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.

“This high school builds the whole young woman intellectually, spiritually, and teaches the feminine genius approach to life. Amen!”

Chrissy

“Karen Ervin is a remarkable principal! She is a good administrator, but even more importantly, she is an excellent role model for the students. She is strong, confident, and a woman of tremendous virtue. She is unafraid and doing everything in her power to raise strong, Catholic women who will go out and ‘set the world ablaze’!”

SCA Parent

“An excellent school that brings the girls together more like sisters rather than friends.”

Zina

“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

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

Kenneth

“Another thing I enjoyed about the school was the athletics. I played four different sports at this school and I had the same experience with all of them. The coaches really cared about me, not just how well I was performing and I was treated respectfully on and off the court. Further more, I felt that I was really being pushed physically and mentally during practice which I value in any activity.”

Alumna

“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

“I LOVE this school. The teachers are excellent. Because the students are so friendly, it’s easy to fit in and make friends even if you have had a tough time at other schools. There is virtually no bullying and it is a very friendly, positive environment. Highly recommended.”

Alumna, Class of '17

“My first day of freshman year was something I never expected, Saint Catherines just felt like home. The atmosphere, staff, and the student body were all so amazing. I knew from the second I came to the school that it was where I was meant to be. I am currently a senior and my experience so far has been one too remember I have grown mentally, physically, spiritually and my journey has been one to remember. I love Saint Catherine of Siena and all the girls I have met are truly going to be my sisters throughout my life, its an amazing school and is a place I will call home forever.”

Alumna, Class of '18

“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