St. Jude School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! St. Jude Parish celebrated its 50th anniversary in October, 2008. From humble beginnings above a drug store in Red Bank came the founding of St. Jude School in 1960. The school’s cafeteria served as the church until the construction of the present church was completed.
Initial enrollment was 179 students. Today, enrollment in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade averages about 360 students. Students attend St. Jude School from as far away as Cleveland and Jasper, though the majority live in the Hixson, Soddy-Daisy, Signal Mountain, Highway 58/Harrison and North Chattanooga communities.
Initially part of the Diocese of Nashville, St. Jude School and Parish were incorporated in the Diocese of Knoxville in 1988. St. Jude is a feeder school for Notre Dame Catholic High School in Chattanooga.
The parishioners of St. Jude Church are strongly committed to providing their parish children with a deep knowledge and love of God and a quality education. Therefore, it is the hope that all families wishing to have a Catholic education for their children will have the opportunity to do so and can apply for need based assistance with tuition.
The school campus is set up with separate classroom buildings, containing two classes of two grades each. In addition to the classroom buildings, there is an administration building that houses the auditorium/cafeteria, clinic and offices. The buildings also house a library and media center, and a variety of multipurpose rooms. “The Day House” is a small school house that serves as home to the school resource classes. The Parish Life Center houses the preschool. The Family Life Center, opened in 2005, includes a gymnasium, indoor walking track, meeting rooms, and a wing devoted to the Kindergarten program.
In addition to our strong, core academic program, St. Jude School believes it is important to instill a love of service in students. We offer various opportunities for community involvement including participation in nursing home visits, targeted clean-up efforts, Community Kitchen assistance and support for those in need. Students and staff at St. Jude School regularly participate in fundraising activities for various organizations including the Memorial North Park Cancer Unit and McKamey Animal Center.