2301 Oregon Avenue Portsmouth, VA 23701 -- Grades Pre-K3 through Eighth Grade


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On behalf of all of us in the Portsmouth Catholic Faith community, I would like to welcome you to PCRS and our website. Portsmouth Catholic Regional School has a long and distinguished history of service to God. We are proud of our students! They work hard to achieve and make significant contributions to our faith community. Just as important as academic excellence, is our mission to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and to foster the growth of Christian values through the home, school, parish, and community. Our mission facilitates the spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, and physical development of the whole child. We strive to provide academic excellence in a warm and supportive school climate. We want each parent to feel that “My child is having a great year at Portsmouth Catholic Regional School!” Strong parental and community support enhances the quality of education at Portsmouth Catholic Regional School. We hope you will visit the school often. Please come meet with us, talk to us, join our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), School Advisory Board (SAB), Enrollment Management Team (EMT), or Parent Advisory Team (PAT), and volunteer your time and energy. We know that your involvement, combined with the efforts of our outstanding faculty, will make this school year a rich and rewarding year for your child and your family. Please call me at 757-488-6744 if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.
Yours in Christ,
Mary Ellen Paul



Portsmouth Catholic Regional School is accredited by the Virginia Catholic Education Association (VCEA) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) whose accreditation process is approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education Committee of Accreditation as authorized by the Virginia State Board of Education.Back to Top


Vision Statement

Portsmouth Catholic Regional School will be the premier educational center of choice, committed to innovative learning through state of the art technology. Back to Top



The philosophy of Portsmouth Catholic Regional School is to assist parents in the faith formation and development of their children by:

  • Creating a strong Christian community among students, families and staff, where children are nurtured and challenged to achieve their full potential in the faith community

  • Providing a diversified educational program, committed to academic excellence in an innovative 21st century learning environment which values the uniqueness of each student. The teaching of Catholic doctrine and integration of faith into everyday life is the core of the curriculum.

  • Encouraging students and families to participate in liturgies, sacraments, activities and service projects offered by our parishes and school who serve our local and global communities.

These values of faith, academics and service, nurtured by a staff dedicated to teach as Jesus did, encourage our students to respond personally to the call, challenges and commitment of the Christian way of life in the world today and in the future.

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Portsmouth Catholic Regional School continues the century-old tradition of Catholic education in the Portsmouth area. The Daughters of Charity, who with the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburg and lay teachers, first became known to the people of Portsmouth through their volunteer nursing work during the Civil War. About ten years later on September27, 1876, at the request of Father Thomas J. Brady, the Sisters staffed the first Catholic school in the city. The first school was located on the corner of Dinwiddie and King Streets and was called Saint Joseph's Academy.

In 1891 the Xaverian Brothers came to Portsmouth to staff the newly erected Saint Paul's Academy for Boys at the corner of Washington and London Streets. The Brothers staffed the Academy for thirty nine years until 1931 when the coeducational system of education was adopted by the schools and the Daughters of Charity assumed the staffing of both the elementary and high schools. In the same year a new school for the black children of the city opened and was called Our Lady of Victory. The three Portsmouth Catholic Schools continued to expand through the Thirties and Forties, serving the educational needs of the children of the area. After World War II two more elementary schools were opened. Little Flower School opened in 1954 in the Oregon Acres section of the city. The Bernadine Sisters staffed the school for sixteen years. In 1955 another Catholic elementary school opened in the Brentwood area of Chesapeake. It was called Holy Angels School and was staffed by the Daughters of Wisdom for fifteen years.

In 1959 the decision was made to integrate the Catholic Schools throughout the city of Portsmouth. Our Lady of Victory consolidated with Saint Paul's to form St. Paul's Central High School. The school again changed its name to Portsmouth Catholic High School in 1964. In 1990 a dicision was made to further centralize all Catholic High Schools in the Tidewater area. Thus, Portsmouth Catholic High School was closed and Catholic High School, now Bishop Sullivan Catholic High, was opened in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

In February of 1970 the decision was made to consolidate and centralize all Catholic elementary schools in the Portsmouth and Chesapeake areas. Saint Paul's School, Little Flower, and Holy Angels School merged to form the present Portsmouth Catholic Regional School. The school was staffed by The Daughters of Charity and lay teachers through 2000. Due to a shortage of Sisters, the Daughters were unable to return to teach at the school. Presently Portsmouth Catholic is staffed by a lay staff dedicated to teach as Jesus did encouraging the students to respond personally to the call, challenges, and commitment of the Christian way of life in the world today and the future.Back to Top