From the beginning, Peoria Academy has been built on generosity.
The many blessings we enjoy today simply would not have been possible without the generosity of others. In February of 2000, a core group of parents, community members, and administrators founded Peoria Academy as an independent, private, non-profit school, serving students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The founders were committed to the mission of promoting and attaining the highest intellectual, creative, social and physical growth in each child while respecting ethnic, cultural, and learning differences.
A capital campaign was established to purchase the Knights of Columbus building on Willow Knolls Drive and renovations began immediately. Peoria Academy opened its doors in August of 2000 with 137 students. In 2001, a PreK program was added, and additional classes were added at each grade level. Due to the growth of the school and insufficient space, the Board of Trustees began leasing the Notre Dame Youth Center, which is adjacent to the Peoria Academy property. In 2010, the school built two additional, permanent classrooms to accommodate our student population.
Today, Peoria Academy remains committed to making this education available to as to as many as possible, which is why we unashamedly ask if you would support our tuition assistance fund. This fund is used to meet the tuition needs of families, who otherwise would not be able to attend Peoria Academy. It is a need-based fund that is distributed through the recommendation of a tuition assistance committee.