catholic schools in lancaster pa

Saint Anne School (Pre-K – 8th)

St. Anne School serves as the parish school for students in St. John Neumann Parish, as well as St. Anne Parish.  A Pre-K to grade 8 Diocese of Harrisburg School, St. Anne School educates students in the doctrines and beliefs of our Catholic Faith, as well as the academic curriculum of the Diocese. A faculty that is comprised of exceptional state certified teachers ensure that every student is challenged to meet their own academic potential.  A leader in technology, the classrooms at St. Anne School are equipped with resources that enhance the Diocesan Curriculum.  A fully equipped computer lab enables students to embrace the skills that are needed to be a twenty-first century learner.  In addition to the spiritual and academic needs of our students, St. Anne School follows the guidelines set forth by the State of PA for Music, Physical Education and Art.  Together the end result is a quality, Catholic Education.  Supplemental remedial help for Math and Reading, a Speech therapist, and guidance counselors are provided by Intermediate Unit 13.  St. Anne School is educating the future of our Church, as well as the future of our country.

For more information, contact the school at (717) 394-6711 or go to the website at

Suzanne Wood, Principal

My name is Suzanne Wood and since 2012 I have the privilege of being the principal at St. Anne School.  Every day I have the opportunity to work with committed parents, dedicated teachers and creative, bright students.  At St. Anne School we are a family working together to ensure that our students are instructed spiritually, challenged academically and celebrated for their gifts and talents.  This is the profession I was called to and I am thankful every day for the students placed in my care.

I was born and raised in Philadelphia.  I attended St. Raymond of Penafort Catholic Grade School, Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School and Chestnut Hill College, a college that is run by the Sisters of St. Joseph.  After graduation I began my teaching career in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  As a full-time teacher in the Archdiocese, I taught grades 4, 6 & 7.  In 1979, after the birth of my first daughter, I substituted in the Archdiocese and taught every grade from 1-8.  During this time our second daughter was born.

My husband, Jack, and I moved to Lancaster and St. John Neumann Parish in 1984 and our family continued to grow.  We had our third daughter and 2 sons.  In total God blessed us with 5 children.  Today our family continues to grow; we are proud grandparents to 9 grandchildren including one set of quads that was born in March 2013.   As a family we enjoy spending time together whether it is at home in Lancaster or away on vacation.

Family commitment and love are the foundations of my family and of our school.  This is more than a job it is the vocation I was called to by God.

Lancaster Catholic High School

Since 1928, Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS) has been a beacon for a superior education, which is rooted in faith, tradition and excellence; the faculty and staff work ceaselessly to provide an education incomparable to any other by integrating the foundations of our Catholic faith with the highest standards of academic achievement. Four years at LCHS is much more than the classroom experience, it is transformational for each student, so that they may better serve our community through the lens of Catholic identity by sharing the talents that they have been blessed with.

There are over ten thousand people living throughout the world who have been educated at Lancaster Catholic High School.  They represented a diverse group when they were students, and today, they are successful professionals, skilled craftsmen, businessmen and women, Sister, Brothers, priests and parents.  We are proud of the contributions they have made to the communities in which they live and of the lives that they lead.  Lancaster Catholic High School made a commitment to all youth of Lancaster County in 1928, believing that a Catholic education would significantly affect their lives. That same commitment exists today.

LCHS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Pennsylvania State Department of Education. LCHS has a progressive academic curriculum that includes a high level of AP classes, opportunities for small class environments, distance learning, certificate programs for Scholars, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and the Fine & Performing Arts Certificate, as well as a Corporate Mentor Program. Also, fully recognizing the importance of responsible use of technology by our students, we are proud to be a “BYOT” (Bring Your Own Technology) school, in addition to our one to one iPad Initiative, launched for the 2014-2015 school year.

Our Campus Ministry offers numerous retreat programs throughout the year, including 4 KAIROS retreats, as well as volunteer service opportunities.  Extracurricular programs boost over 25 activities and clubs across all spectrums as a complement to our Athletic teams and Fine and Performing Arts organizations.  We provide over $1.2M in tuition scholarships each year to enable our families to provide an academically rigorous, spiritually uplifting and authentically Catholic education for their children.  Tuition costs are calculated on a Fair Share basis in order to meet the educational costs per student.

For additional information, please contact the school at (717) 509-0315 or visit

Terry Klugh, Principal

Terry Klugh has been a part of Lancaster Catholic High School for over 25 years, including serving as Principal since 2014.  He spent the 2014-15 academic year as the Interim Principal before having the interim tag removed in June of 2015.  Klugh spent the 2013-14 academic year as the Vice Principal of Studies.

During his time as Principal, Klugh has been part of the team that has increased involvement in faculty assessment and professional development, as well as evaluating and updating the curriculum to maintain a true liberal arts program at LCHS.  He has also spent critical time on the evolution of the daily schedule.

Klugh has been a mainstay in the Diocese of Harrisburg and Lancaster Catholic since being hired as a religion teacher at LCHS in 1980.  He went on to become the head of the Religion Department in 1986; he wrote and implemented two new religion courses for LCHS during his eight years as a religion teacher before being named the Diocesan Director of Religious Education in 1988.

Klugh oversaw the strategic direction of religious education for over 20,000 children in Diocesan Parish Religious Education and high school programs before returning to Lancaster Catholic in 1999 as the Director of Athletics, Head Softball Coach and Philosophy Teacher.

During his tenure as Athletic Director, Klugh directed the school’s 21 athletic programs, which involve over two-thirds of the student body, and over 70 coaches and volunteers.  Under Klugh, the Athletic Programs thrived, collecting four team state titles, 15 district and league team championships and 42 team section titles.  Individually, he led the softball team to section championships in 2003 and 2005 and was part of two league coaching-staffs of the year.  He continued in the role as Athletic Director until May 2013, when he was appointed the Vice Principal of Studies, allowing him to return to his specialty as an academic administrator.

Klugh graduated from St. Pius X Seminary in 1979 with a degree in Philosophy and completed his M.A. in Religious Education at St. Charles Seminary in 1986.  He has continued his education by completing post-graduate work at Immaculata College, Rosemont College and Millersville University.  He is a certified theology teacher through the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy and received the honor of becoming a National Catechetical Scholar in 1996 through the National Catholic Education Association.  Klugh has also served as an adjunct professor in medical ethics for Immaculata since 1998.

He is a parish council member at St. Anne’s Church in Lancaster and resides in Grandview Heights with his wife, Kim. The couple has three children, Megan, Brittany, and Justin, all graduates of LCHS.

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