Message from the President

Dear Kuemper Friends,

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 1,100 students. What a blessing for today’s families to receive this gift for our children’s formative years. 

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. 

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. Staff promotes a"growth mindset" atmosphere to keep “growing our brains” and rejecting a fixed mindset. 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!). 

The Kuemper Foundation continues to build school marketing, alumni relations and long-term fundraising. Its historic Kuemper Tomorrow campaign raised over $5 million to advance essential capital projects for the school’s future. Just over half of Kuemper students today receive some financial aid to keep the choice of Catholic education a viable option for all. So 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 Catholic education strong and advancing into the future. Thank you for being a part of our Kuemper Family!

John Steffes ‘82