Program overview

Academic Excellence

We believe that literacy is fundamental for effective learning. Holy Spirit Catholic School works in collaboration with Groves Academy to provide a systematic phonics-based approach to reading in grades K-2. This program has resulted in remarkable results for all of our students, regardless of their reading level. Literacy is a strong focus throughout all grades. Holy Spirit is an Archdiocesan leader in this area.

We inspire achievement through:

  • A strong liberal arts education supported by technology and focused on the skills needed for today and tomorrow
  • Learning decision-making skills, providing high levels of literacy in language arts and mathematics
  • Building understanding and appreciation for world history and cultures.
  • Participating in visual and performing arts, building life-long habits of fitness and nutrition, and engaging in a variety of high-quality extracurricular activities.

Building Community

At Holy Spirit we celebrate community and build relationships through:

  • Spirit Families (multi-age groups of students) where younger students are mentored by middle school students; where they share faith, and participate in community service
  • Respecting the contributions of every member
  • Fostering self-confidence, self-respect, and self-discipline
  • Embracing service through being challenged to give back to the broader local and global community through special projects, fundraising and learning about global issues
  • Putting the Gospel into practice
  • Learning about issues such as hunger, water, and homelessness
  • Learning about and putting into practice Catholic Social Teaching

Faith Formation

Holy Spirit is proud to call itself a Catholic school in which faith is a key part of instruction and the school environment. Not only do we provide sacrament preparation, we also incorporate prayer and worship into school activities. We live faith through:

  • Spiritual and academic experiences that enable students to deepen their faith
  • Broadening their knowledge of faith and inspiring them to live out the Gospel in their daily lives
  • Regular school liturgies, prayer experiences, sacrament preparation, retreats, classroom instruction, and service learning
  • Becoming good stewards of God’s gifts—people who actively serve others and make a difference in the world


Holy Spirit is accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA). Our last accreditation visit was completed in November 2019 with full accreditation in place through June 2026. Through our accreditation with MNSAA, Holy Spirit is recognized by the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Association.