History & Mission
St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School nurtures the formation of Saints and Scholars
St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School
- Develops Catholic Faith
- Demonstrates Christian Living
- Commits to students learning
- Fosters good stewardship of God’s world
St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School has been twice recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence - in 2003 and again in 2014. We strive to foster the love of life-long learning and to instill a strong sense of responsibility in a Christ-centered environment.
St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School is located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, and serves 501 students from Kindergarten through 8th grade.
There are two homerooms in grades K – 5, 7, and 8, and three homerooms in grade 6. The class size for Kindergarten is 24, and 26 for 1st grade. Generally there are 28 students in each of the 2nd through 5th grade classrooms. Middle School class sizes vary from 24 to 28. We draw students from a large area including Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Atlanta, Roswell, Marietta, Alpharetta, and as far north as Cumming.
The curriculum includes religion, reading, literature, grammar, spelling, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition, computer technology, Spanish and French enrichment, physical education, chorus, art, drama, and band are offered. Students are encouraged to embrace additional activities and leadership opportunities. Some of these include Student Council, Safety Patrol, Life Teen Band, Altar Servers, Math IXL, Odyssey of the Mind, and Future City.
Together with the family, the faculty and staff provide an atmosphere for moral development. Christian values, our Catholic beliefs and traditions, and a spirit of cooperation are the cornerstones of our program. St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School is dedicated to the formation of students willing and able to serve God and the world by providing the guidance and instruction necessary to motivate students toward goals commensurate with their abilities.
St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School is fully accredited by, and meets all standards of, the AdvancEd Accrediting Agency, a parent corporation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools(SACS). Membership is also held in the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS).
History of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School
September 4, 1962 marked the official opening of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School. Kindergarten and grades 1-4 were staffed by five lay teachers, and Father Stapleton assumed the role of principal. The school, built on a portion of 10 ½ acres of land donated by the Spalding Family, housed 150 students in the “west corridor” of the building, while the “east corridor” was the temporary church. The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart of Philadelphia, led by Sister Sally White as Principal, came to the school in the fall of 1963. With the arrival of the sisters, grades K through 8 were staffed and, in June 1964, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School graduated its first class with 18 students.
The Story of our Patron - St. Jude Thaddeus
St. Jude Thaddeus was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus and cousin of Our Lord. His feast day is October 28th and he is known as the saint for the hopeless and the despaired. He preached the Gospel with great passion, often in the most difficult circumstances. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, symbolized by the flame at the top of his head, St. Jude made profound differences in people’s lives as he offered them the word of God.
St. Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand. This recalls one of his miracles during his work spreading the Word of God. King Abagar of Edessa asked Jesus to cure him of leprosy and sent an artist to bring him a drawing of Jesus. Impressed with Abagar’s great faith, Jesus pressed His face on a cloth, leaving the image of His face on it. He gave the cloth to St. Jude, who took the image to Abagar and cured him.
After the death and resurrection of Jesus, St. Jude traveled throughout Mesopotamia, Libya, and Persia with St. Simon, preaching and building up the foundations of the early Church.
St. Jude died a martyr’s death, symbolized by the pole he carries, for his unwavering faith. His body was later brought to Rome and placed in a crypt under St. Peter's Basilica.
St. Jude is routinely credited with miracles that took place against all odds. Today, millions of people around the world turn to St. Jude for his intercession.