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Dear Kuemper Friends,

It’s a great time to be a Kuemper Knight! The revered tradition of Catholic education in the Carroll area has a bright future. Anchored by strong roots going back to 1874 in the little parish school of Mt. Carmel, our area parishes and citizens continue to invest in Catholic education through today’s vibrant pre-kindergarten to high school system of 1,150 students. What a blessing for today’s families to receive this gift for our children’s formative years of educating mind, body and soul.
Today’s Kuemper students receive this gift of quality academics infused with gospel values. The sacramental lives of our students remain a foundation of a Kuemper education to produce faith-filled and enthusiastic disciples for tomorrow’s Church. This can only be done with a strong and active partnership with parents – it begins at home. Thank you, parents, for building strong families which makes it easier to build an excellent school.

John Steffes

A state-accredited and formal curriculum enriches our students with a well-rounded education. Superior scores from standardized tests have always been a tradition at Kuemper yet an emphasis on challenging students towards critical and higher-order thinking remains at the forefront of professional teacher training. The school board remains committed to staffing curriculum and technology support while maintaining a well-known and highly successful extra-curricular program of fine arts and activities (go Knights!). Most importantly, faith integration across the curriculum and embedded into all activities is the core of the Kuemper Knight experience. Weekly Mass along with quiet chapel time during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is built into student schedules.
The Kuemper Foundation continues to build school marketing, alumni relations and long-term strategic fundraising. 60% of Kuemper students receive some financial aid to keep the choice of Catholic education a viable option for all. Many supporters and alumni from today’s Kuemper Family are making sure that the gift of Catholic education will be bestowed to the next generation thereby energizing our parish life and Church.


The strong Catholic culture of this area – with its humble beginnings in Mt. Carmel – is well-known with the Kuemper Catholic School System always being a key cornerstone. Your prayers and support will keep the ministry of a values-added Catholic education strong and advancing into the future. Thank you for being a part of our Kuemper Family! We are Kuemper!
John Steffes ‘82
President