St. Scholastica Academy

    ST. SCHOLASTICA ACADEMY, 122 South Massachusetts St., Covington – In 1902 ground was broken for a new academy founded by the Benedictine Sisters. The large bell in the tower atop the new, four-story wooden building rang for the first time on Sept. 4, 1903, to announce the beginning of school, and St. Scholastica Academy was born.
    When the bell rang in 1910, it was for the dedication of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, which is where the May crowning is held for our current students. Through the years, the bell rang for classes, for Mass and for the Angelus. From its place in the wooden school building tower, it announced the daily unfolding history of the school and the people who formed it: teachers, students, parents and the community. As it rang its daily messages, it marked the passing years of growth.
    In 1965, the archdiocese purchased the school and agreed to build a new school plant. In 1967, the bell rang to announce the dedication of the new buildings by Archbishop Philip Hannan, and SSA officially became an archdiocesan high school. When the original buildings were torn down, the bell was removed from its tower and, along with the grotto, remains as a symbol of SSA’s history.
    If the beautiful oaks that grace the campus could tell the stories of its students and teachers that were heard over the years, they would tell stories of joy, hope, challenges and successes. The investment in lives, resources and energies through the years of the Benedictine Sisters defies measurements.
    The bell rang on Nov. 15, 2008, to announce the dedication of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel, the return of a true chapel to the SSA campus after 40 years.
    In May 2011, the bell rang to celebrate the graduation of the 108th SSA class and to continue our “Tradition of Sisterhood.” SSA is proud of its past and embraces the present, continually striving to fulfill the four pillars of the Benedictine tradition of prayer, work, study and community. Each student continues the legacy that challenges her to always take time for each other, look for the best and build for tomorrow.
    Recognized as a national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SSA has an enrollment of 693 young women and an average class size of 22, which allows for personalized attention.
    The effect of SSA’s implementation of the 4×4 block schedule provides a structure for the school’s creative and innovative teachers to utilize new methods of instruction and technologies, which engage students as active learners. The 4×4 successfully prepares graduates for the college environment, allowing for easy transition.
    Since 2008 SSA has been in the forefront of technology for educational purposes. This year debuts the implementation of the iPad 2 for the entire student body, faculty and staff. Our new Creativity Center for Digital Media has enhanced the curriculum for visual art, yearbook and digital media.
    In addition to maintaining strong academics, SSA students are required to complete community service hours encompassing involvement, action and reflection of their Catholic beliefs as applied to everyday life.
    The all-girls’ environment allows for the development of individual initiative and leadership. The guidance department counsels students on academics, careers and the college application process. SSA students consistently outscore the national averages on standardized tests.
    The class of 2011 produced two National Merit Semi-Finalists and two National Merit Commended Students. A total of $11.6 million was received in scholarships to 93 universities and colleges. Sixty-five percent of the class received scholarships; 91 percent earned TOPS.
    SSA’s extracurricular and sports programs form an essential part of school life. The choir and play productions are a vital part of the academy. Students can choose from 31 activities and 15 team sports. Last year, SSA’s soccer team was runner-up for state. The bowling team competed in the state semi-finals. A 10-acre athletic complex houses an all-weather track and softball and soccer fields.
    SSA’s vision is part of its spirit – that the quality of life in our society becomes greatly improved when young women are educated to succeed, stand confident and lead Christian lives of service and responsibility.

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