St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School is the only Franciscan school in South Carolina, with an outlook on man, the world and life that is remarkably unique. Respecting all creation and seeking justice, peace, knowledge and truth are cornerstones to the Franciscan way of life. SHIFT was privileged to capture St. Anthony’s warmth and loving learning environment.
One of the oldest private schools in Greenville County, in 2013 St. Anthony’s opened a new 26,000-square-foot, two-story school building. The growth of St. Anthony’s can be attributed to the loving support and prayers of the parish, which has grown from 150 to 1,300 members over the past eight years. SHIFT produced a new brochure to capture the school’s devotion toward academic excellence and faith development, and to highlight St. Anthony’s dynamic plans for the future.
As St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Our job was to make a website that was once stagnant come to life. St. Anthony’s website highlights the school’s admissions process, academics, student life and culture.
While the school is rooted in African-American history, the students, faculty and staff today make up a colorful pattern of different ethnic and racial backgrounds. More than 94% of St. Anthony students graduate high school and most go on to earn a college degree. Meanwhile, the graduation rate for Greenville County Schools is below 78% – even lower among African-American students. SHIFT produced a video to highlight the many benefits of a Catholic education. Watch the video.
Taught by devoted teachers, more than 160 students are challenged by a well-rounded, faith-filled education in an intimate learning environment. And yet, tuition is only $2,500 a year. St. Anthony’s achieves this through state and federal programs and public and private grants, but also through generous donations made by individuals and corporations. The Annual Fundraising Gala has become a routine sellout as silent and live auctions support student scholarships, teacher salaries and school enhancements. We at SHIFT are very grateful to help advance St. Anthony’s mission in our community.