Student Life

Long before the idea that single-sex education was more beneficial to young women, an all-female education had been the guiding principal for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) our school’s founders. St. Teresa’s Academy, established in 1866, is the oldest school and women’s institution in Kansas City. We take pride in knowing the young women who enter our historic doors leave as confident, well-educated individuals prepared to meet life’s challenges.

As an STA student, you will carry on the Academy’s many traditions that have developed over the years. In addition to a premier college-preparatory education, you will enjoy the spirit of the STA sisterhood that will last a lifetime, special ceremonies to welcome you to the Academy, events that will inspire you, and much more.


Symbols of Catholic faith can be found throughout campus. On this tour, you’ll learn about the history of STA since its founding by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1866. You’ll visit the Chapel of St. Joseph and discover the special meaning behind the lace that surrounds it. You will also see how your faith can grow through theology classes, clubs and extracurriculars, and service projects.


Take a peek at the variety of creative spaces on the STA campus designed to support student activities. With 33 different fine arts and communication arts courses, three theatrical performances every year, competitive sports teams, and more than 50 different club and extracurricular offerings, students have many ways to get involved.


During this tour, you’ll see what life is like at STA – including the sisterhood, traditions and advisory bonds! You’ll discover some of the many reasons students love to call STA home.


STA’s college-preparatory education is innovative, rigorous, and supports diverse learners. In this tour, students take you through the spaces designed to help you succeed, including the Fahey Learning Center, engineering lab, math hub, journalism room and more.