A Brief History of Padre Pio Academy
A school is born.
Padre Pio Academy began with the desire of five local families to found a school that would provide their children with a traditional Catholic education, firmly rooted in the magisterium—the official teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church. Drawing on traditional resources such as the Baltimore Catechism and focusing on the importance of the Mass in Catholic life, the founders of Padre Pio Academy developed an academically rich K-12 curriculum and a nurturing, Christ-centered atmosphere in which to learn.
A patron is chosen.
Many of our original board members had a strong personal devotion to Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Italy, whose cause for beatification was pending at the time of the academy’s founding. He was chosen as our namesake and patron out of a strong belief that his intercession would be instrumental in getting our school off the ground. And intercede he did. By June of 1999 Padre Pio Academy was legally incorporated, welcomed its first student the following August, and received tax-exempt status in October of the same year.
An idea is refined
Over the years, Padre Pio Academy has had the blessing of educating hundreds of children who have walked through our doors. Many of our alumni have received scholarships to both high school and college! All of the students, who have taken the rigorous Latin classes at the school have been placed in advanced Latin classes in high school. The majority of our students are placed in Honors classes their freshman year. Many of our alumni are married having children of their own and continuing the tradition of a solid Catholic education for their children. Some of our alumni have even considered a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. We love these children as if they are our own and consider ourselves blessed that the parents have entrusted their most precious gifts to us.
A dream continues.
Today, our namesake is honored throughout the world as St. Pio of Pietrelcina—and continues to intercede for us. Our beloved Padre’s prayers have led many supportive people and organizations to us at times when we have been sorely in need of help. Most importantly, he continues to lead our faculty, staff, and families to Jesus through His Mother Mary, to whose Immaculate Heart Padre Pio Academy is consecrated.