About Us

History & Mission

Mission Statement

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


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, Cognia Accrediting Agency.
  • 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.