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With the support of the Bishop, San Juan Diego Academy opened its doors in August 2011, through the collaboration, financial investment and shared vision of six urban Catholic parishes: the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Holy Name of Jesus, St. Joseph the Worker, St. Francis Xavier/Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Sorrow and St. Mary. All six of the partnering parishes have a strong Latino presence.
Recognizing that a single parish school was no longer feasbile in an urban community, the establishment of San Juan Diego Academy allowed us to chart a new course for Catholic education in our community. By working together, we have been able to establish a sustainable model for Catholic education in the 21st century and ensure that a high quality Catholic education remains a viable option for families living in our city’s most economically challenged neighborhoods.
For over 150 years, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have educated the children of immigrants, struggling to start a new life in the U.S. These schools helped them succeed. At San Juan Diego Academy, we strive to carry on this tradition and provide a high quality, faith-centered education designed to meet the needs of Latino immigrant children in our community.