• The Facilities at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School


    A look in the classroom at St. Anthony of Padua St. Anthony of Padua School, home of the “Wildcats,” was established in 1907 with 200 students. Today, the vibrant, 106-year-old school provides an unparalleled education to approximately 350 students. We offer two classes per grade, preschool through grade 8, with an average of 21 students per class. We’re proud to note that many of these students are third and fourth generation “Wildcats!” And upon graduation, about 75-85 percent of them continue their Catholic education at West Catholic or Catholic Central.
    The Catholic faith is fully intertwined into the students’ entire educational experience. The school and church are connected physically and spiritually. This provides students with a seamless church-school experience. Our 35,000-square-foot school features several “green” projects and initiatives that reinforce our science lessons, including:

    • The Wege Foundation Wing, a 7,000-square-foot, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified addition to the original school structure, was completed in 2008. The Wing, which was made possible through The Wege Foundation, has several environmentally friendly features, including solar panels, low-flow toilets and plumbing fixtures and lower-wattage interior lighting that is controlled by room usage.
    • A Swift Wind Turbine, a gift from philanthropist Peter Wege and The Wege Foundation, was installed on the rooftop of the school in 2009. The ultra-quiet residential wind turbine, which was manufactured by Grand Rapids-based Cascade Engineering, supplies free electricity to the school and is used as an educational tool for students and parishioners.
    • Our Salmon in the Classroom Project allows students to get up close and personal with one of nature’s most fascinating life cycles. Through a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, St. Anthony of Padua is able to procure 200 salmon eggs every year. The school is currently in the process of incubating a group of salmon with student biologists monitoring their progress daily. Once the salmon reach maturity, students release the fish into the Grand River and a new life cycle begins. They are anxiously counting down the days until they can experience this exciting adventure!

    The computer lab at St. Anthony of Padua Other school highlights include:

    • Computer laboratory housing over 30 student work stations
    • An iPad mobile cart so students can access technology throughout the school
    • Fully-equipped Middle School Science Laboratory that features microscopes, chemicals and dissection equipment
    • Gymnasium for student activities, musicals and athletics
    • Library stocked with more than 7,000books
    • Skills Support Room staffed by a full-time certified Special Education teacher who provides academic support to students in need of additional remediation or enrichment
    • Large campus with room for expansion
    • Full-service Cafeteria serving daily hot lunch