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.

“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

“Karen Ervin is a remarkable principal! She is a good administrator, but even more importantly, she is an excellent role model for the students. She is strong, confident, and a woman of tremendous virtue. She is unafraid and doing everything in her power to raise strong, Catholic women who will go out and ‘set the world ablaze’!”

SCA Parent

“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

“A crazy amount of extra curricular options-basically if you are passionate about it [SCA] will find a way to help you bring it to fruition!”

Leighanne

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

Zina

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

SCA Parent

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

Kenneth

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

Leighanne

“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