Mission / Philosophy

Mission Statement

St. Teresa's Academy is committed to the education of young women. We are a Catholic, independent, college preparatory high school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The Academy is rooted in Christian values and embraces a diverse student body. We promote excellence in education through a challenging curriculum, personal responsibility and participation in extracurricular activities.

Core Beliefs

Mutual respect, integrity, compassion and justice are values reflective of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and provide the basis for the school community. Belief in these values is expressed through prayer, liturgy, and service to others. Through the collaborative effort of the administration, faculty and staff, parents, board of directors, and alumnae, students learn the relationship between freedom and personal responsibility, empowering them to contribute positively to their world.

All students are exposed to a variety of educational activities and assessments to meet the diverse needs of individual learners. Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process, using a variety of thinking and reasoning strategies. A successful student links new information with existing knowledge in meaningful ways and uses a variety of thinking and reasoning strategies.

Philosophy

The school's college-preparatory curriculum fosters logical, imaginative, and collaborative thinking. The interdisciplinary approach to instruction emphasizes the integration of knowledge. The curriculum encourages problem solving, decision making, and aesthetic appreciation--tools for lifelong learning.

The Academy's single-sex environment enhances leadership, self-confidence, and the development of a positive self-image. The curriculum incorporates contributions of women throughout history while emphasizing healthy lifestyles and community service--integral to the St. Teresa's Academy education.

The St. Teresa's Academy community values and embraces a culturally, economically, ethnically, and racially diverse student body. All community members bring divergent backgrounds and experiences that help develop the understanding and appreciation of others, vital in today's global environment.

St. Teresa's Academy also encourages student participation in a broad spectrum of extracurricular activities. These include the visual and performing arts, clubs, and academic and athletic programs. Leadership skills, competitiveness, and creativity are often revealed with students are actively engaged in activities they find fun and interesting.