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What is the cut-off birth date for Kindergarten enrollment?

In order to be accepted into Kindergarten, a student must be five (5) years of age by September 1.

What is the grade school schedule?

The Kindergarten day begins at 8:15 am and is in session until 3:00 pm.

The First through Eighth grade day begins at 8:00 am and is in session until 3:00 pm. 

What is the preschool schedule?

Three-year-old preschool is in session Tuesday through Thursday from 8:15 am until 11:15 am.

Four-year-old preschool is in session Monday through Friday from 8:15 am until 11:15 am.

Full day preschool is in session Monday through Friday from 8:15 am until 3:00 pm.

Does St. Jude Catholic School provide for special needs?

St. Jude complies with the Diocesan directive for students with special needs to be admitted whenever possible. When a family of a child with special needs applies for enrollment, the parents and school administration will meet to define the student’s needs and to determine the school’s ability to meet those needs. Parent and guardians of enrolled students are required to inform the school of any previously diagnosed health problems or special learning needs for which special accommodations are needed. Special needs may include but are not limited to learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, food allergies, asthma and diabetes.

Does St. Jude Catholic School offer pre- and after-care?

Yes! St. Jude’s Pre- and After-Care Program is offered before and after school for the convenience of working parents.
Hours are 7:00 – 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Precare rates:

Students arriving between 7:00-7:30:    flat rate of $5.00 for 1 child, $10.00 for 2 or more children

Students arriving after7:30:    flat rate of $2.50 for 1 child, $5.00 for 2 or more children

Aftercare rates:

Students picked up by 4:00:  daily flat rate of $5 for one child, $10 for two or more children

Students picked up by 5:00:  daily flat rate of $10 for one child, $20 for two or more children

Students picked up between 5:00 and 5:30: daily flat rate of $12.50 for one child, $25 for two or more children

Late pick-up:  $10 per child for pickup after 5:30

New aftercare option for our oldest students:    Students in 6th-8th grade may apply to be a student assistant.  Student assistants will be assigned to help in the school office with basic administrative tasks or in one of our aftercare classrooms, helping with homework or playing games with younger students, on days when the need exists.  There will be no hourly charge for student assistants. 


Is bus service available?

Bus service through Dunlap Public School District 323 may be available to St. Jude students who live more than 1.5 miles from the school and within the Dunlap School District. Parents interested in bus service should contact the school office or submit a written request with their completed registration.

Is tuition assistance available?

Tuition assistance is available on a needed basis. Tuition assistance will be based on the Peoria Diocesan guidelines using the FACTS aid assessment process. Please contact the school office at 243.2493 to learn more.

Does St. Jude Catholic School have a dress code?

Uniforms are required for St. Jude students in grades Kindergarten through Eighth grade. Only clothing that appears in our dress code is acceptable for student wear during school hours. In addition to uniform clothing, students are expected to maintain a neat and tidy appearance in regard to clothing, hair and personal hygiene.

Preschool students are not required to wear uniforms; however, St. Jude Catholic School spirit wear is available to purchase in toddler sizes. Children should be dressed in comfortable clothes appropriate for play inside or outside. Children should wear shoes and socks for safety in the classroom and on the playground.

Clothing – especially coats, sweatshirts, mittens, etc. – should be labeled with your child’s full name.

Is hot lunch available for purchase?

Yes. Hot lunch including milk is available daily. Hot lunch is ordered monthly through Schoolspeak. Parents have the option of buying this lunch or sending cold lunch with their child. Milk is available for purchase daily.

Are volunteer opportunities available for parents?

We welcome volunteers at St. Jude both in the classroom and for school sponsored activities. All volunteers must complete the safe environment training, background check and fingerprinting as required by the Diocese of Peoria before volunteering in the school. Volunteers must also watch the safe driver videos on the Diocesan website. More information can be found in our Student Handbook.

Does St. Jude Catholic School offer extracurricular activities?

Yes. To learn more, please click here.

Does St. Jude Catholic School have a comprehensive emergency plan?

Yes! The safety of our students is our priority. St. Jude has created a comprehensive emergency plan, covering a number of possible situations which may be drilled, in addition to fire and tornado drills. A copy of this plan may be viewed in the school office.

As part of St. Jude’s emergency and safety protocols teachers and staff will perform classroom drills. These drills are periodically reviewed for efficacy and compliance with school policy:

  • Fire Drills will be conducted periodically at different times during the day so that students and teachers will be adequately prepared if a need for evacuation occurs. Fire instructions are posted in each classroom. Students are to maintain silence and proceed quickly and in an orderly manner to insure the safety of the entire school community.

  • Lockdown/Emergency Drills are held periodically during the school year. This is done so that students learn how to respond quickly to any disaster in which students need to remain in school for safety reasons.

  • Tornado Drills are held periodically throughout the school year. If there is a tornado warning, students will be kept in school. No student will be dismissed during a storm warning except to parents or individuals designated by parents on student emergency forms. 

How does St. Jude Catholic School communicate emergency closings?

In cases of severe weather, when the Dunlap school district issues a school closing St. Jude will also close its school. Decisions are based on the safety and well being of our students, and parents will be informed regarding school closing and early dismissal through the local television stations, and the school website. The following stations will carry the message: WMBD, WHOI and WEEK.

In case of severe weather conditions while classes are in session, students are to remain in the building until regular dismissal time unless parent(s)/guardian(s) choose to retrieve their student prior to regular dismissal time.

In the event of a non-weather emergency, students will be taken to Prayerview Community Church, 1610 W. Wilhelm Rd., for safety and/or dismissal. Parents would then be contacted.