Santa Cruz Catholic School is located in Buda, Texas just south of Austin and is the only Catholic Elementary School in Hays County. Our school is accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED) and the Southern Association of Schools and receives its accrediting authority from the Texas Education Agency.We serve Pre-kindergarten 3-year-olds through 8th grade. Our 50,000 square-foot education building at Santa Cruz houses 23 classrooms, including a music/band hall, science lab, art room,cafeteria, library, and playground. Our school offers many programs for children and parents to engage in. Some of those programs include:
  • Athletic Programs for Grades 4 – 8 in Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball
  • Gifted and Talented Program
  • Award winning Children’s Choir
  • American Heritage Girls Troop, Girls Ages 5-18
  • State of the art technology for our students
  • Religious presence from the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist
  • P.S.I.A. Academic Competition
  • Destination Imagination Competition

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parents, Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. I am very happy to serve you and your children as the incoming principal for Santa Cruz Catholic School here in Buda. In the mid-seventies I left Ireland, where I taught for two years, and moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. There I continued my teaching career in Catholic schools for thirteen years and then served as principal in an elementary school for seven years followed by six years as principal of a middle school. In 2001 I was hired by Bishop Gregory Aymond to serve as superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Austin. Four years later I moved to the Texas Catholic Conference where I served as Director of Education for eleven years overseeing the accreditation of all the Catholic schools in the state. For the past three years I have engaged in some consulting for the Diocese of Austin but upon hearing about the opportunity to serve Santa Cruz and the Buda community I decided to come out of semi-retirement. My husband and I are the proud parents of four children and eight grandchildren. I like to read, play golf and knit. I come from a large family of eight so I also like to reconnect with my siblings each summer. I am extremely privileged to be able to serve the school community as it is still in its infancy. Your children are the reason for the school’s existence and I pledge to work with you to ensure that your child will be nurtured and encouraged as we walk this path together.   Sincerely in Christ, Margaret McGettrick