Mission & Philosophy

The mission of St. Catherine of Academy is to educate young women to develop their feminine genius—their unique dignity, identity, gifts as women created in the image of God.

The Mission entrusted to us:  to awaken in young women their feminine genius by nurturing a sense of self—academically, socially, and spiritually—and instilling in them a confidence to claim their inheritance as daughters of God.

Our Philosophy:  We believe this culture reduces women’s true dignity by valuing them for their physical beauty or material success.  Instead, we believe in bringing to life the many gifts God has given to each woman which are so necessary for the health and prosperity of our culture. We are a Roman Catholic life-preparatory academy, rooted in the teachings of St. John Paul II who coined the phrase the feminine genius and taught the importance of giving women the freedom to be authentic in their femininity.  This means we strive to stretch both the mind and heart of each young woman who walks through our doors.  Academically, we challenge our students in a rigorous college preparatory program which prizes excellence and an integration of faith with reason.  A focus is placed on rhetoric and analysis of content in a real world application. We also provide opportunities for experiential learning in service to the metro-Detroit community, pilgrimages and mission trips.

The Values we want each young woman to have:

Faith:  a personal relationship with Jesus based on an encounter with Him

Hope:  trust in the providence of God and a vision for her future in the world of work, home, and society

Love: love of self, neighbor, and God

Intelligence:  an integration of her reason with faith resulting in academic excellence and moral intellectual thought

Confidence:   intrinsic dignity as a woman, empowering her to use her unique talents and gifts

Integrity: a well formed conscience knowing moral Truth and acting upon it

Holiness:  a desire for improvement as a daughter of God, willing to admit fault and working to correct it

Generosity:  giving of self without counting the cost

Mission:   a missionary heart, striving to better society and the people she meets with the love of Jesus

Our Future Graduates are prepared to: set the world ablaze with a heart for the Gospel and a sound mind for medicine, politics, education, social work, science, business, music, the arts and all other avenues to which a young woman feels called.

“I was among one of the very first classes SCA ever had. As a pioneer and a student to be a part of the foundation of clubs and classes that continue today, I am beyond proud of how far the school has come. There were many ups and downs during my four years but an amazing experience overall. Today at college I still look back on and cherish my times at SCA, thankful for the connections, education and sisterhood I acquired. I am looking forward to seeing many more young women carry on the traditions my class and recent classes have set for the future.”

Alumna, Class of '14

“An excellent community for families that want to stay involved!”

Leighanne

“SCA proves you can educate young women to both get into Heaven and Harvard!”

SCA Parent

“This place (SCA) is about the best Catholic high school you can go to, in my opinion. The whole school isn’t just a school, but a family where everybody knows everybody. It’s a small enough school for that to be possible-and it’s really awesome! What makes SCA different is the people that make up the SCA family. There are no bullies and no one is mean to you. Everybody looks out for you and your teachers become friends….This place is really close to my heart.”

Alumna, Class of '12

“SCA is authentically and unapologetically Catholic. It’s excellence in academics and athletics is rooted in its mission to pass on the beauty of the Catholic faith in a way that is relevant to the modern world. The result is a constant focus on the character and virtue of its students, challenging them to be the best version of themselves not just academically, but spiritually as well.”

SCA Parent

“The school lives up to their mission statement by unlocking the feminine genius in the girls who go there and providing us with the opportunity to discover who we are meant to be.”

MaryKatherine

“This school has a very strong faith atmosphere! The school is fairly new, but is starting to build a name for itself both spiritually and academically. The faculty and staff rock!”

Student, Class of '19

“Recently attended an event at this school – very beautiful!”

Kenneth

“An excellent community for families that want to stay involved! Everyone has a different opinion and all students, staff, and faculty are respectful of it. I have never been in an environment that was so inviting and welcoming. It is easy to find a home in this school because the staff genuinely care about you and want you to succeed. It really is a beautiful place and a great experience. I am very lucky to have gone through high school there.”

Alumna

“This school is not only college prep, it is life prep. I know that my daughter is being educated to go out and make a positive difference in the world. She will graduate with the confidence and courage to lead wherever she goes in life. I love the principal, the teachers, and the families. It is such a blessing to be a part of the SCA Family. I know the friends my daughter has made will be her sisters for life.”

SCA Parent