Cor Jesu Academy

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This article is about a school in St. Louis. For the New Orleans school that once had the same name, please see Brother Martin High School.
Cor Jesu Academy
10230 Gravois Road
Affton, Missouri, (St. Louis County) 63123
United States
Coordinates 38°32′48″N 90°20′40″W / 38.5468°N 90.3445°W / 38.5468; -90.3445Coordinates: 38°32′48″N 90°20′40″W / 38.5468°N 90.3445°W / 38.5468; -90.3445
Type Private, All-Female
Motto "Sharing the Love of the Heart of Christ"
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Established 1956
President Sister Barbara
Principal Sr. Veronica Beato
Faculty 54
Grades 912
Enrollment 587 (2013)
Student to teacher ratio 13:1
Color(s) Red and White         
Mascot Charger
Nickname CJA
Rival St. Joseph's Academy
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Average SAT scores 2017
Average ACT scores 29
Newspaper Corette
Yearbook Corde
Admissions Director Erin Pipitone
Athletic Director Elizabeth Biedenstein

Cor Jesu Academy is a Catholic college preparatory high school for young women located in St. Louis, Missouri. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis.


Cor Jesu was founded in 1956 by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart. The first principal was Sr. Anita Marie Giampetro. The school was originally located in The Hill district of St. Louis. Cor Jesu moved to its present location on Gravois Road in Affton, Missouri in 1965.[2] An expanded Library-Fine Arts Center was completed in 1987. In 2005 the most recent phase of expansion was completed with a new front entrance and courtyard, and a new building, called Clelian Hall. The library and broadcast studio were renovated in the summer of 2012. [3] Also, in fall of 2012, 10 acres of land were purchased in auction by Cor Jesu.[4] This land will increase the campus size to a total of 29 acres, and is the first addition to the property since 2008, when the 6 acres in front of the newly acquired land was bought.

During a June 9–17, 2012 tour in Rome, the Cor Jesu Academy choir had the high honor of performing for Pope Benedict XVI during the June 13 papal audience (probably "Ave Maria"[5]), and, while in Italy, was also the principal choir for a Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica, singing the liturgy for the feast of the Sacred Heart at Santa Croce, presenting a formal concert at St. Ignatius Church in Rome and singing a liturgy at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi.[5]


Cor Jesu is well regarded for its academics. In order to be considered for admission to the school, students must score in the eighty-fifth percentile or above in a standardized test such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. In addition to its college preparatory courses, Cor Jesu offers Advanced College Credit (ACC) courses to juniors and seniors in conjunction with St. Louis University. Advanced Placement courses are offered in History, Government, English, Spanish, French, Latin, Math and Science.

Cor Jesu students average a score of 29 on the ACT, nine points above the national average. According to St Louis Magazine, the average score of 29 was the highest for an all-girls Catholic High School. Comparing year-over-year data reveals that Cor Jesu consistently has among the highest ACT scores in St Louis.[6] Since the 2000-2001 school year, Cor Jesu has had 21 National Merit Finalists and 45 National Merit Commended Students. Ninety-nine percent of Cor Jesu students continue on to college or university studies.

Cor Jesu has been accredited by the North Central Association since 1971. In 1990-91, Cor Jesu was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.


Cor Jesu offers several sports programs for students: cross country, field hockey, softball, volleyball, golf and tennis in the fall; basketball, swimming and cheerleading in the winter; and soccer, lacrosse, and track and field in the spring. The school has won state championships in several sports, and are the current Midwest Field Hockey champions, Soccer state champions and also High School National champions in Racquetball.

State Championships[edit]

  • Basketball: 1995
  • Field Hockey: 1982, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012
  • Lacrosse: 2016
  • Racquetball: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
  • Soccer: 1985, 2012
  • Softball: 1989
  • Volleyball: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002

National Champions: Mock Trial, Summer 2010

National Championships[edit]

  • Racquetball: 2007
  • Racquetball: 2009
  • Racquetball: 2011
  • Racquetball: 2012

Notable Alumnae[edit]

  • Ann Wagner, Republican US Representative from Missouri, 2nd District
  • Kate Duchek Caplinger, Xavier Volleyball, State Championship teams and current Head Coach
  • Niele Ivey, former Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) player
  • Heather Maclean, author and founder of Little Laureate
  • Victoria Recaño, television correspondent for The Insider
  • Allison Croghan, television correspondent at FOX 13 News in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tina Klocke, CFO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.[7]
  • Catherine M Wittgen MD FACS, Professor of Surgery and Program Director, General Surgery, Saint Louis University

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