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Curt Gardner, Principal

Pope John Elementary XXIII

Pope John XXIII Elementary is an amazing place! Since 1966 Pope John XXIII has been providing quality Catholic education

in southern Indiana as part of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. We are proud of our past academic achievements, we are proud

of our past students’ successes, and we are proud of the moral values that we help parents to instill in their children. We are

most proud of the relationships that we foster within these walls. Students grow in their relationship and knowledge of God and in

doing so are guided to a better understanding of how to care for one another. People here care. Parents, teachers, and students

all care about one another. It is with this care that we continue to move forward successfully.

Mission Statement

Building on 170 years of exemplary Catholic education, the Prince of Peace Catholic Schools, Pope John XXIII Elementary and Shawe Memorial Junior-Senior High School, continue to provide challenging academics in a safe and nurturing environment.  Prince of Peace Schools welcomes families of all faiths from Madison, Indiana and the surrounding communities.  With an emphasis on family involvement in all aspects of the educational process students have the opportunity to grow in body, mind and spirit, while serving God, the church and the community.


Vision Statement

Prince of Peace Schools will be the educational choice for families seeking an exemplary education, faith based values and lifelong learning skills.


He creates, We shape and They soar


He creates:

Every child is a unique gift from God


We shape:

We nurture the whole child assisting the family in the full intellectual, spiritual and physical development through rigorous academics tailored to the students needs.  The school will enable the students to serve as leaders in their school and become valuable members of the church and civic community.


They soar:

Globally connected, contributing citizens…… We strive for the development of lifelong learning, strong moral decision making skills and health in mind and body for all learners.




• Students are created in the image of God.

• Students learn the Gospel values and use them in daily life.

• Students are provided with worship opportunities as well as community service learning.

• Students are unique and loveable.  Each holds a gift or talent to be shared.  We learn to appreciate others through their contributions to our community.

• Teachers, parents and students work as a partnership to achieve our goals.

• Students develop a love for learning which builds commitment and passion for lifelong learning.

• Children are encouraged to reach their own potential.

• Our school strives to provide an atmosphere that fully supports the Catholic faith, values diversity and supports social, cognitive, emotional and physical development.

A Pope John Grad at Graduation

During their time at Pope John Elementary School, students build the foundation for their future.  Students begin to form as responsible learners, which will be shown in their academic achievement, physical activity and social awareness.  The skills gained by Pope John XXIII students are based in Catholic teachings and values.  Examples of student achievements:



•  Accountable for actions

• Tolerant of differences

• Spiritually grounded

•  Active participant in their faith

• Compassionate

• Provides service for others

• Communicates well with others

• Accountable for actions

• Active member of extracurricular activities

• Responsible

• Independent

• Compassionate

• Provides service for others



• Organized

• Does not take the easy way out

• Takes good notes

• Has good writing skills

• Example of a good student

• Responsible

• Independent

• Has an ownership of their own education

• Have strong teacher/student relationship

• Proactive in learning

• Physically active

• Active member of extracurricular activites

• Tolerant of differences


Prince of Peace Catholic Schools prepare students to lead meaningful lives by combining rigorous academics with opportunities for exploration and reflection.


Prince of Peace Catholic Schools are one of the area's leading Catholic Schools.

Pope John XXIII Elementary

221 West State Street

Madison, Indiana 47250


Shawe Memorial Jr./Sr. High School

201 West State Street

Madison, Indiana 47250


Administration and Parish Office

305 West State Street

Madison, Indiana 47250


Prince of Peace Catholic Schools -  305 West State Street, Madison, Indiana 47250

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