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Personal Planning Starts Here

SJA offers college advising, not placement, and the distinction is important to us. With the Sisters of St. Joseph as our guides, SJA college advisors strive to cultivate meaningful (and right) relationships with each student. Getting to know each SJA Angel as an individual with unique talents, strengths, goals, and interests is core to how the college advisors work because they understand college is not a “one size fits all” experience. 

Angels meet one-on-one multiple times with their advisor, receive intentional, personalized guidance, and are given access to a variety of resources to best facilitate the search and application process.


Naviance is a web-based, comprehensive college search and application program. Angels will receive access to and instruction in Naviance during spring of their sophomore year. 

  • Provides comparative data on colleges and universities and allows students the ability to see their admissibility to a school, while comparing their information with previous SJA grads who applied to the same institution.
  • Has a direct link to each school’s website along with addresses, deadlines, requirements, and procedures, and keeps records of all applications and their outcomes.
  • Lists scholarships and summer opportunities.
  • Includes inquiries on personality and learning styles, as well as a career interest inventory with explanation of jobs, projections on the job market and salary ranges.


SCOIR is a total access college exploration tool, allowing students, parents, and advisors the ability to discover pertinent information about post-secondary options. SCOIR combines the practicality of the college search process with the modernity of social media.

Angels will receive access to and instruction in SCOIR during the spring of their freshman year.


Here you’ll find links to the Common Application, College Board, and ACT, as well as the most updated list of colleges and universities who admit students without using standardized test scores (test-optional or test-blind). 

Consistent with their belief that all Angels are far more than a test-score, SJA college advisors do not endorse, or provide referrals for, any tutoring, or standardized test preparation companies. SJA college advisors do provide individualized recommendations for all Angels on how standardized testing may, or may not impact their college application list, as well as scholarship options. 

Paying for College

The links below will take you to various scholarship and financial aid resources, such as FAFSA, the CSS Profile, the scholarship databases Going Merry and Fastweb.com, as well as local scholarship opportunities with St. Louis Graduates.

We understand that college affordability is a crucial conversation for many families. To assist our families in addressing college costs, we are now offering an important resource, the SMARTTRACK® College Funding Program. 
  • As College Financing Professionals, SMARTTRACK® can help you pay less for college by paying smart, or in a more tax-efficient way.
  • SMARTTRACK® will offer college funding webinars twice per year and SJA college advisors highly recommend that all families attend at least once during their student’s freshman, or sophomore year.
  • SJA is providing all families access to the SMARTTRACK® College Funding High School Initiative to assist our families with the financial piece of college planning. If you’re concerned that you won’t qualify for financial aid, haven’t saved enough, or don’t have an effective plan to cover the considerable costs of educating all your children, SMARTTRACK® can help.


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Contact Us

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    Ms. Christine Holladay 

    Director of College Advising
    (314) 394-4229
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    Ms. Annie McKenzie 

    Assistant Director of College Advising
    (314) 394-4240
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.  

St. Joseph's Academy

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St. Louis, MO 63131
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