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About This School

Ave Maria Academy is a private middle school in Maple Grove. The principal of Ave Maria Academy is Jason Slattery and can be contacted at j.slattery@avemariaacademy.org. 165 students go to Ave Maria Academy and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at Ave Maria Academy is 10:1. Heritage Christian Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 89%
Asian 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3%
Hispanic 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Multiracial 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    A true Catholic school that doesn't apologize for it. Not all Catholic schools are created equally Ave Maria Academy is a true gem. The children are taught virtue in all that they do and the academics are top notch. So happy to be here.

  • (10 months ago)

    Ave Maria Academy is the epitome of Catholic education. It is self-supported not attached to any parish and yet still educates students with virtue in all areas of their lives. The educational model it uses addressing four aspects of a student's life is unique and successful. I am very impressed by this school!

  • (10 months ago)

    Ave Maria Academy is a great school! The kids get a very well rounded education Faith studies are at it's foundation to strong sports and in a fun learning environment. Thanks to Ave Maria and the tremendous staff!

  • (10 months ago)

    Amazing education! Amazing teachers! Amazing children & families! Thank you for enhancing the faith & values that we teach at home. The new campus will be great but we all know it isn't the walls that make a school...it's the people within it. Our children have received a great education preparing them for high school and beyond. We would recommend this school to all.

  • (10 months ago)

    My daughter is in their PreK4 program. She started in Ave Maria when she was 3yo. I am really impressed by what teachers teach at school. For 4 yo they even expect them to recognize and write all the letters and numbers. They also integrate the concept of addition and subtraction in the activities they do which will definitely prepare them to successfully master addition and subtraction in Kindergarten. Besides academic education they offer excellent religious education too. Every month they send home a poster who is designed to foster a virtue for the child. I am glad my daughter is receiving all-rounded education there. Teachers are truly caring and loving treating all children as God's children.

  • (11 months ago)

    I have 3 children that attend Ave Maria. This school is such a hidden gem. The academics are above any I have ever seen and I happen to be a public school teacher. It is a community that teaches character ethics and integrity. It is not a private school with several wealthy families. Parents make sacrifices to ensure their children can attend this amazing little school!

  • (11 months ago)

    This school has a hard time keeping track of paperwork. Also parents aren't given fair chances to volunteer only those who are friends with the room parent will ever be allowed to participate.

  • (11 months ago)

    Our children have been attending the school for the last 9 years...my husband and I could not be happier. We looked at quite a few schools to see what would be the best fit and we made the right decision. We realize that our children would spend more time at this school than any other school (high school & college combined) so it was important that they were being formed correctly inline with our faith high academic standards and family values and that they would be cared for by teachers and other students. They get that and more. We are a part of small community that volunteer at the school when we can and know what is going on in the day to day of our children's lives. Thank you Ave Maria Academy (used to be Cedarcrest Academy) not only for all that you do for our children but our family too.

  • (11 months ago)

    We've had our daughter at Ave Maria Academy since Pre-K 4. From the beginning we've believed in their school mission. " Ave Maria Academy forms young minds hearts and souls through a commitment to clear thinking academic achievement character formation prayer and service." We are so proud of what our daughter has learned from the teachings and the exemplary staff at Ave Maria. She continues to test well above nationally for her grade. She's not only extremely intelligent for her age but she is also respectful caring and compassionate. I truly appreciate how the school helps instill good values in their students. Ave Maria Academy over exceeds my expectations of what a school should offer its students.

  • (11 months ago)

    A fantastic school that pushes the students academically and spiritually. I have no doubt the education my kids will receive from Ave Maria Academy will help set them apart in high school and college.

  • (11 months ago)

    Ave Maria Academy is a wonderful school!! The teachers truly care about the students not only about their education but about who they are a a person and what they can do to become closer to Christ.

  • (11 months ago)

    Ave Maria Academy is a school that is committed to helping students have a clear focus on what it means to be a lifelong learner as well as helping their students strive to be saints through the practice of different virtues. I enjoy the way the school helps me to come alive as a person as I work in an environment that challenges me to grow and I feel that I am supported by not only the staff and faculty but the students as well. I come to work looking forward to each new day and the ways that I can see how Christ is working in the hearts of my students as well as within myself. I am happy blessed and proud to work for Ave Maria Academy and fully support them as a school!

  • (11 months ago)

    This school has been an amazing find for us! The community is wonderful and suppportive welcoming and warm. The education for our pre-schooler has been top notch and the staff has been incredibly caring and engaging. If you are looking for superb education with a strong sense of community look no further!

  • (11 months ago)

    Finding this school for my son was a blessing. He had the choice of other local schoosl but chose Ave Maria after he spent a day there "shadowing" his grade class. He enjoys every school day his lessons are taught by experienced teachers with so much enthusiasm that learning is contagious. One of the girls made him a cute oragami figure to take home that day and his decision was made. We bought his school uniform the next day and when he asked if he might be able to wear his blazer to school every day - not just on mass days I realized then that he was keen. Since then he has made good friendships and is growing academically and spiritually. This may be a small school but it is rich in commitment and we are excited to be a part of it

  • (11 months ago)

    The teachers work so hard to help each student grow. There is a tremendous amount of personal attention!

  • (11 months ago)

    Ave Maria is a tremendous asset to the Maple Grove community where Christian values are taught and rigorous academics are practiced. They are are a wonderful blessing that educates the whole child. We would recommend the school to anyone seeking a great local education option.

  • (11 months ago)

    We have had children attending Ave Maria for 11 years and still counting. When we drop our children off at school in the morning we know that they will be in the best care physically academically and spiritually. Every child is known and loved at Ave Maria. Our older children have had great success in high school after leaving Ave Maria. All have placed in Honors classes and most importantly have a solid moral foundation that helps guide them everyday.

  • (11 months ago)

    This is our second year at Ave Maria and we are so blessed to be part of this amazing school. We love the individual attention that each of our children receive from their teachers due to the small class size. Most important to us is the beauty of our Catholic faith that is lived out by the teachers parents families and administration of the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ave Maria Academy is a school like no other - every child is respected and treated as a son or daughter of God. The teachers are utterly amazing and are dedicated to each child's success. Everyone goes above and beyond and it shows!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an amzing school with great kids teachers and parents!

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