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Welcome to the New Home of St. Ambrose Academy!

Our New Home

Welcome to the NEW home of St. Ambrose Academy! As our school experiences incredible growth year over year, our former home was no longer suitable for our growing student body and the needs of our grade 6-12 Catholic classical school.

In Fall 2024, St. Ambrose Academy will move to our new home, located in Holy Name Heights at 702 S. High Point Road, Madison. Situated on over 70 acres of sprawling greenspace and conveniently accessible from the Beltline, it is an ideal setting for the transformational task of educating children in the lights of reason and Catholic truth and forming them in corresponding virtue.

St. Ambrose has improved and leased two large office floors in the northeast wing to serve up to 280 students, comprising nearly 24,000 sq. ft. The school also offers the comprehensive and desirable amenities families seek, with arrangements to use the oratory for worship, the gymnasium and outdoor ball fields and greenspaces, a renovated community space for large gatherings, and more.

“The Lord has given us a gorgeous setting: a city on a hill for us to prepare our children to be the light of Christ in a darkened world.”

Joan Carey, Executive Director of St. Ambrose Academy

A Historic Spot

Holy Name Heights is an iconic property, a beacon on a hill that first opened as a residential high school seminary, Holy Name Seminary, in 1963. Several generations of young men completed their formation there before the seminary closed in 1995.

James Carrano was a Holy Name seminary student in 1995. “The priests were like uncles to us with good, firm leadership and direction, but they would also laugh and have fun with us,” James remembered fondly. “The spiritual foundation was well-woven into the day.”

After James’ time, Holy Name Heights became a retreat and conference center and now houses the diocesan offices, Catholic Charities, Blue Plate Catering and 53 residential apartments, which have been managed by Gorman & Company since 2015.

Now, nearly 30 years later, James is excited that SAA will be the newest addition to this unique space just in time for his own three SAA students to pray in the very same oratory where he spent hours in prayer as a student.

James’ oldest daughter Elizabeth (class of 2025) is part of the first SAA class that will graduate from the school in its new, long-term home, a home so near to Bishop Hying. “Bishop Hying has encouraged me through his talks and homilies but also just through the way he lives his life for Christ with such joy,” Elizabeth said. “I am so thankful to be able to be closer to him!”

Once again, historic Holy Name Heights will be welcoming students onto its beautiful campus, but this time in an innovative multi-use facility.

We encourage you to contact us to learn more about Admissions, inquire about our school, or to schedule a tour!

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