Our Curriculum

St. Jude of the Lake School is a Catholic Pre-K through grade 5 school that welcomes students of all faiths. The school was founded in 1954 as a mission of St. Jude of the Lake Catholic Church. Since that time, the school has become a vital part of the parish and local community.

Accreditation

St. Jude of the Lake is accredited through the Minnesota Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association (MNSAA) and meets all the expectations and standards set by the accrediting agency. Our curriculum is aligned with all Minnesota state education standards. In addition, St. Jude is the first Catholic International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program School in the Midwest. Our staff incorporates IB’s inquiry-based teaching methods and themes into existing curricula to prepare students for the global world in which we live.

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Our students thrive with our small class sizes and individualized attention.

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Dedicated to a nurturing environment.

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Weekly Mass puts Jesus at the center of our students’ lives.

Pre-School

In 2011 Lake Area Discovery Center entered into its first partnership with a Catholic Church and School at St. Jude of the Lake in Mahtomedi. This school partnership provides a unique opportunity to “buddy” with students in the elementary school and benefit from our wonderful facilities. One other unique aspect of this site is the partnership with Coventry Senior Living Center, through which the children have a chance to develop ongoing relationships with Senior Citizens.

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Kindergarten

Kindergarten students at St. Jude attend half- or full-day programs designed to inspire, engage and educate children as they begin their journey of life-long learning. Every day, students are taught literacy skills, reading, language arts, handwriting, math, science, social studies, and religion. Students also attend art, music, physical education, and Spanish classes weekly. The use of technology is woven into classroom learning on a daily basis with iPads, SMART Boards and SMART response systems.

1st – 5th Grades

Students in first through fifth grades at St. Jude are provided with a nurturing, structured and disciplined environment in which they are challenged to develop academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally. Core courses include reading, language arts, handwriting, math, science, social studies, and religion. Students also attend weekly or bi-weekly art, music, physical education, and Spanish classes. The use of technology is woven into classroom learning on a daily basis with laptops, iPads, SMART Boards, and SMART response systems.

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A Message From the Principal

I am very happy and excited to be at St. Jude of the Lake School Catholic School. As Principal, I have the privilege of guiding both students and staff forward in their learning goals. Working and learning within Catholic communities has been an important part of my life as a student, parent and an educator. It is a blessing, and a privilege, to be the Principal at St. Jude of the Lake. I look forward to serving you and your family.

Cressy Epperly

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