My daughter started at St. Jude's when she was 3 years old and is now a sophomore in high school. My son started when he was 4 and is graduating this year. It has been the best 13 years. Safe environment, loving teachers committed to the education and well being of our children. Our principal is a man of faith and leads by example. Our St. Jude's community is strong, loving and we are a big family.
My family has been at the school for 12 years and we have seen many changes over the years but it remains a premium Catholic school. The faculty and staff are very caring and have high expectations for the students. The teachers and principal are very accessible and communicate well with the parents. The parents are welcome on campus and have the opportunity to be involved in the school family through volunteer work. My children feel like they are part of a big family at school and are comfortable and happy. Overall the school provides a solid well rounded education.
I have two kids currently at St. Jude and I have seen such a growth in my kids since attending the school. Their integrity and morals are beyond their years. The education and values taught here are excellent. The catholic teachings are the stronghold of this school. I have seen such great improvements to the school in this year with the new principle. I cannot wait to see the new upcoming improvements which are planned. We are so blessed to have our children in this positive, loving, and joyful environment.
The Cathedral School of St Jude is a treasure! Our son has attended since pre-school he is now in First Grade. We believe he is receiving the finest possible education in our community. There are highly rated prep schools and fundamental schools in Central Pinellas but none of these schools offers the spiritual, social, and civic componants of a Catholic education. Our son has been mentored by middle school children since the age of 3. He was reading and writing at age 3! The school provides opportunities to participate in Chess Club, Mad Science, Odessey of the Mind, Choir, and extra-curricular sports clinics and teams, even tennis team. The faculty models and teaches the children about virtue and character from a Christ centered perspective. St Jude educators spend a career at the school and alumni send their children to the school. It has been in our community for 60 years and for good reason it is simply an outstanding place to educate, form and socialize your child!
We moved our boys from a public fundamental school to St Jude's in January of 2013. They were in 2nd grade and 4th grade. It was the best decision we could have made for our family and our children! The curriculum is excellent including writing Cursive Writing and a second language course - Spanish. They learn accountability, self-discipline, ethical and religious values. They foster a strong sense of community involvement within the school and out in the community itself. I love how the older kids are taught to mentor the younger children rather than demean them. We have nothing but positive experiences with the front office staff, teachers, administrators and the families. The After-Care Program is also excellent. Our boys are getting a good education and enjoying school again. As parents, we could not be happier!
Needs improvement. Teachers seem to not really communicate very well if at all, and the computer system used to log homework and assignments is not utilized effectively. Negative teachers bring down moral of dedicated families, and make some children feel inadequate. (Not really fitting the "Christian way") Lack of organization turns off new prospective parents.