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.

Top Placements

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

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDllexia/Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded2000

Student Body

Total Students515 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Ave Maria Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers34 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio15:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size24 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(School Uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$6,090
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$1,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorTerri Loiselle
Admissions AssociateBeatrice Skoog


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Softball, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Boy/Girl Scouts, MathCounts Club, Spelling Club, Student Council

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 ActivitiesBefore and After Care/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

Profile last updated:

Show me:
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Parker
    Grades: NS-8 | 356 students
    4.2 miles
    9650 Jordan Road
    Parker, CO 80134
    (303) 841-5988
    4.2 NS-8
  • Parker
    Grades: PK-K | 116 students
    2.5 miles
    10750 Victorian Drive
    Parker, CO 80138
    (303) 841-4325
    2.5 PK-K
  • Boulder
    Grades: NS-8 | 362 students
    45.5 miles
    4820 Nautilus Ct N
    Boulder, CO 80301
    (303) 527-4931
    45.5 NS-8
  • Boulder
    Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten
    Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten Photo - Last day of the school year picnic when the teachers honor each child as we head off to Summer Break!
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-K | 68 students
    47 miles
    4072 19th Street
    Boulder, CO 80304
    (303) 541-0671
    47 NS-K
  • Boulder
    Grades: PK-8 | 207 students
    45.7 miles
    1317 Mapleton Avenue
    Boulder, CO 80304
    (303) 447-2362
    45.7 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
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.
- Posted by
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.
- Posted by
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!
- Posted by
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.
- Posted by
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!
- Posted by
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.
- Posted by
Excellent school, teachers and leadership are engaged kids are happy. 5/5
- Posted by
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.
- Posted by

Endorse Ave Maria Catholic School. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Recent Articles
If you live outside the United States, choosing an American private school can be a confusing process. Here is an overview of the process.
Many people thought vouchers would never amount to much. Not only have they amounted to a great deal more than anybody could have thought, but vouchers have encouraged several more education choices to flourish.
Now that school has safely reopened, what can we parents do to support and encourage the schools we care about so much?
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:
Please briefly describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Colorado is $8,743 for elementary schools and $15,450 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Colorado is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).