St. Joseph High School

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From its founding in 1915, Saint Joseph High School has maintained a reputation for academic excellence within a family-like environment to become a regional asset, serving students from 2 Catholic Dioceses, 46 parishes, 4 counties, and 21 public school districts. Located approximately 20 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, SJHS is easily

accessible from the PA Turnpike, Route 28, Route 228, and Route 356. Young men and women of all faiths, races, and national origins are welcome at Saint Joseph High School. International students, enrolled through a partnership with Holy Family International College Preparatory Program, enhance the school’s diversity.


Saint Joseph High School has been recognized by The Cardinal Newman Society as a “Top 50 Catholic High School in the Nation” every year since 2006 and is accredited by Middle States Association. The project-based curriculum, strong in STEM education, requires four years of math and laboratory science. SJHS offers 42 College in High School credits from five local colleges/universities. Students have the opportunity to earn up to 38 college credits while still in high school. On average, SJHS students enter college as second-semester freshmen, with some graduating in three years.


St Joe_2013GraduationStudents regularly compete in regional, state, and national academic competitions, including National History Day and Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. Extracurricular activities, including a robust athletics program with 19 sports, an award-winning drama department, robotics team, and mock trial and forensics league, round out the SJHS experience. There is a no-cut policy for all extracurricular activities, including sports, guaranteeing all students an opportunity to be part of a group or team.


Saint Joseph High School welcomes its 100th freshman class this fall and will kick off its Centennial Celebration in September 2015.


To learn more about SJHS, schedule a private tour, or register for the “Spartan for a Day” program, contact Admissions Director Shane Palumbo ’92: (724) 226-4932, or visit their website at


Innovations in Education


The movement to integrate the traditional STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math with art, is growing. Research shows that the skills learned through art can deepen students’ understanding of complex scientific material and allow for innovation. STEAM learning is increasingly important in preparing students for college and career. This year, the SJHS Robotics Class and Drama Program collaborated on the annual spring drama production—Shrek The Musical. Several costumes were enhanced by animatronics. Robotics students designed mechanisms that added life to the dragon with lighted eyes and moving eyes and mouth, and allowed Pinocchio’s nose to extend and retract through remote control. These students also assisted with lighting, sound, and stage technology during the performances. The production was nominated for seven Gene Kelly Awards, including Best Musical, and took home the award for Best Costume Design-Budget Level I. To learn more about this innovative school, check out our Spotlight In Education in this issue of Northern Connection magazine or visit the Saint Joseph High School website at