Does my child have to be Catholic to attend St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic
No. We welcome all students regardless of religious beliefs. In
fact, approximately 30% of our student body is not Catholic. We
view each and every one of our students as a child of God, and
we believe in nurturing each student to his or her full
potential regardless of religious affiliation.
Our family is not Catholic. Will you try to convert my child to
No. Our school's foundation is firmly rooted in the Catholic
tradition and the curriculum for the students' religion classes
is chosen by the Diocese of Charleston. However, an important
part of the Catholic School philosophy of education is a belief
that the parent's role is primary in the raising and educating
of the child. Consistent with this, we respect the parents'
right and responsibility to make choices about matters of faith
and religion for their child. We do not put pressure on
non-Catholics to become Catholic.
In general, our non-Catholic families tell us that (a) the
faith-filled environment and education at St. Anne & St. Jude
Catholic School helps
their children grow into the kind of human beings they want
their children to be, and (b) the foundations of Catholicism and
their family's particular denomination share a great deal in
common. We believe that there is much more that unites
Catholicism and the different Christian denominations than
divides us. On those points where we differ, we hope that you
will see these differences as opportunities for sharing and
discussing your faith with your children.
We want to communicate with you as fully as possible about the
religious aspects of our school so that you can make an informed
decision about whether the environment and education at St. Anne
& St. Jude is compatible with the way you want your child raised and
educated. Toward this end, we have provided an overview of
"Spiritual Life" at St. Anne & St. Jude elsewhere on this website. Please
feel free to ask us about any specific questions or concerns you
What is the school’s relationship with the Catholic Community of
St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School is supported by two local parishes:
St. Anne & St. Jude, and Our Lady of the Skies. Each parish pays
a subsidy for parishioner children, so Catholic parents are
asked to make regular contributions to the church using the
envelopes provided by the parish.
Do you accept children during the middle of the year?
Class sizes permitting, we do our very best to accommodate
admissions applications throughout the course of the year. We
understand that moves -- and other life events that require
students to change schools -- do not always coincide with the
I work. What are the before and after school care options?
Both Before-School Care and After-School School care are
available for students attending St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School. The
regular school hours are 7:45 a.m. until 2:40 p.m. Before-School
Care is available starting at 7:00 a.m. each school day (with
the exception of the first day of classes.) There is no charge
for Before-School Care.
After-School Care operates Monday through Friday from dismissal
time until 5:30 p.m. After School Care is available every day
that school is in session, except for the last day of school
prior to extended holidays. After-School Care includes a
supervised homework period, a snack, and supervised recreation.
Prior sign-up is not necessary. A note to the teacher or a phone
call to the office will suffice. Charges for After-School Care
are as follows: $4.00 per hour for the first child in each
family and $2.00 per hour for each additional child. The cost
per hour applies to any portion of the hour and families will be
billed on a monthly basis.
My child has special needs (e.g., learning disability, physical
disability). Can you accommodate the special needs of my child?
Given the range and variety of special needs that exist, it is
not possible to provide a simple yes or no answer to this
question. We do not have a separate special needs program.
However, we attempt to accommodate a child whenever possible.
Ultimately our goal is the same as yours: to have your child
placed in the school environment that is the best fit for him or
her. We will work to answer your questions as openly and as
thoroughly as possible so that you can determine if St. Anne &
St. Jude is
the right school environment for your child.
Does the school offer Before/After School Programs?
Yes. The regular school hours are 7:45 a.m. until 2:50 p.m.
Before School Care begins with the second day of classes and
starts at 7:00am. After School Care operates Monday through
Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. After School Care is
available every day that school is session, except for the last
day of school prior to extended holidays. While there is no
charge for Before School Care, there is a fee of $4.00 per hour
for the first child in each family and $2.00 per hour for each
additional child for After School Care. The cost per hour
applies to any portion of the hour used. Families will be billed
on a monthly basis.
Transportation and Parking:
All students must be dropped off and picked up via the Church
parking lot, which has a Magnolia Street entrance. When
dropping off students, please let them out using the traffic
circle in front of the school. When picking your child up at the
end of the school day, please use the car line.
Parents escorting their child to the classroom should park in
the Church parking lot. However, please leave the parking spots
directly in front of the playground fence vacant so that
drop-off traffic may continue to flow through this area. After
school pickup should follow the same guidelines. During the
dismissal hours there will be a faculty member controlling the
flow of parking lot traffic. Please watch for children and do
not ask them to cross traffic in the parking lot.