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 young woman 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 was named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2016. This marked 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.
100 percent of SJA graduates attend a four-year college or university. Members of the class of 2020 were offered admission to 135 colleges and universities.
The class of 2020 was offered $26.86 million in scholarship money ($19.8 million in TOPS awards and $7.06 million in other scholarships).
The average composite ACT score for 2020 was 25.4 compared to the national average composite score of 20.6 and the state average composite score of 18.7.
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.
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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. Of the 363 SJA students who took AP tests in 2020, 318 SJA students (or 88 percent of test takers) scored at least a 3 or higher on one of the AP tests taken this year.
SJA offers the AP Capstone program, 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 awards the 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.