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Why Holy Cross?

Holy Cross Central School Mission Statement

Holy Cross Central School is a Notre Dame ACE Academy, where we see God in all things.  We provide a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment that enables our students to obtain the goals of College and Heaven.  The Holy Cross community will respectfully and responsibly strive towards achieving these goals, while embracing the teachings of Jesus.

Holy Cross Central School Vision Statement

The 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. 


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Our Model

The Notre Dame ACE Academy initiative is a university-school partnership that seeks to help Holy Cross Central flourish in three categories: Catholic School Culture, Advancement, and Teaching and Learning. By focusing on these three dimensions, our model promotes continuous improvement in all facets of school life for a safer, more welcoming, and higher-achieving environment.

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Catholic Identity

But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 19:14

Throughout the year students are invited to grow in their personal relationship with God, serve others, learn about the Catholic faith, receive the sacraments and worship together. They participate in weekly Masses, prayer services, sacramental preparation, Advent, Lent and other celebrations of the Church Year. Students put their faith in action through Campus Ministry where they collaborate with teachers and priests to lead and participate in community outreach, service projects and retreats that unite and strengthen their class communities and provide creative opportunities to explore their spiritual relationship with God.

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Our Teachers

We employ a team of dedicated, enthusiastic, learned, kind, and moral educators. From Early Childhood to the eighth grade, the faculty is devoted to the well-being and success of every student. All members of the faculty hold Bachelor’s Degrees, and several hold Master’s Degrees. All faculty members are certified in the State of Indiana to teach in their assigned instructional areas. They have been trained in the most current educational trends, and have the experience to implement the best practices in the classroom.

Ms. Ruth Hittel, Principal -
Ms. Jennifer Thomas, Assistant Principal -

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Advancement

Holy Cross Central employs tried-and-true methods to not only increase enrollment, but strengthen our relationship with parents and the community to foster a sustainable environment for our families. This includes providing access to scholarships, proper management of public relations, and exceptional staff management. It is essential that we nurture and grow our school to better serve the Church and the world.

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  • The Bottom Line:
  • The Bottom Line:

    Holy Cross Central provides the opportunity to seek, persist, excel, love, & serve. Our community is totally committed to the well-being and growth of your children. Our goals are College and Heaven!

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"Every child is made in the image and likeness of God."

This belief drives our efforts to ensure that as many children as possible receive a high quality Catholic education. We advance this mission by increasing access for under-served communities through parental choice scholarships. ACE will support nearly 4,000 students in 14 Notre Dame ACE Academies in the 2016-17 school year.

Moving from the Bottom Third to the Top Third in the Nation

Moving from the Bottom Third to the Top Third in the Nation

Notre Dame ACE Academies are closing the achievement gap. The median national percentile ranking (NPR) of our students increased from fall to spring every year, indicating students gained more than 1 year of growth. From fall 2011 to spring 2015, on average, our students improved from the bottom third to the top third in the nation in math. Reading scores are just as impressive with students moving from the 29th to the 53rd percentile.
Closing the Gap Quickly

Closing the Gap Quickly

New students typically enter Notre Dame ACE Academies several grade levels behind (navy bars). Our culture of high expectations for academic growth and character formation quickly catch them up. Even students who have only been in the ACE Academies for 1 year show dramatic academic gains, which they continue to demonstrate in subsequent years (green & gold bars). Math scores show similar results with students entering in the 33rd percentile and quickly moving up to the 42nd after just one year.
We are Always Learning

We are Always Learning

Notre Dame ACE Academies leaders and teachers are committed to continuous professional and spiritual growth.
  • Teacher Leader Formation: Notre Dame faculty annually provide 50+ hours of responsive professional formation to each teacher.
  • Collegial Visits: Dozens of teachers and leaders across the network participate in field trips to learn from each other and other high-performing schools throughout the year.
  • Faith Formation: Annual retreats for teachers and leaders reignite zeal for our shared purpose of making God known, loved, and served.