The Order of the Sisters of St. Anne came to Denver in 1929 from Boston. They worked in St. Andrew's Parish and The Oakes Home before moving to their present location at 2701 South York Street. Their original property was given to them by The Junior League of Denver in 1931. Prior to becoming a convent, the land was used as a farm. Today one of the classrooms and the faculty room are the only remaining parts of the original farmhouse.
In 1931, Ascension Church gave the Sisters the camp in Indian Hills. Currently, the 15 and a half acres in Indian Hills are used for some school, church and community related functions.
Until 1950, the Sisters operated a convalescent home for children. The present school was started in 1950 with kindergarten and first grade. More grades were added until 1967 when the school became incorporated. At that time a Board of Trustees was selected to assist the Sisters in conducting school business.
By December, 1969, the classroom building was completed in order to accommodate the school's growing student body. Seventh grade was added in 1975 and by 1978 the middle school program was fully established.
The seventh grade class rooms were built in 1983.
In 1986, the Campus Center was constructed. It contains a full-sized gymnasium and drama room as well as four classrooms.
The Sister's Building, which houses preschool, kindergarten and music was built in 1988.
Mother Irene Library was constructed in 1993. A reading room, computer lab, classrooms and Comfort Hall are located in the library. These additional facilities reflect growth not only in the school's enrollment, but also in its commitment to strengthen quality of education offered at St. Anne's.
In 1999, the lower and middle school additions opened.
What Makes St. Anne's So Special Spiritually Speaking? - The Right
Reverend William H. WolfrumThe Right Reverend William H. Wolfrum, retired Episcopal Bishop of Colorado and St. Anne's Life Trustee.
Presented at the St. Anne's Board of Trustees' retreat October 1996.
The first thing I feel a need to do is get some definition of what we are talking about when we use the word “spiritual.” It’s a popular word these days and popular words often lose clarity of meaning.While I was thinking about the task a year or two ago, I ran across an article in the Anglican Journal entitled, “What do we mean when we speak about spirituality?” ... Read More
St. Anne's in the Hills Information
St. Anne's Episcopal School's main campus is located at the intersection of Yale and University in suburban Denver. This school is also fortunate to have another piece of property in the foothills- a seventeen-acre parcel in Indian Hills, only thirty minutes from the school. St. Anne's in the Hills (SAITH) is a wonderful asset, and we value greatly this rural camp which is so convenient to those who live and work in the city.
SAITH is a wooded, quiet, and unspoiled place. This property was deeded to the Sisters of St. Anne by the Ascension Church in 1933, and it was used as a retreat/camp for the Sisters as well as for underprivileged children. There are three buildings on the property- a rustic cabin, a chapel, and a sturdy main building which has dorm rooms for fifty, a great room, and a working kitchen and dining room. Upgrades were performed on the bathrooms and heat was added during the 2001-2002 school year, which enabled us to increase the number of months in which we are able to utilize this facility.
At present, the vast majority of children at St. Anne's are able to visit SAITH each year for class trips, science programs, and the like. The school has also made SAITH available to deserving children in Denver who would not otherwise be able to enjoy this kind of outdoor experience. In keeping with the spirit and history of this camp, we are hopeful that we will be able to increase the use of the camp over the years, particularly in the summer through outreach programs.