Award Year: 2016

St. Joseph's Academy

3015 Broussard Street
Baton Rouge, LA, 70808-1198

(225) 388-2245

Dr. Michele Lambert, Principal at time of Nomination

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The mission of St. Joseph's Academy is to educate young women as responsible and unifying members of the world community. In the spirit and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Joseph's Academy offers opportunities for faith development in the Catholic tradition, academic excellence and personal growth.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Linda Messina and students in an SJA science lab.

Linda Messina and students in an SJA science lab.

St. Joseph's Academy is one of the largest all-girls high schools in the country and the oldest high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Founded in 1868 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, this premier Catholic secondary school has been a symbol of educational excellence in Louisiana's capital city for 148 years.

Students grow in Catholic faith traditions through a comprehensive religious education program, liturgical rituals and service opportunities; become life-long learners through interaction with master teachers and mentors; and enjoy peer relationships and learn leadership skills in a variety of student organizations and a championship athletic program.

Tablet computers enhance the quality of learning in all academic areas. Integrating technology across the curriculum enhances the instructional process and raises the level of learning, producing active, engaged students who undertake complex and meaningful tasks. The crown jewel of the technology program is the student-run Help Desk, thought to be the only all-girls help desk in the country.

The college-preparatory curriculum includes the theoretical and practical sciences, the arts and humanities, and religious studies. A vibrant visual and performing arts program ensures a well-rounded educational experience.

Because women are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, the Academy opened a state-of-the-art STEM lab to provide cross-curricular, hands-on learning opportunities. Placing a premium on 21st century learning, SJA opened the Innovation and Design Lab to develop critical-thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills. In the lab, students design projects to solve real-world problems and impact their communities, taking learning beyond the classroom.