ABOUT THE ACADEMY

Queen of Peace Catholic Academy is an educational community of Gainesville, Florida in which principal, teachers, staff, families, clergy, and parishioners work together to provide students with a strong spiritual, academic, psychological, and social foundation.

The Academy places focus on teaching and living the Gospel and the traditions of the Catholic Church. Equally, it gives emphasis to personal and communal spirituality, the fostering of strong community, and a commitment to those in need.

In a loving and supportive environment, Queen of Peace Catholic Academy strives toward superior academic excellence where the needs of the child are enveloped in developmentally appropriate practices. We affirm parents as the primary educators of their children.

As members of the Catholic Faith Community of Gainesville, Florida, we share in that role and offer cooperation and assistance in preparing our students to be the future leaders of the Church and the world.

Catholic Identity

At Queen of Peace Catholic Academy, the faculty and staff center their academics around the Catholic faith which is rooted and centered around the Eucharist. Each day, students proudly display and live out the Academy’s mission statement. In the classrooms, students listen and reflect the gospel message and commit themselves to academic excellence as faith is infused in all subject areas. Students also learn how to devote their time, talent, and treasure to helping others as part of their stewardship journey.

Students begin each day with a school wide student-led prayer. Teachers then continue individual prayers and intentions inside their classrooms. Each afternoon, students end their day by attending “blessing.” Blessing consists of prayer, silent reflection, and an actual blessing of each child given by teachers as they leave the church.

At the beginning of the month, our students attend a morning prayer service which helps introduce the theme for the month. Grade levels also rotate to attend weekly mass. On the first Friday of every month, our school as a whole attends Liturgy. Students participate in Mass in a variety of ways. They each have an opportunity to be an Altar Server, Lector, Usher, as well as bringing up the gifts, singing in the choir, or playing an instrument for the Mass hymns.

First Reconciliation and First Communion

Students in First Grade begin the Sacramental journey of preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion. Students continue to dive deeper in their faith during Second Grade both through the Academy and the church, learning the significance and reverence of the Sacraments they soon will receive.

Why Choose Queen of Peace Catholic Academy?

  • Students combine their academic subjects with their Catholic faith and traditions.
  • The Academy sets high standards for student achievement.
  • The Academy enhances the Diocesan curriculum by including Spanish, Chinese, Band, Choir, Art, Technology, PE, and media research.
  • The Academy effectively offers Technology in all areas of the school with our iPad, MacBook, and Robotics programs.
  • Queen of Peace Academy has dedicated, caring staff who work hard to provide a conducive and welcoming environment for all students of all faiths.
  • The Academy is well known in the community for preparing our students for the rigorous academic and social challenges of any and all high school programs.

A Message from Principal Tammie Vassou

The students, staff, and administration welcome you to Queen of Peace Catholic Academy’s website. Our site will provide you with valuable information that will help you discover the many amazing opportunities that our outstanding school community has to offer.

Queen of Peace Catholic Academy provides a safe, structured, and nurturing learning environment that is rooted in the traditions of the Catholic Church. We recognize that you, the parents and guardians, are your child’s first teacher. We work collaboratively with families to help our students grow into adults that have a deep reverence for God’s creation, the desire to share his or her gifts, talents, and skills necessary to meet the challenges of our ever-changing world.

We are committed to educating the whole child through our faith formation program. Our students fully participate in daily prayers and spiritual development, First Friday Mass, monthly prayer services, and celebrations of Holy Days. Our rigorous curriculum is aligned with the Diocese of St. Augustine. As an enhancement of our core subjects, we also offer Music, Art, Spanish, Chinese, Physical Education and Media Research beginning in Pre-K and continuing through 8th Grade as we recognize the importance of nurturing each child’s varying talents and abilities. Beginning in 5th Grade, our students are further enriched through our fantastic band and choral programs. As a school community we have embraced the use of technology as a way to engage our students in the learning process. The utilization of technology allows our students to develop the skills necessary to actively engage in a responsible manner in the global learning community.

We hope that you will come tour our fabulous campus and see for yourself the wonderful opportunities that awaits your child and entire family when you become part of our Academy Family. At Queen of Peace Catholic Academy, we pride ourselves in lighting the way in outstanding Catholic education.

Our Mission Statement

At Queen of Peace Catholic Academy we learn the Gospel message, live as disciples of Jesus, and grow in knowledge as we build the kingdom of God.

Our Values

Together we affirm and embrace these values:
Gospel, placing focus on teaching and living the Gospel and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Community, fostering a strong community and commitment to those in need.
Prayer, developing a living faith through experience in Liturgy, sacraments and personal prayer.
Stewardship, providing an environment where students can use their gifts and abilities.
Self-Growth, educating students with developmentally appropriate practices to prepare them to be the future leaders of the Church and our world.

Our Philosophy

Queen of Peace Catholic Academy is an educational community of Gainesville, Florida in which principal, teachers, staff, families, clergy, and parishioners work together to provide students with a spiritual, academic, psychological, and social foundation.

The Academy places focus on teaching and living the Gospel and the traditions of the Catholic Church. Equally, it gives emphasis to personal and communal spirituality, the fostering of strong community, and a commitment to those in need.

In a loving and supportive environment, Queen of Peace Catholic Academy strives toward superior academic excellence where the needs of the child are enveloped in developmentally appropriate practices.

The School Calendar

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Preschool Through the 8 Advantage!

Dear Prospective Parents, Queen of Peace Catholic Academy is uniquely designed to educate preschool to preteen children. Characterized by small class sizes and led by dynamic dedicated educators, the Academy classes address the social, emotional, physical, ethical, and creative development of each child in a faith filled environment. Our Core Studies and Specialist curricula engage students in the arts, music, technology multi-­media, world languages, athletics and physical education.

A tour of campus and comprehensive information session will be offered on an individual basis to give you the attention you deserve in deciding where your child will spend the next ten years of their academic development. This visit is designed for adults only and is approximately 90 minutes long. Opportunities for your child to visit campus will be available during the application process.

To schedule your tour, please call 352-­448-­4552 or email Darlene Coogan at dscoogan@qopacademy.org. Thank you for your interest in Queen of Peace Catholic Academy. We look forward to meeting you and showing you what sets Queen of Peace Catholic Academy apart.

THE ACADEMY’S HISTORY

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