St. Joan of Arc is a Catholic school where families of diverse faiths and cultures are welcome.
Our vision for an SJA graduate is to become a leader and community builder in church and society. We strive to teach each child to act with faith, integrity, and competency to advance the unity of all persons with God, each other, and all of creation.
Three cornerstones of our faith life at SJA are liturgy, sacrament, and service. Each one of these helps to form a strong foundation from which students may build meaning in their lives and model Catholic Christian living to the broader community.
The school community fosters personal and communal prayer, shares in traditional and new liturgies and celebrates Mass as an integral part of our time together. We pray to begin and end our day, to give thanks, to seek help and consolation, and to praise God. We gather as an entire community to worship and to celebrate the feasts of the liturgical calendar. Our pastor and director of religious education work closely with our teachers to bring faith to life for our children.
Those sacraments traditionally received in youth are wonderful turning points in the lives of our students. The second grade teachers work with our director of religious education bringing the wonder of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist to their students. Parents are closely involved in the preparations and our pastor presides over the reception of these sacraments. It is a very special time for all.
Every year the bishop comes to St. Joan of Arc to confer the sacrament of Confirmation on our eighth graders as they formally accept the gift of their faith and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The preparations for this sacrament combine learning, service and self-reflection.
From our very youngest children to our oldest, the place of service in a Christian life is clear. As a community, SJA devotes time, talent, and treasure to God’s work on earth. Each year the student council and individual classes discover new ways to help others. The involvement of our students in service teaches them the joy of giving and caring. It is a clear tradition and strength of the St. Joan of Arc community.