Since 1951, St. Anne has been building something truly special. Over the years, we have broadened who we serve, but still today we hold the rich tradition of welcoming students of all faiths who are seeking a values-based education. Our faculty combines knowledge and virtue and are dedicated to the moral, spiritual and academic growth of each individual student. As the first racially integrated school in the state of South Carolina, St. Anne is an extraordinary place for students from diverse backgrounds to grow intellectually and learn how to balance faith, academics, extracurriculars, and service in their lives.
Please take some time to visit our website. You will see the joy on our students’ faces as they engage with their teachers, each other, and the world around them. The opportunities we offer our students to develop their gifts through learning, prayer, and service make our family environment the Catholic school of choice for students from preschool through 12th grade. Families come to us from York county as well as Chester, Lancaster, and North Carolina because of our small, nurturing approach to the development of the whole child.
With the support of the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, St. Anne Catholic School cultivates intellect, faith, and integrity as we build virtuous leaders of society.
The Congregation of the Oratory was founded by St. Philip Neri in the 16th Century with the primary goal of education Catholics and non-Catholic in the faith. Many people have a limited and even a superficial understanding of their faith they had not be fully catharized sounds familiar doesn’t it. St. Philip used various needs to teach the faith, he would have talks on sacraments, history, theology interspersed with music and skits. Learning was never boring with Philip he began first teaching in his room, then in the Oratory of the Church, this how his congregation received its name, then when prayer room proved to small the main body of the church of St. Mary of the Valley was used. Education from the very beginning of the Oratory was an integral part of its mission. The great Oxford Don St. John Henry Newman would found a University in Dublin and school to prepare boys for college in Birmingham, England. He also saw the importance of education; his desire was to have a well-educated laity so that they could fulfill their mission in helping the Church proclaim the Good News of Jesus. The Oratory of St. Philip Neri at Rock Hill South Carolina continues this tradition with St. Anne School. It was founded to teach Catholics and students of other faiths not just secular subjects but the importance of faith in their daily lives and future careers. St. Anne would be the first school in South Carolina to integrate living the Gospel command o love of neighbor and the belief that all are created equal. St. Anne today prepares children from pre-K through 12 grade as whole persons, body and soul, faith is important and daily part of our students’ day. Our students continue the vision of St. Philip Neri as well educated faithful disciples of Jesus, their faith plays an important role in daily lives and decisions makers. They continue the great commission given by Jesus to the Apostles, the go into the world proclaiming to all the Good News of Jesus Christ.