St. Joseph's Academy is a college preparatory high school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission at the Academy is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.
Jesus said, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law and the Prophets also." (Mt 22:37-40)
St. Joseph's Academy bases its philosophy on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Wishing to follow the commandments given to us by Jesus, we strive to provide an environment where each student can develop as a whole person and where she can be guided toward service to God and neighbor.
Every aspect of the SJA experience affirms the love of God for each individual and awakens an ardent response to that love from her. This community encourages young women to examine their hearts, to understand their emotions as powerful gifts, and to discern the way to use these gifts for good. SJA acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual and strives to nurture the integrity and autonomy of its students. Administration, faculty, and staff understand that by their actions they demonstrate responsible behavior and commitment to Catholic values. Interactions with adults and with other students foster growth in self-awareness, understanding of others, and decision-making.
As a reflection of the mind of God, the human mind deserves our deepest respect and most careful nurturing. Together, we create a community of learning where students can develop their abilities and find encouragement and appreciation for their diverse gifts. Our curriculum prepares students to function successfully in a complex society, to act ethically, and to confront injustice in the contemporary world.
The second great commandment of Jesus echoes in the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the exhortation to "reach out to the dear neighbor." Jesus would have us love our neighbor as ourselves; to do this, our students develop a love for self. Our responsibility as a community is twofold: first, to help our students grow in self-respect as well as respect for others, and second, to provide opportunities and to challenge our students to serve others at school and in the larger world.