Magdalen Catholic School in Wichita, Kansas has been named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. For 36 years, the U.S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award nationally to America’s most successful public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools. This year, Magdalen Catholic School will join the list of 349 schools across the U.S. recognized for overall academic performance or progress in closing the achievement gaps by U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.


The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates non-public schools, including parochial and independent schools on the basis of Exemplary and High Performing if their student achievement in English and mathematics is among the top 15% in the country. The National Blue Ribbon flag-waving overhead a school has become a trademark of excellence, a symbol of quality recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. 


Janet Eaton, Superintendent Catholic Diocese of Wichita, “We are thrilled that Magdalen Catholic School, led by Principal Kristin Schmitz and Fr. John Jirak, is being recognized as a 2018 Blue Ribbon School.  This distinguished award speaks volumes to the exemplary Catholic education offered at this school.  We are extremely proud of the staff, students, and the entire Magdalen parish.”








Stewardship is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and receives God’s gifts and shares these gifts in love of God and neighbor.

A Catholic education is one of the best gifts a parent can give their children.  Our school was established to provide for this important mission at Church of the Magdalen.  At Magdalen, your child will not only receive an outstanding academic education, but more importantly, they will learn about their Catholic faith daily, pray often, practice self-discipline, and learn to put others’ needs before their own.  In short, we will assist you in forming your child to be a Christian disciple of Jesus Christ.
It is through the faithful stewardship of all of the parishioners of Magdalen that we are able to provide an excellent Catholic school.  As stewards we recognize everything we have and all that we are is a gift from God.  We respond to that gift by giving our first fruits in:
  • Spending time with God in prayer - individually, communally and as a family
  • Sharing talents by serving in our parish and community
  • Giving treasure sacrificially, proportionally and generously
Enrolling your children in a Catholic school is a partnership among the family, the parish, and the school.  A Catholic school education is a privilege, and not a right.  For parishioners who complete and fulfill their annual stewardship commitments, our pastor will make a good faith effort to provide for their children’s Catholic education.  Specifically, what is expected of all of the families in our parish is to:
  • Attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation at Church of the Magdalen
  • Participate in the sacraments
  • Actively participate in parish ministries
  • Make and keep a good faith pledge of treasure, with a goal of 8% of your gross income to the parish and 2% to your favorite charities
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”  1 Peter 4:10

Under the guidance of School Council, Magdalen Catholic School has started Parent University to strengthen the cooperation between home and school, as well as provide our parents the opportunity to enjoy educational opportunities on parenting.  We have set the topics for this semester’s Parent University sessions, and topics suggestions are warmly welcome for 2nd semester.  Contact either the school administration or a School Council representative with suggestions. 


 It is a REQUIREMENT for at least one parent from each family to attend at least one session this semester.  Attending a session at Kapaun or another Diocesan Catholic School would count towards your requirement.  Sign ins will be present at each session and monitored for compliance.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 


 2nd semester topics and dates are as follows:


February 25: Keeping our Children Safe with Technology: Fr. Gabriel Greer: 7:00PM Marian Room


February 28: Catholicism and Culture: Spiritual Life Center: 6:15PM


March 18: The Anxious Child: Angie Lynn: 7:00PM Marian Room


April 3: Summer Activities and Ideas to avoid Brain Drain: 7:00PM Marian Room


Parish Book Study:

Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly runs from Jan 20-March 3

Teresa of Avila various Wednesdays from 6:00-6:50: watch the bulletin for details

Share Christ: January 13-March 3: Must've completed Discover and Follow Christ as prerequisites

Magdalen is a level IV school based on socioeconomic status and demographics.

Class Size

The recommended maximum class size is outlined in the table below. As classes approach maximum capacity, or if special needs arise, aides may be assigned. These recommendations can be exceeded upon the approval of the pastor.


Class Size Without Aide With at least 1/2 time Aide
Combination Classes 20 25
Levels I-II, K-2 20 24
Levels 1-II, 3-8 24  
Levels III-IV, K-2 23 28
Levels III-IV, 3-12 28  


MCS students and staff are proud to be a part of the Diocese of Wichita's promotional video that highlights the mission of Catholic education.

Developing Catholic students to become faithful stewards of God's gifts.

As the school year begins, we would like to take a moment to reflect on our goals at Magdalen Catholic School. By living our mission as stated above, we seek to develop the whole student, spirit, mind, and body, into becoming faithful stewards. To achieve this goal, as well as the Diocese of Wichita's Catholic School Standards listed below, we all, priests, sister, administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and students, play an important role.

Catholic schools seek, with God’s grace, to form the total person in the image of Christ. This goal cannot be confined to the classroom but will only be achieved through the totality of the student’s activities, experiences, lessons, and relationships. Accordingly, the school’s resources must be directed to the fulfillment of the following standards.


Catholic Elementary Schools – Students are expected to…

  1. know church teaching, practice Christian virtue, and participate in their parish faithfully; moreover, receive the sacraments, all of which were instituted by Christ and each of which has its own vital place in Christian living;
  2. demonstrate a reverence for life and respect for self, family, authority, and all cultures;
  3. have an informed conscience, distinguish right from wrong, and know how to make choices based on Catholic/Christian values;
  4. be respectful and responsible, compassionate, and just toward others;
  5. demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and desire to continue to learn successfully in middle school or high school;
  6. be independent, responsible, and self-disciplined decision-makers who set priorities and boundaries, lead, and work on teams, make sacrifices to achieve goals, monitor progress, and apply creative and critical thinking skills;
  7. have the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills needed to communicate effectively;
  8. read at or above grade level unless there is a handicapping disability;
  9. master basic knowledge of religion, language arts, mathematics, geography, history, civics, science, and fine arts;
  10. utilize appropriate technology to access and communicate information.

The Magdalen Campus Babysitting Ministry is looking for more volunteers. Sign up now to be part of this fun ministry. You will be rewarded with hugs and smiles. Campus Babysitting Ministry will count as service hours. Questions or want to join? Contact Chelsea Mellinger at 308-3889 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PTO Meetings 2018-2019
PTO meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month in one side of The Marian Room from 6:30-7:30. We are happy to offer campus babysitting for these meetings so all parents of school children can attend!

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