Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy and Corpus Christi High School, later combined as Corpus Christi Academy, was founded in 1999 by committed Catholic families as an answer to the Vatican II decree on laity and its role per Apostolicam Actuositatem, as proclaimed by His Holiness Pope Paul VI. Since that time, the school has occupied the historic Simpsonville High School building built in 1916, and operates as an independent private school under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe and accredited by the National Association of Private Catholic Independent Schools.
Under the leadership of Mrs. Phyllis Sower, co-founder, the first principal, a practicing attorney and educator, the school provided a solid program of study with an emphasis on faith-based education, discipline, small classes, and traditional academics including the study of Latin beginning in fourth grade. Test scores were consistently above the national norm.
Permission was granted by Archbishop Kelly to have the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle on campus. Fr. Lindle, was the school Chaplain hearing confessions and saying Mass several times a week. Over the years, many beloved priests have said Holy Mass at our school including Fr. Sherry, Fr. Weber, Fr. Perez, Fr. Ralph, Fr. Caldwell, and Fr. Emmanuel.
Fr. Ed Gorman, of St. Louis Bertrand Dominican Priory, is currently the school Spiritual Advisor.
In 2014, Mrs. Sower retired as Principal and the Board of Directors voted to close the school. At the behest of parents and teachers, the school remained open with a new board and interim principal to continue the legacy. The name, Corpus Christi Classical Academy, was adopted in 2015 to reflect the pedagogical emphasis on the classical curriculum. A Montessori preschool was also introduced at that time.
In January 2016, Corpus Christi Classical Academy was recognized by the Archdiocese of Louisville as an independent Catholic school. This designation, created and conferred by Archbishop Kurtz, made official our status as the only Catholic school serving Shelby County and has fostered recognition and generous cooperation with the pastors of nearby parish churches. Interest of families in the area has increased and solid community support is being developed. With this strong foundation and all of these many blessings, Corpus Christi Classical Academy is looking at great potential for growth in the next few years.
Alumni have matriculated to various colleges and universities including Ave Maria University, Eastern Kentucky University, U of L Nursing School, and Franciscan University Steubenville.