Who is Jérôme Lejeune?

Servant of God, Jérôme Jean Louis Marie Lejeune (13 June 1926 – 3 April 1994) was a French pediatrician and geneticist, best known for discovering the genetic cause of Down Syndrome. He courageously defended the dignity of every human person and is a witness for our times. For more biographical information on the life of Jérôme Lejeune, click here.


Educational Method

"In looking at the stars or the sea, in falling in love with someone, in looking with tenderness at their children, in ardently seeking to know and use nature, human beings of every time, every race, seek happiness: what is true, what is just, what is beautiful." - Luigi Giussani, address in Nagoya, Japan (1987)

At Jérôme Lejeune School, we respect and value each student as a child of God. We believe that education is an experience that springs from an encounter that engages our freedom and solicits our responsibility, making life truly human. 

Our unique approach to education encompasses the search for human happiness and fulfillment grounded in truth, justice, beauty, freedom, responsibility, the authority and loving witness of the educators, community, and critical reasoning. 

Our purpose is to accompany each student on their journey to reach their full potential. To embrace the fact of life as a vocation, and to educate their heart to an awareness of the divine givenness of the world and all that is in and beyond it. 


Our Staff

Sophia Hyginus McConkey


Holds a B.A., B.Ed., and is currently working towards a Montessori teaching diploma from the North American Montessori Centre (NAMC) for ages 3-6. 
Sophia is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and is qualified in the Primary, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior divisions (KG to Gr. 12). She has taught, worked in the administration, and served on the Board at Independent Catholic schools in Toronto and Ottawa.
Sophia has assisted in the Atrium at St. Maurice Parish and is completing the Level 1 (ages 3-6) training in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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Bios to follow.


2821 St. Stephen's Street
Ottawa, ON K2B 6B9

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