Go confidently in the direction of your dream!
-Henry David Thoreau


The St. Joseph's Academy's Counseling Department shares in educating the whole student.  To that end, we hope to meet their academic, personal, and future planning needs.

Address academics concerns as needed, test prep resources

College Preparation
College Spotlights, 100+ College Representatives visit SJA, College Wall information, Co-sponsor West County Private Schools College Fair

Career Planning
Career Spotlights, Individual meetings as requested

Character & Leadership Development
Recognition through Social Media

Crisis Intervention, Wellness Flyers, Wellness Presentations, Resource referrals, IMPACT, Meet with students individually as needed

In addition to the above, we provide programs each year.

List of 5 items.

  • Freshman Year

    Course & Registration Advisement (4 year plan)
    Practice ACT
    Learning Styles Inventory

    Introduction to Naviance – college search

    Intakes- Career Inquiry
    Introduction to Naviance:
    Career and Resume Builder

    Character & Leadership
    “3 C’s for Success” Presentation- fall (Communication, Classroom, Character)
    “The Success Continues”- spring

    “About Me” questionnaire
    Individual intakes
    Respect Presentation & Survey
    STI Presentation
    Read More
  • Sophmore Year

    Course & Registration Advisement (4 year plan)
    Practice ACT
    Optional PSAT
    Missouri Scholars Academy

    Get Serious About College Presentation

    Career Exploration: Naviance Strengths Explorer
    Individual meetings

    Character & Leadership
    “Committing to Success”
    Hugh O‘Brian Youth
    Leadership Award

    “More About Me” questionnaire
    Read More
  • Junior Year

    Course & Registration Advisement (4 year plan)
    ACT test

    College kick-off presentation with students
    College kick-off presentation with parents and students
    College handbook
    Individual parent meetings
    Senior Pages

    Career Interest Profiler
    Myers-Brigg Personality Survey
    Career Cluster Finder Survey
    Individual parent meeting

    Character & Leadership
    “Well-Rounded” Presentation
    Book Awards (Yale, Princeton, St. Michael’s, St. Anselm, Holy Cross)
    St. Louis County Outstanding Youth Leader

    “Even More About Me” Questionnaire
    Read More
  • Senior Year

    Transcript verification

    Individual Senior meetings
    College Application Meeting
    College Consultations
    College Application Workshop
    Scholarship Resources

    Career and College Major
    Individual meetings in the fall

    Character & Leadership
    “Wrapping Up Success” Presentation
    Scholarship Recognition

    “The Senior Me” Questionnaire
    Read More
  • Parents

    We value our relationship with parents as well as with students. We welcome you to contact your daughter’s counselor anytime you have a concern or a question.
    Here are some ways in which we hope to keep you informed:
    • Advising Angels monthly newsletter
    • Weekly email blasts
    • Career and College Spotlights
    • Website
    • Level Meetings
    Read More

Meet the Team

List of 6 members.

  • Mrs. Donna Videmschek 

    B.A., M.A.T, M.Ed
    Director of Counseling Department / College Counselor
    (314) 394-4312
  • Ms. Mary Alice Hennessy 

    B.A., M.L.A, M.Ed
    College Counselor
    (314) 394-4313
  • Mrs. Sarah Modde 

    B.A., M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
    Wellness Counselor
    (314) 394-4317
  • Mrs. Kristen Versen 

    B.A., M.Ed, PLPC
    Wellness Counselor
    (314) 394-4316
  • Mrs. Joanne Curran 

    B.A., certified K-12: LD, BD/ED, EMH
    Learning Consultant
    (314) 394-4314
  • Mrs. Sarah Stein 

    Administrative Assistant,Guidance
    (314) 394-4142
St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission 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.

St. Joseph's Academy

2307 South Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63131
Phone: 314-394-4300
Fax: 314-965-9114
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