Every Child
The John Paul II Elementary School faculty and staff share the conviction that every child can learn and every child can learn to lead a life of service. We carry out a great mission to serve God by building knowledge and character of our young people. 

Academic Achievement
By teaching the Word of God, we prepare our students to follow a path of virtue, compassion and sacrifice for the rest of their lives. And by insisting on high standards for academic achievement, John Paul II Elementary School has a competitive, yet friendly and fun-filled learning atmosphere. 

Extended Family
The John Paul II Elementary "extended family" is comprised of pastors, administration, faculty, staff, parents, and volunteers who are committed to enhancing the academic experience at our school. 

Positive Environment
At John Paul II Elementary, students grow and develop skills, habits, knowledge and faith. Religious instruction is an integral part of our education process. Students prepare and participate in weekly school liturgies. Our students continually earn high scores and demonstrate excellent growth in academic areas on formal, informal and standardized tests. Our professional and dedicated staff help all students achieve their fullest potential in safe and positive environments. 

Our Mission
John Paul II Elementary School has an experienced teaching staff committed to our mission. We strive for low student/teacher ratios. We employ educational assistants and library staff and certified academic services, physical education, vocal and instrumental music, and computer teachers. We are fully accredited by the state of South Dakota. 

Points of Interest
  • John Paul II Elementary is under the auspices of the Diocese of Sioux Falls
  • John Paul II Elementary is accredited by the South Dakota Department of Education
  • John Paul II Elementary is a member of the National Catholic Education Association and SD Christian School Association>
  • 100% of John Paul II Elementary's classroom teachers are certified
  • Average teaching experience: 11.5 years
  • John Paul II Elementary School is supported by the Mitchell Catholic Community. 

Holy Family Parish
321 E 3rd Ave.
Mitchell, SD 57301
(605) 996-3639

Holy Spirit Parish
1401 W Cedar Ave.
Mitchell, SD 57301
(605) 996-7424


Science Fair
Reading Counts
Field trips
Show Choir - 'Joyful Noise'
Children's Choir
Regional Music Contest
Fine arts competitions
Community service projects
Jump Rope for the Heart
Band & individual music lessons
Celebration of church seasons
Economics fair
Prayer in all settings
Eucharistic Adoration
Weekly school mass
VoWac (phonics)
Scholastic bowls/spelling bees
Vocations awareness
City-wide sports participation
Kids Club on site