SCHOOL CHARACTERISTICS

  • A private, Roman Catholic, coeducational, college-preparatory school, grades 7 -12
  • Current Enrollment: 421 students in grades 7 -12
  • Accredited by AdvanceED/SACS CASI and the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department
  • Member of The College Board, National Association for College Admission Counseling, Texas Association for College Admission Counseling, National Catholic Educational Association, and National Association of Secondary School Principals

REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION

  • Religious Studies 4
  • English 4
  • Mathematics 4
  • Science 4
  • Social Studies 4
  • Languages other than English 3
  • Fine Arts 1
  • Physical Education 1
  • Health 0.5
  • Speech 0.5
  • Computer Science 1
  • Electives 1

GRADING SYSTEM AND CLASS RANK

Grades are computed on a 100 point scale. The minimum passing grade is 70. Grades are weighted by assigning a course multiplier based on the level of difficulty: 

  • AP, 1.10
  • Honors/Dual Enrollment, 1.05
  • Standard College Prep, 1.00

Weighting is reflected in the cumulative average, but not in the course grade. The student's GPA is calculated at the conclusion of each semester, using semester grades in all courses.

Saint Joseph Academy does not report class rank. At the beginning of the 2018 - 2019 school year, there were 86 students in the Class of 2019. The highest GPA in the class on a 100 point scale was 101.91 and the lowest GPA in the class was 75.50. The median GPA was 87.36. Course weighting as explained above is reflected in the GPA.

TRANSCRIPT NOTATIONS AND GRADING SCALE

  • H - Honors Course
  • D - Dual Enrollment Course
  • AP - Advanced Placement Course

The following will be used to assign value to grades earned in the Mexican school system:

  • 10 - 7 = P (Passed)
  • 6 - 1 = F (Failed)

SJA TESTING HISTORY*

100% of the Class of 2017 participated in the SAT.

2017 Mean SAT Scores:

  • SJA 1058
  • District 1043
  • Total Group 1070

57% of the Class of 2017 participated in the ACT.

2017 Mean Scores:

  • SJA 21.8
  • State 20.7
  • Nation 21.0

*2018 test data not yet available

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

All students participate in a college preparatory curriculum. Students may enroll in Honors and Advanced Placement courses by application. Selection is based upon grade averages and teacher recommendations. Dual Enrollment classes are offered through Texas Southmost College. A completed Writing Portfolio is a graduation requirement for all students.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

In 2018, 138 SJA students in grades 10 - 12 took 331 AP exams in 14 subject areas, achieving qualifying scores of 3 or higher on 40% of the tests. In 2018, 18 SJA students earned AP Scholar Awards for their performance on multiple exams.

2018 - 2019 AP COURSES

  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry
  • Enf=glish Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • French Language and Culture
  • Human Geography
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics 1
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Studio Art
  • U.S. Government 
  • U.S. History

DUAL ENROLLMENT

Saint Joseph Academy offers dual enrollment credit in English and Mathematics through Texas Southmost College.

HONORS COURSES

  • Language Arts 7
  • Language Arts 8
  • English 9
  • english 10
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Environmental Systems 8
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • World Geography
  • World History
  • Spanish

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

All students are enrolled in a Religious Studies course every semester. Courses for grades 9 -11 include Religion 9: Scripture, Religion 10: Church and Worship, and Social Justice. At grade 12, students may take World Religions and Christian Identity, or they may apply to earn their Religious Studies credit through enrollment in Call to Ministry or Christian Service Classes.

CLASS OF 2018 COLLEGE MATRICULATION

The members of the Class of 2018 achieved 100% college acceptance, with 97% enrolled in four-year universities, and 3% attending two-year colleges. The 90 SJA graduates received more than  $6 million in merit scholarship awards.


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College Acceptances of Recent SJA Graduates
  • Alfred University
  • Augustana College
  • Augustana University
  • Austin College
  • Baylor University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hampden - Sydney College
  • Instituto Technolgico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
  • Iona College
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Knox College
  • Louisiana State University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • McGill University
  • New York Film Academy
  • New York University
  • Newbury College
  • Oberlin College of Arts & Sciences
  • Otis College of Art & Design
  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Reed College
  • and many more!!