Welcome to Christ the Teacher Catholic School!
We are a Catholic School located in the beautiful Yakima Valley. With a rich history of over 100 years, Christ the Teacher Catholic School (formerly St. Paul Cathedral School) is proud to be committed to our families and community. We offer education from Pre-Kindergarten (starting as early as 3 years old) through 8th grade. Class sizes are kept to a minimum to ensure plenty of student/teacher interaction and attention.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the main office at 509-575-5604.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our school! We look forward to meeting you.
Christ the Teacher Catholic School is a faith-filled school partnering with families and the community to nurture all students in the development of Catholic Identity, high academic achievement, and responsible citizenship through service to others.
New Way of Learning, Same Dedication
Dear New and Returning CTCS Families,
We thank everyone for their dedication to CTCS, our staff and a quality education we provide to all students. We know during these uncertain times it is hard to face each day not knowing what the future holds. We at CTCS are planning for whatever decisions are made by the state regarding education next year. We will start school on August 31, 2021.
Our staff is working tirelessly to ensure that we continue to provide our students and families with the highest education possible, while continuing to keep all of us as safe as possible.
We are continuing to expand opportunities for positive learning for all students, grow our 1:1 iPad program, provide intervention support for students, Middle School STEAM, Kindergarten-8th grade Spanish, and much more.
Again, we are working to ensure that we continue to provide all students and families of CTCS with a high level, family-oriented education moving forward. We appreciate everyone’s patience, we understand and share your anxiety and want you to know that we are all in this together. We are CTCS and we are EXCITED at what the future holds for our students and school.
May God Bless you all-
April 23, 1914, Father Robert Armstrong announced that 5 acres of land had been acquired at the present day site, for a church, school and residence. The land had a farmhouse, which would be used as a convent by the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma, who had agreed to staff the school.
July 4, 1914, Ground breaking ceremonies were held for a facility which would be a combination school/church, designed in a mission style with stucco covering, as was planned for the church that was to be built later. It was built on what is nw 12th Avenue. A platform was erected on the old farmhouse, at one corner, which became St. Catherine’s Convent. The house was located between the present rectory and school on what is now Chestnut.
September 1, 1914, Four Dominican Sister arrived from Tacoma, a day earlier than expected, with no one to greet them at the train and to find the school not ready for use. One of those four nuns was the legendary Sr. Mary Sabina.
September 8, 1914, Classes began at 9:00 a.m. in the convent, with 47 students enrolled, some in each of the eight grades. Some rooms in the farmhouse were turned into classrooms, two classes were held outside under the trees. Students sat on planks held up by apple boxes.
October 21, 1914, First day of classes in the new school. Enrollment had grown up to 108 students. On the following Sunday, Fr. Armstrong said the first Mass, in the large assembly room of the second floor of the school. An estimated 200 families were a part of the parish. It was dedicated by Bishop Edward O’Dea in December.
By 1921, the school enrollment was almost 300 students.
January 7, 1949, Excavations began for a combined school and convent, along Chestnut and 14th Avenue.
September 11, 1950, Classes start in new 5 story building. The school included 20 classrooms, an auditorium, a gymnasium, a cafeteria and a convert to house 32 sister. 756 students were enrolled.
September 1968, the original school was torn down, having served the parish for 60 years.
1975, After 60 years of service to St. Paul Cathedral School, the Dominican Sister left the school. Since that time St. Paul Cathedral School has been facilitated by mostly lay teachers.
Early 1980’s, St. Paul Cathedral School introduced the Early Childhood Education classes. The school welcomed a day-care, a pre-kinder program and well as a Kindergarten program.
September 2017, St. Paul Cathedral School was moved to 5508 West Chestnut Avenue, behind Holy Family Catholic Church. The current building was renovated and became Christ the Teacher Catholic School. Christ the Teacher Catholic School, or CTCS, currently welcomes pre-kinder through 8th grade students from all cultural and religious backgrounds. We pride ourselves in the academic achievements and community contributions of our students and families. Our students graduate from 8th grade and perform at the top of their high school freshman class, many times taking honors classes. Alumni of St. Paul/CTCS continue their educational experience at a variety of programs and universities including University of Washington, Stanford University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University, Air Force Academy, University of Portland, and many others. The partnership between our students, staff and parents have and will continue to pay off for all students wishing to achieve greatness. Over the near century many upstanding community leaders, started their education here and have excelled in their lives.
Meet Our Amazing Staff!
Our teachers and staff memebers are some of the most dedicated in all of the Yakima Valley!
Kindergarten - 8th Grade Spanish