Josephinum Academy

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Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart
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1501 North Oakley Boulevard


Coordinates41°54′32″N 87°41′3″W / 41.90889°N 87.68417°W / 41.90889; -87.68417Coordinates: 41°54′32″N 87°41′3″W / 41.90889°N 87.68417°W / 41.90889; -87.68417
DenominationRoman Catholic
Established1890; 129 years ago (1890)
FounderSisters of Christian Charity
OversightArchdiocese of Chicago
School code140-910
PresidentPatti Tuomey
PrincipalMary Rose Guerin
Average class size18
Student to teacher ratio9:1
Athletics conferenceGirls Catholic Athletic Conference
SportsBasketball, Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball
NicknameThe Jo
AccreditationInternational Baccalaureate
PublicationThe Conversation Piece
AffiliationSacred Heart Network of Schools

Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart is a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school in Chicago, Illinois. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.


In September 1886, Mother Philomena Schmittdiel, superior of the North American Province of the Sisters of Christian Charity, buried a small statue of St. Joseph in an empty field across the street from St. Aloysius Church. This was the symbol of her intention to buy the property on Oakley Boulevard and build a school for girls that she would call St. Joseph’s Academy. When the building opened to students in September 1890, a single Latin word, "Josephinum," which roughly translates as "the house of Joseph," was carved above the entrance portico.

The name was embraced, and the school was called "Josephinum Academy" until 1923 when Cardinal Mundelein made Josephinum a regional Catholic High School and renamed it "Josephinum High School." The school then readopted the name "Josephinum Academy" in 2000 with the introduction of a middle school, which has since been phased out. Meanwhile, generations of Josephinum students have passed down an affectionate nickname for the school: "The Jo."

After the Religious of the Sacred Heart assumed the educational direction of Josephinum Academy, with the blessing of the Sisters of Christian Charity, the Network of Sacred Heart Schools promoted Josephinum to full membership on April 11, 2011. The strong partnership between the Sisters of Christian Charity and the Society of the Sacred Heart that harkens back to the orders’ founders, Pauline von Mallinckrodt and Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, lives on through the orders’ collaboration at Josephinum.

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