Darlene Coogan

Queen of Peace Catholic Academy is a member of the Florida Catholic Conference & National Catholic Education Association.
The campus is located in SW Gainesville on 27 beautifully landscaped acres which includes the elementary & middle school, church, sports field, basketball & tennis courts, a state of the art media center & gymnasium.
In a loving & supportive environment, QPA strives toward superior academic excellence where the needs of the child are enveloped in developmentally appropriate practices.
We provide an environment where each student can discover his or her own gifts & abilities in an atmosphere where ideas can be expressed, respected, & challenged.
QPA's curriculum is a diverse program that is offered in a small class environment which enables us to strengthen & enrich our student's personal love of learning.
We are proud to offer our students not only an excellent curriculum, but many enriching programs.
Queen of Peace Catholic Academy is truly the school where "Faith and Education Unite!".

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 490 students
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Darlene Coogan ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Please see school website at www.qopqcademy.org
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2011

Student Body

Total Students
490 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade
Darlene Coogan Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
25 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Please see school website for dress code.)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Please see school website for tuition cost at www.qopacademy.org
Admissions Director
Darlene Coogan
Admissions Associate
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Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
20 extracurriculars
Choir, Science Club, Science Fair, Strings

Club or Organization:
Art Club, Band Ministry, Chess Club, Chinese, Drama, Duke Tip Program, Lego Club, Math Team, Music Ministry, National Jr. Honor Society, Robotics Club, Robotics Team, Spanish, Yearbook Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Band

School Notes

  • Queen Of Peace Catholic Academy scores in the top %10 in the Nation on the Terra Nova scores. Classes offered at the Academy are as follows: Chinese, Spanish, Art, Technology, Music, Music Appreciation, Band, Media, Physical Education, Robotics, Coding and Advanced Math.
  • What does a Catholic Education mean for your child-A Catholic Education means collegebound peers. The vast majority of all elementary and secondary Catholic school students go to college. Ninety-nine percent (99%) of Catholic Secondary school students graduate and ninety seven percent (97%) go to college. At Catholic Schools preparation for college is a clear goal that both parent, teacher and student embrace. 
  • The best way to understand why Queen of Peace Catholic Academy is an academically successful prep school for students of all types of learning styles is to see our students in the classroom and meet our teachers.  Our curriculum is a dynamic, hands on program that promotes personal character and a united love of learning. We encourage visits from prospective students and their families. Visits are designed for you to learn more about the Academy in order to provide you with the opportunity to assess the benefits of our school as they pertain to your child`s academic and personal needs. We are currently accepting new students.
  • Standardized Testing-Why do we take the Terra Nova instead of the FSA/EOC. The FSA/EOC is designed only to assess how students are meeting the Florida Sunshine State standards.  There are no national comparisons, no connection to cognitive abilities, and high stakes are based solely on accountability. The Terra Nova is a norm-referenced test based on the National Standards.  Score norms are based on all students in the country who took the same test in the same grade. The Terra Novaprovides feedback on how effectively our teaching methods are preparing your children for high school on a national level.                                                                                      

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 490 students
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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