Saint Joseph Academy (Cleveland, Ohio)

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Saint Joseph Academy
Saint Joseph Academy Campus.jpg
Fall 2016 at Saint Joseph Academy
3470 Rocky River Drive
Cleveland, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County) 44111
United States
Coordinates 41°27′36″N 81°49′3″W / 41.46000°N 81.81750°W / 41.46000; -81.81750Coordinates: 41°27′36″N 81°49′3″W / 41.46000°N 81.81750°W / 41.46000; -81.81750
Type Private, Day, College-prep
Motto Sursum Corda
(Lift Up Your Hearts)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1890
Oversight Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph
President Mrs. Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis '71
Principal Mr. Jeff Sutliff
Grades 912
Gender Girls
Enrollment 723 (2017-18)
Average class size 19
Campus size 44 acres (180,000 m2)
Color(s) Purple and Gold         
Athletics Rugby team 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 are State champions. In addition, rugby won a National Championship in spring 2016. The crew team won a National Silver Medal in J8+ in spring 2016.
Sports Cross country, soccer, volleyball, golf, tennis, basketball, bowling swimming & diving, indoor track, softball, track & field, crew, lacrosse, sailing and rugby
Mascot Jaguars
Team name Jaguars
Rival Magnificat Blue Streaks
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]

Saint Joseph Academy is the only all-female Catholic high school located in Cleveland, Ohio. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. The average class size is 19 students per class, and students may choose from more than 100 courses, including 18 AP classes and 29 Honors courses. Eighty-four percent of SJA students are Catholic, and, all together, students completed more than 26,450 hours of service in the 2016-17 academic year. In addition, a Sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph serves as Vice President of Mission and six faculty and staff members are Associates of the Congregation of St. Joseph.

Ninety-seven percent of the class of 2017 was accepted to colleges and universities across the country, and they received more than 18.9 million dollars in merit-based college scholarship awards. There was 1 National Merit Commended Scholar and 49 AP Scholars in the class of 2017. In the class of 2018, there is 1 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, 8 National Merit Commended Scholars and 23 AP Scholars.[2]


Saint Joseph Academy was established in 1890 by the Congregation of St. Joseph.[3] The Academy is owned and operated by the Congregation of Saint Joseph, and it is advised by a Board of Directors representing religious, corporate and nonprofit professionals. The Academy is currently the only all-girls Catholic high school in the city of Cleveland. [4] Forty-seven percent of the students are residents of Cleveland, and 41 percent of students are legacies (daughter/sister/granddaughter/great granddaughter). The SJA student-body represents 51 zip codes and 111 schools from across Northeast Ohio. [5]


Saint Joseph Academy strives to empower young women to fulfill their dreams and lead lives grounded in their faith, which starts in the Saint Joseph Academy classroom and extends into the real world, where students are encouraged to learn, experience and put their knowledge into practice.

Academic offerings include options for every student at every level in her high school education. Coupled with college block scheduling that’s similar to a higher education environment, a Saint Joseph Academy education prepares students for college in a variety of ways:

-18 Advanced Placement (AP) courses span the arts, literature, science and math. Because students are encouraged to take the level of coursework that’s right for them, a qualified Freshman may take an AP course if she desires.

-29 Honors classes are designed to challenge students’ unique interests and include distinctive options such as Honors Anatomy and Physiology as well as Honors Microbiology/Zoology.

-World Languages help foster internationally-minded students with offerings including three levels of Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish, as well as AP levels for advanced learning.

-The Health Sciences Honors Program incorporates not only relevant coursework, but also clinical hours, in-field research and application opportunities at some of Northeast Ohio’s acclaimed hospitals. Two levels of learning prepare students for a variety of careers in the healthcare industry. The Makerspace is a hands-on innovation area that allows students to experiment and apply learning from multiple subjects – such as designing artwork on computers to producing engineering prototypes on a 3D printer.

-Science and engineering classes are designed to challenge students by applying their learning. Engineering classes include CAD work, programming and architectural design.

-Four years of theology classes help students see faith in everyday life and “serve the dear neighbor” through community involvement. Every student creates an online “Faithfolio,” which is included as part of their final class assessment. A dedicated wellness curriculum emphasizes the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit. Learning both in and out of the classroom is designed to aid students with their ongoing journey toward wholeness.

Block scheduling[edit]

Block scheduling differs significantly from a traditional schedule. At Saint Joseph Academy, each student has only four 85-minute classes per day. At the end of one semester, a student will have completed the equivalent of one academic year of study due to the extended classroom time in each subject.

Clubs and activities[edit]

Students are able to join many clubs and activities. In addition, service opportunities are available throughout the year through the CORE Ministry department.

Academic Jaguars, Academy Ambassadors, Academy Chorale (a cappella group), Announcement Crew, Art Club, Book Club, Cancer Awareness Club, Chess Club, Cheerleading, Chinese Club, Conflict Mediators, Cooking for Life, Crew (Fall Season), Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice (CSPJ), Dance Team, Drama Program (Fall Play, One Act Play, Spring Musical), ECOS (Environmental Concerns for Students), Engineering Club (STARS), Flag Corps, French Club, Friends with L’Arche, Glamour Girls, Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC), Handbell Club, Intramurals, Irish Heritage Club, Key Club, Latin Club (JCL), Literary Magazine (Calliope), Maker’s Club, Marching Band, Math Club, Mentoring Program, Mock Trial, Model United Nations (UN), National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Newspaper Club: Jaguar Beat, SADD, Sailing Club, Science Club, Shakespeare Competition, Show Choir Club, Sign Language Club, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, Ultimate Fan Club, UNITY, Voice for Change, Winter Guard and Yearbook Club



The Interscholastic Athletics Program at Saint Joseph Academy exists to provide a quality athletics experience for students who demonstrate an elevated level of skill. The opportunity to compete against another school’s program is secondary to the opportunity to learn valuable life skills in a Christian environment.

It is the belief at Saint Joseph Academy that a comprehensive athletics program will enhance the quality of the educational experience of the students by: -Providing a vehicle by which students of demonstrated ability can be exposed to situations in sport, which allows them to learn and experiment with varied life skills. -Supporting the efforts of the Academy to provide experiences which help participating students maintain or increase their levels of self-confidence and self-esteem. -Contributing to the overall excellence of education by offering a wider variety of experiences to meet a wider variety of student abilities. Setting a standard of Christian behavior modeled by all adult personnel involved.

SJA is home to 14 varsity interscholastic athletic programs: Basketball, Bowling, Crew, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball.

During the 2016-17 school year, nearly 50 percent of SJA students were a member of one of our sports teams, and 24 percent of athletes competed in at least two sports. The average GPA for student-athletes during 2016-17 was 3.56.[7]

SJA competes in the Ohio High School Athletic Association and will compete in the North Coast League beginning in the 2018-19 school year.[8]

Notable alumnae[edit]

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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. 
  2. ^ "Saint Joseph Academy". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  3. ^ "Saint Joseph Academy". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Saint Joseph Academy". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Saint Joseph Academy Facts & Figures". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  6. ^ "Saint Joseph Academy Clubs & Activities". Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  7. ^ "Saint Joseph Academy Athletics". Retrieved 2016-12-26. 
  8. ^ Cline, Nathaniel (May 2, 2017). "Gilmour, St. Joseph Academy will join North Coast League for 2018-2019 school year". Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Saint Joseph Academy". Retrieved 2013-03-16. 

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