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Mission Statement

St. Joseph Academy graduates will be morally responsible persons with a well-developed commitment to social justice and an enhanced faith in Jesus Christ.  They will be ready to face the 21st century historically grounded by a rigorous educational experience.


As a Catholic high school in the Diocese of St. Augustine, we seek to provide an equal opportunity for each student, in a challenging academic environment, to become a knowledgeable, self-directed, compassionate Christian, able to face the challenges of the future with faith, hope, and love.


We believe that:
  • Jesus Christ is the chief teacher and model of our school.
  • The community of St. Joseph Academy is open to any qualified student who desires to pursue a challenging high school career that prepares him/her for higher education and who has shown a willingness to live by Christian values and conduct.
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique spiritual, physical, social, emotional, and intellectual talents and needs.
  • Students are responsible and accountable for the decisions they make.
  • Students learn in different ways and are to be provided with a variety of  instructional approaches to support their learning.
  • Positive reinforcement builds students’ self-respect and respect for others. A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes learning.


St. Joseph Academy, founded in 1866, by the Sisters of St. Joseph, is the oldest, continuous Catholic high school in Florida. Since its founding, the Academy has continued to provide young people in St. Johns County and the surrounding areas with a value-centered education in the context of the Catholic tradition.

With the 2013-2014 school year, St. Joseph Academy begins its ninetieth year of continuous accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1980, management of the Academy was transferred from the Sisters of St. Joseph to the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine. With the transition of management, the Academy relocated from St. George Street to its present site at 155 State Road 207.

The Diocese of St. Augustine, the administration and faculty, and a dedicated group of parents, students and alumni are committed to uphold the integrity and proud traditions of the school developed through its long history.