A Catholic Girls School in the Benedictine Tradition

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • How many girls attend St. Scholastica Academy and what is the size of each class?

    Total enrollment is approximately 550 young women from the Louisiana parishes of St.Tammany, Tangipahoa, Orleans and Washington. The number of students per class varies, however class size is approximately 19 students.
  • What are the advantages to an all-girls school?

    Research has demonstrated that girls achieve a higher level of academic success in an all-girl environment when compared to their counterparts in a coed school. According to the Wall Street Journal, all-girls schools "help females to get away from the traditional social conditioning and give them the freedom to show what they can do.” The October 27, 1993 issue of Education Week states,"Compared with their counterparts at other schools, girls in all-girls’ schools take math and science courses at double the national average.” At SSA, 100% of our students take five years of math and English, and four years of science and social studies.
  • What types of classes does SSA offer?

    SSA offers  AP, honors, dual enrollment and college-prep core and elective classes. The academic environment at SSA promotes personal growth and academic achievement. We have students of varied abilities and our college-preparatory curriculum gives the young women who attend SSA a well-rounded educational experience that prepares them for college. Ninety-nine percent of our graduates matriculate to higher education/
  • My daughter sometimes struggles. Does SSA accept students with unique learning needs?

    Yes. Each case is decided individually. Students with learning differences must be able to master SSA’s academic programs with an accommodation plan provided to teachers by the Guidance Department. The Dean of Academics determines a possible accommodation plan to address learning differences.
  • Do you offer tuition assistance?

    Tuition assistance is offered through an established needs-based program.
  • Can my daughter get college credit for classes?

    SSA offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses as well as dual enrollment courses.  AP classes in Art History, Biology, Calculus (AB), English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Psychology, Civics/American Government, American History, which allow students to earn possible college credit through the College Board.

    SSA also partners with Louisiana State University and Southeastern Louisiana University through their dual enrollment programs.  Mathematics and English courses are through LSU, while courses in social sciences and fine arts are offered through SLU.
  • What types of extracurricular activities does SSA provide?

    SSA is committed to the development of the whole student. The Academy offers over 40 extracurriculars, including: academic and service clubs, publications, liturgical groups, drama, dance, chorus, speech and sports.
  • What will my daughter’s schedule be like?

    SSA is on a rotating block schedule. On this schedule students take eight complete course per year, allowing them to receive 36 high school credits instead of the 24 required by the state or the 28-32 granted by schools with a seven period day.
  • I understand that SSA is a Catholic school. Do students of other religions also attend?

    Yes, there are students of other religious faiths who attend SSA. All students regardless of religious practices, however, are required to take a theology course and attend an off-campus retreat each year. Learning about the Catholic faith provides non-Catholics a perspective and a background of understanding for SSA’s Catholic school program. All are enriched by the school’s mission to educate young women for personal, spiritual and academic growth, service and leadership.
St. Scholastica Academy is a Catholic, all-girls, college-preparatory high school located in Covington, Louisiana. Founded in 1903, SSA perpetuates the Benedictine tradition of balancing prayer, work, study, and community in developing adolescent girls into Christian women grounded in the Gospel values of the Catholic faith.
St. Scholastica Academy is a Catholic girls high school of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. As such it admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to students at its schools. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.