at St. Clare are provided the tools they need to develop emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually in a caring and creative environment.

Accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA), St. Clare offers a breadth of expertise within a multi-faceted curriculum designed to meet individual needs. Our state-certified teachers challenge students to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

The St. Clare faculty includes nine classroom teachers and four teachers’ aides providing core curriculum, including: computer literacy/integration, language arts, math, reading, religion, science, social studies, spelling, and writing. In addition, St. Clare offers seven specialized instructors in art, music, library, physical education and health, middle school math, and special needs learning.

With class sizes ranging from 20-28, St. Clare allows students to realize their full academic potential. In an environment that promotes confidence and self-esteem, St. Clare students learn early on to establish good, self-directed study habits. As important as academics are at St. Clare, we place an equal emphasis on community. Students at St. Clare develop an appreciation of others’ opinions and acknowledge the dignity and worth given by God to all people.