Saint Ambrose is more than just great academics. At Saint Ambrose of Woodbury, we are: building character, developing morals, acting with kindness, inspiring greatness, and influencing the world in a Christian manner. That's the Saint Ambrose way.

Mission & Vision

We at Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School are dedicated to supporting families in fostering our Catholic faith and moral development while providing the highest quality academic standards so we may influence the world in a Christian manner.


The Saint Ambrose of Woodbury community recognizes the partnership between parents, students, staff, administration and parishioners in providing for the development of its members as people of faith who worship, learn and grow together. As a community we have a responsibility to support families- as the primary educators of their children- while providing enriching experiences that promote a sense of belonging and responsibility to a community.


  • As a community we believe in…
  • Fostering meaningful participation in liturgical experiences.
  • Teaching the traditions, doctrine, morals and values of the Catholic faith.
  • Encouraging the regular practice of all forms of prayer-both private and communal.
  • Celebrating the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation
  • Integrating Christian values across the curriculum.


As a community we believe in…

  • Providing a strong foundation in the core subjects of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies.
  • Developing the creative talents and interests of students in art, music, physical education and foreign language.
  • Incorporating the use of technology as a tool for education.
  • Developing competence, self-confidence and integrity.
  • Challenging each student to realize his/her individual potential.
  • Empowering individuals to think constructively, critically, cooperatively and independently.
  • Differentiating instruction through varying instructional practices (process), curriculum (content) and assessment (product) to foster the success of ALL learners.


As a community we believe in…

  • Providing a safe, structured, welcoming Christian environment.
  • Developing a sense of social justice and providing opportunities for service to our local and global communities.
  • Promoting respect for one’s self and others.
  • Broadening our experiences in an increasingly multicultural world.
  • Actively involving families in the spiritual, academic and social development of students.
  • Providing opportunities for our community members to be Christian role models.

The Mission and Philosophy Statements of Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School are derived directly from the mission statement of Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic Community. The school and parish communities are one in their common mission of worship, education and outreach.


Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic Community was founded on March 17, 1998 to serve Woodbury, which was, at the time, Minnesota’s fastest growing city. The parish traces its roots

to the original St. Ambrose, an Italian National Parish, located since 1911 on St. Paul’s near East Side.

Founding pastor, Msgr. Richard Pates, held a strong belief in Catholic education and, from the inception of the parish, there was no doubt that a Catholic school would be part of the plans. The Saint Ambrose Parish community used Woodbury Sr. High School as its place for worship while the current facility was being designed and built.

When the Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic Community opened its doors in of its new facility in the fall of 2000 it was the first new Catholic parish/school combination to be built in the St. Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese in more than 30 years. The school was originally designedto accommodate 450 children in grades K-8 as well as 175 preschool children. Saint Ambroseof Woodbury Catholic School quickly reached that capacity and, in 2006 fourteen additionalclassrooms were added to the building which increased the capacity of the school to 675 childrenin grades K-8.

Now in its second decade of offering a high quality Catholic education to the East Metro area, Saint Ambrose of Woodbury School enjoys a reputation for academic rigor and strong Catholic values. More than 500 students have graduated from Saint Ambrose and have gone on to attend such colleges as the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, Gonzaga, the University of St. Thomas, the Collge of St. John’s, the College of St. Benedict and many, many more.

General Information


Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School is fully accredited by the Minnesota Non-public Schools Accrediting Association (MNSAA). Saint Ambrose of Woodbury will comply with all MNSAA requirements in order to maintain accredited status through 2023 when the cyclical, structured evaluation and planning process will be repeated. More information about the Minnesota Non-public Schools Accrediting Association is available here.


Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School offers a variety of sports fro students in grades 5-8. In the fall we offer boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer and girls’ volleyball. In the winter we offer both boys’ and girls’ basketball. In the spring we offer boys’ baseball, girls’ softball and boys’ and girls’ track. Saint Ambrose also offers a competitive cheerleading program in the fall and winter.

Class Size

Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School will maintain a low class size. All-day kindergarten classrooms will maintain a class size of 23. Grades 1-8 will maintain a maximum of 25 students per classroom with a total of 75 children admitted to each grade level.


Saint Ambrose of Woodbury School employs a full time Enrichment Coordinator to direct programs that are apart from but complimentary to the school curriculum. There are countless enrichment events that classroom teachers offer to classrooms as a whole; however, the Enrichment Coordinator facilitates those activities that occur outside the school and/or classroom day, involve small pull-out groups during the school day, or involve multiple classroom assembles. Programs offered at the elementary level include:

Extra!, Junior Great Books, Academic Triathlon, Geography Bee, MathMasters, WordMasters, and Art Adventure. Jr. High programs include: Academic Triathlon, Geography Bee, Quiz Bowl, and Scrabble Club. Detailed descriptions of the programs may be found on the Enrichment Activities webpage.

Hot Lunch

Hot lunch is available each day. Students may choose the daily entree, a "grab & go" sandwich, or a salad bar meal for $3.25. We are working hard to offer healthy options and to limit the processed food served to our children. If students choose to bring cold lunch they may purchase milk for $0.50.


Students in all day Kindergarten through 5th grade have at least one recess per day. Students spend 25 minutes after lunch playing outside.

School Schedule

The school day currently starts at 9:20 AM and ends at 3:50 PM.

Special Education

Saint Ambrose of Woodbury School employs a full-time K-5 special education teacher, as well as a part-time special education teacher for grades 6-8. Most special education services are delivered in the classroom; however, our instructors work together to formulate a plan for success for individual students who qualify for special education services. This might include small group or individual work time with the special education teacher. Families whose students have an Individual Education Plan will have the opportunity to discuss service options available and make the best choice for their student.

School Counselor

Saint Ambrose of Woodbury School employs a school counselor one day per week. Our counselor works with individuals, small groups, parents and school staff. Our counselor's expertise is an excellent resource for our school community.


Students that reside in District 833 are eligible for bus transportation at no additional cost. Families living outside of the district must transport their children to and from Saint Ambrose of Woodbury School. You can learn more about District 833 transportation here.