I will teach you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel with my eye upon you. -Psalms 32:8

Welcome to our St. Joseph Catholic Academy Family,

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to
such as these.” -Matthew 19:14

We are excited to have you as a part of our community. At our academy, we believe in the formation of the
whole child, not simply education. We are here to assist you in the formation of your student: spiritually,
academically, socially, and emotionally.

“ is, then, an extension of parental education.” -Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools

St. Joseph Catholic Academy (SJCA) is a community built on a partnership with our families, students, and
staff. Education, as the church understands it, proceeds from the family and is cultivated at SJCA as an
extension of the home. In other words, when you choose SJCA, you join our community. Your child is in a safe
environment, supported by caring staff and leaders who believe it is their vocation to form and to love your
children as their own.

“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not
of the world. “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from
the evil.” -John 17:11, 14–15

Our primary mission at SJCA is to provide a classical Catholic environment of academic and spiritual
excellence - to form great saints, not simply scholars. We believe that we all are born with inquiring hearts
and minds - inquiring towards truth. We aim to nurture that innate sense of inquiry, the sense of wonder and
discovery of God’s creation. Our teachers will orient students towards the pursuit of the good, true, and
beautiful in the life of the church. Our hope and prayer is to teach them to think critically, to speak eloquently,
and to engage the world, not be of the world while discerning their own call to holiness.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the
Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” -Matthew 9:37-38

This handbook is filled with important information regarding school policy and procedures. Parents and
students should review the handbook together. We look forward to working with you and your child. We look
forward to a wonderful school year filled with holy moments and experiences! We appreciate your partnership
and thank you for your support in this mission! Prayerfully, together, we will form our children’s faith - we
will open their eyes to the wonder that is God, and enkindle their hearts to the flame of loving discipleship.
Holy Spirit, help us to live our faith, serve our community, and form the body of Christ!

Ite ad Ioseph,
Tony Henely, Headmaster
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