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History and Mission

J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School was founded in 1957 thanks to a benevolent gift from the Cosgriff-Sturdevant families in memory of James E. Cosgriff. J.E. Cosgriff was well known for his enthusiastic support of Catholic education in Utah.

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Thanks to the support of our parent and parish communities

The first school session began with kindergarten through sixth grade under the direction of the Daughters of Charity. The Daughters of Charity continued to serve the school until 1992, with Sr. Loyola Louapre as the last religious principal. Since then, Cosgriff has been operated entirely by lay principals and faculty, under the administration of diocesan priests.

Since 1957 Cosgriff has expanded to include Toddler through 8th grade. In 1995 Cosgriff added the Extended Day Program to help support working parents.

In 2001, under the direction of Msgr. Hedderman and Principal, Judith Puhr, an addition was built to house the Art, Computer, Science, Music and Spanish programs. The addition was named the McCarthey Center, in honor of the McCarthey family, whose generous donation made the center possible.

The McCarthey Center was dedicated on May 12, 2002. It was named after the late Thomas Kearns and Jane Finn-McCarthey because of their generous donation toward the building. They were longtime members of St. Ambrose Parish.

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Our mission and beliefs

The mission of J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School is to guide our students to become respectful, responsible, and productive citizens through quality academic instruction that is grounded in Catholic teachings and tradition.

  • We are a Catholic community of teachers, administrators, parishioners, parents and students who share the responsibility for advancing the school’s mission.
  • Each student is a valued “Child of God” with unique physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs.
  • All students can learn.
  • A variety of instructional practices and assessments are necessary to support the learning styles of every student.
  • A safe and well maintained environment promotes student learning.
  • Students learn best when actively engaged in the learning process.
  • The commitment to continuous improvement is imperative to assist students in becoming self-confident and self-directed lifelong learners.
  • We must prepare our students to be caring individuals through Christian community service.
  • We need to provide opportunities to learn and practice core Catholic values through social and life skills.

Student Learning Expectations (SLE)

The desired results for student learning at J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School are:

Catholic Identity

  • Demonstrates Christ-like Spiritual Life
  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of the Catholic faith and traditions
  • Demonstrates a spirit of service in the church, family, school and community

Lifelong Learner

  • Exhibit a solid foundation of required core subjects
  • Communicate effectively
  • Think critically and solve problems independently and collaboratively
  • Develop organizational and study skills, while producing quality work and striving for academic excellence


  • Demonstrate respect for self and others and respond compassionately to those in need
  • Develop a strong work ethic and does one’s best work
  • Demonstrate leadership ability in establishing and accomplishing effective goals with others

Civic and Global Responsibility

  • Understand his/her heritage and appreciates and respects diversity
  • Investigate current events and global issues and their effect on Christian life
  • Actively respond to the needs of others at school, community and the world

Donations and Giving

Help show your support

Donations are always accepted through Greater Giving. You can effortlessly earn money for J.E. Cosgriff through the AmazonSmile and Amazon Associates program, by shopping at Fresh Market or Dan’s and using your PLUS card, General Mills box tops, or directly through our donations link.

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