Principals' Corner

Welcome to Guardian Catholic School - home of the Eagles! We are blessed to continue the heritage and legacy of our two founding schools, St. Pius V and Holy Rosary, which have served the Northside community of Jacksonville, FL for a combined history of over 150 years. 

This school year is filled with new opportunities for success.  New initiatives to our instructional programming and extracurricular activities include:  an  increased use of digital textbooks; Spanish for grades 4-5; a new Math curriculum that aligns with the revised Diocesan curriculum;  and implementation of a  school-wide   research-based program that promotes social-emotional learning from Early Learning through Grade 8.  In addition, we have added quarterly Early Learning grade level parent meetings; Jr. Robotics for students in grades 3-5; cross country and soccer for students in  grades 3-8;  and FUNdamentals of Basketball and Volleyball for students in grade 3-5. 

Guardian Catholic is dedicated to providing our students with a high quality education in a Christ- centered environment.  There is an emphasis on the core curriculum subjects of  Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies. However, first and foremost is the teaching of Religion and Christian principles that will enable students to act justly, make responsible moral judgments, and respect others. Prayer, worship, and service are vital aspects of the Guardian Catholic experience.  We also believe that it is critical to provide leadership opportunities and character education.

We believe that education is the shared responsibility of parents, students, school, and community and that parent involvement is essential to the academic success of our students.   

We encourage you to visit our beautiful school and see that we are a school committed to protecting the potential of each child.  You will find that this is a vibrant and engaging community of teachers and learners. 

We encourage you to visit our website often, meet the teachers and get engaged in all that GCS has to offer. 


Sr. Cynthia Shaffer, SND

Ms. Therese Jackson

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to help each student attain their potential through high quality Catholic education in a Christ-centered environment that inspires each of us to think, learn, achieve, pray and serve our communities.