Welcome to St. Jude the Apostle School as we celebrate 35 years of academic excellence and our unique community spirit!
The parish was founded in 1970 and the school established in 1982. The City of Westlake Village was incorporated in 1980. So we are a relatively young city, parish and school for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The history of the parish is strongly connected to its founding pastor, Monsignor Thomas O’Connell. The first chapel was in his home across from White Oak Elementary in First Neighborhood. Sunday Mass was celebrated at the First Neighborhood Center @ 8;30 am. Msgr. O’Connell was a strong force who worked with the initial 135 families to raise funds for their own church. Our Parish Hall was the first building and served as a multipurpose building hosting Masses on the weekends and rooms with moveable walls to accommodate religious education programs, a kitchen and parish offices. The rectory building came next and then fundraising for the church. The church was completed in 1981 and the first Mass was held on Mother’s Day, 1981. The next event was the opening of the school on September 7th, 1982. The school started with grades Kinder to 2nd with classes being held in the small classrooms off the parish hall. Construction of the school began in August 1984 and the buildings were occupied for the l985-l986 school year.
The school was initially overseen by the Sisters of Notre Dame who served in administrative as well as teaching roles for many years. Along the way they were joined by a dedicated professional lay staff. The school has a significant number of staff who have served the school for many years, especially Mrs. Charlotte Annino (fondly known to all as Miss Charlotte) who has served the school is some capacity for 34 of its 35 years. We are also blessed to have teachers who have been here long enough to have taught our newer alumni faculty. Says a great deal about the unique community environment here at St. Jude’s.
Msgr. Thomas O’Connell’s final gift to the school before his retirement was the establishment of an endowment fund with a corpus of $1,000,000.00 dollars. The fund has continue to grow and the school is able to draw funds annually to provide financial aid, professional growth support for our faculty as well as an annual gift to our sister school, Holy Spirit Elementary located in the heart of Los Angeles.
So please stay in touch and join us along the way for all the many ways we will celebrating this year.
Looking forward to an awesome school year.
Mrs. Michele Schulte, Principal