An independent school in Middletown, DE for students in Preschool through Grade 8

The St. Anne's Difference

Academic Excellence & Readiness

We prepare our graduates for honors course work in the area’s finest high school and boarding school programs.

  • Our ERB test scores from the fall of 2017 reinforce our confidence that we are preparing our students for their next academic challenges beyond St. Anne's, with an average of 60% of our 6th-8th grade students scoring in the 95th percentile or higher in the national norms on one or more of the qualifying verbal and math subtests. Such scores qualify them to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and other  programs for talented youth sponsored by major universities.
  • Our graduates report that they are very well-prepared for their secondary schooexperience. Many go on to be placed in advanced high school classes and later to attend a range of selective colleges.


Our academic program is geared to engage students in meaningful ways while preparing them for a rigorous high school experience. Our students are inspired to experiment and challenge themselves through as many educational avenues as they can imagine.

  • Our curriculum is designed to meet or exceed state and national standards.
  • Our faculty refines and evolves curriculum modules based on collaborative outcomes and new research.
  • Students in grades 3-8 take the national standardized ERB Comprehensive Testing Program to gauge our curricular effectiveness.
  • Our discipline-based visual arts, music, and performance programs have created joyful engagement and future portfolios.
  • Interscholastic sports and physical education are energizing, competitive, and open to all students.
  • Extracurricular programs, Middle School electives, and after school programs invite new opportunities to students and volunteers alike.

Outdoor Immersion 

Our Nature-Based Preschool Program immerses young children in nature and provides opportunities for development of skills and knowledge beyond the four walls of the classroom.

  • Our 125 acre campus allows St. Anne’s students to become stewards of our outdoor learning spaces.
  • The goal is to link the joy one experiences in God’s creation with the imperative of its stewardship.
  • Learning sound environmental practices beginning in preschool, students develop habits of thinking and living that will sustain them in their environment.

Skilled Faculty and Small Classes

We value small classes and our faculty are passionate about connecting with students.

  • Our average class size is 16. It allows for more individual attention, differentiated instruction, and opportunities for engagement.
  • Our 8:1 student-teacher ratio enables teachers to understand and value each student in Preschool through grade 8.
  • 52% of our teaching faculty hold Master’s degrees.
  • 32% of our faculty have loyally served St. Anne’s for ten years or more. 

Strong Community

We share meaningful connections in a community grounded by our core values: Respect, Responsibility and Compassion.

  • Parents are encouraged to participate and volunteer.
  • Students learn to collaborate, admire hard work and support each other.
  • Our Safe Schools Committee oversees security measures and examines readiness for unexpected crises.

We focus on the heart and spirit. Through daily devotions, service projects, chapels, and classes, we share our Christian identity and values.

  • Every class makes time for daily devotions to clear their minds and set their intentions for the day.
  • Families of all faiths are welcomed and encouraged to share their beliefs in classroom or chapel settings.
  • Our community service programs encourage students to give back.

We recognize the power of diversity in our school and our world.

  • We recruit bright motivated students and families from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. 
  • We awarded $976,515 in need-based financial aid to 44% of our students in 2018-19.

Why Independent School?

An education that will pay dividends for a lifetime.

The National Association of Independent Schools offers this insight on why it is worth the trouble of applying and paying to enroll your child in an independent school:

High academic standards.

Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, and encourage critical thinking. A larger percentage of students at independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.

Small classes and individual attention.

Independent schools have low student-teacher ratios that encourage close connections with students.  According to DASL, the median ratio in NAIS schools in 2018-2019 was 8.3 students to 1 teacher (meaning that half have a higher ratio and half have a lower ratio).

Excellent teachers.

They usually teach in their areas of expertise and are passionate about what they do. With more autonomy within the classroom, teachers are able to develop a full understanding of how each student learns and what interests and motivates each individually.

Higher Education Success Rate

Greater likelihood of a student completing a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.

Education for the whole child.

Independent schools nurture not just students’ intellectual ability and curiosity but also their personal and social growth and civic conscience. Opportunities extend well beyond the classroom to athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and school leadership experiences.


Schools maintain diverse and vibrant student communities and welcome and respect each family.  According to DASL, in 2018-2019 students of color were 31.6 percent of total independent school enrollment.

Parental Involvement

A community of parents who actively participate in their children’s education. Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals for the student.

Mission Driven

The opportunity to choose a school with a mission. You can select a school whose philosophy, values, and teaching approach is right for your child.