The schools of the Society of St. Pius X are committed to providing children with a safe, healthy environment in which they can learn and grow into strong and dedicated Catholics of tomorrow.
St. Joseph's Academy is in a unique position to accomplish this mission in our new academy buildings in Ray Township. Bright, spacious classrooms, our newly renovated St. Philomena Hall, the adjacent chapel, and abundant access to the outdoors make St. Joseph's an ideal place to grow in body, mind and soul.
Our school finds in the traditional liturgy of the Church the privileged source of supernatural life and of solid piety. For this reason the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered in the Tridentine Rite. Pupils have a regularly scheduled time for the sacrament of Penance. In addition, other devotions such as the Rosary and Benediction will prove conducive to fostering a greater love of God in the heart of the pupil. All pupils receive instruction in the Catholic Faith as part of the curriculum. Children are prepared for the reception of the Sacraments, the boys are taught to serve Mass, and all pupils are taught to sing the hymns and recite the prayers of the Mass.
Our curriculum is Liberal Arts based. We place emphasis on English language, phonics, reading and handwriting, mathematics and religious education. Lessons in history, science, geography, music, art, Latin and PE complement the curriculum.
Education is about the acquisition of knowledge and the development of critical thinking. But this is not all. Education also consists in the apprenticeship of virtue. Through the school’s curriculum, the example of teachers and fellow pupils and the Sacraments of the Church, the child learns both the practice of virtue and that his Catholic Faith is an integral part of everyday life. Self control, good manners and disciplined behavior are instilled with a view to developing the child’s character and sense of moral responsibility. As a small school, we are able to create a family atmosphere in which the children are cared for in a friendly yet disciplined setting.