School History

St Ambrose Academy is the  successor of a long complicated history of several Rochester Diocese Schools.

In the fall of 2005, due to declining enrollments across the diocese, Bishop Matthew Clark, announced that St. Ambrose School and St. John the Evangelist School on Humboldt Street would become one school. The new school would be hosted in the St. Ambrose School building and the school was renamed St. John Neumann School.

Many new and exciting traditions were established which students look forward to every year. Many service projects are done to help the community outside the school’s walls.

In 2011 the Diocese decided to revise the format of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Rochester, and the diocesan schools reverted to the parish. Peace of Christ Parish welcomed the St. John Neumann School into its community.

In 2017 the parishioners and the school community realized that there would be more consistent  branding and less confusion about the location, and identity, if the school reverted to the St Ambrose name.

St Ambrose Academy will continue the 100 year history of education and community service rooted in the traditions of the former St John the Evangelist, St. James. St. Ambrose and St. John Neumann Schools.


Working together the students and staff continue to feel that they are a strong family community and hope to continue to be so for many years to come.