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 is a five-time National Blue Ribbon School. The Academy has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in 1991, 1996, 2002, 2016 and 2023.

100 percent of SJA graduates attend a four-year college or university. Members of the class of 2024 were offered admission to 152 colleges and universities. 

The class of 2024 was offered $38.55 million in scholarship money. 

The average composite ACT score for the class of 2023 is 25.2, well above both the state and national averages.

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.


For questions regarding Academics at SJA, please contact our Dean of Academics:
Aubrey DeJohn
Dean of Academics
(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 2024, 788 exams were taken by 419 SJA students, and 386 (or 92.12 percent) of those students scored a 3 or higher on at least one exam.

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.