St. Jude patient Gayatri

The St. Jude School Program by Chili’s

School is a normal part of childhood. For children undergoing treatment, school can offer a familiar and reassuring routine, as well as a feeling of being in step with the outside world. School gives children a chance to keep a sense of identity and normalcy.

The St. Jude School Program by Chili’s allows patients to continue normal educational activities and provides re-entry services to ease them back to their community schools.

The program offers several services to assist patients with their academic progress. We also have resources for teachers to help their students returning to school after treatment.

Each child enrolled in the School Program receives at least three hours of instruction each week. The program encourages patients to use books and assignments from their home schools. Assignments can be sent to St. Jude by fax, mail or email. We provide curriculum materials if it is not possible to get assignments from your child’s home school.

Kindergarten graduation

Kindergarten graduation at St. Jude

The St. Jude School Program is accredited as a Special Purpose School by AdvancedEd. There are currently six teachers, two ESL coordinators and a school liaison at St. Jude to provide instruction for patients in grades K-12. The School Program includes classrooms, a computer learning lab, a parent/family waiting area and separate teacher offices.

The classrooms are open every day. Teachers are available for instruction at different times. Please check with your child’s teacher to learn when he or she is available.

School Program

For children undergoing treatment for childhood cancer or another life-threatening disease, school can offer a familiar and reassuring routine, as well as a feeling of being in step with the outside world. School teacher, Kaci Richardson, shares how the school staff strives to provide a sense of normalcy for patients to learn.