A BRIEF HISTORY OF ACS
At one time, there were six Catholic schools in San Angelo originating with Immaculate Conception Academy. Over time, these schools either closed or consolidated. In the 1970’s, a major consolidation took place when Holy Angels School combined with Sacred Heart School and formed present day Angelo Catholic School. The school was originally staffed by religious (Sisters of Incarnate Word), but the sisters left. The school has been staffed by lay persons since. The lay teachers participate in the formation program (catechist) offered by the diocese.
The schools that consolidated went through high school at one time. After consolidation, the schools went through ninth grade. The seventh, eighth, and ninth grades were dropped because of declining enrollment. A three and four-year-old program was added to encourage enrollment in the school.
Because the local school district had junior high (7, 8, 9), parents wanted the Catholic School to offer those grades. After receiving permission from the Diocese of San Angelo Catholic Schools Commission, a seventh and eighth grade were offered, but enrollment did not support that concept, so the school stayed K-6, with a 4K program and the new 3K program. The local school district has moved to the middle school concept (6, 7, 8). At this time, we still go through Sixth Grade.
A.C.S. is equally supported by Holy Angels and The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus parishes.
Two other Catholic parishes (St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s) in town also offer some financial support.
Because of various factors, enrollment has fluctuated, over the years, but the school has always had strong spiritual and moral growth.
Angelo Catholic School celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2013.
Angelo Catholic School is also supported by The Angelo Catholic School Foundation. The Foundation Board looks for interesting and varied ways to support the school.
Angelo Catholic School has recently completed the Strategic Plan. The School Board is using the plan to aid in growth and marketing.