Guardian Catholic School

  • Holy Rosary is a Catholic School that began as a parish school, the early history of Holy Rosary School and Church are integrally related.
  • Holy Rosary Church is the fifth oldest parish in Jacksonville.
  • It began as a simple mission chapel erected in 1915 to care for the Catholics in the Springfield area.
  • In October 1921 Holy Rosary became an independent parish and its newly appointed pastor, Fr. Dennis Lyons, initiated plans for a new church to be built on the corner of Laura and Cottage Streets.
  • Holy Rosary Catholic School was faced with the possibility of closing because of excessive dependence on financial resources outside the school and a steady decrease in enrollment.
  • The school lacked an active Home and School Association and School Advisory Council, indicative of waning parental involvement in the school.
  • All of these factors contributed to an outpouring of local support for Holy Rosary School and the gathering of human resources to secure its future.
  • It was clear that no single group working alone could accomplish that task.
  • The mission of Holy Rosary Catholic School is to pursue success in education and in life by strengthening minds, bodies and spirits to help build a holy and just society.
  • Holy Rosary Catholic School's vision is to be a model school in Northside Jacksonville: espousing a philosophy centered in Christian values; preparing its students for high school and beyond through excellence in academics and Faculty/Staff; and physically designed to meet student and community needs.

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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 Prekindergarten-8

Student Body

Total Students380 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Guardian Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio15:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
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  • Jacksonville
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    All-boys (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Grades: K-8 | 72 students
    2.9 miles
    2760 Edgewood Ave W
    Jacksonville, FL 32209
    2.9 K-8
  • Jacksonville
    Grades: PK-12 | 437 students
    6.6 miles
    5732 Normandy Blvd
    Jacksonville, FL 32205
    6.6 PK-12

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This is the best private School around town. I have been a parent since 2007 and every school my child returns tho this school I feel very advantaged , because it's a blessing to be partt of greatness. I salute the principle and the entire staff that work tirelessly to make sure that our children get the best and become the best tool to out society. God bless .
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The average private school tuition in Jacksonville, FL is $7,465 for elementary schools and $8,299 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Jacksonville, FL is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).