Saint Joseph Academy

The Saint Joseph Academy Mission Statement- Conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools and serving the children of the lower Rio Grande Valley, Saint Joseph Academy provides religious and moral formation and a college preparatory education in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
It endeavors to form young men and women who will succeed in university studies, who know and love Jesus, and who actively participate in the worship and mission of the Church, including the Church`s preferential option for the poor.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Texas Catholic Conference Education Department
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1865
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students338 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
90%
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade Saint Joseph Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers34 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size18 students
Number of AP Courses14 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP French, AP Government, AP Human Geography, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Studio Art, AP US History
Average SAT score1120
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform required)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$10,980
Tuition NotesEntrance Exam $50 Registration $650
% on Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid Grant$2,500
Admissions DirectorCeleste Solis '91
Endowment Size$1 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WeightliftingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
DanceFootball,
GolfSoccer,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Weightlifting

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.23 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Astronomy Club, Bloodhound Ambassadors, Book Club, Bowling Club, Business Club, Chess Team, Fishing Club, French Honor Society, Good Neighbor Service Project, Green Team, Marist Youth, Model UN, National Junior Honor Society, pep squad, Positive Peer Leadership Team, Project Red (Student News), Rotary International Interact, Spanish Honor Society, Student Council, SWAP (Poetry/Writing Club), UNICEF Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Liturgical Choir, National Art Honor Society

School Notes

  • The Saint Joseph Academy Mission Statement- Conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools and serving the children of the lower Rio Grande Valley, Saint Joseph Academy provides religious and moral formation and a college preparatory education in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • It endeavors to form young men and women who will succeed in university studies, who know and love Jesus, and who actively participate in the worship and mission of the Church, including the Church`s preferential option for the poor.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
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I started working at Saint Joseph Academy since 2005 and have been blessed to work for incredible leaders, all which have inspired me to do the very best of my ability. I feel valued, appreciated, acknowledged and rewarded which keeps me motivated mentally and physically. Our administration, faculty and staff are truly dedicated and committed to the school community as a whole. We ardently work to keep our Mission and Vision alive for our current students and the generations to come. Our motto is "Ad Astra per Aspera" which means "To the stars through difficulties" - this encapsulates and expresses the high ideals of our administration, faculty, staff and students.
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My two children graduated from Saint Joseph Academy and they received an excellent education that prepared them well for their university studies. Both of my children went to Texas A & M University and excelled there thanks to the strong foundation of education that they received at St. Joe. St. Joe provided not only a strong academic base, but it provided my children with strong values for the importance of community service and faith. The school provided my children with the opportunity to learn and partake in leadership roles and how to be part of a team. Their experiences at St. Joe will carry them through life.
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I have one child that graduated from Saint Joseph Academy, and one child currently enrolled. I feel that there is no other school in Brownsville that prepares your child for the rigors of college than SJA. My daughter was admitted to the Business Honors program at her university with nearly a full scholarship and is doing fantastic and I attribute that success to the rigorous courses of SJA. Not only does SJA provide true college prep academics, they foster an environment of service and encourage involvement in athletics and extra-curricular activities. They have an amazing counseling department dedicated to helping students ensure they have the courses they need and then apply to their desired schools and get scholarships. SJA works to develop the whole child in a faith-filled environment.
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The best private school in South Texas!!
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This school was the best thing for our son. We moved him in the middle of his 9th-grade year and it was the best decision we could have made. He was able to have more positive, enriching experiences than his previous top-ranked school, more activities to be involved with, and we were able to be more involved as parents. He was happier, excelled even though it was challenging, and had the best help to get into the college he wanted.
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