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Notre Dame ACE Academies


With a deep appreciation for the value of community and the history of the Catholic tradition, the first cluster of Notre Dame ACE Academies were established in Tucson, Arizona, in 2010 at the invitation of Bishop Gerald Kicanas. The Tucson sites include St. John the Evangelist Catholic School and Santa Cruz Catholic School.

In 2012, Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg invited Notre Dame to partner with two schools in the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa area schools are St. Joseph Catholic School and Sacred Heart Catholic School.

In 2016, partnerships began with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Diocese of Palm Beach. The school in Palm Beach is St. Luke, while the five Indianapolis schools are Central Catholic, Holy Angels, Holy Cross Central, St. Anthony, and St. Philip Neri.

St. Patrick Catholic School in Largo joined the network in 2017.

Contact schools directly to find out more about enrolling your son or daughter at a Notre Dame ACE Academy, or contact Erica Vesnaver at e.

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