- Academic Integrity Policy
- Academic Integrity Agreement
- Academics at SJA
- Academic Support
- Additional Course Fees
- Assignment for Students
- Class Rank
- College Credit by Concurrent Enrollment
- College Credit by Dual Enrollment
- Graduation Requirements
- Course Requirements and Offerings
- Courses Outside of the School Day
- Dead Days Policy
- Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
- Enrollment Requirements for Advanced Placement Courses
- Grading System and Report Cards
- Academic Letters and Bars
- National Honor Society
- Beta Club
- Biliteracy Seal
- AP Capstone Diploma
- Honor Graduate Requirements for the Class of 2022
- Honor Graduate Requirements Beginning with the Class of 2023
- Learning Center
- Writing Center
- Make-up Credits for Failed Courses
- Make-Up Test Policy
- Multi-Media Resource Policies and Procedures
- National ACT Test Date for All Juniors
- Non-SJA Course Credit
- Schedule Changes
- Remote Learning
- SJA/CHS Shared Classes Guidelines
- Transfer Students
- Unstructured Periods
- Withdrawal from SJA
In keeping with the mission of faith development, academic excellence and personal growth, students at St. Joseph’s Academy are encouraged to research ideas, seek information, analyze data, document facts and develop their skills and talents to their fullest potential.
Students must understand that intellectual theft is illegal, unethical and immoral. Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses. Final decisions on plagiarism/cheating are made by the Administration. The use of Turn It In is encouraged to avoid unintentional plagiarism.
Issues of academic dishonesty will be brought to the Dean of Academics, who will work with the Dean of Women prior to issuing any consequences.
Some examples of cheating and/or plagiarism are, but not limited to, the following:
- Copying, emailing, duplicating, photographing or transmitting using any technology in assignments that will turned in as the student’s own work;
- Exchanging assignments/tests/quizzes by email, printout, flash drive, disc, camera or other electronic means and then submitting as the student’s own work;
- Writing information on the student, a desk or other object for use on a test, quiz or other graded assessment;
- Using programmed materials in watches, calculator, cell phones, computers or any other electronic device;
- Relaying questions or answers from a test or quiz to students who have not yet taken the test/quiz or trying to obtain this information from a student who has already taken the test/quiz;
- Submitting someone else’s assignment as the student’s own work;
- Submitting material without giving the appropriate credit to the creator/author;
- Taking credit for group work when little individual contribution was made;
- Not following additional specific guidelines on cheating as established by a teacher or department (for example, working with another student when the assignment was to done independently, using prohibited websites, gaining access to hotspots on campus, etc.);
- Stealing tests, answers or materials or having unauthorized possessions of such materials, including the possession or attempted possession of materials designed for teacher use.
Violation of the Academic Integrity Policy will result in disciplinary action as outlined in the discipline policy. This policy covers all school work both in and out of class.
Teachers will require students to stow away cell phones, smart watches or other devices that might distract the student while completing any graded work in the classroom. The classroom teacher has the discretion to determine when these items must be put away. During tests, all personal items, including backpacks, must be stowed away from the student in an area designated by the teacher.
Implementation of Varying Levels of Consequences for Infractions
When an academic dishonesty infraction is identified, the Dean of Academics, working with the teacher, will issue an academic consequence. In addition, the Dean of Women will issue a Category II checklist for the first offense and a Category III checklist for the second offense. There will be a discussion for dismissal for the third offense.
As a student of St. Joseph’s Academy, I understand and agree to the following terms as I undertake this assessment.
I understand that cheating is defined as using deceptive means to complete an assignment, such as but not limited to copying another’s work, submitting another’s work as my own, working with someone else on an assignment intended to be completed individually, plagiarism in any form and using prohibited materials. I further understand that plagiarism is defined as intellectual theft, a significant form of dishonesty in which one uses another’s words, ideas and/or efforts without giving credit to the original source. A complete list of prohibited materials and examples of cheating and/or plagiarism are listed in the Academic Integrity Policy.
In research, I agree to follow the documentation form (MLA or APA) required by my instructor for this particular assignment. I agree to acknowledge all sources used in my research and any ideas not entirely my own.
I agree to use parenthetical documentation (in-text citation) where it is necessary to acknowledge my use of direct quotations, paraphrases and synopses from any outside source. I further agree to submit a correctly formatted, works-cited page or bibliography, as specified by my instructor, listing all sources consulted and/or cited during my research. If I do not understand any of the aforementioned requirements, I agree to ask my teacher for clarification before I hand in the assignment.
I understand that failure to meet the agreed-upon criteria for intellectual honesty will result in disciplinary action.
SJA offers a traditional, college-preparatory curriculum with emphasis on English, science, math, social studies, foreign language, theology, the arts, technology and physical education. Honors, advanced placement and dual enrollment courses are also available.
As part of the educational foundation provided by SJA, tablet computers are used as a teaching tool in all academic areas. This innovative approach creates a dynamic learning environment in which both students and faculty can access up-to-the-minute electronic information.
While the information in this section will answer most questions about St. Joseph’s Academy and its policies, it is important to understand that the final word on curriculum and academic matters rests with the Administration.
Specific questions should be directed to Dean of Academics Aubrey DeJohn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may be placed on Academic Support at the discretion of the grade-level counselor or an administrator. Students will be placed on Academic Support based on academic performance.
Students placed on Academic Support will be required to meet with their grade-level counselor at least once every other week. The counselor will determine if more frequent meetings are needed. The counselor and student will develop an academic plan based on each student's individual needs.
Students on Academic Support are required to visit The Learning Center a minimum of once a week. Failure to meet the minimum attendance requirements results in the student not being granted any extensions on assignments, make-up work, extra credit or the ability to retest.
The grade-level counselor will notify parents of their daughter’s participation in the Academic Support program.
Teachers will be required to write comments on the progress of their students. Students on Academic Support will be re-evaluated each quarter. Students who show improvement will be removed from Academic Support.
The diagnostic report for special accommodation needs must include specific recommendations for accommodations as well as an explanation of why each accommodation is recommended and how it alleviates the impact of the disability when taking a timed standardized test. Evaluations must be sent to the student's grave-level counselor no later than December 1 to receive accommodations for mid-year exams in December and no later than May 1 for end-of-the-year exams in May. Additionally, College Board and ACT corporations have specific deadlines for requesting accommodations.
If a student has special-accommodation needs, her parents should contact her grade-level counselor as soon as school begins. In order for a student to receive extended time or other educational accommodations at SJA, the following documentation is required.
Documentation must provide a comprehensive evaluation with objective evidence of an impairment. The documentation must also indicate how the impairment interferes with the student’s academic performance and the specific recommendations for accommodations. The information needed for each general category of disability is provided below.
Students who qualify for extended-time testing must take their extra time after school in the library on the same day the test is given. If the student has an extenuating circumstance, she must discuss it with the teacher and finish the test after school on the following day.
Learning Disabilities: The applicant must provide the results of age-appropriate diagnostic testing performed by a qualified professional. Documentation, including all standard scores and percentiles (including subtests) that are reliable, valid and standardized measures, must address the following:
- Description of the presenting problem(s) and its (their) developmental history, including relevant educational and medical history.
- Neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation which includes results of an aptitude assessment using a complete and comprehensive battery.
- Results of a complete achievement battery.
- Results of an assessment of information processing.
- Other appropriate assessments for consideration of differential diagnosis from co-existing neurological or psychiatric disorders.
- Specific diagnosis and evidence that alternative explanations were ruled out.
- Description of the functional limitations supported by the test results and a rationale for the recommended test accommodations specific to those functional limitations.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: The applicant must provide diagnostic results from an evaluation by a qualified professional. Documentation must address the following:
- Evidence of early impairment which, by definition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th Ed.) (DSM-IV), is first exhibited in childhood and manifests itself in more than one setting.
- Evidence of current impairment including a statement of presenting problem and diagnostic interview.
- A ruling out of alternative diagnoses and explanations.
- Relevant testing using reliable, valid, standardized and age-appropriate assessments.
- Number of applicable DSM-IV criteria and description of how they impair the individual.
- Specific diagnosis.
- Interpretive summary including a discussion of how the effects of ADHD are mediated by the recommended accommodation(s).
Psychiatric Disorders: Mood or Anxiety Disorders or Serious and Persistent Mental Illness: Documentation of psychiatric disorders generally includes:
- A review of the family history.
- Age of onset and the course of the illness.
- Psychological tests used (if any).
- The history of treatment for the disorder. Note: If the treatment includes medication, please provide evidence of continuing problems that, despite the benefits of medication, make test accommodations necessary for access to this examination.
Please be specific as to how the disorder interferes with the student’s ability to take a timed standardized test. Due to the variable nature of these conditions, documentation of a psychiatric disorder must be current (within the past year).
Each request for accommodation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis using the information described above. If a particular element of documentation is not provided, the diagnostician must explain why it is not included in the submission. SJA will determine which, if any, accommodations will be allowed. Additionally, families must show compliance with accommodations at home.
An additional fee(s) associated with a course will be indicated in the Course Catalog. Students who elect to take a course, including Summer P.E. and Journalism, outside of the normal school hours will incur a fee. Online theology courses for students with medical circumstances also include a fee. These courses are offered on an as-needed basis as determined by the administration and are not for transfer students/credit.
It is expected that students will have homework to reinforce, expand and enhance classroom work. All assigned work should be purposeful and should be evaluated. Teachers are required to put major projects/tests and significant quizzes on the test calendar, which is supervised by the Dean of Academics, and students will be allowed ample time to prepare. Students cannot be assigned more than two major tests and one significant quiz per day or one major test and three significant quizzes per day. Students will be responsible for communicating with the Dean of Academics and their teacher if they have more than the allowed number of assessments on one day. Projects/tests are not to be assigned during dead days (refer to the Dead Days Policy) immediately before exams. Interdepartmental projects/papers are valuable and encouraged.
All next-day assignments must be posted before the end of the class period. Teachers should inform students if an assignment is posted after the end of the class period.
Each department will have a late-work policy for missed assignments. This policy will be stated in the course syllabus and on the individual teacher's Moodle page.
All requirements for Summer P.E. must be completed by the last day of the session week in which it was assigned. The online portion of the course is completed based on due dates set forth by the teacher.
Students are encouraged to use Turn It In to avoid issues of plagiarism and academic dishonesty.
College credit is available for dual enrollment in Pre-Calculus, Calculus, English, Physical Education and U.S. History at LSU. To participate, students must meet the requirements in the Course Catalog. The cost is determined by university. Students enrolled in PE and English must enroll with and pay tuition to LSU. For other courses, students are not required to be enrolled at LSU.
The Louisiana State Department of Education requires 24 units of high school credit for graduation. St. Joseph’s Academy requires 25 units of credit. A senior will not be allowed to graduate if she fails to fulfill SJA’s academic requirements. In addition, service requirements, all grade-level retreats, job shadowing at the junior and senior levels and junior year ACT must be completed to graduate. Details of SJA’s academic requirements and course descriptions, as well as LSU admissions requirements, are listed in the Course Catalog.
The following credits are required for graduation:
- English: 4 credit units
- Science: 4 credit units
- Mathematics: 4 credit units
- Social Studies: 3 credit units
- Theology: 4 credit units
- Foreign Language: 2 credit units of the same language at SJA (Transfer students must follow their individual transfer agreement.)
- Health and Physical Education: 2 credit units
- Fine Arts: 1 credit unit of same art at SJA (Transfer students must follow their individual transfer agreement.)
- Electives: 1 additional unit from any of the courses offered
Total: 25 units
For TOPS requirements, please visit this website.
A TOPS core unit worksheet is a helpful tool for estimating purposes. Visit the Counseling Center Moodle page for your class.
Complete information regarding course offerings can be found in the Course Catalog posted on the SJA website under the Students and Parents portals. The Course Catalog is updated each spring by the dean of academics.
Freshmen and sophomores are required to take a course load of 6.5 units and may take as many as 7 units. Juniors and seniors are required to take 6 units and may take as many as 7 units.
All elective courses are offered by demand, and several courses are offered in conjunction with Catholic High School.
SJA currently offers several courses outside of the normal eight-period day. Students who sign up for these courses must fulfill the attendance requirements as stated in the Course Catalog. There may be an additional fee for the courses, which will be noted in the Course Catalog. These courses are not included in the determination of the valedictorian or salutatorian. Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the handbook for details.
Dead days will typically be two days before exams start. The only points that can be earned during dead days are participation points for work completed in class. Students may not be penalized for excused absences during dead days. Dead days will be used for a planned review. No new material may be introduced, no homework can be assigned, no assignments can be graded, no quizzes or tests may be given and no projects can be due. Teachers are permitted to assign make-up work to students who still need to complete assignments if they were unable to complete the assignment before these days. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Dean of Academics.
Major projects in exam classes cannot be due the week of dead days. Major projects in non-exam classes cannot be due during dead days. The last day to turn in those projects is the day before dead days. No pre-exams may be given. The only exception to this will be science labs, English writing exams and foreign language speaking and listening exams. The science labs must be completed the week before dead week.
There should be no mandatory co-curricular or other athletic activities unless approved by the Dean of Women. Any approved event must be optional for the student.
LSU Spring Invitational dates are dead days for seniors. The LSU Invitational is of great academic value for those selected and is a direct result of our faculty's devotion to excellence.
SJA offers a variety of honors and advanced placement courses. See the Course Catalog for details. Admission to honors and advanced placement courses is based on teacher recommendations, grade point average, acceptable standardized test scores and a strong work ethic.
In order to effectively utilize the faculty and physical facilities of each school, certain honors and advanced placement courses are taught in conjunction with Catholic High School.
If a student earns a failing grade in an honors course, no quality points will be awarded.
Enrollment requirements for AP courses can be found in the online Course Catalog. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may take AP courses. To take an AP course, a student must have the recommendation of her teacher, grade-level counselor and the administration based on GPA, standardized test scores and a strong work ethic. A student enrolled in an AP course is required to take the test.
Because AP courses are rigorous, the administration requires that at least one parent attend a mandatory meeting about AP courses when their daughter is taking a course for the first time. AP scores are returned in July. Course changes will not be permitted based on the score received on a previous test.
A student interested in taking an AP exam in a course in which she is not enrolled must notify the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction. Deadlines will be communicated to students via email. Once the Dean has been informed, payment is required. Please note that refunds will not be granted.
Students’ report cards and transcripts will be published on MySJA. St. Joseph's Academy will not mail report cards. Report cards will be posted four times a year, and transcripts will be posted at the end of each semester. MySJA instructions and login information are issued to new parents in August. The daily work, class participation, assignments, quizzes and unit tests given in a nine-week period are taken into consideration in determining a student’s grade. Numerical grades are given for quarter and exam grades. Letter grades are calculated for final marks at the end of each semester.
The value of each grade is as follows: A = 100-93 B = 92-85 C = 84-75 D = 74-67 F = 66 and below
Honors and AP courses are weighted.
The final marks for each semester are based on the nine weeks’ grades and the semester examination. The semester examination is worth 20 percent of the grade for the semester. If the exam grade is below 60 percent, the student is eligible to lose her credit for the semester. This decision will be made in a teacher-administration conference.
In a course in which there is no exam, the semester average is based on the two quarters.
Full Credit Courses:
98 x 40%=39.2
80 x 40%=32
85 x 20%=17
(39.2)+(32)+(17) = 88.2
94 x 40%=37.6
94 x 40%=37.6
90 x 20%=18
(37.6)+(37.6)+(18) = 93.2
98 x 40%=39.2
98 x 40%=39.2
93 x 20%=18.6
(39.2)+(39.2)+(18.6) = 97
Multiply the numerical value for the quarter by the percentage assessed to the quarter or exam to arrive at the product for each quarter or exam. Add the product of the quarters and exam to arrive at the percentage for the final mark. Refer to the scale to assign the final letter grade.
Only final marks are used in computing the official/true GPA for a student. GPAs are reported at the end of each semester and are the official/true GPA.
At the end of each semester, the calculation of the cumulative GPA includes the final marks for all courses completed to date, including semester courses. Therefore, the GPA that appears on the report card at that time is the official/true GPA.
GPA is computed using the following quality point scale:
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Cumulative GPA = Historical grade points + Year grade points ÷ Historical credits attempted + Year credits attempted
Senior Exams: If a senior has an A for the third and fourth quarters, she can be exempt from the final exam. The exam grade will be the average of the third- and fourth-quarter number grades. This does not affect the selection of the valedictorian and salutatorian.
Failure Policy: If a student fails a course for the first semester, in order to pass the course for the year, she must earn at least a “C” average for the second semester final mark. If she earns a “D” for the second semester, she does not pass the course and must make up the half-credit from the first semester in summer school. If she earns an “F” and fails the second semester, she must earn the whole credit in summer school. Students who pass the first semester and fail the second semester must make up the second semester in summer school. Students may not attend summer school to remediate a course if they did not fail the course. For example, if a student makes a D in a class, she will not be allowed to attend summer school in order to raise or replace that course grade.
Students taking summer school courses must do so at Catholic High School unless special permission has been granted by the Dean of Academics. Students attending summer school may not take summer P.E.
Students who fail three or more subjects during the fall semester may be asked to leave St. Joseph's Academy. Students who fail more than four semesters cannot return to SJA the following school year or graduate from SJA.
At the end of each academic year (after two semesters, four semesters, six semesters and eight semesters), students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher will receive either an academic letter or academic bar. Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 will first receive an academic letter; students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 will then receive an academic bar. Qualifying students will be awarded at a ceremony at the beginning of the following academic school year. Graduating seniors receive academic rewards at Honors Convocation.
In order to become a member of the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society at St. Joseph’s Academy as juniors or seniors, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 at the end of their sophomore or junior year. If inducted as a junior, a student must have maintained a 3.8 GPA at the end of her junior year and completed her required service through NHS to remain a member as a senior.
Students who are members of NHS must be in good standing with the school and must exhibit the qualities of leadership, scholarship and service. Only members who complete all requirements, including GPA and NHS service hours, will be given an NHS seal on their diploma.
Beta Club is a national organization that is based on scholarship and service. Membership in the SJA Beta Club is open to students in grades 10, 11 and 12. Juniors not currently in the club but who meet the 3.4 cumulative GPA requirement in May must contact SJA’s Beta sponsors in August in order to be considered for admission. Sophomores who meet the 3.4 cumulative GPA requirements will be offered membership at the beginning of their sophomore year. To maintain active membership, students must complete 30 Beta service hours and maintain a 3.4 GPA. Students who remain active Beta members during their years at SJA will receive Beta Honors on their diploma upon graduation.
St. Joseph's Academy confers the Seal of Biliteracy to graduating seniors upon successful completion of a level four or above foreign language course and who have attained an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 and earned qualifying scores on the English and Reading sections of the ACT. The seal is affixed to the student's diploma. This recognition provides universities with a method of giving credit to applicants for attaining high-level skills in multiple languages and allows employers to identify those with important 21st century language skills.
St. Joseph's Academy offers AP Capstone, a diploma program that allows students to develop skills that are critical for college success, including research, collaboration and communication. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research.
The AP Seminar course, typically taken in 11th grade, equips students to look at real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Students are assessed through a team project and presentation, individual project and presentation and an end-of-course written exam.
In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, plan and conduct a yearlong, research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest, documenting their process with a portfolio.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and on four additional AP exams of their choosing will earn the AP Capstone Diploma. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on both AP Seminar and AP Research assessments will earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
If clarifying questions arise regarding the following criteria, the Administration has the final say on the interpretation of the wording.
The requirements for an honors diploma are a GPA of 3.8 after eight (8) semesters of work and eleven (11) honors/AP courses over the four years. A minimum of three (3) AP classes must be taken by the end of junior year. A minimum of two (2) honors or AP courses must be taken during the freshman and sophomore years combined, and at least two (2) honors or AP courses must be taken per year in the junior and senior years. The student can earn no semester grade below a C. Students are reminded about the honors diploma and its requirements during the scheduling process.
The valedictorian and salutatorian must meet the criteria for an honors diploma and have the two highest GPAs in the class without taking any unstructured periods. The valedictorian and salutatorian must have an A in all electives taken, including summer P.E. and 9th period P.E. Non-AP or non-honors electives or summer P.E./9th period P.E. will not be calculated in the final GPA that determines valedictorian and salutatorian. If there is a tie, the student with the most AP classes (with a score of 3 or higher on each AP exam taken prior to senior year*) will be ranked higher. Latin is the only foreign language that has a level IV AP offering. If the students have an equivalent number of AP courses, the student with the higher ACT composite score will be ranked higher. The last ACT composite score to be considered is the February test date. If the two highest ranked students have equal ACT composite scores, the student with the higher SAT score will be ranked higher. The last SAT composite score to be considered is the March test date. The students must have attended St. Joseph’s Academy for four years. In the event of a tie for valedictorian, no salutatorian will be named.
In addition to the honors diploma, honor graduates receive a gold SJA medallion and wear the traditional red stole.
First academics earn a 3.5-5.0 cumulative GPA with no Ds or Fs during 10th, 11th and 12th grades. They receive a silver SJA medallion and wear the red cord stole. Second academics earn a 3.0-3.499 cumulative GPA with no Ds or Fs during 10th, 11th and 12th grades. They receive a bronze SJA medallion. There are no requirements regarding honors/Advanced Placement courses for the first and second academics.
If clarifying questions arise regarding the following criteria, the Administration has the final say on the interpretation of the wording.
All honors and AP courses are weighted on a 5.0 scale. The requirements for an honors diploma are a GPA of at least 3.8 after eight (8) semesters of work and the completion of eleven (11) weighted courses over the four years.
The following criteria are the minimum course requirements each year. Please note these requirements do not add up to the required 11 weighted courses. The remaining four (4) weighted courses required to earn an honors diploma can be taken in any grade and can be chosen from any weighted course offered by SJA.
• A minimum of two (2) weighted courses must be taken during the freshman and sophomore years combined.
• At least two (2) weighted courses must be taken junior year.
• Among the weighted courses taken during the freshman, sophomore and junior years, two (2) must be AP courses and must be completed by the end of junior year.
• At least three (3) weighted courses must be taken senior year, and two (2) of those weighted courses must be AP courses.
• There is no AP score requirement to earn the honors diploma.
If the student has taken the highest-level core AP courses prior to senior year, the Administration will work to find alternate courses to fulfill the honors diploma requirements, which might be but are not limited to courses at Catholic High School or a postsecondary university.
To earn an honors diploma, the student must earn all As and Bs in all courses but can earn one (1) C in a weighted course. Honors diploma recipients receive a gold SJA medallion and red stole to wear at graduation. Students are reminded about the honors diploma and its requirements during the scheduling process by their grade-level counselor.
First and Second Academics
First academics must earn a 3.6-5.0 cumulative GPA with no Ds or Fs during 10th, 11th and 12th grades. They receive a silver SJA medallion and red cord to wear at graduation. Second academics must earn a 3.3-3.599 cumulative GPA with no Ds or Fs during 10th, 11th and 12th grades. They receive a bronze SJA medallion to wear at graduation. There are no requirements regarding honors/Advanced Placement courses for the first and second academics.
The valedictorian and salutatorian must meet the criteria for an honors diploma and have the two highest GPAs, based on the following criteria.
• Must have attended St. Joseph’s Academy for four years.
• Cannot schedule any unstructured periods during their four years of high school.
• Must have an A in all courses taken outside of normal school day hours (for example, Summer PE, Journalism and any extra course that the Administration has given a student permission to take and that will be included on her transcript). However, courses taken outside of the normal school day will not be calculated in the final GPA that determines the valedictorian and salutatorian. Final determination is made by the Administration.
• The GPA will be calculated using 7 credits earned each year, during the regular school day, over the four years of high school.
• Must have taken AP U.S. History, World History AP, English III AP, English IV AP, AP Calculus AB and at least one AP science course. If an AP science course is not offered in the year a student requests it, Physics Honors can be substituted with the approval of the Administration, but only if Physics AP is not offered at SJA.
If there is a tie for valedictorian or salutatorian, the student with the higher ACT composite score will be ranked higher. The last ACT composite score to be considered is the February test date. In the event of a tie for valedictorian due to equivalent ACT composite scores, no salutatorian will be named. If students are unable to complete the requirements due to course offerings, the Administration will make the final determination.
St. Joseph's Academy offers students additional free-of-charge resource opportunities outside the classroom in the areas of math, science, English and writing. Also offered is academic counseling. Peer tutoring in foreign languages and social studies is provided when available.
Students will be notified of dates and times of resource opportunities through the daily announcements and email.
The Writing Center provides the writing instruction, resources and support necessary for students, faculty and staff to improve as writers. It is designed to assist all students, regardless of ability or level of writing expertise, in all types of writing tasks.
Ways in which the Writing Center can assist students:
- Understanding the writing task; brainstorming and developing writing ideas/topics
- Using correct grammar, punctuation, usage and mechanics
- Citing and documenting sources
- Reviewing ACT English and PSAT/SAT writing subtests’ skills
What students can expect from the Writing Center:
- Specific feedback; cooperative assistance with writing problems
- Attentiveness to individual writing needs; active listening
- Support in finding resources needed to complete writing assignments
- Resources needed to improve grammar, punctuation, usage and mechanics
- Long-term help in development as a writer
Each student is automatically enrolled in this Moodle course. The Writing Center Moodle page provides writing resources for students, a means of scheduling appointments with peer consultants and information regarding workshops and programs offered by the Writing Center staff.
Students are expected to complete their make-up assessments within one week. Failure to attend a scheduled make-up date will resent in a checklist issued by the teacher.
Each department has its own make-up test policy. Make-up quizzes of 10 minutes or less may be completed at the teacher's discretion. Makeups are not allowed during class time or at lunch.
AP Art History makeups will take place Wednesdays after school or on another designated day and time agreed upon by the teacher and student. Students must schedule a makeup test time with their teacher upon returning to school. All other art courses do not require scheduled make-up days; students should work with their teachers on making up projects.
Students should use the Make-up Scheduler on the English Department Moodle page to sign up to take make-up tests and quizzes for all English classes. Tuesday slots are from 3 to 3:50 p.m., and Thursday slots are from 6:30 to 7:20 a.m. See the make-up proctor to sign in and receive either your password or your paper test or quiz.
Unless you have permission from your English teacher, you should schedule the next available day for your make-up test. Failure to do so may lead to a checklist.
You must sign up for tests by the end of the school day prior to the test slot.
All makeups for written assessments will be Monday afternoons from 3 to 3:50 p.m. or Thursday mornings from 6:30 to 7:20 a.m. All speaking and listening sections of assessments should be scheduled with the student’s teacher in a timely manner and may be at a different time than the written assessment. Students should use the Make-up Scheduler on the Foreign Language Department Moodle page to sign up to take make-up tests and quizzes for all Foreign Language classes. Unless you have permission from your foreign language teacher, you should schedule the next available day for your make-up test. Failure to do so may lead to a checklist.
Students should use the Moodle Scheduler on the Math Department Moodle page to sign up to take make-up tests and quizzes. Monday slots are from 3 to 3:50 p.m., and Wednesday slots are from 6:30 to 7:20 a.m. Unless you have permission from your math teacher, you should schedule the next available day for your make-up test. In addition, you must sign up for tests by the end of the school day prior to the test slot. Unless prior arrangements have been made with your math teacher, failure to take your makeup within one week will result in a 10 percent drop every make-up date that you do not attend. Dual enrollment courses follow guidelines listed in the course syllabus.
Makeups can be completed Friday before school. Please be sure to schedule with your teacher. A deadline for taking a makeup is set at the teacher’s discretion.
Students should use the Moodle Scheduler to sign up to take make-up tests and quizzes. Tuesday slots are from 6:30 to 7:20 a.m., and Thursday slots are from 3 to 3:50 p.m. You must sign up for tests by the end of the school day prior to the test slot. Unless you have permission from your science teacher, you should schedule the next available day for your make-up test. Failure to do so may lead to disciplinary consequences.
Students must contact their teacher to schedule a make-up test or quiz. Makeups are given on Tuesday afternoon from 2:50 to 3:40 p.m. and Friday mornings from 6:30 until 7:20 a.m. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the social studies teacher, failure to take a makeup within one week may result in a 10 percent drop every make-up date a student doesn't attend. Social studies faculty members will proctor these sessions on a rotating basis.
Students should use the Moodle Scheduler on the common theology page to sign up to take make-up tests and quizzes. All make-up tests and quizzes must be taken during theology department make-up times, which are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:40 to 7:20 a.m.; or Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:50 to 3:40 p.m. You must sign up for tests by the end of the school day prior to the test slot. You are not allowed to make up a test during your lunch period. Once a test is scheduled, you are responsible for attending your appointment. All theology make-ups will be held in MAH 209.
Students who qualify for extended-time testing must take their extra time after school in the library on the same day of the test. If the student has an extenuating circumstance, she must discuss this with the teacher and finish the test after school on the following day.
Students may check out cameras (still and video) by emailing Librarian Rebecca Stagg. She will then send a confirmation email with details about equipment pick-up. Due to the number of requests, same-day pick-up cannot be guaranteed. To ensure availability, students should email Mrs. Stagg at least two days in advance. Camera check-out will occur on a first-come, first-served basis, with the exception of priority placed on class assignments. Students are required to return the camera and all accessories (case, lens cap, SD card, etc.) within two full days of checkout. Failure to respect school equipment policies may result in disciplinary consequences.
3D printing will be accessible to all students by appointment. Students will have the opportunity to learn about 3D scanning and modeling along with the printing process. Using the 3D printer without basic instruction and permission from an instructor before each use is prohibited. School projects will have priority when printing. For any questions regarding 3D printing, please contact Meagan Moore.
Inappropriate use of technology and failure to respect school equipment/policies may result in disciplinary action.
All courses required for graduation must be earned at SJA or in conjunction with Catholic High School or through concurrent enrollment at a university or accredited school that is first approved by the Dean of Academics.
Concurrent enrollment for college credit is available with permission for those students capable of fulfilling the requirements of SJA and a university.
Incoming ninth graders who have earned high school credit prior to entrance into St. Joseph’s Academy may receive a Carnegie unit with a grade of P (except for Health and P.E.). No grade point average is assigned to the course(s). The course will be listed as an honors course on SJA’s transcript if it is so designated by the previous school.
Students wishing to earn external credit must first meet with the Dean of Academics.
Once courses are selected in the spring, the master schedule is planned. If an elective course is not filled, it will not be offered and a student's chosen alternatives will be used to make the elective selection. Faculty is hired based on the courses chosen; therefore, students will not be able to add a course after parental approval forms are returned. Any schedule-change requests made after this date will be brought to the Dean of Academics for consideration. Final decisions are made by the administration. Copies of the final schedule are posted online in late July. We do not honor requests to move the time of a class, change lunch periods or change teachers.
Once the school year begins, changes will be considered based on level changes only (i.e., moving from Algebra II Honors to Algebra II College Prep) during the first two weeks of classes. These requests are honored only if dropping or adding a course does not affect class sizes or teacher load and if the change is possible in the student's schedule. Because electives are not required courses and are based on student choice, schedule changes are not honored after parent approval forms are returned in the spring. Only honors or AP elective schedule-change requests are considered. Once summer PE classes begin, students enrolled in the course may not alter their schedule by dropping full-credit electives for unstructured periods or half-credit courses.
After the first two weeks of classes, changes to a student's schedule will only be considered due to extenuating circumstances. A student may not drop a course due to poor grades, teacher issues, a loss of interest or other demands on her time. Requests to change a schedule for a half-credit course in the spring will be subject to the same guidelines as all other courses. It is important that students understand the commitment they are making when requesting courses.
All students enrolled at St. Joseph's Academy for the 2021-2022 school year must attend classes on campus daily as we will not offer virtual/remote access to classes. Students who are ill should stay home and make up the work when feeling better. Remoting as a matter of convenience to the student or family will not be an option. Individualized plans will be made with those students who are absent due to the need to quarantine or those experiencing a prolonged illness.
St. Joseph's Academy and Catholic High School are pleased to provide their students the opportunity to participate in shared classes on the campuses of both schools. The following guidelines provide direction for students, parents and teachers as we work cooperatively in this program of shared classes.
We consider a student's participation in a shared class to be a special opportunity that implies significant responsibility, which is a recurring theme throughout these guidelines. It is very important that a student and the student's parents understand these responsibilities and are willing to make the necessary commitment to ensure a successful academic experience. School officials will offer support, direction and encouragement to facilitate the student's success.
- Student performance: Both schools and teachers involved in the shared classes program have high expectations for student performance. Students must assume full responsibility for completing assigned homework and appropriate classwork to ensure academic success.
- Progress reporting: Parents will be informed about student performance through methods currently available, including but not limited to academic status/mid-quarter grades and report cards.
- Makeup work: Although every attempt will be made to minimize scheduling conflicts caused by assembly schedules of the two schools, occasionally, conflicts will be unavoidable. Teachers will use their discretion in assigning work. Scheduling conflicts will be considered, but it will remain the student's responsibility to complete all assigned work. On days when schedules conflict, any tests will be forwarded to the appropriate school so that the test can be taken as scheduled.
- Commuting between schools: All SJA and CHS students should walk unless given specific permission to drive by the SJA Dean of Women or CHS. In either case, students should conduct themselves appropriately and responsibly in transit between schools.
- Attendance: Students and teachers will cooperatively make arrangements to reconcile any scheduling conflicts. Each student and each teacher of shared classes will receive copies of both schools' monthly calendars. Students should inform teachers about upcoming absences at least one week in advance. SJA students may pick up a copy of the monthly calendar from the Students' Receptionist. When one school is not in session, students from that school are expected to attend shared classes at the other school unless the student is participating in a school activity or is excused by the teacher.
- Absences: Each teacher should notify the office in his or her school of a student's absence. The attendance office of that school should then contact the attendance office of the sending school to report each student's absence. Information regarding excused and unexcused absences will be reported to the individual teacher through the attendance office at his or her school.
- Tardiness: Each teacher will determine an appropriate time for students from SJA or CHS to be in attendance. Students arriving after this designated time will be considered tardy. Tardiness problems will be handled by the individual teacher in consultation with the Dean of Women.
- Dress and grooming: Students are expected to be neatly dressed and groomed at all times during the academic day. Students from SJA are expected to wear the complete SJA uniform whenever attending classes at CHS, even on special dress or out-of-uniform days. CHS students are expected to comply with the requirements of the CHS dress code whenever attending classes at SJA. This policy remains in effect regardless of whether classes are being held at the sending school.
- Conduct: Each student is expected to conduct him or herself in an appropriate manner both in the classroom and in other locations on the campuses of both schools.
Students and teachers are encouraged to meet to resolve academic or behavioral problems. Should either a teacher or a student feel the need to consult with a third party, he or she should contact the appropriate school administrator (academics: Dean of Academics at SJA or Academic Assistant Principal at CHS; behavior: Dean of Women at SJA or Assistant Principal for Discipline at CHS). This administrator will then contact his or her counterpart to begin the process of resolving difficulties.
These guidelines are not intended to be overly prescriptive; rather, they are intended to provide the maximum amount of flexibility to the individual classroom teacher as he or she works with students from both schools. Should questions arise which are not specifically addressed by these guidelines, students, parents and/or teachers are encouraged to talk to an administrator. It is our hope that in the spirit of true cooperation between schools and among students, teachers and parents, each participant will realize the maximum benefit from his or her participation in this program of shared classes.
Young women from other schools interested in becoming an SJA student must contact the Director of Admissions.
Due to SJA graduation requirements, a student will not be accepted as a new student after the first semester of her junior year. Students who transfer from another high school will earn credits that align with SJA's credit system. A transfer student's official transcript from her previous school(s) will be reviewed by the Registrar. When a comparable course is not found, a course is defined in the student management system, and appropriate credit is assigned. For honors designation, only those courses offered at the honors level at SJA are designated as such and weighted. These courses must be designated as an honors course on the previous school's transcript.
When a student transfers to St. Joseph's Academy, transferred credits and GPAs earned will be equated as fairly as possible in alignment with SJA's curriculum and GPA requirements. Final approval of credits will be made by the Principal and Dean of Academics.
Transfer students and parents must meet with the Dean of Academics and sign an individualized transfer agreement. A meeting will be scheduled between the student and the Dean of Women to discuss campus life and policies, including clubs, Dining Hall procedures, parking, student ID pictures and uniform information. The student and parent will be required to sign the Handbook Acknowledgment Form on MySJA.
Transfer students enrolled at St. Joseph's Academy are required to participate in a specific area of service depending on their grade level. Every student is required to complete 10 service hours in a specified area and 5 or 10 (depending on grade level) in a Christian service of their choosing.
Transfer students completing more than 50 hours of service in one school year will receive special recognition at the end of the year. Students who complete 50 hours of service during every academic year, at their previous high schools as well as St. Joseph's Academy, will receive the Service Award and be recognized at Honors Convocation following their senior year. Transfer students must show evidence of prior service hour completion during the admissions process. Transfer students who did not complete 50 or more hours during an academic year before coming to SJA will not be allowed to apply extra service hours in their years at SJA towards making up the deficit.
Theology: Transfer students are required to complete all four levels of theology in order to graduate from SJA. Theology courses from previous high schools can be applied in place of an SJA theology course if the description provided by the previous school aligns with the SJA course description. Final determination of accepting credits for theology is made by the Dean of Academics.
Health & PE: In order to fulfill health requirements, transfer students may need to enroll in SJA Health & PE courses that surpass the required activity credits needed to graduate.
Foreign Language: All transfer students are required to complete two years of a foreign language at the high school level. High school credits taken in middle school cannot be applied toward the required two years. Additionally, transfer students must take a placement test to be placed in the most appropriate level language course. Due to differences in course rigor, students may be asked to repeat a level taken at their previous school.
All students with unstructured periods in their schedule may use this time for reference work and for arrangement of conferences with teachers and guidance counselors/college advisors. These periods enable students to develop habits such as responsibility, self-discipline and wise and efficient use of free time, habits that will benefit them beyond high school. Students are not allowed to leave campus during their unstructured period.
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