In October 1996, groundbreaking began for St. Julie Boarding School in the Nebbi District of Uganda, East Africa. The Nebbi District was selected because of the desperate need for education in that area. Students reside at the school since it is in a very remote area and travel is difficult. The children come from several villages in the District. Many of the families are subsistence farmers. Some parent are traders or have a shop at the Trading Center. Others work for the government or civil services.
School families are able to pay for tuition in Ugandan shillings while others families need to pay tuition "in-kind" in the form of maize, beans, groundnuts and firewood. The National Leaving Exams are critical exams for the students because they determine admission to further education. The children from St. Julie School do exceptionally well on these tests. Class size is limited to 40 in each of the seven elementary grades.