About St. Agnes


Mission

Our mission is to give each child a strong sense of self-worth through an ability in the basic academic skills, and a sense of being a child of God as a part of our faith-centered community.


Enrollment

Saint Agnes School, educates students of all denominations ages three through fifth grade. Registration for present school families, including enrollment of new siblings, begins in January. Registration for those families new to the school begins in mid-February


Greeting from the Principal

Thank you for visiting our website.  We are a small Catholic school on the outskirts of Charleston, WV.  We would love to have you schedule a visit to see our school and beautiful grounds.  Feel free to call us anytime.  May the peace of God be with you always.


After School Care

St. Agnes School offers an after school care program for its students.

AFTER SCHOOL CARE (ASC)

3:15 – 5:30 – Daily

Cost – $3.50 per 1/2 hour, which includes snacks.


Achievements

St. Agnes is fully accredited by North Central Association, Advanced Ed.

Catholic Identity

Schools in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston assess students at the 5th, 8th, and 11th grade levels using the National Catholic Education Association’s Assessment of Catechesis and Religious Education. In 2011, the 5th grade class at St. Agnes School was ranked second in the Diocese, just below Our Lady of Peace in Wheeling.

St. Agnes School students attend weekly Mass on Wednesdays, as well as Holy Days throughout the year. Students in 2nd grade prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Service is an important component of the Catholic identity at St. Agnes School. Students participate in monthly food donations to the Common Grounds Outreach Center, a food bank that benefits from our collections.

As special circumstances arise, students answer to the call of special projects, such as the Haitian earthquake relief effort. That particular penny drive resulted in the school being honored by an inaugural Humanitarian Award from a local radio station. In addition, a second grade student took the initiative in the fall of 2011 to start the Kids 4 Kids club, which focuses on service to other children in need.

 History

The history of St. Agnes School dates back to 1924 when a combined church and school building was erected on the corner of 50th Street and MacCorkle Avenue in Charleston, WV. The school was staffed by two Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph. The enrollment that first year was 65 students. In 1939, an addition enlarged the school with one additional Sister of St. Joseph joining the staff. In 1955, the first lay teacher, Mary Hacala, was hired. A new parish was built on 49th Street by Reverend Lawrence Gallagher. In 1958, the staff increased to eight, consisting of both Sisters and lay teachers, and in 1959 the school reached its highest peak of enrollment with 237 students. The Seventh and Eighth Grades were closed in 1970 following a study of the Catholic School System in Kanawha Valley by West Virginia University. In 1971, Sister Judith Ann Teufel became the principal of St. Agnes School. In 1981 the kindergarten was opened for half day sessions; all day kindergarten began in 1994. A childcare program was begun in 1986 to accommodate working parents; a preschool 4-year old program was begun in September 1989. The school has held a First Class Certification by Kanawha County Board of Education and the State of West Virginia since 1974. A new addition to the school was built in 1994 consisting of a library, computer lab, gym, administrative offices and a daycare. In 1995 the Preschool Program expanded to 3-year olds. The Middle School was once again opened with Grades 6 and 7 in 1996 and Grade 8 added in 1997. Due to low enrollment, the Middle School closed in 2008. Sister Judith Ann Teufel retired in spring 2008 with 37 years of service. Theresa O’Leary, a product of the Sisters of St. Joseph, through her education at St. Francis de Sales in Beckley, became principal in the fall 2008. Today, St. Agnes educates students of all faiths, from preschool through 5th grade and has an onsite daycare facility.

Administration
Bulger, ChristopherPrincipalcbulger@stagneswv.org
Spruce, TaraAdministrative Assistanttspruce@stagneswv.org
Staff
Bowles, SharonDay Caresharonfbowles@frontier.com
Jones, ConnieAfter-SchoolN/A
Martin, JohnMaintenanceN/A
Faculty
Michael, DonnaPre-schooldmichael@stagneswv.org
Baldwin, SonjiKindergartensonjibyers@yahoo.com
Miller, MickeyKindergartenmmiller@stagneswv.org
Lloyd, Sara1st Gradeslloyd@stagneswv.org
Sankoff, Beth2nd Gradebsankoff@stagneswv.org
Merritt, Sara3rd Gradesmerritt@stagneswv.org
Holstein, Miranda4th Grademholstein@stagneswv.org
Legg, Pam5th Gradeplegg@stagneswv.org
Bombadiere, YsabelComputer/Libraryybombadiere@stagneswv.org
Neal, JudyPhys. Ed.jneal@stagneswv.org
Dyer, LynnMusicldyer@stagneswv.org

Preschool Daily Schedule

Preschool – 4 year olds   8:00 – 3:00 (5 days)


K - 5 Daily Schedule

7:30 a.m.         School Opens for Students

 8:00 a.m.         First Bell

 8:05 a.m.         School Begins

 11:30 a.m.       Lunch – Grades PreK-K-1-2

 12:00 a.m.       Lunch – Grades 3-4-5

3:00 p.m.         Dismissal

Academic Policies

The CTB Terra Nova Standardized Test measures a student’s performance in Science, Spelling, Reading, Language, Mathematics, and Social Studies, relative to children in the U.S., in their own grade. The Terra Nova is reported through a variety of methods. The Quartile Report divides students into quartiles based on their percentile. The 50th percentile is considered average, or on level.

Terra Nova Quartiles:

  • 4th Quartile: Those students who scored at the 75-99 percentile
  • 3rd Quartile: Those students who scored at the 50-75 percentile
  • 2nd Quartile: Those students who scored at the 25-49 percentile
  • 1st Quartile: Those students who scored below the 25 percentile
  • In 2011, 92.8% of St. Agnes students scored in the Top Quartile (3rd and 4th Quartiles)
  • More than half of St. Agnes students (63.6%) scored in the 4th Quartile!
  • 29.7% of our students scored in the 3rd Quartile.
  • Only 7.2% were in the 2nd Quartile.
  • No students scored in the 1st Quartile.

St. Agnes School is very proud of these fabulous results!

Feeder School to Charleston Catholic High School: Upon completing the 5th Grade, the majority of St. Agnes graduates enroll in Charleston Catholic High School, or the county school of their choice. We have a very high rate of acceptance at Charleston Catholic and former students and parents often comment on how well prepared they are for middle school, whether their choice be private or public.

Special Classes: Offered weekly or biweekly at St. Agnes: Art, Computer Lab, Physical Education, Library, Music, and Math Lab.

Class Sizes (Maximum):

Pre-3                                                     15 students (two co-teachers)

Pre-4                                                     22 students (two co-teachers)

K                                                             23 students (with teacher and full-time aide)

1-5                                                          25 students

TerraNova Test Scores from 2015-2016 School Year

These scores are national percentiles.  The scores show how we score compared to other schools across the country who took the same test.  The numbers represent the percent of schools we scored above (If the score is 89, we scored about 89% of the school who also took the test)

 Grade  Language  Reading  Math  Total Score
 Kindergarten  88  86  71  92
 First Grade  87  90  89  95
 Second Grade  80  80  69  86
 Third Grade  87  85  82  90
 Fourth Grade  73  73  70  79
 Fifth Grade  64  61  73  72

 


Contact

Feel free to call us at (304) 925-4341
Our Fax number is (304) 925-4423
Address: 4801 Staunton Avenue
SE Charleston, WV 25304