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Community Service

Rather than Community Service being something we are required to  “do” at St. Catherine of Siena Academy, we pray that it will reflect who we are, both within and outside of the school. When considering the two individuals central to the mission of SCA, St. John Paul II and St. Catherine of Siena, we recognize that at the core of their lives and their mission from God was a spirit of self-sacrifice and self-giving.  Their words and example inspire and teach us.

In his “Letter to Women “ St. John Paul II exhorts the unique heart of service in women saying,  “…we can note that women are ever ready and willing to give themselves generously to others, especially in serving the weakest and most defenseless. In this work they exhibit a kind of affective, cultural and spiritual motherhood which has inestimable value for the development of individuals and the future of society.”

Likewise, St. Catherine of Siena encourages a heart of service in sharing the words given to her by Christ: “Make yourself a channel for all peoples, giving each of them what he needs, according to their disposition and what I, your Creator, give to you” (Dialogue 109).

Throughout the school year, students, staff, faculty, and parents will have opportunities to live out these exhortations, joining together on special projects designed to provide for those in need.  These may take the form of clothing drives, food and personal needs drives, etc…, or they may involve hands-on initiatives such as mission trips; assistance to local communities of the elderly, disabled, or disadvantaged; or response to a unique need that exists within our own local community. Equally important, we believe, are the simple opportunities that exist daily to extend kindness, love, and forgiveness within our school community and our families.

Our hope is that as we nurture this spirit of self-giving, we will help form young women who, long after leaving SCA, are alert to, and equipped to address, the needs around them and throughout the world.

“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

“[SCA] builds upon your faith and strengthen you academically throughout the four years in high school so that you are more than ready when you move on to college.”

Zina

“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

“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 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

“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

“The school lives up to their mission statement by unlocking the feminine genius in the girls who go there and providing us with the opportunity to discover who we are meant to be.”

MaryKatherine

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

SCA Parent

“As a graduate of this school, I can attest to not only the strong education I received from SCA but also the strong foundation I was given in which I could build my own faith upon. I felt fully prepared for the ‘real world’ both academically and spiritually.” 

MaryKatherine

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

SCA Parent