SJA is committed to giving every student the tools she needs to meet and exceed her academic goals.
St. Joseph’s Academy uses a variety of approaches, methods and interventions to accommodate all students. To meet a variety of needs and to help all students reach their full potential, SJA offers the following resources.
The Counseling Center provides students the resources and support they need to be successful. Grade-level counselors follow students throughout their four years. Two full-time college advisors assist students with scholarship and college applications and provide each girl with as many choices for her future as possible.
Counselors hold quarterly grade-level meetings to discuss students who may need additional assistance and to identify those students who deserve special recognition for accomplishments. All teachers in each grade level collaborate on determining the practices which will best reach all students. In addition, counselors meet with every student at least twice a year to discuss college and career readiness.
Each year, the St. Joseph’s Academy Alumnae Association and Counseling Center host Career Day for juniors and seniors. Career women, many of whom are Academy graduates, gather on campus to share their career experiences and answer questions from students interested in their professions. Career Day also features guest speakers; a panel of young alumnae who are current university students or recent graduates; and a career expo, enabling students to visit different table displays and talk to women in careers of interest to them.
Juniors and seniors spend a day off campus each spring shadowing professionals in career fields in which they have an interest. Job Shadowing Day is an annual event sponsored by the SJA Counseling Center. Students enjoy shadowing mentors in a wide range of professions, from healthcare to law, physical therapy to film, and engineering to sports management, among others.
Because their thirst for learning doesn’t end with the conclusion of the academic year, SJA students are encouraged to pursue educational opportunities offered by colleges and universities around the country. Counselors and faculty members are eager to help students discover programs which appeal to their interests as well as complete the application process. Among the opportunities enjoyed by students include programs at
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- New York University
- Sewanee (The University of the South)
- Stanford University
- United States Naval Academy
- University of Alabama
- University of Georgia
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Pennsylvania
The use of the Student/Teacher Emergenetics Profiles (STEP) is another example of personalized attention. All incoming students and new teachers complete an online Emergenetics survey to identify their unique methods of and preferences for learning. Results indicate the four thinking attributes: analytical, structural, social and conceptual. Profiles also identify the three behavioral attributes: expressiveness, assertiveness and flexibility. Teachers use student profiles to create diverse learning groups and help students learn in a way that best suits them. For example, a group is formed with one student whose preference is social, one who is structural, one who is conceptual and one who is analytical. This practice helps ensure the success of group projects.
For questions regarding Academics at SJA, please contact our Dean of Academics:
Aubrey Cucullu DeJohn
Dean of Academics
We know the transition to high school is a time of significant change and brings many questions for students and parents alike. In addition to the continuous support provided to all our families by the SJA faculty and staff, our Parent Ambassadors help make the beginning of your experience as an Academy family easy and welcoming. New families are partnered with families of upperclasswomen who provide practical advice and answer questions from the unique perspective of a parent.
Our grade-level counselors support our students during all four years at SJA. From freshman year to senior year, each counselor works with her class, ensuring that students are supported and nurtured.
Allison Hipwell Bruton
Amy Scheurich House ’97