About Us

Holy Cross Anglican Primary School is located on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Founded in September 2006, our school educates over 450 students from preschool to Standard 6 (8th grade). This is not your typical school, though it may look so from the outside. What makes us different?

Our Community. Our school is located in – and draws many of its students from – the poorer neighborhood of San Mateo, which at one time won the dubious honor of being recognized as the most at risk community in all of Belize by the Red Cross. This means many of our families face incredible need and, though hard working, often struggle to provide the necessities for their children.

What we offer our students: We’re not just providing an education; we seek to provide an excellent education that meets the needs of the modern world. To do this we have a computer lab, a well-stocked library, and a literacy program. We also strive to provide excellent resources for our teachers. To provide for the health of our students, we provide a nutritious lunch, dental care and volunteer doctors. Finally, for those who cannot afford their own, we provide the pencils, paper, shoes, scholarships and more so they can attend school.

We embrace visitors and volunteers: What we have to offer, we can only give because it was given to us first. This means we rely heavily on donations. Our school was built and is maintained by volunteers and all of our school supplies are donated by visiting families and individuals. So if you are coming to the island – or you know someone who is – please visit us. We’d love to meet you.

You’d expect a school like this to have a great story behind it. And we do. Great people too. Francis and Vernon, two missionaries from Virginia, founded Holy Cross School in 2016. They saw the incredible need for a new school in San Pedro – the existing schools were full and then some – and, unlike many who would have just felt sad about the need, they did something about it. In just five years they took a muddy lagoon and turned it into the school you see today.

Mission Statement

It is our mission to provide the highest quality education to the children of San Pedro. We seek to effectively prepare our students for the challenges of life in the 21st century – mentally, morally, spiritually, emotionally and physically – by providing a Christ-centered, state of the art educational environment. The health, welfare and positive development of each student is our highest priority.

Those are not just nice words, they are words we take seriously and all our staff work hard each day to make this happen despite the many frustrations and obstacles that exist in school systems world-wide.

We cannot do this alone; we must develop long term, mutually beneficial PARTNERSHIPS with organizations in the USA and Canada – especially the Anglican and Episcopal churches. In these partnerships we support the spiritual growth of church members by providing safe yet significant projects for mission teams – youth and adult; while your church/organization helps by raising the awareness, funds, supplies and volunteers we need to continue making a positive change for the children of San Mateo.


In the coming 5 years it is our vision that:
• An Anglican Church can be planted in our community that provides support, faith, encouragement, community and counsel for our students, their families and their community.
• Our students will have vocational training opportunities that dramatically increase their chance of finding meaningful work that will sustain them and their families for a lifetime.
• Our school becomes more financially and environmentally sustainable through ongoing projects that provide electricity and clean water.
• Building projects are completed that support the education of our students without significantly increasing (or even decreasing) the running costs for the school.
• We would obtain excellent academic results while continuing to take in the students from the poorest families and toughest backgrounds.

But we cannot do this without you. Please support us to make this vision a reality.