Award Year: 2013

St. Jude School

707 Monroe Turnpike
Monroe, CT, 06468-2380

(203) 261-3619

Patricia Griffin, Principal at time of Nomination

Diocese of Bridgeport

School Website


St. Jude School strives for academic excellence in a faith-filled environment. Students are encouraged to reach their potential, practice their faith, and serve the community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 98%
  • Asian: 1%

St. Jude School, located in Monroe, CT, is one of 38 schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport. The school community consists of students and parents from Monroe and eleven surrounding towns. St. Jude School collaborates with the local public schools, the town library and many additional community organizations to enhance its curriculum.

St. Jude students are celebrated for their uniqueness, parents are valued as partners, and faith joins the community as one. Gospel values permeate all that we do as a school community and students are recognized with a Crusader shield when they exhibit one of the values in their interactions with one another. A “HALL of FAME,” prominently displays the Crusader shields awarded to students, as a visible reminder of the Christian leadership qualities expected of all students and teachers.

St. Jude has an academically rigorous curriculum as designed by the Diocese of Bridgeport curriculum maps in all content areas. The learning community has embraced the Common Core State Standards and has integrated the rigor of the standards into daily instruction. St. Jude School has consistently improved student performance on standardized tests scoring in the top 15% nationally. Student achievement, effort, and personal success are celebrated with quarterly student recognition assemblies attended by students and their families.

Creating a positive school culture and developing student leadership go hand-in-hand at St. Jude. Leadership and student relationships are forged through participation in the school-wide Book Buddy Program where older students and younger students are paired in a learning task.

The commitment of parents and faculty to maintain the high standards of an academically excellent Catholic education has never been stronger in its fifty year history.