About Us

History & Mission

Mission Statement

Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School nurtures the formation of Saints and Scholars

Goals

Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School

  • Develops Catholic Faith
  • Demonstrates Christian Living
  • Commits to students learning
  • Fosters good stewardship of God’s world

Quick Facts

  • Twice recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2003 and 2014).
  • Located in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
  • Serves 500 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 cornerstones of our program are strong Christian values, our Catholic beliefs and traditions, and a spirit of cooperation.
  • 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 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 Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School

September 4, 1962 marked the official opening of Saint 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 17 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, Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School graduated its first class with 18 students.

The Story of our Patron - Saint Jude Thaddeus

Saint 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, Saint Jude made profound differences in people’s lives as he offered them the word of God.

Saint 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 Saint Jude, who took the image to Abagar and cured him.

After the death and resurrection of Jesus, Saint Jude traveled throughout Mesopotamia, Libya, and Persia with St. Simon, preaching and building up the foundations of the early Church.

Saint 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.

Saint Jude is routinely credited with miracles that took place against all odds. Today, millions of people around the world turn to Saint Jude for his intercession.