Family Testimonials

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Juergens FamilyThe Kuemper roots run deep in both Pete and Shelli’s families. Three out of four of their parents attended Kuemper, along with countless aunts, uncles, and cousins. Shelli also had a great aunt, Sister Francis Xavier Seidl, who was a very influential science teacher at Kuemper for many years. The newly renovated science labs were named after her.

These deep roots aren’t just happenstance. Both families have chosen Kuemper over and over again because of their belief in Catholic education and the Kuemper system.

Several years ago, Pete and Shelli decided to move to Davenport so Pete could attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. Upon graduation, Pete and Shelli decided to move back to the area and open their own chiropractic practice, despite many other paths open to them. They chose the Carroll area for its small, safe community, closeness of family, and, of course, Kuemper. Read more below.

Why did you choose to enroll your family at Kuemper?

Our family is deep rooted with Kuemper history. Three of four of our parents graduated from Kuemper and our grandparents were huge supporters of Kuemper and Catholic education. Being Kuemper graduates ourselves, in 1998 and 2000, we always knew the right atmosphere for our children would be in Carroll, Iowa and to attend Kuemper Catholic School System.

Give an example of something that you appreciate about the Kuemper School System.

Our kids love the teachers at Kuemper. The communication line is always open. We appreciate all the extra activities offered by Kuemper.

Give an example of something that one (or all) of your children enjoy at Kuemper.

Our kids enjoy so many things at Kuemper. Some of their favorite activities include the pet blessing (students can bring their live pets to school for a blessing), all the Kuemper pride days, Mission Honduras, and Jesus Day in second grade (preparation for first communion)!

Would you want to say anything about the faith formation your children receive at Kuemper?

We love that our kids get to attend a weekly Mass. It’s nice for them to experience it along with their classmates and friends.

What would you say to anyone contemplating enrolling their family at Kuemper?

You will not regret it. Kuemper has been such a blessing to our family!

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Every child deserves the opportunity to receive a Christ centered education. Kuemper Catholic School System offers a unique education experience that you won’t find anywhere else. GO KNIGHTS!




Swanger Family Testimonial

Why did you choose to enroll your family at Kuemper?

We chose to enroll our kids at Kuemper so they could receive a strong education as well as experience the love, respect, and prayerfulness that can only come from a faith based school. We found all of these qualities, and more, at Kuemper. They do a wonderful job! We are very happy with our decision.

Give an example of something that you really appreciate about the Kuemper School System.

We appreciate Kuemper's family atmosphere. Kuemper has great teachers and students. When transferring to Kuemper, we found there is no shortage of helping hands. Our family loves the school spirit and kindness found throughout the school. They do a wonderful job of making you feel as though you are one of the Kuemper family.


Give an example of something that one (or all) of your children enjoy at Kuemper.

Our kids enjoy the extra help the teachers provide if they don't understand a subject. The faculty goes above and beyond to make sure students are adjusting well. All three of our kids have said many times how much they like going to Mass.


What would you say to anyone contemplating enrolling their family at Kuemper?

If you are contemplating enrolling your kids at Kuemper, our family’s advice would be: Do NOT wait! Make the switch as soon as possible. You will not regret it. If the distance, changes in classes or friends, or even tuition scares you, don't let it!!! Be positive and know that God will provide and it will all work out for the best.

Switching to a faith based education was the best decision we could have made for our family. It’s never too late to switch. Including God in your children's daily lives is so important and will allow them to grow so much. We have seen this growth with our own kids and couldn't be more proud. We are very thankful for Kuemper.


The Osterlunds

Why did you choose to enroll your family at Kuemper?

We chose Kuemper for many reasons, it’s hard to just pick one. The faith-based learning, the positive peer to peer interactions, the structure & discipline, respectfulness, supportive staff, and excellent teachers are just a few of the reasons we decided on Kuemper.

Give an example of something that you really appreciate about the Kuemper School System.

At Kuemper, we see a culture that practices what it teaches. The foundational aspects of character counts are not just part of a class, they are truly incorporated into every part of the school day.

At new family orientation, Mr. Steffes made a comment about the kids & uniforms and that the meaning behind them is so much more than just the clothes. Setting expectations and then holding kids accountable to a standard is an important life lesson that we feel is crucial to our kid’s future. They are getting that at Kuemper.

We love the positive environment and attitude at Kuemper. From the moment we toured the school for the first time to present date, all of us have felt welcome & the passion of the staff.

Give an example of something that one (or all) of your children enjoy at Kuemper.

Their peers. Both of our kids have mentioned multiple times how nice and welcoming the kids have been. Little things like “Bobby said good morning to me today and asked what I did this weekend” or “Bobby shook my hand & said it was nice to meet you”. ** Things like manners and common courtesy are huge in the eyes of parents. Our kids noticed it & can feel the difference. We’ve been blessed that our kids have always liked school and gotten along well with others so we weren’t expecting this to be such a positive change, but it has been. Our kid’s attitudes and excitement about going to school every day have exceeded expectations. The kids love Kuemper.

Their teachers. The dedication and passion to teach is evident.

Would you want to say anything about the faith formation your children receive at Kuemper?

It’s outstanding. Again the respect and structure go a long way in kid’s lives. They are learning about stewardship and community. We truly feel families of any faith or religious affiliation can find benefit at Kuemper. It is a wonderfully positive environment.

What would you say to anyone contemplating enrolling their family at Kuemper?

Our experience so far at Kuemper has been nothing short of wonderful. We recommend Kuemper and would be happy to discuss it with anyone who has questions or wants more information from a new family perspective.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you and keep up the great work Kuemper!
Kerri & Travis Osterlund