The All Saints Story

In the summer of 2006 a group of parents and teachers came together and created something wonderful.

Faced with the prospect of losing the school they loved, and being told “No” every time they had an idea to try and save it, they decided to start their own independent school. The odds were definitely against them. It was nearly June when they decided to go for it. Ideally, you would want a year to plan something like this; to develop a business plan, to study other independent schools, to put together a staff, to recruit students, to find a location and fill it with the materials needed, etc….

They realized though, they could not wait. Students from four area schools were being forced to find new homes in September – and once they had adjusted to these new schools they were not likely to do it all over again the following year. So this group, armed with little experience but boundless passion, had to create an entirely new school in less than 100 days.

Let there be no question about this – the hand of God was there to guide them each step of the way. They were able to find a very suitable location just a stone’s throw from the diocesan school that was closing. In doing so, they were able to rally the neighborhood behind them. They asked the closing schools for supplies and were once again told no. They would witness these same supplies being thrown into dumpsters just days after. They were deeply hurt by what they saw, and could not understand why; but again, the Lord provided for them. Area public schools would come forth with donations of desks, books, bookshelves, computers, and so on. When spirits were tested, they would receive random phone calls and emails from the community encouraging them and strengthening their resolve. They prayed for guidance, and their prayers were answered.

Fast forward to today. Once again the news is filled with area diocesan schools closing. On one hand their leaders blame the tough economic times while, at the same time, deciding tuition must be raised yet again.

Yet here stands All Saints Elementary of Tipperary Hill, continuing forward with slow but steady growth. While the school might not have two nickels to rub together, we refuse to raise tuition to the outlandish amounts other private schools charge – fully understanding the sacrifices parents are making to send their children to a faith-based school. (No, we can’t officially call ourselves a Catholic school, but we pray just the same as they do.)

Everyone at All Saints is very proud of their school - from the administration, teachers, parents and students. We are not the biggest school, nor are we interested in becoming so. We don’t have the sleekest marketing pieces or the glossiest advertising or subscribe to the latest fads. Instead we pour ourselves into our students, with heart and soul. We recognize each one as the special gift from God that they are. We are proud that each and every student is known by their first name. We rejoice in each other’s triumphs. We pray through each other’s trials. We stand as a testament to what can be accomplished through hard work, prayer and faith in God. Our commitment to providing an affordable, quality education to the children of the area remains the focus of all that we do. We are proud to be independent. We are All Saints.

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