Award Year: 2014

St. Jude School

422 S Mountain Blvd
Mountain Top, PA, 18707-1918

(570) 474-5803

Mrs. Jeanne Rossi, Principal at time of Nomination

Diocese of Scranton

School Website


We provide a spiritually sound and academically excellent Catholic education to develop faith-filled leaders and life-long learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students display art work created during various art residencies.

Students display art work created during various art residencies.

For more than 50 years, St. Jude School has been a vital part of the Mountain Top community. It is one of sixteen elementary schools in the Diocese of Scranton, and its standardized test scores have ranked in the top 15% of the country for the past two years.

"It takes a village to raise a child,"; thought to be an old African proverb, speaks to the mission of St. Jude School where educating students takes the cooperation and collaboration of many stakeholders who have a unified vision for success through challenge, creativity, and innovation.

The curriculum is crafted by teachers at the diocesan level and aligned to the common core standards. The rigor that is a hallmark of the school, pushes students past their comfort zones to achieve more than they thought possible. Students master skills needed to develop their God-given gifts to improve themselves and touch the lives of others. A challenging science curriculum across all grade levels has resulted in exemplary achievement for participants in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, capturing the award for most first place winners for the past two years.

The arts program, partially funded by the Parent Teacher Guild, includes an annual 20-day artist-in-residence program where students are immersed in a fine arts or music experience. While many schools have had to cut their art program because of funding issues, St. Jude School and the parent group have made a deliberate commitment to enhance visual and performing art instruction.