What if my family is not Catholic?
Our student body embraces multiple faiths. In fact, nearly 40% of our students are from faiths other than Catholic. Religion lessons are based on Christian values but in a Catholic tradition. We currently enroll almost every denomination of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim students. Students leave St. Anne Catholic School with a morals and values based education that serves them well in decision making, emotional intelligence, and matter of conscience.
What should I look for when considering a private school?
Two very important things to consider are:
- What are the teacher certification requirements? Accreditation standards dictate that all of our teachers be certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, the Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools requires that all teachers maintain state licensure during their employment. In order to maintain licenses, teachers are required to attend several professional development meetings/classes every year. These standards can be viewed by visiting one of the following websites: Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools or AdvancEd.
- Is the school accredited and if so, by whom? St. Anne's has gone through a rigorous accreditation process to receive accreditation from the global accrediting agency SACS/CASI/AdvancEd. The reputation of SACS/CASI (Southern Association of Schools and Colleges/Council on Accreditation & School Improvement) is unprecendented for setting quality assurance standards that help educational institutions boost their ongoing performance efforts. Every five years, St. Anne's is required to follow an intensive "re-accreditation" process. For more information about our accrediting agency please visit the AdvancEd website at www.advanc-ed.org St. Anne Catholic School is the only private school in Bristol with this accreditation.
Do you offer after-school care?
Yes! St. Anne provides after-school care until 5:30 p.m. Students are given a snack, allowed to free play, and then allowed to work on homework, play games, or participated in other activities in the school library until parents arrive. Fees are calculated based on the time students leave.
Do you have bus service?
Yes! Bus service is available for families living in Abingdon and its vicinity of Washington County. Our two stops are the Latture Annex (Abingdon Police Dept.) and the Abingdon Rug Outlet at Exit 13. The bus departs from the Rug Outlet at 7:15 a.m. and from the Latture Annex at 7:30 a.m. In the afternoon, the bus will arrive at the Latture Annex at 3:30 p.m. and at the Rug Outlet at 3:45 p.m. Parents may pay for the entire year in advance, it can be added to your FACTS payment, or paid by the trip.
Are uniforms required?
Yes, uniforms are required for all students. Our current uniform is khaki pants and navy polo shirts with the St. Anne Catholic School logo.
Uniform and dress code requirements can be found in the Parent/Student Handbook.
Is there financial assistance available for families?
Yes, tuition assistance applications are completed and evaluated in February or March of each year. Students applying for financial assistance must be registered for the school year to which they are applying. Assistance is awarded in April/May of each year. Applications must be completed on line at www.factstuitionaid.com. For more information, please contact Mr. Steve Helmbrecht at (276) 669-0048 ext. 33.
How is student progress communicated?
We have a very “open-door” policy here at St. Anne’s so communication takes place as needed throughout the year. Progress reports (report cards) are sent home every 9 weeks. More frequent reports are available through our RenWeb page as grades are posted over the 9 week period. This helps parents to keep closer track of tests, quizzes, and homework grades. RenWeb is essentially a parent portal that constantly communicates news, grades, schedule changes, and other information through a secure and private website that can only be viewed by parents, students, faculty, and staff. Students are also given Scantron Performance Series standardized tests three times per year to help our school better understand each student. Testing information is only used to help our school and diocese better understand and accomodate students to keep them progressing in their intellectual stages of learning.
Will my child still be eligible to play high school sports after attending a private school?
Absolutely! St. Anne students are valuable additions to public school sports programs and are eligible to play any sport for which they are qualified. We have several alumni playing a variety of local high school sports every year. And, we are very proud of them!
Do you have an inclement weather policy?
Yes, while living in the mountains, inclement weather is a fact of life. Weather related changes are communicated in multiple ways. We always post changes on Renweb, and we have a list of television, radio, and websites to whom we submit changes available in the parent/student handbook. You can also sign up for mobile alerts through tricities.com