San Juan Diego Academy is a K-8 Catholic school designed to serve the educational needs of Latino immigrant families and is the only Catholic school for Latino children in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. The school is located in Wyoming and housed on the campus of Holy Name of Jesus Parish.
With the support of the Bishop, San Juan Diego Academy opened its doors in August 2011 through the collaboration, financial investment and shared vision of six parishes: the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Holy Name of Jesus, St. Joseph the Worker, St. Francis Xavier/Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Sorrow and St. Mary.
This initiative was inspired in part by research conducted by the University of Notre Dame which suggests that Latino children who attend Catholic school are 42% more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to graduate from college than their peers who attend public school. With only 50% of Latino students in Michigan graduating from high school each year, the goal of San Juan Diego Academy is to improve the educational outcomes for Latino children in our city.