When you see our students greeting each other with giant hugs, opening doors for adults and resolving conflicts with words of compassion, you’ll agree that Catholic schools work.

Catholic Schools are caring. Catholic Schools are community. Catholic Schools are known for academic excellence and celebrated for instilling core values that children carry with themselves all their lives, Catholic Schools are the moral pillar of the towns in which they stand.

At The Catholic Schools Center of Excellence, our job is simple – make sure that pillar remains standing. To do this, the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence, a nonprofit organization, has developed a two-part mission: to help Catholic elementary schools achieve and maintain excellence while increasing student enrollment.

Our approach is to share innovative ideas, sound business practices, proven strategies and financial resources to help meet each school’s specific business, academic and spiritual goals. We believe that this approach will help our schools become self-sustaining for years into the future and most importantly Catholic Schools will help our children become leaders, who will make the world a better place!

Please join us in continuing the tradition & expanding the reach of

Catholic-school excellence.


As a Catholic school parent, I know firsthand how valuable Catholic schools are to our entire community. Society benefits from students who are critical thinkers with a foundation in moral and spiritual values. Catholic schools create responsible and compassionate citizens — something we need now more than ever. I believe these schools play a vital role in our society.

I have learned that I am not alone. Every day I meet people who share my passion for keeping our schools strong and accessible for generations to come. We want our grandchildren to have the same opportunities to be a part of a strong and thriving Catholic school system. To make this happen, we need your help. Contact us to find out how you can help


President and Board Member
Catholic Schools Center of Excellence


The Catholic Schools Center of Excellence has teamed with several dedicated founding members, including:

  • Aim Higher Foundation
  • Catholic Community Foundation
  • GHR Foundation
  • Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

We value the power of partnerships. If you or your organization want to join us in supporting and growing Catholic schools in this community, please contact us.

Board Members

  • Bishop Andrew Cozzens
    Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis

    We want to help schools strengthen their Catholic mission of formation of the whole student.

  • Gail Dorn
    President, Catholic Schools Center of Excellence

    We want to help all schools achieve excellence while bringing renewed hope and energy to our schools.

  • Steve Hoeppner
    Vice President, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

    We want to help all of our schools so more families can experience a Catholic-school education.

Meet Our

Our CSCOE team is made up of employees, freelancers and volunteers who all have one thing in common – we love Catholic education!