Saint Helena Catholic School

A nonprofit organization

$4,395 raised by 17 donors

44% complete

$10,000 Goal

Educating South Minneapolis Youth For 97 Years!

Reflecting the Diverse Body of Christ of South Minneapolis: With 63% students of color, 30% English Language Learners, and over 50% students who receive Free and Reduced lunch, we are one of the most diverse elementary schools in Minneapolis.   Diversity of background and culture is highly valued and teaches us to see the face of Jesus in everyone.  We are committed to making Catholic education accessible to all.

Strong Leadership: Fr. Marcus Milless is a prayerful, young, and charismatic leader. He is dedicated to the Catholic faith and to our school. He strives to bring God’s welcoming presence to the parents, teachers, staff and children, inspiring hope and peace. Principal Karla Gergen has years of experience in both Twin Cities area Catholic schools and international schools. Fluent in Spanish, she works with all families to foster high academic achievement and strong moral values.

Evidence-Based Programs: Saint Helena is one of few schools in Minneapolis with kindergarten through eighth grade housed in the same building. Evidence supports that K-8 schools nurture children’s holistic development as people, provide leadership opportunities, and bolster academic achievements. Strong academic programs, such as Believe and Read which is based on the science of reading, ensure that all students are successful.

Saints & Scholars: Saint Helena faculty, staff, and community are dedicated to educating children whose behavior is influenced by the saints while having high academic expectations for all students. Our programs and teachers meet each student where they are at, nurturing and challenging them, so that all students succeed in academics and are supported in living lives of virtue.

Pacem in Terris: Saint Helena is located in beautiful south Minneapolis near Lake Nokomis, Minnehaha Creek, the Mississippi River, and many city parks. The campus has large mature trees and green space for children to play away from busy streets. Evidence supports the beneficial effects of peaceful, safe surroundings on the health of children.

This year's goal: Support extracurricular programs and student scholarships! 

With your support, we can make sure our students have access to programs that help them live whole and holy lives.

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Saint Helena Catholic School

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3204 E 43RD ST
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55406-3858



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