Our History

Who We Are

Founded in 1995, The Guardian Catholic Schools is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization located on the north side of Jacksonville, Florida. Created by a group of concerned community and business leaders of diverse faiths, their mission was to participate in God’s work by providing advocacy, resources and governance to St. Pius V and Holy Rosary Catholic Schools. These resources have enabled the schools to provide a spiritual education to children and families regardless of their financial situation or religious preference. To date, the Guardian has raised more than $10 million in assistance to help fund the school’s daily operations, expansion programs, and scholarship assistance.

Through fundraising efforts, The Guardian solicits in-kind gifts, receives donations from private citizens & businesses, writes grants, and establishes community partnerships which benefit our students. The profound difference of our work has created a legacy in the lives of children and a positive impact within the life of our community. If you would like to take part in this important mission, find out how to become a Guardian Catholic Schools supporter by contacting us.

The Guardian Catholic Schools has been committed to bringing forth positive changes since 1995 and we applaud our friends and supporters for aiding in God’s work of “Putting Faith in a Child’s Education”. The Administrators and staff of St. Pius V & Holy Rosary Catholic Schools recognize that there are no short cuts to quality.

The Board of Trustees provides governance, leadership, and the fiduciary responsibility of leading our schools on a path of continued success by preserving the organization’s core values, securing a future and well crafted foundation for our students.

Our History

With the threat of closing the doors to two schools serving 400 high risk children due to financial challenges, The Guardian Catholic Schools was founded in 1995. The Vision of the Guardian Catholic Schools is to provide scholarship assistance to deserving low-income, inner-city, students in order to receive a quality education at either Holy Rosary or St. Pius V Catholic School. The underlying religious premise is to “lend help to those who are in need when nothing is available”, which mirrors the Mission of participating in God’s work by providing advocacy, resources, and governance. It’s through these resources that enable the schools to provide educational and spiritual opportunities to children and families regardless of financial situation or religious preference.” Most of our students receive tuition assistance through The Guardian.

St. Pius V Catholic School was established in 1921 by the Diocese of St. Augustine to serve Jacksonville’s African American Catholic community. Operating under the same founding principles pledged over 90 years ago, St. Pius V continues to act as a corner stone by providing quality education and spiritual support for families on Jacksonville’s north side.

Holy Rosary Catholic School was founded in 1958 to serve families in the Brentwood area of Jacksonville. This school continues to serve Jacksonville’s inner city.