Our Core Values

List of 6 items.

  • We Believe in a Balanced Approach to Developing the Whole Woman

    SJA students are educated by caring faculty who emphasize individual progress and personal growth academically, spiritually, socially, physically and morally. Motivating young women to think critically and creatively, while being free to be themselves, is deliberately embedded within our curriculum and extra-curricular options.

    Our young women develop sensitivity to other cultures and gain the interpersonal skills needed to work well with others. Upon graduation, each young woman realizes she uniquely possesses the skills, intellect, faith and leadership to make a profound impact in the world.

    Our community members are encouraged to be in right relationship with God, self and others as a means of living our motto: “Not I, but We.”
  • We Call Forth Spiritual Courage and Confidence

    Faith is integral to the development of the individual young woman, as well as to the entire school community. We maintain a spiritual environment through prayer, school liturgy, campus ministry and retreats, and through service to others.

    We offer a full range of courses in theology and religious studies so each student is able to pursue her own spiritual journey and explore her faith. Personal responsibility, ethical decision-making and integrity are key values. Graduates feel well prepared to handle complex issues and questions of adult life.
  • We Cultivate Intellectual Distinction

    The college preparatory curriculum of St Joseph’s Academy is rigorous by design, with a strong emphasis on the development of values-driven women leaders. Academic courses challenge each student to grow intellectually and to achieve excellence in a broad range of disciplines.

    Students experience numerous opportunities to expand their intellectual pursuits. Our young women may select honors courses in all academic areas. Accelerated classes grant either advanced college credit or prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exam (AP). ACC courses are offered through St. Louis University’s 1818 program and through University of Missouri-St. Louis. Both ACC and AP courses earn college credits. Our graduates are accepted at highly selective colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad.
  • We Encourage Leadership and Influence Through Action

    We model strong leadership and we expect our students to influence others with confidence, compassion and respect. We take seriously our role as mentors to our young women. Through classes, organizations, sports teams, clubs and community events, our students learn leadership in different ways.

    Our girls are encouraged and challenged to think independently, to find their voice and to make a positive mark on their peers and on our community. We highlight the achievements of women in all subjects, and we guide our girls to create their own solutions when they are struggling.
  • We Expect Excellence

    Every young woman has gifts and abilities waiting to be revealed. We foster curiosity and invite our students to take risks and experiment intellectually. During the school day we focus on deep learning and personal development. Each girl has countless opportunities to enhance her self-confidence by earning recognition through successes, both large and small.

    Holding our young women to high standards is key to our success. We encourage students to create their best work and become their best selves. In addition to our strong academic programs, our visual and performing arts curriculums and athletic program are regionally recognized as exceptional.
  • We Foster the Desire to Serve

    Our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, instill in each member of our community a desire “to serve the Dear Neighbor without distinction.” Many campus activities involve service, and volunteering one’s time, talent and treasure. Mission Week is a completely student-driven philanthropic effort, and has raised more than $6 million for the missions of Sisters of St. Joseph in Peru and Uganda over the last 50 years. Many school clubs, teams and classes learn about the needs of our world and devote time to local agencies, as well as to global causes. The students embrace the core message from Luke’s Gospel: to those whom much is given – much is expected.

Our Cultural Norms

List of 8 items.

  • Assume Positive Intent

    • Choose to see the good and value in the other person’s thoughts, ideas, feelings, etc.
    • Approach situations with the spirit that people want what is best
    • Be vulnerable instead of being defensive or judgmental
    • Remain open to information, seeking for the truth and to understand someone else’s thoughts, ideas and feelings 
  • Speak From the "I" Perspective

    • Speak in the first person, taking ownership of your own viewpoint, experience, feelings, thoughts, etc.
    • Use “I” statements when sharing in a group because we only truly know how we feel and think 
  • Be Crisp; Say What Is Core

    • Get to the point with tact, understanding, diplomacy and thoughtfulness
    • Say what you mean, mean what you say
    • Say what is needed and do not beat around the bush, ramble or shift ideas
  • Value Multiple Perspectives

    • Take in, listen to, value and respect others’ thoughts, insights, feelings, experiences, etc.
    • Recognize what is in another’s perspective that can inform your own
    • Engage in the opportunity to walk in another person’s shoes
    • Be open minded
    • Be willing to take a risk and change
    • When necessary, agree to disagree
  • Be Fully Present, Listen, Then Respond

    • Give all your attention to the person in front of you, focusing on the moment and the conversation
    • Make eye contact and listen intentionally and actively
    • Pay attention, process and reflect on what the other person is saying, and wait to form your response and to speak
    • Ask for clarity and/or repeat ideas back for clarification
    • Allow silence to provide space for all to fully form thoughts and opinions before talking
    • Be with your thoughts/process information before speaking and responding
  • Lean Into Discomfort

    • Embrace vulnerability and go outside your comfort zone
    • Engage with purpose in experiences/conversations that make you uncomfortable
    • Be comfortable with the process of forming a new idea/opinion; understand that you might offend, but assume positive intent
    • Revel in the unknown and the confusion that can lead to new/different experiences, conversations, outlooks, etc.
    • Recognize discomfort as an opportunity to grow and accept new opinions/viewpoints
    • Take risks and be willing to make mistakes
    • Be willing: to experiment without fear of failure, to start something without knowing the outcome, and to try something new so as to become better
    • Participate in being a lifelong learner, having a growth mindset
  • Accept Conflict as a Catalyst for Change

    • Be open to opposing/different perspectives
    • Take the opposing idea, position, interest, desire, etc. or disagreement and turn it into a new way forward
    • Allow the disagreement to provide the possibility/opportunity for growth even if not initially agreed upon
  • Honor Confidentiality

    • Be entrusted with private information
    • Hold another person’s information as sacred allowing only that person to tell her own story
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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