Catholic Schools Make a Difference

Schools That Make a Difference, Schools that Produce Results

The Orange Catholic Foundation’s annual Conference in Business and Ethics continues to be an essential event for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orange. Thanks in part to this conference, schools are able to offer financial assistance and change the lives of children in the community. See for yourself why we can proudly say, “Catholic schools of the Diocese of Orange are Schools that make a difference, Schools that produce results.”


Holy Family Cathedral School

The School of the Month for May is Holy Family Cathedral School in Orange.

Holy Family Cathedral School is a Preschool-8th grade school located in the city of Orange. The school prides itself on excellent curriculum with a great history of project based learning. An example of this is the much anticipated “Greek Day.” Every spring the 6th grade students from Holy Family learn what it’s like to live in Ancient Greece for a day. This unique event, “Life in Ancient Greece”, gives the students an opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve learned and researched about Ancient Greece. Preparation for this event starts around a month beforehand. Students first brainstorm ideas and work in teams to create a unique product to enhance the class experience in the Greek Marketplace. The students also learn debate skills as they formulate their opening statements for the debates on topics important to preteens that the students will vote on at the Marketplace. The sixth graders are assigned teams, named after Greek city-states, and design posters that relate to their research about their city-state. Finally, they learn how to make a Greek toga/chiton to wear for the big day.

Project Based Learning is just one of the many ways Holy Family Cathedral School’s curriculum stands out. Come and see our students and all of their hard work on May 12, 2017 or call to schedule a tour!

St. Edward the Confessor Parish School

St. Edward the Confessor Parish School

The School of the Month for April is St. Edward the Confessor Parish School in Dana Point.

The Parish School is a STREAM focused school that shares a campus with one of the most vibrant and supportive parishes in the Diocese of Orange. True to the school’s vision and mission to develop lifelong learners who will make a difference in the world, the school features a championship Academic Decathlon Team, championship Battle of the Books Team, three Notre Dame Trustey STEM Fellows among the esteemed faculty, a full stewardship and service program focused on providing a House of Prayer and House for the Poor of the community, Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop, Singapore Math, student-produced daily news program called Monarch TV, student produced school newspaper, an expansive visual and performing arts program, an interactive learning garden including hydroponic and terraced beds, expansive travel and field experiences, a Makerspace Lab, innovative student leadership programs, and an academically rigorous and cross-curricular program focused on the developmental needs of the whole child. Instructional practices provide an integrated curriculum enriched with inquiry-based, hands-on activities to help develop authentic problem-solving skills and collaborative interests. Learners are at the center of all that happens in the classrooms and through co-curricular experiences at The Parish School.

Recognizing parents as the primary educators of their children, the school works in partnership with families to provide faith formation, fellowship opportunities, intergenerational outreach programs, and Family STREAM Nights. Parents provide integral volunteer support that helps bolster the programs offered by the school including the STREAM Task Force, Digital Advancement Task Force, Faith and Fellowship Committee, Literacy Task Force, Consultative School Board, and Parent Guild Organization.

St. Edward the Confessor Parish School features a Mommy and Me Early Childhood Program, a 3-4 year old preschool program, TYKE (Two Year Kinder Experience), and three homeroom classrooms per grade from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The school is accredited through the Western Association of Catholic Schools (WCEA) and the Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WCEA) and features an overall 8:1 student to faculty/staff ratio. Check out our website at or follow us on Facebook.

For more information about our school, please contact our Principal, Dr. Catherine Muzzy at

Our Lady of Fatima

The School of the Month for March is Our Lady of Fatima in San Clemente.

Our Lady of Fatima’s Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Lynda Donovan, was awarded the San Clemente’s “Elementary Educator of the Year.” Lynda has been an educator for 15 years, 12 of which have been at OLF. She loves the enthusiasm and love of life that each four and five year old brings with them to school every day. Watching them grow and discover how smart and competent they are is what motivates Lynda to be an exceptional educator. Every day is a fun adventure in her classroom!

Despite all the other options, Lynda chooses OLF because she is a product of Catholic education. She and her husband also sent their five children through Catholic school, from OLF all the way through Catholic Universities. Lynda feels blessed to be at a school where she can pray and give thanks to God and cannot imagine teaching anywhere else. She loves the kids and the school community and, it is safe to say, they love her too.

Call (949) 492-7320 or visit to schedule a visit to see Lynda and her amazing TK students at Our Lady of Fatima School.

School Of Our Lady

The School of the Month for February is School of Our Lady. It is always an honor to have Bishop Vann preside at a school Mass for School of Our Lady. This year was no exception. During Catholic Schools week Bishop Vann celebrated a special Mass and breakfast for the many donors and supporters who have been so good to them. This was an opportunity for the school community to show their appreciation and give thanks for the generosity and support of the invited guests.

Catholic Identity at School of Our Lady is evident to everyone and anyone who steps foot on campus. When you attend Mass with the students you feel the love of Christ that the students have. They sing their hearts out and respond with an enthusiasm that is felt throughout the church. School of Our Lady welcomes visitors to join them on Thursday mornings to give peace and share the Body and Blood of Christ with one another.

For more information, visit .

Christ Cathedral Academy

Christ Cathedral Academy Students

The School of the Month for January is Christ Cathedral Academy at Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove. The Academy is a very unique school nestled on the campus of Christ Cathedral parish and is the only diocesan school within the Diocese of Orange. Campus life is ever busy with highly effective teaching strategies, utilizing interactive technology, small group student learning, experiential learning and an interactive and dynamic classroom environment. With the world shifting into global access at the touch of a keystroke, it is important that our students are prepared for a world filled with creative challenges and limitless possibilities.

Christ Cathedral Academy students enjoy a beautiful and safe campus with hydroponic gardening, excellent science program, academic excellence, 3D printing, accelerated and advanced Math programs, beginning and advanced choir complimented with strings, vocals and instrumental program, athletic program, student council, monthly fun activities and active Christian service.

With all of these amazing microcosms that exist in the academy life, the most important is to provide opportunities for the students to strengthen their faith, spiritual foundation and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. As a community of faith, Christ Cathedral Academy is here to support one another, parents and educators, who walk hand in hand in our role as “first teachers” for who God has entrusted.

Visit Christ Cathedral Academy on January 29th for the annual Open House event!

Mission Basilica School

Mission Basilica School in San Juan Capistrano

The School of the Month for December is Mission Basilica School in San Juan Capistrano. Mission Basilica students have a great sense of community service. RH Dana, a public school in the Capistrano Unified School District, dedicated it’s 40th Anniversary yearbook to Mission Basilica School for all of the wonderful efforts. Each year during Advent, middle school students sing Christmas carols, read books, and play games with students. Additionally, during the spring, Mission students return and spend a day with the children participating in various activities. The staff and administration is proud of their students and touched that a public school thinks so highly of them.

Visit Mission Basilica School to see these lovely students in action!


St. Joseph School

Saint Joseph School Students

The School of the Month for October is St. Joseph School in Santa Ana. St. Joseph has recently renovated their school website allowing better information to be displayed to both curent and prospective parents. St. Joseph School values their parents as partners in the education of their children. They strive to build community on a daily basis and communication is essential in this process. Dr. Brad Snyder, the principal of St. Joseph states that, “the new website makes it easier for us to share information through our calendars, news articles, photos and videos. Our parents can check homework assignments, grades and what’s for lunch on a particular day. Our alumni and donors can find out where and when our Christmas Classic Dinner Dance is, when the volleyball game is and new programs we are offering. The website supports our mission of making quality Catholic education available, affordable and accessible in Santa Ana.”

Visit the new and exciting website here!

Our Lady of Guadalupe


The School of the Month for September is Our Lady of Guadalupe School in La Habra. OLG has been greatly blessed this past summer. Through the generous donations of the Orange Catholic Foundation, the Diocese of Orange, the Shea Family Charities, and their Parish Community, their dream of air-conditioned classrooms has come true! The newly installed HVAC system will create a level of classroom comfort that allows students to maximize learning every day of the year. In the past, the students had difficulty staying focused and productive because of the extreme temperatures La Habra experiences in late summer and early fall. Now, every minute of classroom time can be productive! Current parents are delighted, teachers are bursting with enthusiasm, and the children are actively engaged.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is currently accepting applications for TK-8th grade!

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