The mission of St. Joseph’s Academy is to educate young women as responsible and unifying members of the world community. The choices students make for their classes reflect their desire to be well-rounded individuals. As students carefully consider their course selections, many factors come into play: multiple honors/AP courses, performing and visual arts and technology classes, to name a few. Students must learn to balance their academic and co-curricular commitments with their lives away from school. Our goal is to work with our students to assist them in becoming well-rounded young women.
All courses offered within the SJA curriculum are college-preparatory courses. Additionally, SJA offers honors and advanced placement courses for students whose academic records indicate they would benefit from advanced study.
Once courses are selected, we plan the master schedule. Please be aware that if an elective course is not filled, it will not be offered. We will refer to students’ course selection sheets to make alternative selections. Faculty is hired based on the overall schedule; therefore, we may not allow a student to drop an elective once it is selected. Course changes are allowed until March 5, 2018. Copies of the final schedule will be posted online in late July. We do not honor requests to move the time of a class or change teachers.
During the school year, schedule changes are typically made only to correct misplacement in courses. Once school has begun, a student may not drop a course simply because she no longer wants to take it. It is important that students understand the commitment they are making.
If changes are to be made at mid-semester, the following procedures must be followed:
- The student meets with the teacher concerning the change.
- The student meets with Dean of Academics Dr. Jason Hanks about the change.
- The parents put the request for a change in writing and provide any medical or related information.
- Dean of Academics Dr. Jason Hanks meets with the teacher(s) involved and approves/denies the change(s).