About the Program of Studies at Saint Joseph Academy
The educational experiences offered to students at Saint Joseph Academy are a reflection of the principles in our mission statement:
To succeed in university studies
Saint Joseph Academy’s comprehensive curriculum in the arts and sciences emphasizes fundamental academic skills – the written and oral expression of ideas, problem solving, critical thought, and the competent use of current technology. Our students prepare themselves for university studies and for a lifetime of learning. Recognizing that our students come to us with a variety of ability levels, we offer classes that will meet them at their level and help them to grow in their aptitude for scholastic achievement. For those who seek opportunities for advanced learning, Honors and Advanced Placement Courses are offered in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Target Languages. Courses are also offered for students who enter with limited English language skills. The Champagnat Learning Center offers a variety of support services for students with diagnosed learning differences.
At Saint Joseph Academy, writing and research are incorporated into all subject areas. As part of an on-going information literacy initiative, students at every grade level receive training in the most up-to-date research practices. The curriculum, which has undergone extensive renovation under the direction of a nationally recognized authority in the field of curriculum and instruction, is designed to foster the critical thinking, research, and writing skills students will need for success at the university level. In addition, faculty in all departments continue to participate in professional development to ensure that our students receive excellent instruction and have abundant opportunities to hone their writing skills in all their classes. (see a copy of colleges and universities the Class of 2012 will attend)
To know and love Jesus
The study of Roman Catholicism, central to our curriculum, has two aims. First, students acquire a comprehensive understanding of the Roman Catholic tradition. Secondly, and even more importantly, students gain fuller access to the rich Catholic treasury of resources for developing a meaningful life of faith. These resources include a balanced and informed moral system based on a keen sense of social responsibility. While formal religious education takes place in religion classes, Christian values are reflected throughout the curriculum.
To actively participate in the worship and mission of the Church
Through regular worship as a school community, opportunities for prayer and reflection, the Marist Youth Movement, retreat experiences, and a variety of voluntary service projects, the seeds of faith, love, and responsibility to the least favored have the opportunity to take root in the lives of students. Following the model of Saint Marcellin Champagnat, Saint Joseph Academy continually strives to build a genuinely Christian community in which students are offered love, acceptance, discipline, and challenge.
Guided by these principles and goals, it is expected that graduates of Saint Joseph Academy will be able to:
- apply Roman Catholic teaching to the analysis of personal and social issues;
- speak and write English clearly and fluently for formal and informal communication;
- listen to and read English critically, intelligently evaluating the validity of spoken and written arguments;
- communicate in a second language through the written and spoken word;
- use critical thinking, mathematical problem-solving, and scientific methods to draw and apply conclusions;
- apply a comprehensive understanding of our world - its geography, cultures, histories, and the natural and social processes that govern it - to the analysis of current events;
- conduct and report research across disciplines;
- use with skill the techniques of one (performing or visual) artistic medium;
- utilize calculators, computers and the Internet as tools for research, word processing, data management, multi-media presentations, and reference.
They are prepared to:
- participate in the worship and mission of the Church - particularly in service to the least favored - in an active and informed manner;
- employ the principles and skills of fitness and exercise, wellness, safety, teamwork and good sportsmanship;
- lead productive lives marked by respect, generosity and compassion, effective planning and decision-making, fruitful collaboration with others, and functional processes for solving personal, interpersonal and situational problems.
Saint Joseph Academy is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED).