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Saint Joseph Academy

A TK-12 Traditional Catholic School

Scire, Amare, et Servire Deo

About SJA

About Saint Joseph Academy

Saint Joseph Academy Mission Statement

St. Joseph Academy was established in response to the Second Vatican Council's call for greater lay witness in contemporary society. Teaching in accordance with the Magisterium of the Church, our mission is to form young men and women who, committed to live by Catholic principles, will transform and advance human culture. We aim to accomplish this by offering a traditional learning environment that blends faith and reason in educating the whole child.

Man was created by God in His image and likeness and therefore is destined for Him who is infinite perfection. In the spirit of the Divine Master, amidst a world of material possession, the mission of St. Joseph Academy is to prepare the child for what he must be and for what he must do here on earth, in order to gain the sublime end for which he was created. Our duty is to take great care in the Christian education of the youth.


In 1995, Patricia Hansen and Barbara De La Torre were Catholic mothers longing for a school in San Diego North County that would provide their children with solid academics and faith formation with an integrated K-12 curriculum. Taking to heart the fact that the Church recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children, and with the blessing of San Diego Bishop Robert H. Brom, they founded Sierra Madre Academy in a small commercial building in San Marcos.

During that first year, 25 students attended in grades one to through nine. There were four full-time teachers and a volunteer secretary. In the second year, with word of mouth as its only marketing tool, the school tripled its enrollment to 77 students. In 1997, the school leased additional space at an "upper campus," a strip mall located across a vacant field, to accommodate more students. Each year more space was leased at the upper campus until there was a classroom for each grade and one computer classroom. Enrollment leveled off at around 200 students.

In 2000, the school negotiated a lease for the vacant three-acre lot between the two campuses. With all-volunteer labor and mostly donated materials, parents cleaned up and fenced in the area, installed irrigation, and planted grass. The result: a play field that has allowed the school to expand its athletic and recreational opportunities. At the same time, portions of the upper campus parking lot were fenced off for a basketball court.

In September of 2008, we opened our school's new campus under the new name of Saint Joseph Academy. Our new campus includes 3 buildings supporting 13 classrooms, a computer room and administration offices. Our enrollment has reached over 280 students. Our school is the only complete K-12 school that teaches the Catholic faith in San Diego county; we provide an integrated curriculum that will prepare students for higher education and passes on the essential teachings of the Roman Catholic faith.



Saint Joseph Academy School Crest

Saint Joseph Academy School Crest
Eucharist- Devotion and loyalty to Our Lord, His sacred body, blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament.

Our Blessed Lady- Love and devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.

Keys- Faithful obedience to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church- Keys of the Kingdom.

White Lily - Symbol for St. Joseph, devotion to purity along with adherence to the Bible and belief in true catholic education.
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