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On the July 14, 2013, edition of Cleveland Connection host Katherine Boyd talks about the latest technology in the classroom. She talks with Ryan MacRaild, the Instructional Technology Educator at St Joseph Academy.

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History of St. Joe’s in Cleveland

Saint Joseph Academy was established 1890 by the Congregation of St. Joseph on Starkweather Avenue on the then-western outskirts of the city of Cleveland.

The purpose of the Academy was to promote education, science and art, as well as preparing students for the challenges of the approaching 20th century.

In 1898, Saint Joseph Academy was moved to its current site on Rocky River Drive, which at the time was a beautiful parcel of farmland in the relatively undeveloped area of the city on the edge of the Rocky River Metroparks.

Classes were held in the Motherhouse until the current Academy building was completed in 1928. In those first years, the Academy was an elementary and high school, as well as being co-ed. It became an all-girls high school in the mid 1930s. Currently, it is the only all-girls Catholic high school in the city of Cleveland.

Goals of St Joe’s

The Saint Joseph Academy community imbues all that we do with the spirituality (charism) of the Congregation of St. Joseph:

Through a rigorous and relevant curriculum, we develop relationships with each student and seek to stretch them to their fullest potential. We educate our diverse young women for compassionate leadership and service in global society. At Saint Joseph Academy we believe that all students can achieve and become lifelong learners ready for the 21st century.

  • Students can earn the Advanced Placement International Diploma
  • We offer 15 Advanced Placement classes
  • 65% of our senior class are enrolled in Advanced Placement classes
  • Freshmen who are prepared can enroll in Advanced Placement classes
  • Engineering classes that include; CAD, programming, architectural design,
  • robotics club with Saint Edward High School
  • Partnership with the Fenn School of Engineering, CSU
  • Full performing and fine arts offerings
  • Multiple science offerings including Honors Anatomy, Microbiology and Zoology
  • Service learning program
  • Integrated technology in every classroom

That is where we will continue, with the new technology initiative Saint Joseph Academy will be putting in place next year called SJA+ (SJA Plus).

Saint Joseph Academy’s current technology

What are some current technology you use have available at Saint Joseph Academy?

Digital and Graphic Arts Programs and Courses, Engineering and Mathematics including Denford 3D Router and 3D Printing, Wide format printing, Science Probes and Systems for both chemistry and physiology.  Digital Media software like Audacity,Garage Band, iMovie, Flash, Photoshop. Digital Textbooks. Film and videography courses.

To learn more about St. Joe’s visit its website.


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