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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.

The Notre Dame ACE Academies expanded in 2015 to include four new schools from the Diocese of Orlando. The Orlando area schools include Basilica School of St. Paul, Lourdes Academy, St. Andrew Catholic School, and Holy Redeemer 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.

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.

Tucson - Santa Cruz Catholic School

Tucson 0910_052-1The history and influence of Santa Cruz School reach back ninety years, and the school has educated thousands of Tucson children, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in the city. Today, Santa Cruz School remains a vibrant and vital pillar of the community, providing students with an environment that is both challenging and loving. Their mission is to teach students to love God, self, and others, serve as a Christian community, and develop to their full potential.

Mrs. Angelina Schmidt, Principal - email


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Tucson - St. John the Evangelist Catholic School

010401 Tucson_001-1St. John the Evangelist School is a united community that fosters a Catholic Identity and creates a love for learning, and a model of what a dedicated community can accomplish. Immersed in an environment characterized by family connectedness, students at St. John the Evangelist achieve academic excellence and learn what it means to serve something beyond themselves.

Mrs. Minh Solorzano, Principal - email

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Tampa - Sacred Heart Catholic School

Sacred Heart 2At Sacred Heart Catholic School, we believe that every child deserves "to have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10), so we provide every student with academic, personal, and spiritual support. Our students are the future leaders of our community, and so we offer them an extraordinary education rooted in the Gospel that prepares them with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve their community and the world with love, integrity, and zeal.

Heather Boyle, Principal - email

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Tampa - St. Joseph Catholic School

St Joseph 2St. Joseph Catholic School provides a quality Catholic education for all its students, developing their potential as active Christians and contributing citizens who use their gifts for the service of others. Our comprehensive academic program is characterized by a family spirit, implementing the principles of reason, religion and loving kindness in conjunction with the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco.

Mrs. Brenda Budd, Principal - email

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Tampa - St. Patrick Catholic School

St. Patirck Catholic School Notre Dame ACE AcademySt. Patrick Catholic School is a Christ-centered environment which promotes academic excellence, spiritual and social development, through effective instruction and the celebration of our faith.

Mr. Keith Galley, Principal - email

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Daytona Beach - Basilica School of St. Paul

BSSPAt the Basilica School of St. Paul, an educational ministry of the Basilica Parish, each student is a unique child of God where cultural diversity is celebrated and faith community nurtures young minds and hearts. Our priority is on student learning in a safe and comfortable environment. Students are challenged not only to demonstrate an understanding of essential knowledge and skills, but to grow in their Catholic faith through the integration of faith-based traditions and Christian values. Our award-winning quality Catholic education provides our children with faith-based life skills that will remain with them throughout their lives.

Mr. Ron Pagano, Principal - email

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Daytona Beach - Lourdes Academy

PAM 3926Lourdes Academy is a Notre Dame ACE Academy, where our goals are college and heaven. Our school provides a challenging, faith-filled, educational experience that serves as the foundation for a life lived in service to Jesus, the Church, and community.

Mr. Steve Dole, Principal - email

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Orlando - St. Andrew Catholic School

StAndrew1St. Andrew Catholic School is a Notre Dame ACE Academy, where our goals are College and Heaven. Since 1962, our school has provided a challenging, faith-filled, educational experience that serves as the foundation for a life lived in service to Jesus, the Church, and Community.

Mrs. Latrina Peters-Gipson, Principal - email

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Kissimmee - Holy Redeemer Catholic School

HRCSHoly Redeemer Catholic School (Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade), the primary educational ministry of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, serves Catholic families in Osceola and neighboring counties, as well as others who embrace our philosophy of education. The school community instills a daily living and ever growing knowledge of the Gospel message by creating a Catholic environment 
that empowers our students to reach their maximum potential spiritually, morally and academically. We Educate the Mind, Invigorate the Body, and Expand the Heart.

Mrs. Gloria Del Orbe, Principal - email

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Indianapolis - Central Catholic School

Central Catholic SChoolCentral Catholic provides a Catholic education of the highest quality within a safe and nurturing environment. We seek to engage your children both intellectually and spiritually, putting them on the path to College and Heaven.

Mrs. Kelly England, Principal - email

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Indianapolis - Holy Angels Catholic School

Holy Angels Catholic SchoolWe see our students’ gifts as given by God and therefore take responsibility for returning them to God fully developed. Because the intellectual growth of our students is a spiritual imperative, Holy Angels Catholic School implements best practices in teaching and learning that result in significant gains for students.

Mr. Matthew Goddard, Principal - email

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Indianapolis - Holy Cross Central School

Holy Cross Central SchoolThe maximum potential of our students will be achieved through school partnerships with our families, parishes, and communities where we will see God in all we meet. We will strive to instill in our children that they can achieve the goals of college and heaven.

Mrs. Ruth Hittel, Principal - email

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Indianapolis - St. Anthony Catholic School

St. Anthony Catholic SchoolOur school provides a challenging, faith-filled, educational experience that serves as the foundation for a life lived in service to Jesus, the Church and Community. As part of a nationwide network of high-performing Catholic schools, St. Anthony is a Notre Dame ACE Academy.

Mrs. Ruth Hittel, Principal - email

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Indianapolis - St. Philip Neri Catholic School

S. Philip Neri Catholic SchoolSt. Philip Neri is a Notre Dame ACE Academy, where our goals are College and Heaven. Our school provides a challenging, faith-filled, educational experience that serves as the foundation for a life lived in service to Jesus, the Church and Community.

Ms. Kari Buchinger, Principal - email

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Palm Beach - St. Luke Catholic School

St. Luke Catholic SchoolSt. Luke provides a Catholic education of the highest quality within a safe and nurturing environment. We seek to engage your children both intellectually and spiritually, putting them on the path to College and Heaven.

Mrs. Amy Lopez, Principal - email

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