The Dominican Pillars

Woven into the fabric of daily life, the tenets of Catholic teaching are an integral part of a St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School education. As a Catholic independent school, we seek to inspire our students to foster a peaceful pursuit of truth through the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine, Kentucky founded St. Agnes Academy in 1851 and St. Dominic School in 1956. Today SAA-SDS continues to be sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

The Four Pillars of the Dominican Charism - Study, Prayer, Community and Service - provide a foundation for students, sustaining the unique St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School experience. Veritas is the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Founded on Catholic principles and enriched by Dominican spirituality, St. Agnes-St. Dominic educates young people to pursue Veritas (truth) through study and prayer and to build Veritas in our world through community and service.



Students attend weekly Mass and participate in class retreats, reconciliation services and prayer services. Even our youngest ECC students participate in weekly chapel time. The full-time Director of Religious Education is involved in every facet of student and faculty life, and the school has a wonderful partnership with the Dominican priests at St. Peter Catholic Church who serve as our chaplains.


Our students study and excel in their classrooms with the goal of becoming people who will influence the world for good through their love of knowledge. Our vision is that the graduate of St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School will pursue excellence and life-long learning in order to provide the leadership necessary to make the world a better place.


We build community in our classrooms, on our sports teams, in our student organizations and through social events sponsored by the school. We recognize that the community continually shapes, supports and challenges each individual.


In the spirit of the Dominican charism, community service is a guiding principle for all students, who lead and participate in a wide variety of service projects. Our students learn at an early age that they have a responsibility to build the Kingdom of God through their service to others and that in fulfilling their responsibility they will spread the Message of the Gospel as St. Dominic did.

St. Agnes Academy
St. Dominic School

4830 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38117

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