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School Life

For over one hundred years, the Holy Cross community has educated children on the Eastside of Indianapolis. In 1974, Holy Cross Central was founded through the merger of Holy Cross, St. Mary's, St. John the Evangelist, and SS. Peter & Paul school communities. Holy Cross Central has provided a faith-filled and academically rigorous experience that forms both the mind and the heart. Our faculty and staff members work together with our hundreds of students from grades K-8 and their families to create a vibrant and thriving community.

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Holy Cross Central provides its students with a rigorous curriculum that is a balance of academics, religion, and special subjects—such as music, art, and physical education..

Students graduate as 8th graders with a broad knowledge base that serves them well throughout their lives. Our goals for all students are College and Heaven.

This year, our school is doing the NWEA MAP Testing in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. This will measure your student's academic progress in comparison to their own growth and national norms. For more information about MAP, please read the MAP Parent Handbook.

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In addition to forming the hearts and minds of our students, Holy Cross Central offers a variety of athletic programs. Our offerings include: Boys and Girls Cross Country (Fall), Boys Football (Fall), Boys and Girls Basketball (Fall/Winter), Girls and Boys Volleyball (Fall/Winter), Girls Kickball (Fall & Spring), Boys Wrestling (Winter), Coed Soccer (Spring). Available sporting events are through both CYO athletics as well as intramural sports.

Mr. Munzing is the Athletic Director for Holy Cross and can be contacted at

As representatives of Holy Cross Central School, all team members and their parents are expected to reflect credit and honor upon their school by their actions and attitudes.

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Moving from the Bottom Third to the Top Third in the Nation

Moving from the Bottom Third to the Top Third in the Nation

Notre Dame ACE Academies are closing the achievement gap. The median national percentile ranking (NPR) of our students increased from fall to spring every year, indicating students gained more than 1 year of growth. From fall 2011 to spring 2015, on average, our students improved from the bottom third to the top third in the nation in math. Reading scores are just as impressive with students moving from the 29th to the 53rd percentile.

Closing the Gap Quickly

Closing the Gap Quickly

New students typically enter Notre Dame ACE Academies several grade levels behind (navy bars). Our culture of high expectations for academic growth and character formation quickly catch them up. Even students who have only been in the ACE Academies for 1 year show dramatic academic gains, which they continue to demonstrate in subsequent years (green & gold bars). Math scores show similar results with students entering in the 33rd percentile and quickly moving up to the 42nd after just one year.