About Saint Ambrose Catholic School

Saint Ambrose School is an integral facet of Saint Ambrose Parish, whose life flows to and from the Sunday Eucharistic Worship.

This worship proclaims our beliefs and provides the energy for our mission to know, love and serve Christ and to transmit the Person and Message of Jesus.

The staff at St. Ambrose School is dedicated and committed to assist and cooperate with you in accomplishing the tremendous task of educating your child, while providing parents with the means to assist them in their role as primary faith educators of their children. The Catholic environment at St. Ambrose School is focused on educating the whole child. We aim to foster each student’s moral purpose; their social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical growth; their artistic and cultural sense; their humility and sense of service to others; and their ability to respect others and to be personally accountable. Since we are a Catholic school, we model and teach values that are based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We do more than merely teach academics; we teach the Catholic way of life.

Accreditation

St. Ambrose School received full accreditation from the Ohio Catholic Schools Accreditation Association (OCSAA) in May 2021. St. Ambrose School meets or exceeds all OCSAA Standards and all State of Ohio Department of Education Standards. In addition, all educators at St. Ambrose School possess and maintain the appropriate licensure required by the Ohio Department of Education for their teaching assignments, and meet all Catechetical Certification requirements required for teaching religion as set forth by the Diocese of Cleveland and the OCSAA.

We are also a member of the National Catholic Education Association.

Religious Education

The primary purpose of St. Ambrose School is to provide instruction in our Catholic faith with practical application of lived Catholic social principles. Since the primary faith educator of children is the child’s parent, St. Ambrose School acts as an extension of the Catholic home in supporting the instruction of Catholic values.

Religious Instruction

In addition to daily Morning Prayer, students receive religion instruction for a daily minimum of 30 minutes in grades K through 4 and a daily minimum of 40 minutes in grades 5 – 8. However, Catholic ideas and Gospel values permeate instruction throughout the school day and are not limited to the students’ religion class. Religion instruction, including instruction in human sexuality, follows the Diocese of Cleveland Religion Curriculum.

Liturgical Celebrations

Although St. Ambrose School families are expected to attend a bi-weekly Mass and receive the sacraments regularly, we provide additional liturgical and sacramental worship opportunities for the school community. Liturgical, sacramental, and prayer opportunities include All School Masses, Communal Penance Services, Eucharistic Devotions, All School Rosary, Stations of the Cross, May Crowning, and seasonal prayer services. Parents and families are welcome to join us in these celebrations.

Practice of Student Service

St. Ambrose School provides students of all grade levels with Catholic service opportunities through our Works of Mercy Program. Students are given an opportunity to live the message of Catholic social justice and compassion through various service programs, such as 8th Grade students spending a day at St. Augustine’s hunger center.

Sacrament Preparation

Our second grade religion program focuses on preparing the students for the reception of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Sacrament preparation is orchestrated by the St. Ambrose Parish Religious Education Staff with a united preparation of both day school and PSR parents and students. Our parish’s sacrament preparation program focuses on assisting parents in preparing their children in the reception of the sacraments. Attendance at evening parent meetings and Saturday workshops is required. Specific details regarding second grade sacrament preparation will be sent home to parents of second grade students in the early fall. If you have specific questions regarding the program, contact your child’s teacher or Janet Majka in the Religious Education Office (330-225-3116 X321).

At St. Ambrose Parish, high school students (grades 9 – 12) may prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Information regarding Confirmation Sacrament Preparation will be sent home to eighth grade students during the spring of their eighth grade year. If you have questions regarding the Confirmation program or FIAT (Faith in Action Team) Youth Group, please contact Alexa Schuele in the Religious Education Office (330-460-7326)

Academic Curriculum and Programs

St. Ambrose School follows the Curriculum of the Diocese of Cleveland that meets State of Ohio Standards and OCSAA Standards. Textbooks and other learning resources are selected in order to meet the needs of our students and the curriculum requirements.

St. Ambrose School offers many other educational and extra-curricular programs to our students. Please visit the links from our home page to learn more about some of these programs.

  • Musical Performing Arts
  • Peer Mediation
  • Broadcast Studio
  • Liturgy School Choir and Cantors
  • Child of Light Recognition Program
  • Peer Ministry
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Cultural Awareness Programs
  • Disability Awareness Program (Grade 3)
  • Operation Keepsake (Grades 5-8)
  • Camp Christopher (Grade 6)
  • Science Fair
  • Art Show
  • Student Savings Program (Unity Catholic Credit Union)
  • Library Birthday Book Gifting Program
  • New Media Center and Fine Arts Program
  • Annual Trips (Grades 7-8)
  • Babysitting (during events/meetings)
  • Buzz Blog