A New Model for Urban Catholic Education

Ascension Catholic Academy is a consortium of Catholic schools serving highly diverse neighborhoods in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. In the midst of our urban reality, the Academy is committed to welcoming families as beloved children of God and to helping all scholars achieve academic excellence. The Academy, a ministry of Ascension Catholic Church, provides centralized leadership and governance to ensure excellence, accessibility, and sustainability for these cherished community assets.


Ascension Catholic Academy is a beacon of innovative, inclusive urban Catholic education where scholars soar as beloved children of God and communities prosper.


By 2030, 2,000 scholars will be thriving in our vibrant, transformative schools.

Faith & Philosophy

Everything we do at Ascension Catholic Academy is framed by our Guiding Principles, which are rooted in the Roman Catholic faith.

  • Integrate Catholic Identity. Through our faith in Jesus Christ and the mission of the Catholic Church, serve all people as beloved children of God, recognizing their gifts and contributions.
  • Engage with Rigor and Expectations. Provide a welcoming, accessible environment and rigorous individualized academic instruction that build engagement and a love of learning.
  • Develop Whole Persons. Provide care, compassion, and opportunities for spiritual, social, emotional, academic, and life-skills development.
  • Foster Cultural Responsiveness and Equity. Build equitable, inclusive classroom and school environments where scholar and family cultural heritage is valued, visibly recognized, and celebrated in the whole school experience.
  • Build Relationships and Partner Collaboratively. Create and deepen meaningful relationships built on trust, respect, and mutuality. Work together to build the Academy, share ideas, and learn from and with all stakeholders.
  • Learn, Grow and Lead Continuously. Build a culture of continuous learning, growth, improvement and inspiring leadership at all levels of the Academy.
  • Develop and Steward Resources. Develop and steward shared resources that are sufficient to support quality, continuity, and growth.

We are Data Driven

Our scholars get lessons tailored to their academic needs so each child moves forward in learning.

Our Model

Our Schools

Ascension Catholic School

Ascension has been an anchor on the North Side of Minneapolis for more than 100 years.

School Website

St. John Paul II Catholic School

JPII serves a very diverse population in North East Minneapolis.

School Website

St. Pascal Regional Catholic School

St. Pascal has been educating students in the Catholic tradition since 1950 on the East Side of St. Paul.

St. Pascal Regional Website

St. Peter Claver Catholic School

St. Peter Claver, in the Rondo area of Saint Paul, is rooted in African American heritage.

School Website

Ways to Help

Partner with Us

A majority of our funding comes from individuals and community organizations.

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Give Your Time

Learn how you can get involved in changing the lives of our scholars.