Bishop Robert Guglielmone, Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, blessed the plans of St. Anne Catholic School to expand its offerings to a new high school in the Rock Hill, SC area starting with the 2014-2015 school year
St. Anne Catholic School will become a K3-12th grade school for the diocese making the addition of the high school the 6 th Catholic High School in our state. It will be built to serve the growing number of Catholic families who live in York, Chester, Lancaster and surrounding counties. The school’s initial enrollment will be limited to ninth grade students adding grades 10, 11 and 12 consistently each year following. The first St. Anne high school graduating class at the school will be the class of 2018.
St. Anne Catholic High School will be located in the current school building until a decision regarding the permanent location is finalized.
This blessing represents an extraordinary vote of confidence for St. Anne School and for the mission of providing a quality Catholic education in the St. Anne Tradition. Today’s diocesan approval enables St. Anne School to take its already top-notch programs to the next level. In Jesus Christ, all things are brought to completion. The St. Anne Community is proud to announce they can now serve the upper midlands region Catholic students from start to finish. During the recent Convocation of the Diocese of Charleston, Bishop Guigliemone asked the priests to encourage their school leaders to “think outside of the box” for ways to sustain and grow Catholic education in the state of South Carolina. He is enthusiastic about the innovative K-12 model of St. Anne Catholic School that will now enable our students the opportunity for a strong foundation rooted in Catholic education through grade 12. St. Anne
School began its journey in 1951 (St. Anne’s Parochial School) in the new church rectory with 17 kindergarten and first grade students. After the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, St. Anne’s School opened its doors to all Catholic children in the parish, regardless of race. St. Anne’s began the 1954-1955 school year with over thirty pupils, including five black children from St. Mary’s Church, and in so doing St. nne’s became the first racially integrated school in South Carolina. For several years it remained the only integrated school in the state. Today, the school houses more than 290 students in its Bird Street facility. On July 12, 2012, St. Anne School received official accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. After a diocesan wide concentration and effort, all schools within the Diocese of Charleston were officially accredited. SACS provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. For members of the media with questions or seeking additional information, please contact Michelle M. Hatchett, Marketing Coordinator, or Shaileen Riginos-Principal at 803-324-4814 or firstname.lastname@example.org