Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy
- Private, Catholic
- Boalsburg, PA
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy Reviews
Rating 2.95 out of 5 19 reviews
The school has gone so downhill since my freshman year. We had great teachers, kind staff, and just seemed like people cared. The beginning of my junior year is when stuff got horrible, teachers started to care less about students, and their safety. The staff had been seen in the office multiple times not wearing their masks, during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. It is now May and anytime I walk past the office I see someone not wearing their mask, it's sad. I know a majority of kids in my school are not high risk, but you'd think that they'd care more. I also have seen kids not properly wearing their mask, and it's usually another student who says something to them, not a faculty member. There have been multiple reports on mask wearing either in the office or among students. The school has not listened or responded with "we're like a pod, we're a family.". There has also been multiple complaints about the current math teacher, complaints as in, students writing a 5 page document of complaints.
This school is awful. I had such a terrible experience here. The culture is horrible. All the kids are obnoxious, rude, and mean, and no one disciplines them when they're being jerks. They're allowed to feel like they can do whatever they want to. There's no diversity at all. There's no music and art, just sports, and the sports are bad/biased/corrupted. There are so many communication issues and the environment isn't professional at all. I'm an online student, and they are totally unprepared for everything. They keep insisting that in-person school is safe, without even attempting to make the online experience less confusing and more welcoming. I was completely ignored most of the time, with no effort from many of the teachers to actually include me. I don't even have a Spanish teacher! I'm taking an online course. One of my teachers is very creepy and questionable, and yet no one seems to care. I can't even say anything positive about this school. It's absolutely horrible.
This school has gone very downhill. The school has lost many great teachers over the years. For some classes, they couldn’t even find a teacher for like Spanish. I heard the students are doing online spanish this year and when I found out about this I was dumbfounded. Many students have been trying to give the school feedback on some certain teachers but the lack of communication is horrible. This school used to be a great school with a welcoming environment. But now it has just gone downhill where the students don’t feel welcomed anymore and everything they do seems forced.
As someone who has gone to this school and has experienced change, this school has been able to exceed greatly in my academics and help me grow in my faith. People mention the teachers being a problem and at times, I can see it, but I must say that it is not fully true. With some minor incidents here and there, I have learned fine and achieved high marks over the course of my stay. Another thing that I want to mention is the great teams SJCA has to offer. With it being a small school, it gives people a chance to try sports and develop skills needed for being a leader. With teams such as the XC team winning states countless times, this shows the constant effort put into these teams to see success. High school is what you make it and I must say that goes with the school itself. If you go in with a bad attitude, it won't go well but if you go in with a positive attitude, high school will be more enjoyable and something you will remember. As a junior, I can't wait for senior year!
Not sure where to begin. It is a decent place for kids who would succeed anywhere. if you are expecting a welcoming, caring environment where students individual needs come first forget it. Administration is completely out of touch. No involvement in anything. More than 8 of the best teachers have left o er the past 3 years. With a small faculty that is huge turnover. foreign language is online, and the experience is useless. The school is very cliquey and the kids are just plain mean with no consequences. the guidance department is useless, just send out dates for SAT and forward emails they get. It's a small school, so the positive is small classes but the negative is no choices. Also, no music or arts programs. they spend an inordinate amount on a handful of mediocre sports teams. But they don't cut anyone so your kid can play. We are almost done, and I wouldn't recommend it. Used to be a lot better but as others have said going downhill fast
Administration does not listen to the students. Quality of teaching has gone downhill terribly. Complete lack of diversity, and a persistent closed-minded attitude.
Saint Joe's was a great school, until around my junior year when the administration shifted. Since then it started declining, and a lot of the wonderful teachers have left, especially in their Science and Math department. except for Marty Maze, he is a real good guy.
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy has prepared me college very well. I am receiving a great education and learning about my religion a lot. I am thankful I was able to attend this school
I feel like the schools gone terribly down hill since I Started going here. Everything from teachers leaving and being replaced with subar teaching to the administration not listening to the students
Overall the students here are very nice people and all the faculty are very caring towards their students. However, there is a very large disconnect between the administration and the student body. It's a great school to attend, but the administration is very different than it used to be. If you push yourself, you will be prepared for college.
I’ve loved being a part of the Saint Joe’s community since my freshman year. The teachers and the music, arts, and athletic programs are fantastic and all of these have taught me so much about myself. However, I haven’t been a huge fan of the administration the last two years; I feel they don’t personally relate to us and often ignore what we have to say. Regardless, I would still recommend Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy and tell everyone how great of an experience I’ve had.
The teachers are definitely the best part of the school. They work so hard to make sure you understand the material and will always help you to do your best.
Saint Joes really changed me as a person. I originally went to a giant public school during my freshman year and found my self not enjoying the environment there. I investigated other options and found Saint Joes. I entered as a very shy, mellow student but became a very confident, outgoing leader. I was able to stand out in my own way and take on different leadership opportunities. The teachers will go out of their way to help you and make you feel comfortable. The students are very hardworking and motivated people. I'm so thankful for my experience there.
Saint Joesph's is a place where students can explore their interests, find what they love to do, and be prepared for the future. The school retains a strong college acceptance rate of 100% for all graduating seniors, helping students achieve their goals. I believe my time at the school has prepared me well for future endeavors, whatever they may be.
Personally, this school was a good fit for me. I was used to the small class sizes, the individual attention from staff, and the high academic expectations. Students and faculty alike are very personable (most of the time) and willing to help you succeed. That being said, if you are someone who likes to fly under the radar, this is not the school for you. You will be expected to keep yourself in line for the entirety of your time there, and your secrets are not safe. While the school prides itself on being inclusive and open minded, some teachers and students are incapable of accepting differences, religiously, in gender and sexual orientation, and freedom of expression. You have to pick your battles wisely. All in all, this is a great school. I feel very prepared for college and life, and I will definitely be going back to visit. The food there is also amazing :))
I liked how small the school was, it was nice to get not just homework help but also help with life if I needed it from the teachers there.