Ss. Simon & Jude School

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Welcome from Sr. Raphael

Cead Mile Failte!

That’s ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND WELCOMES in Gaelic – a nod to our Irish beginnings here at SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral School!  I have been blessed to be the Principal since 1972 and can assure you that our students, their families, over 4,000 alumni, and our school staff and faculty are “Alive with the Spirit” at SSJ!

Our tradition of excellence began in 1954 when five brave nuns from Navan, Ireland began our school; the Loreto Sisters are still here at SSJ with several sisters currently living on the property.  Our school currently serves approximately 500 students in Grades Pre-K through 8th grade.

When you send your child to a Catholic school, you do more than share your faith with them you also put your faith in us to provide your child with strong spiritual and academic foundations.  At SS. Simon and Jude, we believe a student should be:

  • a Follower of Jesus
  • a Life-Long Learner
  • a Self-disciplined Person
  • a Global Citizan

We are committed to offering a challenging academic curriculum in state of the art facilities, a variety of extra-curricular activities and many community service projects in order to assist each student in their development.  We breathe in to every subject and extracurricular activity, the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Students at SSJ participate in daily prayer and religion classes, receive sacramental preparation, have frequent opportunities for both worship and retreat experiences and attend weekly Mass.

We continually strive to hire lay and religious educators with advanced degrees and encourage our teachers to continue their professional growth.  Many of our teachers have their master’s degrees or equivalent and all of our teachers are certified by the Arizona Department of Education.  Additionally, our school is fully accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association, the national accrediting body for elementary schools.

I hope as you navigate your way through our website you begin to see what I have known for many years; SS. Simon & Jude is not just a Catholic school – it is a very special place; a place where you become part of our SSJ family and a place to call home.  We welcome you to visit our campus and see for yourself – we’d love to give you a tour!

May God bless you and your family.

Sincerely yours in Christ,


Sr. Raphael Quinn, I.B.V.M., Principal

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