Mission & Philosophy

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Mission Statement:

The Academy of Saint Elizabeth is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women, founded by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. Our mission is to promote the disciplines of academic excellence and moral responsibility within our young women by sustaining a scholarly environment and a nurturing community of faith.


Rooted in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the philosophy of the Academy of Saint Elizabeth derives its ethos from Judeo-Christian wisdom affirmed by the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the mission of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. We believe that:
  • Christianity is a way of life that inspires the thoughts and actions of every student.
  • The immersion in and internalization of the ministry of the Sisters of Charity establish unique opportunities for our students to embrace Gospel values, social justice, service to the poor and underserved, fidelity to the Church, faith in the power of the Eucharist, living and growing in community, vital and viable prayer life, and the charism of charity.
  • A diverse student body and curriculum encourage an understanding and appreciation of a multi-cultural society.
  • Single gender education on a secondary level is foundational and appropriate in fostering leadership roles for women in society.


In harmony with this philosophy and these beliefs, we strive collectively, through living examples, to educate and inspire the whole student in ways physical, athletic, civic, spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and aesthetic so that she continues to mature in goodness, truth, and beauty before God, her country, and the world community.

We realize our responsibility as educators is to develop programs and standards of study that reflect the needs and interests of college-bound students. Our students become critical thinkers and learn to write effectively. The students' use of current technology and its applications is necessary for their optimum achievement on the college level. With these commitments, we prepare them to become leaders in their careers and learners for life.

We seek to generate an abiding respect for charity and a sense of duty to the poor and disadvantaged.

We are resolved to empower each of our young women with the compassion and self-reliance that is intrinsic to her femininity. We give priority to cultivating her appreciation that she possesses unique, God-­given talents that render her capable of fulfilling her destiny and of positively impacting the world in which she lives.

We deliberately maintain a small, intimate environment conducive to establishing close and inclusive relationships with the hope that all who pass through our halls depart with a desire to return because of an enduring attachment to this institution.

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  • Charity

    Charity is an awareness of God's overwhelming love which calls each member of our community into relationship with one another. Through these relationships, the love of God is made evident in the manner by which we speak and act with other another.
  • Community

    Community is a relationship of persons committed to fostering the gifts and talents of all in a spirit of inclusivity and collaboration. Community calls us to mutual support, placing our gifts at the service of others.
  • Justice

    Justice is an understanding of the dignity of persons which compels our community to serve the needs of others. This inherently places us on the side of the poor and calls us to be responsible stewards of our resources. Justice also calls us to act in harmony with all creation.
  • Service

    Service is a responsibility to make a difference in the world by reaching out to others in the broader community who are in need, especially the poor. In the tradition of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, our community works collaboratively with individuals and organizations to contribute the well-being of one another, the community, and the common good.
  • Educational Excellence

    Educational Excellence is the commitment to seeking the truth and recognizing the diverse abilities and backgrounds of our students. In order to empower young women for leadership and to educate the whole person, body, mind, and spirit, we hold ourselves accountable to strive continuously for high standards in all areas of education.