St. Joseph's Academy

  • This premier Catholic secondary school was founded in 1868 in Baton Rouge by the Sisters of St. Joseph.
  • In this, our 151st year, the Academy continues to provide an environment of excellence, where relationships are strengthened and young girls become women of faith, hope and love. SJA is administered by the Sisters of St. Joseph and dedicated lay women and men who provide an environment of inspiration and learning.
  • To date, the Academy has 10,218 alumnae, and our communities are enriched by the gifts they bring to their businesses, charitable organizations, volunteer efforts, governments, church parishes and families.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Coalition of Girls
National Catholic Education Association
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1868
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1996, 2002, 2016

Student Body

Total Students1102 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade St. Joseph's Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers80 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size23 students
Number of AP Courses25 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average ACT score25
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$11,455
Tuition NotesIn keeping with the vision of the Sisters of St. Joseph, no student has ever been denied admission solely on the basis of her family’s ability to pay full tuition. The philosophy of SJA’s tuition assistance program is that an Academy education be available to all young ladies who wish to attend and have the academic ability and motivation to succeed.
Average Financial Aid Grant$4,545
Admissions DirectorMeredith Smith
Admissions AssociateLeighann King


Total Sports Offered16 sports
SportsBallet, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Winter TrackBalletBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
VolleyballWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.45 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Ambassadors, Amnesty International, Art Club, Beta Club, Book Club (Literary Ladies Society), Broadcasting Club (SJABR TV), Cooking and Crafts Club, Creative Writers' Club, French Club I, French Club II, French Club III and IV, Historical and Geographical Society, I-Care Club, Key Club, Latin Club, Light and Sound, Literary Ladies Society (Book Club), Liturgy Choir, Liturgy Committee, Mu Alpha Theta, Music Club, National Honor Society, Photography Club, Praise and Worship Band, Respect Life, Robotics Team (First Robotics Club), Science Club, SJA Ambassadors, SJABR TV, Spanish Club, Speech and Debate Team, Student Council, Student Ministry, The Black Box Company (SJA/CHS Drama Club), The Shield (Yearbook), Yearbook (The Shield), Youth & Government

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Catholic High School Bruinettes (Dance Team), Catholic High School Cheerleaders, Intramural Co-ed Volleyball, Intramural Dodgeball, Intramural Lacrosse, Intramural Pickleball, SJA Cheerleaders, Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

  • The Academy is recognized on the local, regional, state and national levels as an outstanding high school for young women. We are devoted to our mission statement, which is to educate young women as responsible and unifying members of the world community. In the spirit and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Joseph`s Academy offers opportunities for faith development in the Catholic tradition, academic excellence and personal growth.Faith development in our Catholic tradition is a priority at SJA. We begin each day with prayer. Theology, which is taught throughout our students` four years, is supplemented by our service program, annual retreats, Eucharistic liturgies celebrated regularly and weekly rosary.As an expression of the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, education at SJA emphasizes the importance of relationships with the dear neighbor. The service component of our curriculum is one way we encourage our students to express God`s love, both within our school community and in the context of the broader world. Through service, our students grow in awareness of themselves and become increasingly connected with all God`s creation. The Academy has a longstanding tradition of sponsoring spring and summer service trips both in the United States and abroad. Academic excellence is an Academy hallmark. Our students` ACT and PSAT scores continue to surpass state and national averages. A number of our seniors are recognized each year by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. One hundred percent of our graduates advance to the university level. Our curriculum includes Advanced Placement, honors, dual-enrollment and college-prep core curriculum classes along with many electives, including Choir, Dance, Art, Painting, Drama, Media Arts, Family and Consumer Science and Computer Science. Students receive academic counseling from grade-level counselors as well as guidance with the college application process with two full-time College Advisors.Students experience personal growth through a variety of co-curricular activities. Student-athletes compete in 11 sports and enjoy tremendous success, as the state championship trophies in our trophy case will attest. The Science Club plants seeds at SJA each year for the Coastal Roots Project and travels to areas devastated by hurricanes to plant the seedlings; the Respect Life Club participates in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., each year; and our Black Box Company performs to standing ovations and rave reviews in fall and spring productions. These are just a few of the many opportunities our students enjoy.SJA provides tablet computers, wireless networking, email and 20 mb internet access to all students and faculty/staff. Technology is integrated across the curriculum to support the teaching of higher-order thinking skills and to allow students the opportunity to make the computer a standard learning tool. Our curriculum is constantly updated to meet the changing needs of our young women.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
A fantastic sisterhood of empathetic, driven and passionate women educated and mentored by dedicated faculty members who are at the top of their respective fields. The wide array of enrichment opportunities, extracurricular activities and varsity and intramural athletics allows for each student to pursue her passions far beyond the classroom.
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Amazing school. The computer program is outstanding and they are committed to giving an outstanding education. They are adding a new building for the arts because they really do care about your personal growth like they say in the mission statement. They teachers really do help you and they care about how well you are learning the material.
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This is a close knit school completely committed to educating strong, beautiful, God-filled ladies. The academics are perfect for college preparation, teachers are very well trained and very kind, and the facilities help make the high school experience a great one. I highly recommend this school.
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