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Excellence in Catholic Education Since 1904

Catholic of Pointe Coupee School is a private co-educational institution with grades PreK3-12. It is located in the city of New Roads, Louisiana, a small picturesque community nestled alongside beautiful False River. The city is 35 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, the Louisiana state capital.
The arrival of the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Roads in 1904 marked the beginning of Catholic education in Pointe Coupee Parish and is the foundation upon which Catholic of Pointe Coupee School was built. Invited to New Roads by Father Francis La Roche, the Sisters arrived to find a four-room house, which was to serve both as a convent and a school. On the present site of the Guaranty Bank drive-through, the first St. Joseph’s School opened its doors. Throughout time, the school building became damaged and lost to storms and a fire. With the constant assistance of the community and local benefactors, Catholic education continued in Pointe Coupee Parish. In 1929, a two-story structure, including a basement, was erected and became the new St. Joseph Academy and Convent. In the late 1950s, St. Joseph Academy split and became know as St. Mary’s Elementary and St. Joseph High School. In 1967, the school was combined under the name of Catholic of Pointe Coupee School with the erection of our current building.
Prior to the establishment of Catholic of Pointe Coupee School, the Sisters of the Holy Ghost staffed St. Augustine Elementary School. St. Augustine soon became Catholic Junior High School and served in this capacity until the 1980s when it was rolled into Catholic of Pointe Coupee and the junior high wing was built on our present campus.