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Welcome to St. Joseph Academy!


We are grateful for your interest in our school. If you have not yet visited our campus, we urge you to do so soon. We believe you will enjoy seeing our beautiful school and experiencing the home-like atmosphere of SJA. 


Ten years ago a new adventure in learning began in the City Center of Joliet, Illinois. St. Joseph Academy was established to give parents another option in choosing an education for their children. 


Traditional education is good for many children, but one size does not necessarily fit all. There are those students who learn at their own pace…either more quickly or more slowly, or just in a different way, than their peers. Following the precepts of Montessori education, which focuses on each child as an individual, St. Joseph Academy designed a new kind of school, one that took many of the methods of traditional education and reframed them in the light of Montessori philosophy.


Our preschool-kindergarten is a Montessori-style classroom. The children, ages three through five or six, begin with Practical Life and move into Sensorial Learning, as well as hands-on Language, Math, Geography, and Science. Each child is introduced to these concepts as they are ready for them, each at their own pace. Emphasis is on the child developing respect for themselves, for their peers, for adults, and for the environment, and becoming responsible and resourceful learners.


Our elementary and adolescent programs are housed in multi-age classrooms, where students can learn at their own pace rather than at a prescribed grade level. First through fifth graders study the basics of reading, writing, and math, as well as being introduced to science, social studies, Spanish, music and art.


From sixth grade into early high school, our students use traditional textbooks, but not in a traditional way. Subjects are introduced to all the students, but assignments and presentations vary according to each child’s interests and abilities. Textbooks become resource books, supplemented by computer and print research.  Homework and testing is a tool rather than an end in itself. Students gain confidence and develop creativity through oral reports and presentations.


Since we are a Christian school based on Catholic tradition, religion is an important part of our day. Elementary and adolescent students, regardless of their church affiliation, attend daily Mass at St. John the Baptist Parish just across the street. Some of our older students may choose to become altar servers. Through their religion classes and church services, the students learn what it means to be a Christian and to serve God and neighbor.


Please stop by or call us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to talking with you and letting you observe our classes in session. 



Jan Novotny

Head of School

Our Philosophy

In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, St. Joseph Academy acknowledges that children,

as well as adults, learn at different rates and in different ways. We provide individualized instruction to children with special gifts and special needs within the regular classroom settings. 

Our History



St. Joseph Academy opened in the fall of 2010 and educates children from preschool through ninth grade.  Although St.Joseph Academy is a private independent school in the Catholic tradition, students of all faiths are welcome.

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