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“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know himself – so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.”

From St. Pope John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio

Cornerstones

Faith

As we come to know Truth in the person of Jesus Christ, we are drawn to the One who is Love itself.  It is that Love that propels us outward in service, but first, it is that love that brings us before the Lord as His Beloved. It is in the intimacy of that encounter that our spiritual lives truly begin.

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At St. Catherine of Siena Academy, the spiritual life of each student is directed toward bringing her into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, as a daughter of God the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit.

As the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith, daily Mass is an integral part of our day.  All students are given the opportunity and training to be an integral part of the Mass as lectors and servers.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on a regular basis and by appointment.

Visits to the Blessed Sacrament, Morning Prayer as a school, and availability of spiritual direction are all daily opportunities to encounter Christ at St. Catherine.

Reason

St. Catherine of Siena Academy challenges students with a traditional college-preparatory program that incorporates faith and reason.  We also require Latin and Philosophy as the complementary roots for language and rational thought.  Our curriculum offers many opportunities for STARS to take Advanced Placement courses too!

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By offering a wide range of classes, we educate students where they are, always challenging them in areas of weakness and building in areas of strength.  A student is placed in courses commensurate with her abilities and will work with her teachers to reach her greatest potential.

We want our students to use the academic gifts God has given them and encourage them to reach new heights by giving them the tools to do so.

Leadership

We believe in the dignity of every young woman and honor the gifts God has given by providing opportunities for her to use those gifts, personally or civically.

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Leadership is the ability to give of oneself and better the world from a desire to serve as Christian disciples.  At St. Catherine’s we cultivate this desire by giving each student a voice and an opportunity to use their gifts. To do so, we encourage every young woman to listen to the voice within as it reveals the stirrings of her own heart so she can take a leap of faith and use her gifts to grow and respond to the world around her.

Student clubs and activities are created by students who want to enrich themselves and mature in the use of their gifts.  We nurture this growth by helping students find new ways to share of themselves and their talents, whether it is of the mind, the heart or the body.  God gives us many gifts, and He meant for us to share them! For this reason, we have a variety of extra-curricular activities and avenues for students to share of themselves.

Similarly, we structure service opportunities and experiential learning so students can further develop their gifts by giving of themselves to the broader community.

Sisterhood

If there’s one thing our STARS love, it’s sharing the sisterhood. As our students will readily attest, SCA is a place where young women are free to be themselves, to grow, to thrive, and to put down deep roots that prepare them for a brilliant future. But St. Catherine’s isn’t just a place; it’s a community.

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At St. Catherine, our students form life-long friendships. Students come to St. Catherine of Siena Academy from over 30 feeder schools and are immediately welcomed into the sisterhood. Students have many opportunities to become active members of this family community. They grow together in faith, mind, and heart, sharing in the joys and struggles of high school as they prepare for graduation and the world which awaits.

We have a Big Sister/Little Sister program at St. Catherine Academy.  The young women of St. Catherine work to break down cliques and accept their peers as sisters, recognizing that we are one family, growing together in faith.

“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

“My family has had an excellent experience at this school so far. Beyond the beautiful new facility, I have been impressed with the teachers and the administration! They challenge the girls both academically and spiritually, they know them by name, and appear to have a genuine concern for each individual student. The school really feels like a family. As a parent, it is a blessing to me to know that my daughter is in such good hands when I drop her off everyday.”

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

“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 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 school that brings the girls together more like sisters rather than friends.”

Zina

“This place (SCA) is about the best Catholic high school you can go to, in my opinion. The whole school isn’t just a school, but a family where everybody knows everybody. It’s a small enough school for that to be possible-and it’s really awesome! What makes SCA different is the people that make up the SCA family. There are no bullies and no one is mean to you. Everybody looks out for you and your teachers become friends….This place is really close to my heart.”

Alumna, Class of '12

“My first day of freshman year was something I never expected, Saint Catherine just felt like home. The atmosphere, staff, and the student body were all so amazing. I knew from the second I came to the school that it was where I was meant to be. I am currently a senior and my experience so far has been one too remember I have grown mentally, physically, spiritually and my journey has been one to remember. I love SCA and all the girls I have met are truly going to be my sisters throughout my life, its an amazing school and is a place I will call home forever.”

Alumna, Class of '18

“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

“The community service, the focus on virtuous living, and the sisterhood really instills compassion and respect for all of humanity.”

SCA Parent