Greetings and welcome to Saint Joseph Academy!

As an alumna, parent, teacher, and now principal, I firmly believe in all that Saint Joseph Academy represents, and I look forward to partnering with you in guiding your students along their educational journey, not only as Bloodhounds, but as Marists.

Whether you spend a few moments navigating this site or a day visiting our beautiful campus, I am confident that you will derive a sense of who we are - a school devoted to its mission. Saint Joseph Academy is not only a school, but a loving family that works together to support our students and serve our community. 

This is a mission that heralds Saint Joseph Academy as being a college preparatory school that forms "young men and women who will succeed in university studies, who know and love Jesus, and who actively participate in the worship and mission of the school." Since its inception, SJA has been instrumental in the education and formation of doctors, attorneys, entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, and educators.

Saint Joseph Academy is committed to being the best school it can be - fulfilling our mission to assist our students as they grow in their faith lives, embrace learning, and give back to our community through lives of service. We appreciate the dedication and support of all our families, and we are grateful for their commitment to ensuring that Saint Joseph Academy remains a celebrated and successful school.

It continues to be an honor and privilege to serve as the principal of Saint Joseph Academy, and I look forward to working together to make these years memorable and successful. God bless you always and know that our door is always open.

Sincerely yours,

Melissa Valadez


Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Requests for an appointment with the Principal can be addressed to:

Linda De los Santos, Administrative Assistant to the Principal.


Phone: (956) 542-3581, ext. 317

Fax: (956) 542-4748

Mrs. Melissa Valadez was appointed Principal of Saint Joseph Academy on July 1, 2016.

The Principal is the Chief Operating Officer of Saint Joseph Academy. Appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Trustees, the Principal is directly responsible to the President in all of her decisions and actions. The Principal has immediate responsibility for the religious and educational programs of the school and its general operation. The Principal’s constituents are students, parents, faculty, and staff. The Principal’s duties can be summarized under these headings:

  • Educational and spiritual leadership
  • Communication of rules and policies
  • Supervision of personnel