Among all human pursuits, the pursuit of wisdom is more perfect, more noble, more useful, and more full of joy. -St. Thomas Aquinas
As a school rooted in the Dominican tradition, study and the pursuit of wisdom are the foundation of academic life at St. Cecilia Academy. Students and teachers are engaged in a shared intellectual inquiry where learning is valued for its own sake. One of the mottos of the Dominican Order is Veritas—truth—and it is pursuit of this truth that animates our entire curriculum. Students are encouraged to grapple with big ideas, ask thoughtful questions, and expect solid answers. St. Cecilia's emphasis on a traditional liberal arts curriculum educates young women in the truth that sets them free. During high school, they cultivate disciplined habits of mind and heart and learn to make connections between science and theology, literature and history, mathematics and the arts. They learn to think clearly and logically and express themselves with confidence and eloquence. Learning at St. Cecilia is not just for college but for life, and when graduates leave us they are ready to apply first principles and essential skills to any future careers and areas of interest. Our dedicated faculty, demanding curriculum, and small class sizes all contribute to an outstanding academic legacy. St. Cecilia annually produces National Merit Finalists and Semifinalists as well as many AP Scholars, and our students go on to attend colleges and universities from coast to coast.
Students are required to carry a minimum of seven courses within an eight-course schedule. Classes are taken on a block scheduling system. Average class size is 13; student to teacher ratio is 8:1.
All academic classes are considered college-preparatory courses. SCA also offers Advanced Placement and Honors classes, as well as advanced classes through the One Schoolhouse, an international online consortium of 65 schools for young women.
For those students who may need additional resources for success, St. Cecilia Academy offers a full-time learning specialist through the St. Martin Program. Named after St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639), a Dominican lay brother from Lima, Peru who was known for treating all persons with equality and dignity, the St. Martin Program provides individualized academic supports to meet the needs of college-bound students with mild identified specific learning disabilities.