Driven by our mission, St. Jude embraces our uniqueness of being a smaller school in size that creates a family-like atmosphere where students and families are known by name. Faculty members and fellow classmates assisting with carpool greet each student as they step onto campus. As the entire student body gathers each morning for prayer, students experience a sense of unity as they begin each day. The school day concludes with prayer followed by students being personally loaded onto buses or into their cars for their return home. Warm welcomes and sincere send-offs create a positive atmosphere which we believe to be a crucial factor to our success.
Throughout the year a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities provide opportunities outside the classroom for students to identify and develop their gifts and talents. This allows them to demonstrate their creative, social/emotional, and spiritual capabilities. These activities include but are not limited to Math Club, Beta Club, Community Cougars, Quiz Bowl, band, choir, pep rallies, sports banquet, religious retreats, Shakespearience, Youth Legislature, Geography Bee, History Bee, math competitions, and the Robotics Club. In addition, all students have the opportunity to participate in athletic programs such as cross country, football, track, basketball, cheerleading, swimming, soccer, volleyball, and numerous intramural sports. Celebrated twice a year, students look forward to “Cougar Spirit Week.” During this week students and faculty are involved in fun, themed dress days and grade level competitions that culminate with a school wide pep rally where students wear their “Cougar Pride” shirts which always heightens our school unity.
St. Jude employs guidance services, wellness programs, behavior management programs and ancillary services to provide the necessary support for students to be successful. Programs offered align with our mission to enrich the academics and support the personal development of students. St. Jude offers a full-time guidance counselor who collaborates with administration and teachers on students’ academic, behavioral and emotional needs. The administration and school counselor have an open-door policy welcoming students to come and express concerns as well as to share accolades or to be commended. All teachers employ clearly defined classroom expectations and coherent grade level consequences. Behavior management plans are employed throughout all grade levels to help students behave in ways that promote their ongoing social development. Students are acknowledged for their academic and behavioral excellence each nine weeks with an Academic Achievement Awards Assembly.