Champagnat Catholic School

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Champagnat Catholic School
1851 Palm Avenue
Hialeah, Florida 33010
United States
Motto Ad Jesum per Mariam
(To Jesus through Mary)
Denomination Catholic
Patron saint(s) Marcellin Champagnat
Established 1968
Founder Dr. Reinaldo and Mrs. Maria I. Alonso
CEEB code 101081
President Dr. Reinaldo Alonso
Director Isabel C Alonso
Principal Nuria Alloza-Sanchez
Teaching staff 16.0 (FTE) (in 2007-08)[1]
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 225 (in 2007-08)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 18 (in 2007-08)[1]
Color(s) Navy Blue, Red, White
Slogan BE BOLD
Mascot Lion
Newspaper Paw Prints
Yearbook Reminiscence

Champagnat Catholic School is a private Catholic school with a campus in Hialeah, Florida, United States. Established in 1968, the school currently serves students in sixth through twelfth grades.


Champagnat Catholic School was founded by Dr. Reinaldo and Mrs. Maria I. Alonso at a time in the history of Miami when there was a need to serve immigrant families moving to Miami. Champagnat came in to strengthen the religious, the civic and patriotic roots of children coming in from Cuba and Central and South America. The common objective at Champagnat Catholic School is the academic, moral and religious education of our students. We are interested in their whole growth and development as healthy members of society. In providing positive learning experiences, we enhance the students` self-esteem and nurture their intellects.

Champagnat Catholic School started under the auspices of the Marist Brothers due to Dr. Alonso's previous years as principal of the Champagnat elementary in La Vibora, Cuba and later on the Champagnat high school in Cienfuegos, Cuba. The first Champagnat Catholic School opened its classroom doors on September 8, 1968 at the corner of 29th Avenue and 7th Street SW in Miami with 123 students. In 1973 the school opened the doors to a second campus in Hialeah.

The school is accredited by the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA), National Council of Private Schools Association (NCPSA), Council of Bilingual Schools (COBIS).


Champagnat Catholic School currently has a campus in Hialeah at 1851 Palm Avenue serving sixth through twelfth grades.


Curriculum follows Florida State Standards with an emphasis on preparing for entry to universities/colleges. Students are required to take English Language Arts, Literature, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language and PE each school year. Electives currently include Intro to Business Management, Marketing Essentials, Hospitality and Tourism, Forensic Science, Sports and Entertainment Management, and World Religions. In order to enhance the educational experience all high school students are on a 1:1 iPad digital curriculum and have access to virtual courses via FLVS.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Student Council, Mock UN, Athletics, Choir, Service Club, Cheer/Dance Club

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Figures totaled or averaged as appropriate from Champagnat Catholic School - Miami Campus[permanent dead link] and Champagnat Catholic School - Hialeah Campus[permanent dead link], published by the National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed 2010-04-29.
  2. ^ Curnow, Ena (2008-10-22). "Celebra su 40 Aniversario el Colegio Champagnat Miami". Diario Las Américas (in Spanish). 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°46′46″N 80°14′19″W / 25.7795435°N 80.2386604°W / 25.7795435; -80.2386604