The Notre Dame ACE Academies seek to provide a Catholic education of the highest quality to as many children as possible in under-served communities.
To serve low-income families as the nation's premier network of academically excellent, financially sustainable, and distinctively Catholic PreK-8 schools, preparing students for both college and heaven.
In establishing the Notre Dame ACE Academies, Notre Dame and the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) empower partner Catholic schools to respond to the U.S. Bishops call to provide parents with “the choice of an education that no other school can supply—excellent academics imparted in the context of Catholic teaching and practice” (Renewing Our Commitment, 2005). The goal of this university-school partnership program is to provide a Catholic education of the highest quality to as many children as possible. Through a unique model of urban Catholic schooling supported by parental choice scholarships and the mobilization of the resources of ACE, the University, and partnering dioceses, ACE and parish schools collaborate to put more children on the path to college and heaven.