About Us


A Legacy of Strong Catholic Education


The Immaculate Heart Sisters established Santa Cruz School in 1919. In 1954, a new school was built, starting with four classrooms. An additional four classrooms were added in 1955. At this time the Sisters of the Holy Cross staffed the school and did so until 1972. Between 1972 and 1987, the Adrian Dominican Sisters provided leadership for the school. A completely lay staff worked with students until 2002, when the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity of Manitowoc, WI served the Santa Cruz community.  In September of 2019, we celebrate 100 years of Catholic education!  

Santa Cruz Catholic School is committed to providing a Catholic education of the highest quality to as many children as possible.  We currently serve over 215 students, with both lay and religious teachers.  


Santa Cruz Theater Arts Program

Santa Cruz offers a one-of-a-kind Elementary School Theater Arts Program that has featured hit shows such as Annie, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, and Junie B. Jones, Jr.   Students in K - 8 audition and learn all about how to put on a show to remember.  

Led by Mr. Ted Wallach, who is in his 19th year here at Santa Cruz, these young actors are an amazing testament to the persistence of spirit we help foster in every child!


Where There is a Willing Community, There is Always a Way to Success

In the 2018-2019 academic year, our K - 8 students and their families were responsible for helping our Tucson community through service.  Their hard work, compassion and humility resulted in:   

500 sandwiches for Casa Maria (Middle School)

300 dog treats for PACC (5th Grade)

21 blessing bags for Catholic Social Services (3rd Grade)

40 bags for the Sr. Jose Women’s Shelter (4th Grade)

150+ items collected for Youth on Their Own (K-2)

80 Kindness Coins for Ben’s Bells (6th Grade)

28 toys collected for Aviva Children Services (6th Grade)

Santa Cruz Catholic School takes pride in being able to give back to the community!