Mission & Philosophy

The mission of St. Catherine of Academy is to educate young women to develop their feminine genius—their unique dignity, identity, gifts as women created in the image of God.

The Mission entrusted to us:  to awaken in young women their feminine genius by nurturing a sense of self—academically, socially, and spiritually—and instilling in them a confidence to claim their inheritance as daughters of God.

Our Philosophy:  We believe this culture reduces women’s true dignity by valuing them for their physical beauty or material success.  Instead, we believe in bringing to life the many gifts God has given to each woman which are so necessary for the health and prosperity of our culture. We are a Roman Catholic life-preparatory academy, rooted in the teachings of St. John Paul II who coined the phrase the feminine genius and taught the importance of giving women the freedom to be authentic in their femininity.  This means we strive to stretch both the mind and heart of each young woman who walks through our doors.  Academically, we challenge our students in a rigorous college preparatory program which prizes excellence and an integration of faith with reason.  A focus is placed on rhetoric and analysis of content in a real world application. We also provide opportunities for experiential learning in service to the metro-Detroit community, pilgrimages and mission trips.

The Values we want each young woman to have:

Faith:  a personal relationship with Jesus based on an encounter with Him

Hope:  trust in the providence of God and a vision for her future in the world of work, home, and society

Love: love of self, neighbor, and God

Intelligence:  an integration of her reason with faith resulting in academic excellence and moral intellectual thought

Confidence:   intrinsic dignity as a woman, empowering her to use her unique talents and gifts

Integrity: a well formed conscience knowing moral Truth and acting upon it

Holiness:  a desire for improvement as a daughter of God, willing to admit fault and working to correct it

Generosity:  giving of self without counting the cost

Mission:   a missionary heart, striving to better society and the people she meets with the love of Jesus

Our Future Graduates are prepared to: set the world ablaze with a heart for the Gospel and a sound mind for medicine, politics, education, social work, science, business, music, the arts and all other avenues to which a young woman feels called.

“[Teachers] care about the success of each student. They come early to help students and stay after school if necessary. They are a super dedicated faculty.”

SCA Parent

“I loved every minute at St. Catherines! The friends I made there will always be a part of my family. This school taught me how to be a strong, intelligent, independent woman who is strong in her faith. I am blessed to say I got to experience SCA.”

Alumna, Class of '18

“I LOVE this school. The teachers are excellent. Because the students are so friendly, it’s easy to fit in and make friends even if you have had a tough time at other schools. There is virtually no bullying and it is a very friendly, positive environment. Highly recommended.”

Alumna, Class of '17

“An excellent community for families that want to stay involved! Everyone has a different opinion and all students, staff, and faculty are respectful of it. I have never been in an environment that was so inviting and welcoming. It is easy to find a home in this school because the staff genuinely care about you and want you to succeed. It really is a beautiful place and a great experience. I am very lucky to have gone through high school there.”

Alumna

“I was among one of the very first classes SCA ever had. As a pioneer and a student to be a part of the foundation of clubs and classes that continue today, I am beyond proud of how far the school has come. There were many ups and downs during my four years but an amazing experience overall. Today at college I still look back on and cherish my times at SCA, thankful for the connections, education and sisterhood I acquired. I am looking forward to seeing many more young women carry on the traditions my class and recent classes have set for the future.”

Alumna, Class of '14

“This high school experience is like none other you can get anywhere. There is joy and comradery and the girls are happy and excel. They are being supported and encouraged by staff. You can watch a girl come in who had a bad experience elsewhere, bloom here and become a different girl in a short time. Can’t say enough good about it. Thank God the founders had this vision and followed through with it. Well needed and we are very thankful!”

SCA Parent

“Another thing I enjoyed about the school was the athletics. I played four different sports at this school and I had the same experience with all of them. The coaches really cared about me, not just how well I was performing and I was treated respectfully on and off the court. Further more, I felt that I was really being pushed physically and mentally during practice which I value in any activity.”

Alumna

“Even if there were 10 stars, I would still put 11!”

Katherine

“This school has a very strong faith atmosphere! The school is fairly new, but is starting to build a name for itself both spiritually and academically. The faculty and staff rock!”

Student, Class of '19

“SCA proves you can educate young women to both get into Heaven and Harvard!”

SCA Parent