Award Year: 2021

St. Scholastica Academy

122 S. Massachusetts Street
Covington, LA, 70433-3400

(985) 892-2540

Mrs. Sheri Gillio, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Perpetuating the Benedictine tradition of prayer, work, study, and community, St. Scholastica Academy forms adolescent girls into Christian young women grounded in the Gospel values.

Student Demographics
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 1%
St. Scholastica Academy - Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel

St. Scholastica Academy - Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel

Founded by the Benedictine Sisters in 1903, St. Scholastica Academy (SSA) has evolved into a thriving secondary school educating young women on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Located in downtown Covington, Louisiana, SSA remains the only all-girls, Catholic high school on the north shore of New Orleans. The young women served by the Academy become part of a tradition passed on by St. Benedict and his sister, Scholastica, of which, some 15 centuries later, continues to identify the school. Steeped in nearly 120 years of tradition, SSA perpetuates the Benedictine charism of balancing prayer, work, study, and community in developing adolescent girls into Christian women grounded in the Gospel values of the Catholic faith.

St. Scholastica Academy is committed to academic excellence and prides itself on prioritizing the unique learning needs of girls. As social beings, girls learn best when they work together through productive struggles. Collaboration is at the heart of SSA's instructional program and supportive relationships between the faculty and students are fostered to nurture trust and belonging. Core subjects are meticulously aligned to promote connection making and long-term retention of material. Habits, skills, and mindsets that build confidence academically, socially, and emotionally are cultivated. SSA students know that their abilities and intelligence are not fixed, but have capacity to grow and develop through effort, perseverance, and grit.  As a result, SSA students are affectionately known as "gritty girls" and actively seek to live out Scholastica's motto, "She could do more because she loved more."