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Mission & Philosophy

St. Catherine of Siena Academy is unlike many other Catholic schools. We were born out of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in guiding us to be an all-young women’s, Roman Catholic high school run by the laity. This means we are not affiliated with a particular religious order or connected to a parish family. We believe all who enter our doors are family, one with us in the Body of Christ.

The mission entrusted to us, to raise young women confident and courageous in their authentic femininity as children of God, is so critical in today’s world. The young women of St. Catherine will graduate fully equipped, academically and spiritually, to set the world ablaze. It is with the intercession of our spiritual guides, our patroness, St. Catherine of Siena, and our teacher on the feminine genius, St. John Paul II, who will help us educate the minds and hearts of the young women of St. Catherine.

The Mission entrusted to us: to educate young women to develop their feminine genius—their unique dignity, identity, and gifts as women created in the image of God.

Our Philosophy:  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 that prizes excellence and 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.

“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

“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

“This high school builds the whole young woman intellectually, spiritually, and teaches the feminine genius approach to life. Amen!”

Chrissy

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

Katherine

“This school is not only college prep, it is life prep. I know that my daughter is being educated to go out and make a positive difference in the world. She will graduate with the confidence and courage to lead wherever she goes in life. I love the principal, the teachers, and the families. It is such a blessing to be a part of the SCA Family. I know the friends my daughter has made will be her sisters for life.”

SCA Parent

“An excellent community for families that want to stay involved!”

Leighanne

“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 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

“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

“Recently attended an event at this school – very beautiful!”

Kenneth