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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does my child have to be Catholic to attend St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School?
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 Catholicism?
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 may have.

What is the school’s relationship with the Catholic Community of Sumter?

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 school calendar.

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.