President's Message

For more than 131 years, Saint Joseph Academy has been rooted in its mission to educate young women and inspire them to become compassionate leaders in a global society - leaders who value their minds, their faith and the dear neighbor. The Character of a Saint Joseph Academy Graduate framework, in the tradition of the teachings of the Congregation of St. Joseph, sets the clear goal of empowering young women to live Unifying Love through Empathetic Justice, Service to the Dear Neighbor without Distinction, Personal Integrity and Emerging Wisdom beyond high school. These guiding philosophies fuel the community and the experience, inspiring Saint Joseph Academy graduates to embrace their gifts to make a difference in our world. As such, the Saint Joseph Academy experience is truly unlike any other.

As the only all-girls Catholic high school in the city of Cleveland, there is a sense of belonging in the community that encourages lifelong relationships and inspires growth in one’s faith and character through learning, reflection and action. In addition, high academic standards and outstanding teaching paired with innovative programming ensures that each young woman has the opportunity to discover her passions and her promise. The Health Sciences Honors Program, the Engineering & Design Honors Program and the Global Program are a few examples of the ways students are encouraged to challenge themselves, apply critical thinking skills, solve problems and be creative in pursuit of their academic dreams. Students are encouraged to take risks with the support of a caring community as they grow, learn and lead, whether it be in classrooms, on the athletic fields or on stage. Saint Joseph Academy students are offered experiences and tools they need to be successful in the world that they will inherit. 
Saint Joseph Academy traditions help foster the development of friendships and celebrate a greater sense of community. The relationships that are built over four years at the Academy create a lifelong sisterhood that cannot be replicated. This entwined bond to Saint Joseph Academy spans across generations. 
The combination of past and future is signaled on campus in the beautifully restored Fitzmaurice Hall and the newly renovated and expanded Makerspace innovation lab. Both signal the mission and values of this tremendous school. You will not want to miss out on seeing both of these exciting spaces and experiencing the strength of this faith-filled community. Come visit and learn more about all that Saint Joseph Academy has to offer. I look forward to meeting you and sharing with you the passion of this tremendous community!
With gratitude,
Mrs. Kathryn Purcell

Mrs. Nancy Zawadzki N'72

Executive Assistant to the President and Recording Secretary to the Board of Directors


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