Saint Henry School is a Diocesan, State, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved parochial elementary school in the Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee. Saint Henry School received state approval in 1969. Saint Henry received Southern Association Approval in 1998-1999.
Saint Henry School enjoys membership in the following organizations:
- Catholic Diocese of Nashville
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
- National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
BY THE NUMBERS
† MISSION STATEMENT: Saint Henry Catholic
School strives to build God's kingdom through prayer, academic integrity, and
service to others.
† MOTO: Educating for Life, Guided by
† STUDENTS & FACULTY
*687 students (633 grades K-8; 54 in state-certified 5-day, M/W/F and T/Th Pre-K programs)
*3 classes per grade for K-8
*Administered and staffed by the Dominican Sisters and Laity; continual faculty education committees to support student enhancement
*Over 50% of teachers hold Masters Degrees
*Catholic Diocese of Nashville
*Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since 1998
*Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) since 2008
*National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)
*Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
*Average 25 students per class; three classrooms of each grade K-8
*Largest Catholic Elementary School in the Diocese
*Dynamic academic core (Religion, Mathematics, English, Literature, Reading, Social Studies, Science) and enhancement subjects (Computer, Art, Spanish, Library, Music, PE)
*Advance academics represented through Mathletes, Math Olympiad, Science Olympiad programs
*Resource and Speech programs available to accommodate and promote learning and advancement
*Computer labs, computers in each classroom and in the library
*Wireless Internet throughout the school
*Ipads and SmartBoard technology utilized
*Junior High laptop lab (6-8)
*Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Kitchen of the Mind (visit SHS website) programs
† RELIGION & SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION
*Students attend mass on Wednesday, first Fridays (Adoration, Benediction), Holy Days and Faith Rally
*Sacramental preparations: Second grade - First Communion, Reconciliation; Eighth grade- Confirmation
*Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Grades PreK - 2nd)
† EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
*Year-round character and virtue-forming service programs, opportunities and activities
*Athletic Program (basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf,
*Wide range of parent volunteer opportunities
† FINANCIAL AID
*Tuition assistance and parish subsidy available
† ACCOLADES ~ CURRENT STUDENTS & GRADUATES
*Science Olympiad students placed top in state
*In the last 10 years, SHS graduates have been awarded Valedictorian, Salutatorian at Saint Cecilia, Father Ryan and John Paul II High Schools in Nashville
† SCHOOL HOURS & EXTRA FACTS
*School begins at 7:55 a.m. with opening prayers and dismisses at 3 p.m.
*Before school and extended after-care programs available
*Late pick-up (3:15-3:50) available for an incremental fee
*Staff-administered drop-off and pick-up
*No bus service available
*On-site clinic with school nurse
*School uniforms are worn by students
*Mascot – Tiger
*School colors – Black and Gold
1957, Saint Henry School is an integral part of the Saint
Henry Parish community. School began with 196 students with
2 laywomen and 4 Dominican Sisters in grades 1-8. A
kindergarten program was added in 1971. At this time the
Home and School Association was also established. Portables
were added throughout the 1970's and 1980's to accommodate
the tremendous growth in enrollment. Due to this growth, a
capital campaign began in the spring of 1993. Ground
breaking for this estimated $6M renovation and addition took
place on October 24, 1994. On September 5, 1995, students
were welcomed back to school in the new Saint Henry School
building. In August 2008, a Pre-Kindergarten program
Rustic Tavern roadhouse restaurant sat in the
front corner of Hwy. 70 and Vaughn's Gap Road.
Cattle were grazing and horses were roaming on
the Goode family farm.
Henry Neuhoff purchased the Goode family farm.
The taxes were $20.00 and went up to more than
James Gallagher, Jr., Charles W. Geny, Hayes
Hartnett, Philip Kerrigan, Jr., Henry Neuhoff,
Edward Potter, Jr., Donald Ross, and Arthur D.
Woods met with Bishop William Adrian about the
need for a church in the west part of town.
Henry Neuhoff deeds 16 acres, for a church and
school, to Bishop Adrian and the Diocese of
|April 11, 1955
the 2 years since the committee had first met
the bishop, it had been laying the groundwork
necessary to start a parish. The census was
completed and it was determined that the parish
would include about 225 families. Crabtree and
Taylor were the architects chosen by the bishop.
|June 10, 1955
Bishop Adrian named Msgr. Joseph Siener pastor
of St. Henry.
St. Henry was a German king born in 973 and died
in 1024. He built a number of churches and
The total cost of the actual church construction
was $700,000 of which half had to be collected
before construction could start. The school
costs were an additional $450,000.
Thus far, $400,000. had been raised with an
additional $200,000 in an anonymous gift. Common
knowledge or at least speculation says that this
gift was from Mr. Neuhoff.
|April 4, 1956
Ground was broken for the new church and school.
|July 21, 1957
Bishop Adrian comes to lay the cornerstone for
|August 29, 1957
Henry School opens with 196 students registered
in grades 1-8. Six classrooms were used with 2
lay women and 4 Domincan Sisters as teachers.
Sister Inez, the first principal, taught 2
grades in one classroom.
On Sundays, the Church was in the school.
|April 21, 1958
Henry Church was dedicated.
School opened but still lacked some furnishings
and equipment. A carnival fundraiser was begun
with a spaghetti super in the evening.
rooms were in operation with one being added
each year. Enrollment was 292 students.
Mutual Benefit dinner and drawing became the fun
raiser event. Tickets were $100. a piece.
building boom began around St. Henry. Warner
Park Valley subdivision, nicknamed Vatican
Valley, began development. Nearly 400 homes were
to be built, valued from $18,000.-24,000.
Mr. Neuhoff transferred, to the diocese, the
deed to an additional 64 acres (south and west
of St Henry).
first English Mass was held at St. Henry Church.
Enrollment in the school was 375 students in 13
classrooms. Construction began on 6 additional
classrooms, a gymnasium, and a new cafeteria.
first School Board was formed.
More than 400 students were in the school and
the parish membership was more than 500
Almost 600 students enrolled in 19 classrooms
and 2 trailers. Five Sisters and more than 20
lay teachers staffed the school.
Kindergarten was added.
newly built Parish Center was opened in June of
school carnival along with a bazaar was back as
and Judy Connor were the first presidents of the
Association of Parents and Teachers. Five years
later the carnival, flea market, and spaghetti
supper nets $10,000. which bought the school
fresh paint, audio visual equipment, and
St. Henry School band began.
Henry Parish grew from 500 families to 1800
Father Michael Johnston was announced as the
pastor of St. Henry Church.
Plans for renovation and additions to the school
Fund raising kickoff for the school renovation
Ground breaking ceremony for the school
renovation, which included a new building with
18 classrooms, a new gym, along with the
complete renovation of the entire existing
new school was dedicated with a special Mass.
School opened with 645 students, 38
faculty/staff, and 4 Dominican Sisters.
Journey of Faith church fundraiser kickoff for
the building a new church.
groundbreaking ceremony took place for the new
Church, Chapel, and Fellowship Hall.
Special dedication ceremony with Bishop Choby
for the new Church and Fellowship Hall.
for the new library.
Pre-Kindergarten program was added.
playground was installed.
MISSION AND MOTTO
Statement: Saint Henry Catholic School
strives to build God's kingdom through prayer,
academic integrity, and service to others.
Motto: Educating for Life, Guided by Christ
To advance this end, the school is
committed to the following:
A Christ-centered atmosphere that
fosters a love of the Catholic
faith, for life, family, and country
should be provided in which each
student can learn, achieve, and
succeed to his or her potential.
Catholic Doctrine should be modeled
and taught daily and permeated
throughout the curriculum.
Symbols of Catholicity should be
visible and students should be given
time to pray communally and
Students should be encouraged to
respect differences in culture,
creeds, origins, and people because
each person is made in God's image.
Students should be prepared for the
challenges of the future as well as
the duties of good citizenship
through the development of character
and leadership in order to serve the
Church, community, and our country.
The uniqueness and dignity of each
student should be valued and a
spirit of cooperation, support, and
mutual respect among students,
faculty members, and parents should
exist in order to fully develop the
spiritual and educational needs of
A standard of high expectation, a
disciplined environment, and quality
programs in the academic disciplines
and fine arts should be provided to
enhance student performance.
A safe environment should be
provided in which students are
trusted, given responsibility, and
encouraged to contribute their ideas
for the common good of the school,
parish, and society.
Programs of health and safety should
be provided, as well as physical
activity that encourages fitness, a
sense of fair play, and the
discipline needed to participate in
Instructional practices should
incorporate learning activities that
recognize the different learning
Students should receive special
services within the limits of the
Students, faculty members, parents,
and parish community should share
the responsibility for the support
of the school's mission.
Henry School is a Catholic parochial elementary school. Its
philosophy is derived from the application of fundamental
The aim and content of our educational program considers not
only the child's mind and body but also, and most
importantly, his/her immortal soul. To form true and honest
Catholic Christians who will live in this world in such a
way as to enter the happiness of heaven is surely the aim of
Catholic parents who have the first and greatest
responsibility for the education of their children. Saint
Henry School is committed to supporting this fundamental
task of parents through a school program aimed at providing
spiritual, educational, social and physical opportunities
for students to grow and explore their gifts, talents and
responsibilities of service to the wider community.
Aware that the educational process is not simply a human
activity, but a Christian journey toward the Triune God,
students are encouraged to recognize God in the sacraments,
in doing His will, in one another, and in the everyday
simple tasks which they perform.
In its efforts for quality education, Saint Henry School
strives for excellence in both its students and its faculty.
Relying on the grace-filled cooperation of all, Saint Henry
School aims to be the kind of school that provides for the
Catholic education of the child in every aspect of his/her
growth and development.
A New Family Experience
by: Jennifer and Dan Shoemaker,
“I Will Follow”
Where You go I’ll go
Where You stay I’ll stay
When You move I’ll move
I will follow
Moving is a wonderful exercise in
experiencing providence but experiencing that
providence every few years is hard and has made us
humble in many ways and maybe most of all, humble to
There are surely challenges much
greater than being transplants and we’ve been
blessed with countless exciting opportunities thanks
to our transient life, but it is always tough to be
the new family. But it is through starting over
again in new towns, states, countries and of course,
lots of new schools, that we’ve been witnesses to
God’s plan for our family. To see the grand design
that He has for us (one we’ve admittedly sometimes
argued with and fought against) as it is being
unfurled. And it is also in those early, difficult,
and uncertain days that we’ve found God’s loving
Whenever we arrive in a new home,
I’ve prayed for new friends and asked our friends to
do the same. And those prayers have been greatly
answered at St. Henry. We’ve been the beneficiaries
of much friendship and love.
Saint Henry School, knit together
with generations of families, teachers and staff, is
filled with unofficial patron saints of new
families. They are too numerous to name, but some
have been really outstanding in their kindness.
Donna Roach welcomed my sixth grader with open arms
(and a camera!) on the first day of school,
introduced him around, and included him in a group
photo. Janie Sizemore always seemed to sense when my
mornings unpacking a sea crate were simultaneously
too quiet and too hectic and would call to check on
us. Mrs. Forte suggested native Nashvillians seek
out families new to Saint Henry at back to school
night. Mrs. Nolan and Mrs. Hoback took my pitifully
lonely first grader, longing for her classmates an
ocean away, and helped her find dear friends. Ms.
Coode cheerfully greeting all my children by name
might seem a small thing to her, but when you’re not
sure if anyone knows you, it means so much. And many
Saint Henry children echoed those loving kindnesses
and welcomed us all and made us feel that we belong
in our new home. There might be no greater gift than
feeling at home.
If you have to be new, you won’t be
new long at Saint Henry. You’ll be swept into a
lively, active faith community that will bring you
Seeing God’s grace and plan in action
can also give great confidence. Whether or not we’ll
be Tigers for many years, I feel sure that Saint
Henry has created a lasting imprint on us. We are
already enriched by its community and the service of
its members to each other, and I have great faith
that we’ll replicate the spirit of Saint Henry’s
wherever we are - with a keen eye and open arms to
those who are new.
A Gift of Thanks
by: Kim Derrick, parent
St. Henry means so much to us, and
what I mean by “St. Henry” is the entire community
of people. Our good Shepherd, Father Mike, has been
such a pillar of strength, humility, and love to our
family. Sister Ann Hyacinth has been the nurturing
mother, always having the children’s best interest
When I think of St. Henry, I think of
a place where learning the ABCs and 123s are just a
fraction of what we are paying for. Sure, education
is the key to success, but what we are really paying
for has no value at all, and that is the environment
and the community of people which encompasses St.
Henry. My children have a security that is not found
Another invaluable part to St. Henry
is the Dominican Sisters. Sometimes, they just
simply take my breath away. Their presence alone is
a window for our children to look through to see the
love of Christ. This year one of our children is
fortunate to have a Dominican. He is in complete awe
of her. He has something exciting to share with our
family nearly every day. He has this new work ethic
and perseverance that I have never seen in him. He
wants to please her, and not out of fear, but out of
The thought will cross my mind at
times, that we are in over our heads, and we are
crazy for trying to afford a private education for
our family, and in the same breath I am reminded of
all that St. Henry is and that the rewards for our
sacrifices will be seen as the years go by, as our
children continue to grow and pass on their Faith to
others. We are not paying for a private education,
but a catholic education.
I am so thankful for the gift of St.
Henry in our lives. May God continue to bless the
mission of the church and school, and may we
continue to be eternally grateful for all that they
Denise Beaty, past parent
For 20 years
we have been at Saint Henry School watching our
children learn, grow in faith, and become wonderful
children of God. Saint Henry School formed
them to be strong confident people and we are proud
of our children. We are grateful for the role
that Saint Henry has played in forming their lives.