About Us

Our Vision

That all children who desire, but cannot afford, a quality Catholic education will have that opportunity, regardless of the neighborhood in which they live, economic status of their families, or their religious beliefs.

Our Mission

To participate in God’s work by providing advocacy, resources and governance to Guardian Catholic School. These resources enable the school to provide educational and spiritual opportunities to children and families regardless of financial situation or religious preference.

Our Story

Guardian Catholic Schools serves as a critical, high-impact presence within Jacksonville’s educational landscape. More than 23 years ago, under the threat of closure, our founding members were called to support St. Pius V and Holy Rosary Catholic Schools — two of North Jacksonville’s highly respected faith-based elementary institutions. For more than 23 years, both schools flourished, serving nearly 400 children each year. However, as the facilities continued to age, our Trustees decided to combine the two schools — more than 90 years old — into one brand new school. With the support of many generous donors and partners throughout our community, we were able to successfully raise funds to build and open Guardian Catholic School in August 2017.

A Message from Our Executive Director of Advancement

Mervin Denny, Executive Director of Advancement

Mervin Denny, Executive
Director of Advancement

I have been incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support the Guardian has received since we began our “Build the Dream, Guard the Legacy” capital campaign in 2015. The idea for building a new school was the result of a feasibility study that determined the need and evaluated the support necessary to bring this project to fruition. The old buildings of Holy Rosary and St. Pius V required an increasing number of expensive repairs that directed funds away from financial aid for students. What was required was clear and also daunting – to replace the existing infrastructure with a completely new school. This meant raising the largest amount of capital in the Guardian’s history. A hefty investment for sure, but one that would pay off in the long run.

The new Guardian Catholic School, which opened its doors in August 2017, provides our students with more than ever before. Modern classroom designs, educational technology, and a new gymnasium allow for greater learning opportunities. Larger capacity means we can increase enrollment to serve even more students. This is the whole purpose behind raising capital – investing to enable future growth.

While this campaign is in the final stages, the Guardian continues to make capital investments every day – in our students. Building a strong foundation through education and spiritual guidance are the cornerstones for continued success throughout life. Our families, our neighborhood, and the entire North Florida community, benefit from students who have a bright future full of possibilities.

This new chapter in the Guardian’s legacy would not be possible without our generous donors, dedicated board members, school administrators, and many others. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of those who helped make this dream a reality.

Thank you for helping us protect our students’ potential.

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