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

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United States
Coordinates38°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
TypePrivate, All-Female
Motto"Sharing the Love of the Heart of Christ"
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
PresidentSister Barbara
PrincipalSr. Veronica Beato
Enrollment587 (2013)
Student to teacher ratio13:1
Color(s)Red and White         
RivalSt. Joseph's Academy
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Admissions DirectorErin Pipitone
Athletic DirectorElizabeth Biedenstein

Cor Jesu Academy is a Catholic college preparatory high school for young women located in St. Louis, Missouri, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis. It was founded in 1956 by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart.


Originally located in the Italian Hill district of St. Louis, its first principal was Sr. Anita Marie Giampetro. 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 the 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 purchased.

During a June 9–17, 2012, tour in Rome, the Cor Jesu Academy choir had the honor of performing for Pope Benedict XVI during the June 13 papal audience (probably "Ave Maria"[5]) and was 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. It also presented a formal concert at St. Ignatius Church in Rome and sang at 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 courses to juniors and seniors in conjunction with St. Louis University and Advanced Placement courses 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. 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.


Sports programs for students at Cor Jesu include: 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 were in 2012 the Midwest field hockey champions, state champions in soccer, and also national high school 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 Championships[edit]

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

Notable alumnae[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
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  5. ^ a b "Cor Jesu choir 'dreams big,' will sing for pope | St. Louis Review". Retrieved 2017-04-24.
  6. ^ St Louis Magazine, March 2011

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