The Academy has a college-based block schedule, which means four 85-minute classes each day. A Block, B Block, C Block and D Block rotate every two weeks to keep students interested and engaged in their individual learning. The class curriculum is completed within one semester, with the exception of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Benefits of a college block class schedule:
In the middle of each day there are two 30-minute Activity Blocks. Students use this time for lunch, club meetings, exercising, tutoring, study time, doing homework, reflection or socializing with friends. Rooms have been set aside for active group learning. Weather permitting, students may gather outside on our expansive and scenic campus overlooking the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation. They may sit on Adirondacks near our Rain Garden, on The Scholars' Porch overlooking the beautiful campus, on the Howley Terrace located right off the Dining Hall or even in the tranquil courtyard.
- Fewer number of classes enable students to gain a deeper knowledge of subject matter
- Longer length classes allow more time for interaction with the teacher, other students, to collaborate on group projects, complete labs, etc.
- The schedule is comparable to what students encounter in colleges/universities, thus helping to make their transition from high school to college easier
On Holy Days and other special occasions, students have the opportunity to attend Mass in the Academy Center. These Masses celebrate the faith-filled community of Saint Joseph Academy. During free time, students may visit the Chapel for reflection and prayer, located across the Main Office.
After school, many students participate in any of our intramural or 15 Varsity sports, including cross country, rugby, crew, track & field, volleyball, soccer, basketball, swimming & diving, golf, gymnastics, softball, tennis, lacrosse, bowling and indoor track.
A Saint Joseph Academy student is challenged and encouraged to pursue her passions!