Academics

A commitment to academic excellence enables SJA to ensure the intellectual growth of each student through challenging and inspiring courses and a dedicated faculty.

We offer our students an exceptional college-preparatory experience through a rigorous curriculum supplemented by experiential learning opportunities. Learning extends beyond the classroom and frequently far beyond our campus with experiences such as coastal restoration work with LSU’s Coastal Roots program, exploring historical sites and landmarks, visiting studios and museums and a vast array of global travel opportunities.
 
Our commitment to educating each girl as a “whole person” encompasses her mind, body and spirit. We provide focused and individualized attention, including a number of resources designed to ensure each student meets and exceeds her academic goals for high school and beyond. 

A Tradition of Excellence

St. Joseph’s Academy is a National Blue Ribbon School for 2016. This is the fourth time the Academy has received this award from the U.S. Department of Education, having also been honored in 1991, 1996 and 2002.

SJA is one of only nine schools in the country to attain Blue Ribbon status four times. 

100 percent of SJA graduates attend a four-year college or university. Members of the class of 2017 were offered admission to 110 colleges and universities. 

96.4 percent of the class of 2017 was offered scholarship money totaling $25.6 million ($17.6 million in private or institutional awards and $8 million in TOPS awards).

The average composite ACT score for 2017 was 25.8 compared to the national composite score of 21.0 and the state score of 19.4. 

Sixty-one seniors participated in the 2017 LSU Spring Invitational, earning a total of 804 hours of college credit. Fifty-one percent of students taking tests earned 12 or more credit hours, with 12 of those earning more than 20 hours.

Academy students are recognized annually in the National Merit Scholarship program. 

SJA has been accredited by the Louisiana State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1932.

Questions?

For questions regarding Academics at SJA, please contact our Dean of Academics:
 
Aubrey Cucullu DeJohn
Dean of Academics
dejohna@sjabr.org
(225) 388-2269

Preparing for College and Beyond

SJA offers girls countless opportunities to develop analytical, critical-thinking and communication skills needed to move confidently into the world beyond our campus. 

We offer honors courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies and foreign languages and 23 Advanced Placement courses across all disciplines. In 2016-2017, 347 SJA students took AP courses, with more than 81 percent scoring a 3 or higher on their AP exams, earning college credit. 

New this year, the AP Capstone program is an innovative diploma program that allows our students to develop critical research, collaboration and communication skills. Two courses, AP Seminar and AP Research, give students the opportunity to earn a prestigious AP Capstone Diploma.

SJA is one of only five schools in Louisiana to award a Seal of Biliteracy to students completing a level 4 foreign language course and earning qualifying scores on the English and Reading sections of the ACT.