St. Raphael the Archangel Parish is now taking applications for the role of School Principal of our parish school for the coming 2017-18 school year and beyond. 

We are searching for an outstanding candidate who will be successful with the following primary responsibilities:

  • Represent and promote the Catholic identity and values of our school
  • Create and maintain a safe and friendly school climate
  • Set expectations and effectively deliver results for academic achievement
  • Selects and develop effective faculty and staff
  • Organize and budget resources appropriately
  • Create good channels of communication with school families
  • Continue to refine our curriculum, and incorporate STREAM aspects into it

Our exciting parochial school includes grades K-8th, plus a pre-school for 3 and 4 year olds.  We currently have 170 K-8 students and are expecting 175-180 next year.  There are about 50 pre-school students.  We also have an after-care program.

Our faculty is an excellent mixture of experience and youth, all of whom are totally dedicated to providing an excellent Catholic education to our students.  The parents of our students are extremely supportive of our school and its many facets.  The curriculum has been updated and improved in the last few years.  We are currently planning to implement some STREAM aspects into the current curriculum.  Our school facilities look very contemporary, with the latest addition coming about 12 years ago.  Our religion program includes all the students coming to 8am Mass, Monday through Thursday, with the opportunity prayer services, stations, or adoration on Fridays.  The pastor keeps contact with the students by teaching a religion class for two grades each week.

The parish and school are on a sound financial footing, due to the generosity of so many in our parish community.

For further information, please contact the current principal, Mrs. Kim Vangel at the school office, 314-352-9474, or the pastor, Father Bob Reiker at the parish office, 314-352-8100.  Resumes can be sent to the pastor at reiker@straphaelarchangel.org.

Posted March 8, 2017


Welcome to St. Raphael the Archangel School – we hope you will take sometime to browse our website and see what a special place this is for our students and families.  At St. Raphael, everyone is family.  We are happy to be a small Catholic Elementary School where everyone knows everyone else, and where teachers and students all care about one another, regardless of grade level.

St. Raphael the Archangel School is an institution in St. Louis Hills, and is known for its strong Catholic presence in the community.  Here, our students all attend Mass together every day; our pastor has a daily presence in the school and in the lives of our students; our teachers all help our students to understand the importance of their Catholic faith in all that they learn, see, and do.

The students at St. Raphael the Archangel School come from all walks of life.  They are excited about learning, about their Catholic faith, and about being part of their St. Raphael school family.  Visitors to our school often remark about how friendly and polite they find our students, and although they come in as visitors, they leave as friends.

The Faculty and Staff are all committed to life-long learning, updating curriculum and incorporating educational best practices every year. St. Raphael is a place where teachers offer individual help to students after school because it’s the right thing to do.  It’s a place where teachers work alongside parents at parish events.  It’s a place where faculty and staff celebrate the joys and sorrows of life together with each other and with all of our students.

Our school families and parishioners all pitch in to help out at school.  Whether it’s recess duty, cooking lunches, moving furniture, or helping with learning centers, at St. Raphael we know we can count on the support of all of these members of our school family.

In addition to Grades K-8, we are proud to offer a vibrant Preschool for children ages 3-5.  We offer After Care for Preschool through Grade 4, and we have an incredible Summer Camp for kids.

Thanks for visiting our school website, and please come and visit us!  We’d love to welcome you to our family where students are “Formed in Faith, Prepared for Life.”

Peace and Blessings,

Kim Vangel,



Upcoming School Events

Open House at St. Raphael School for Catholic Schools Week Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Everyone is invited!  Our Open House is for prospective new school families, current  families (to pick up registration packets), and for all St. Raphael Parish Family members.  Come see what we are spending so much time, energy, and money on.

Mission Statement

FAITH – St. Raphael the Archangel School guides its students as they form their knowledge of the Catholic faith and their love for Jesus Christ, in an environment that promotes compassionate hearts through habits of personal prayer, reflection, and community service.

CHARACTER – Our school and parish community endeavor to develop each student’s character by modeling and practicing the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.  We nurture our students’ perseverance, sense of gratitude, leadership, and ability to make informed moral choices.

ACADEMICS – We utilize a rigorous, measurable academic program that develops critical thinking skills, promotes imagination, celebrates individual gifts and talents, and fosters a life-long love of learning.

With these values, and through the guidance of our patron, St. Raphael the Archangel, our students are Formed in Faith, Prepared for Life.