Ave Maria Catholic School

Ave Maria Catholic School is a Catholic School under the Diocese of Colorado Springs serving students in Preschool through 8th grade. We are accredited by AdvancEd and have been voted "Best of the Best" School in Parker for the 7th time.
We are the school of choice for students and families in Parker and neighboring communities who desire a Catholic education that encompasses every dimension of human growth and development-intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CO School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 486 students
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Ave Maria Catholic School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Colorado for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dylexia/Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
486 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade
Ave Maria Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
34 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
24 students
Classroom Dress Code
School Uniform

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Contact us for information on parish affiliation and non-affiliation tuition rates.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Elizabeth Leach


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Book Club, Chess Club, Lego Club, Science Club, Spelling Club, Student Council, Yearbook Club

School Notes

As part of our mission at Ave Maria Catholic School "we seek to model Gospel values in all we do and inspire the students to make a profound difference in their community now and in the future." At Ave Maria, you will see students engaged in traditional and contemporary learning methods grounded in a loving, Christian environment where values of respect, responsibility, compassion, honesty, generosity, reverence, tolerance, forgiveness, and self-control are taught, encouraged, and reinforced.
  • 95% of 8th Grade Accepted into Private/Public High School of 1st Choice
  • Highly Qualified Tenured Staff & Administration with over 700 years of Teaching Experience
  • Student Services & Differentiated Instruction to Meet Diverse Needs of All Learners
  • Faith-Based Environment Permeated in Catholic Teachings & Strong Community Involvement
  • State of the Art Technology with Challenging Academics with Classical Core Knowledge Curriculum
  • Sports, Clubs, and Extra-Curricular Activities, Before and After Care, and Bus Transportation
  • Awarded Level 4 Certification for our Preschool and Jr. K program from Colorado Shines
  • Half and Full Day Preschool and Jr. K
  • Voted Best of the Best School in Parker for 7 years
  • Voted Top Workplace by the Denver Post for 3 years
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the acceptance rate of Ave Maria Catholic School?
The acceptance rate of Ave Maria Catholic School is 90%, which is lower than the national average of 91%.
What sports does Ave Maria Catholic School offer?
Ave Maria Catholic School offers 5 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football and Volleyball.
What is Ave Maria Catholic School's ranking?
Ave Maria Catholic School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Colorado for: Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for Ave Maria Catholic School?
The application deadline for Ave Maria Catholic School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
I have had children in elementary/middle school for 17 years in 3 different schools. Ave Maria is a great organization for students and parents. There is a sense of community like no other. Teachers are amazing and care about each student. The students are able to learn about Jesus and worship. Students are challenged in their academics. They have great extracurricular activities as well. It is a great place for students to learn. I recommend it 100%.
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My three children attend Ave Maria, and I could not be happier. It has been the best experience for all of my children; they love going to school to see their friends and teachers. The teachers are amazing and I know that they truly care about my children. If you are looking for an amazing school for your own kids, I would highly recommend checking out Ave Maria.
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I have been a part of the Ave MARIA community for over 20 years. Three of my children have graduated from this amazing school and my last child will graduate next year. I have been extremely happy with the challenging education that is surrounded by a faith-filled community.
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I have two children who have both attended and graduated from Ave Maria Catholic School. Both went onto different high schools and have flourished not only academically but socially and emotionally. They are both confident, faith filled young adults that are ready for each new adventure! I highly recommended Ave Maria Catholic School!
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I have three children who attend Ave and we absolutely love it. The teachers and staff are all caring and loving. The environment is safe and supports student learning. My children have thrived at Ave spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. We feel blessed to be a part of this excellent faith filled school community.
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My husband and I are absolutely thrilled with Ave Maria. You couldn't ask for a better environment to love, support and foster the growth of our precious children into incredible, well rounded young people. At Ave you don't just get a top notch education, you also get an entire school dedicated to raising responsible, respectful, caring children. All the teachers, administrators and parents are just as invested in providing a great learning environment as well as helping develop the highest level of character in our children. 5/5!
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We absolutely love Ave Maria Catholic School. Our kids love going to this school - they literally jump out of bed in the morning to get ready for school and on weekends they often say "I want to go to school today." I know it is hard to believe. It is nothing like a public school environment. The teachers are amazing, engaged, and totally dedicated to creating a caring and nurturing environment. The classes rooms have around 20 students with a teachers aid. The students are all polite, courteous, respectful, and exude confidence. I'm so glad of friends recommended this school.
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Excellent school, teachers and leadership are engaged kids are happy. 5/5
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What an amazing school! We've sent our children to Ave Maria for 4 years and wouldn't have them anywhere else. They are always greeted with a smile and welcomed everyday. Our administrative staff along with our teachers truly care about every student. The education programs continue to improve each year keeping Ave Maria students years ahead of their grade level in many subjects. Mrs Loiselle absolutely does provide for and care about her students. Our teachers are awesome. Our students excel. Ave Maria is an excellent choice for Catholic education.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CO School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 486 students
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Douglas County, CO is $11,224 for elementary schools and $13,664 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Douglas County, CO is 94% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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