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  Mission Statement  

Saint Anthony of Padua Grade School Mission Statement:

Saint Anthony of Padua Grade School values our past and embraces our future. We blend our Italian cultural heritage, Franciscan and Salesian spirituality with academic growth and new technology. We provide a safe haven where teachers model responsibility, commitment, and compassion, and there is a genuine respect for all. Our school, parish, and community work together and support each other for mutual growth. Saint Anthony of Padua Grade School is dedicated to nurturing the children academically, spiritually, and emotionally, assisting them to lead enriching and fulfilling lives. We are committed to providing a Catholic education to those who desire it.


Belief Statements

The Saint Anthony of Padua School Community believes that it should:

•·        Integrate Italian cultural heritage with Franciscan and Salesian spirituality.

•·        Infuse academic knowledge with spirituality.

•·        Encourage school and parish to support each other for mutual growth.

•·        Model respect, responsibility, commitment, and compassion in a safe


•·        Demonstrate respect for all.

•·        Offer a Catholic education to those who desire it regardless of financial



  About The School  

About the School

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St. Anthony of Padua Grade School is a three-year old preschool through 8th grade Catholic School under the direction of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.

The curriculum stresses academic achievement within a Christian community where the child feels that he/she is loved and respected by peers as well as teachers.

We recognize each student's individual gifts, and strive to help them reach their potential with opportunities for service and extra-curricular activities, as well as academics. A life in Christ, according to the Gospel, is at the heart of all that we do here. United with each other in meaningful liturgy and prayer, the students can further come to an understanding of the Catholic Christian life. At St. Anthony, we are attempting to "teach as Jesus did."

The Diocesan curriculum guidelines, consistent with the State of Delaware guidelines, are followed for the teaching of all secular subject areas. The curriculum is marked by current content and fresh approaches to methodology.

We strive to offer a program that makes use of a wide variety of audio-visual and technology tools, as well as problem solving, discussion, and cooperative group work.

St. Anthony of Padua Grade School is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; Commission on Elementary Schools.

St. Anthony of Padua Church Mission Statement

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Saint Anthony of Padua Parish is a Roman Catholic community rooted in a tradition of dedicated, loving service to God and to each other, as we experience the presence of Jesus Christ on our journey toward Salvation.

Our School Community

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The Parish of St. Anthony of Padua began in 1924, under the direction of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, with the Reverend J. Francis Tucker as the first pastor. One of his early decisions was to give special attention to the education of the children of the parish. Father Tucker sought the assistance of the Franciscan Sisters from Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania, to develop and plan the philosophy and curriculum for the children attending the new school.

The Sisters arrived in January of 1938. They began their ministry in the old

Number 11 school building, which had been renovated by Father Roberto and his crew of volunteers, and has since been torn down. With the growth of the school's population during the 1940's and 50's, the Number 11 school building became inadequate. Once again, Father Roberto and his hundreds of volunteers generously gave of themselves with service and contributions to build a new school. The crews worked nights, Saturdays and holidays for over five years to complete the new building.

The dedication of the new school on May 29, 1958 was more than a ceremony placing a cornerstone; it was a testimony to the men, women, and children of St. Anthony's who made their parish a very special part of their lives. Today over 250 students of different personalities, intellects, and abilities attend St. Anthony of Padua Grade School. The teaching staff serving those multifaceted students includes both religious and lay personnel. A support staff manages the offices, cafeteria and building.

In the 2006-2007 school year, a Pre-School program serving students 3 and 4 years of age was initiated. For several years, faculty and staff have provided affordable before and after school care for families.

St. Anthony's community includes six square city blocks. The Church at 9th & DuPont Streets offers a beautiful worship space for students. Two schoolyards between Scott and Lincoln Streets offer facilities for recreation and sports. The school itself boasts new computer and science labs. St. Anthony of Padua Grade School strives to meet the needs of all students and their families in the community.