Saint Joseph Academy (Cleveland, Ohio)

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Saint Joseph Academy
SJA grounds.jpg
Sursum Corda
Lift Up Your Hearts
3430 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
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1890
Oversight Sisters of the Congregation of Saint Joseph
President Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis
Principal Mr. Jeff Sutliff
Grades 912
Gender Girls
Enrollment 655 (2009-2010)
Campus size 44 acres (180,000 m2)
Color(s) Purple and Gold         
Athletics Rugby team 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 are state champions. The rugby team had an undefeated season for both JV and Varsity in 2015. Track and Field team are 2012 and 2013 District Champions.
Sports Cross country, soccer, volleyball, golf, tennis, basketball, swimming & diving, softball, track & field, crew, lacrosse and rugby
Mascot Jaguars
Team name Jaguars
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 academic environment provides a 12 to 1 student to faculty ratio with an average of 23 students per class. Over 96% of Academy students are Catholic and represent over 70 parishes. The teachers average 17 years of experience, and 75% hold master's degrees or the equivalent. Ninety-seven percent of the class of 2009 were accepted at colleges and universities across the country and received over 11.6 million dollars in merit-based college scholarship awards.[citation needed]


Saint Joseph Academy was established in 1890 by the Congregation of St. Joseph.[2] The Academy is owned by the Congregation of Saint Joseph and operated by the Congregation of St. Joseph and a Board of Trustees representing the religious, business, professional, and local communities. The Academy was one of the first area high schools dedicated to the education of young women[citation needed] and is currently the only all-girls Catholic high school in the City of Cleveland.


Saint Joseph Academy is in compliance with the State of Ohio Accreditation Board and has been a member in good standing of the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges since 1939 and of the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association since its inception. Saint Joseph Academy offers a variety of classes including Honors classes in every subject area, Mandarin Chinese, Pre-Engineering, Web & Graphic Design and advanced Science and Math classes.

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]

The school's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[3] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[4] SJA offers a wide variety of clubs and extra curricular activities to accommodate a myriad of interests: Art & Knitting, Book Club, Chess Club, Chinese Club, Drama Club, Environmental Club, Engineering Club, Film Buffs, Irish Club, Key Club, NHS, JSA, SADD, Spanish Club, Unity Club, French Club, Origami Club, Math Club, Ski Club, Model UN Club, Dumbledore's Army (a Harry Potter club), Newspaper/Yearbook Club, Fitness Club, Student Council, It's Academic Club.[citation needed]


The Interscholastic Athletic Program at Saint Joseph Academy hosts 12 sports programs: Soccer, volleyball, cross country, tennis, golf, swimming & diving, basketball, rugby, softball, crew, lacrosse and track & field.

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 2013-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Executive Board Pre-File Application". - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ "OJCL Constitution". - July 2002. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2010. ... by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL. 
  5. ^ "Saint Joseph Academy". Retrieved 2013-03-16. 

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