Our History

A small school for the black rock parish is founded

In the spring of 1935, Reverend Joseph F. Ford, pastor of St. Ann Parish in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, recognized the need for a Catholic school to serve the children of his parish. Father Ford’s dream became a reality when he was able to purchase the old Bridgeport Protestant Orphan Asylum on the corner of Ellsworth Street and Fairfield Avenue. The building was immediately converted into St. Ann Academy under the guidance of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul.

…and expanded with preschool and kindergarten classes

During the pastorate of Reverend Joseph Heffernan, the present St. Ann Academy was built on Brewster Street and opened in September 1960. At that time, enrollment was limited to children in grades 1–8. In 1975, a Kindergarten class was added. Five years later the Pre-Kindergarten program began.

…and a science lab, library and media center with wireless technology

Over the years several improvements were made to the building to enhance the learning environment. The library was dedicated to the memory of Father Sean Flynn. In the early eighties, a computer room was added. Under the pastorate of Father Joseph J. Malloy, offices for the principal and the school secretary were constructed in September 1992. In 2006, the building was installed with wireless internet and the library was converted to a Media Center with the addition of laptop computers for student use. The former Computer Lab was converted to a Science Lab and a preschool program was begun in the former convent.

Still the same St. Ann Academy, but now stronger than ever

In recent years, St. Ann Academy has been transformed into a multicultural learning environment with notably strong academic and enrichment programs. In 2015, St. Ann and three sister campuses—St. Andrew, St. Raphael and St. Augustine—became the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport. This move has allowed St. Ann Academy to expand its offerings even further, while still maintaining its proud identity and heritage.