Shelby County Catholic School 2005 College Place Harlan, Iowa 51537 | Phone: 712-755-5634

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”  Matthew 19:13

The faith-based environment and academic program at Shelby County Catholic School prepares students to become problem solvers and critical thinkers.  Our caring teachers and staff work together to create a supportive and encouraging atmosphere where all students can achieve their full potential.

State of Iowa Accreditation

Shelby County Catholic School is fully accredited by the State of Iowa.  All teachers are licensed by the State and certified to teach in their assigned areas.  Special endorsements held by teachers include Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, Talented and Gifted, Health, Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Early Childhood, English, Speech, Communications, and Coaching.


Core Curriculum:

  • Religion
  • Language Arts (includes reading, writing, English, spelling, and penmanship)
  • Math (includes Algebra at the Middle School level for students who qualify)
  • Science
  • Social Studies/History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Art  
  • STEM (PK-6 integrated curriculum)


  • Chromebooks: Each classroom is equipped with a chromebook for every student.
  • A portable iPad lab containing twenty iPads is available for teachers and students to use.
  • Interactive white boards (SMART-Boards) are available in many classrooms.
Additional Programs and Opportunities:
•    Enrichment/Talented and Gifted
•    Prayer Partner Program
•    Piano Lessons
•    Guidance
•    Title 1 Reading
•    Math and Reading Resource and
 Supplemental Assistance for students in need
•    Mentoring
Extra Curricular Opportunities:
•    Drama Club
•    Chorus
•    Band
•    Sports
•    Student Council
•    Christian Leadership Team

Faith-Based Curriculum
Catholic schools exist for the purpose of supporting our children in learning about their faith; therefore the religious education program at Shelby County Catholic School is of special curriculum importance.  Students not only have daily religion class where they learn about the God, they also participate in weekly liturgies, prayer services, and service projects.

All students celebrate liturgy together twice a week.  Students are responsible for song leading, lecturing, Prayers of the Faithful, and offertory.  Parents, grandparents, and friends are always welcome to attend our school liturgies.

Students have opportunities to participate in service projects both as a way to express their faith and to become good citizens.  Some of our recent service projects include delivering Meals on Wheels to shut-ins, visiting the elderly in retirement centers, collecting items for the Food Pantry, helping with Special Olympics, making prayer quilts for those who are sick, and many others. 

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