"If we want to have a good society, we must concentrate all our forces on the Christian education of the young." - St. John Bosco

Our Lady of the Sun Academy

Traditional Education

Traditional Education

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Instilling a Love of the Faith

Life of Prayer

Life of Prayer

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Altar Boy Class

Altar Boy Class

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Altar Boy's First Mass

Altar Boy's First Mass

The Sisters

The Sisters

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All Souls' Day Mass

All Souls' Day Mass

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Our Mission

Our Lady of the Sun Academy is a private school established in 2010. It is located in El Mirage, Arizona, (a suburb of Phoenix), at the same beautiful location as Our Lady of the Sun Catholic Church. This school of 1st through 12th grade is staffed by Father Gronenthal and the Religious Sisters of the Congregation of the Mother of God (CMD).


This Traditional Catholic School offers an educational alternative for Catholic Parents to provide their children with a true Catholic education as outlined in the pastoral letter issued by the American hierarchy in 1919.  This academy teaches only the traditional, pre-Vatican II, Roman Catholic Faith, as it has been taught for centuries.


The Religious Faculty strives to provide an atmosphere where the students will develop a deep understanding and love for the Catholic Faith, as well as obtain a well rounded education, with high academic standards. Therefore the school day begins with Daily Mass, where the students are given the opportunity for the frequent reception of Confession and Communion. Afterwards, the children are taught their Catholic Faith, and solid academic skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics etc.. (please see outline of the school curriculum). They are also taught to develop an appreciation of the fine arts.

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Meet The Faculty


Father Christopher Gronenthal


Sister Maria Jacinta, CMD

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Sister Noel Marie, CMD


Mrs. Molly Buggy


Father Denis McGuire


Sister Frances Marie,CMD


Sister Maria Antonia,CMD


Mrs. Terri Donnelly


The official position of the Catholic Church on education is summarized in the Code of Canon Law:

“Parents are bound by a most grave obligation to provide to the best of their ability for the religious and moral, as well as for the physical and civil education of their children, and for their temporal well-being” (Canon 1113).

Our Lady of the Sun Academy Curriculum


Grades K-6

Social Studies
Language Arts

Junior High

Grades 7 & 8
Bible / Church History
Language Arts: Creative Writing, Grammar, Penmanship
Physical Education
Geography, Arizona State History
Math, Pre-Algebra

High School

Grades 9 & 10

Theology I & II

English I & II

American History, Western Civilization, Geography

Algebra I, Geometry,

Physical Science, Biology

Physical Education, Keyboarding

Word Processing Choir 

Latin I or Spanish I

Grades 11 & 12
Theology III & IV
American Literature, English Literature
World History, Chemistry
Algebra II, Advanced Algebra, Business Math
Choir, Art Appreciation
Latin II or Spanish II

High school Graduation Requirements

Theology-   4 years

English-   4 years

Social Studies-   3 years

Math-   3 years

Science-   3 years

Language-   2 years 

Physical Education-   2 years 

Fine Arts-   1 year 

Occupation Education-   1 year