The roots of Catholic education run deep into South Carolina soil. The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy first came to Sumter when the American Civil War forced them to leave Charleston. In 1865, the Sisters founded St. Joseph Academy, Sumter’s first educational institution. Parents were billed $2.00 per month, and students came from as far away as Georgia and North Carolina.
From our humble beginnings as St. Joseph Academy, our legacy honors many saints. Our Catholic Schools of Sumter have been called St. Joseph, St. Jude, St. Anne, St. Catherine, Sumter Catholic, St. Francis Xavier and now, Holy Angels Academy. In the Summer of 2020, St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School was renamed Holy Angels Academy to align with the new restructuring of our Catholic school. In 2020, The Most Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone approved the restructuring of the school to operate grades 4K-6 bearing the name Holy Angels Academy.
Holy Angels Academy continues today as a mission of St. Anne and St. Jude Roman Catholic Church in Sumter. We are grateful for the support of our local parishes, St. Anne & St. Jude and Our Lady of the Skies at Shaw AFB. We cherish the many blessings God has bestowed on our school!