Saint Anna Catholic School
The greatest gift a child can receive is perfect love. It is through this supreme gift that every other good thing flows. Accompanying that initial act of love is a parent’s heartfelt desire to provide their child or children exemplary examples to nurture a foundation of faith, alongside a stellar education to equip them for future success in academia.
We live in a world where the bar continues to be raised for students entering college, graduate school and the work force. The education a child receives at the elementary level is of paramount importance. But, you may ask, what is different about a Saint Anna Catholic School’s education? The answer is simple. We combine a solid educational platform with 1:1 iPad technology and mobile MacBooks in a faith centered environment. Further, we provide the moral compass and guidance necessary for our students to achieve greatness and develop into persons of strong character.
Once you walk through our front door, you will find yourself surrounded by a friendly, dedicated community, and more importantly, a sense of family. You will experience an atmosphere of learning embraced by the students, supported by parents and encouraged by our teachers. Our faculty and staff look forward to working with you to promote academic excellence and spiritual development in the Catholic tradition. Please contact the school office to set up an appointment so you can experience for yourself the tradition of Saint Anna Catholic School.
May Almighty God bless each and every one of you, as He has tremendously blessed me through you!
Rev. Father Frederick D. Fraini, III
In 2015, we started our #Make a Difference campaign to celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy. We are continuing this tradition of community service and involvement with our #Kindness Counts campaign. Check out our blog to see what we're doing!
Our History: Celebrating over 60 years of faith, knowledge and tradition!
The idea of opening a parish school began shortly after World War II. Children of St. Anna Parish were enrolled in other parochial schools in Leominster, but, due to overcrowded conditions city-wide, those parochial schools were forced to limit their enrollment to the children of their own parishes.
The parishioners of St. Anna decided to begin their own school by constructing two classrooms in the church hall. As St. Anna School became a reality, the parish called upon the Venerini Religious Teachers, associated with the parish since 1952, to staff the proposed school. The doors of St. Anna School opened for the first time in September 1953 as 40 pre-primary children and 40 first graders entered the new classrooms to be greeted by the Venerini Sisters.
Each year a new classroom was added by using portable dividers (which also served as blackboards). Hot lunches for the students were prepared daily in the kitchen of the church hall. The classes were large, the teachers young and dedicated. Each day, twice a day, parishioners volunteered to drive the sisters to and from their convent in Fitchburg.
Enthusiasm for the new school continued to build, and the parish decided to build a new school building adjacent to the rectory on Lancaster Street, across from the church. Ground was broken, and dedication ceremonies for St. Anna School and Auditorium were held on September 8, 1957. The new building would house nine classrooms, a cafeteria, and a combination gymnasium and auditorium. The first eighth grade class graduated from St. Anna School in June, 1961.
In 1987, plans were finalized for the construction of a "Little Red Schoolhouse", and it opened the same year, In 2010, the Little Red Schoolhouse became the home for the PreK3 and PreK4 programs. Kindergarten through Grade 8 classrooms are in the main building.
St. Anna Catholic School continues to flourish because of the dedication and hard work of the faculty and administration. Together, we create an educational environment that promotes academic excellence in an atmosphere of faith and Christian values. We look forward to another 60 years in the service of our Church, our community and our children.