Students at MSJ are dedicated to their school and the community, making them proud bearers of the well-respected MSJ banner and traditions.
To provide a personal, Catholic school community in the heart of Vermont. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mount St. Joseph focuses on the education of the whole person by integrating spiritual development, academics, extra-curricular activities, and community service into everyday life. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Mount St. Joseph students are self-confident and resolute. Our mission is to create a just world.
We believe in affirming the goodness and presence of God, and that Mount St. Joseph Academy in five years will be the school of choice in the Rutland Region for students and families seeking excellence in academic work, spiritual formation, artistic pursuits, athletic development, and a generosity of service to others in the Catholic tradition.
WHO WE ARE
Mount St. Joseph Academy’s beginnings are inextricably tied to the founding of the Sisters of St. Joseph Rutland community. Almost from the moment they arrived, the Sisters began the task of building schools to serve the community, starting with St. Peter's School, and in 1882, the all-girls Mount St. Joseph Academy.
As early histories of Mount St. Joseph Academy attest, the Academy's mission was to meet the needs of the community and the times. In 1927, in cooperation with the Rutland Catholic community, the Sisters built a larger facility and opened as a co-educational academy. The rigorous curriculum continued and the addition of boys brought the introduction of a full athletics program. The music program grew to include a marching band and orchestra, with special diplomas offered in piano and violin. Drama also became an integral part of the MSJ experience. All of this was offered in order to develop the complete person in mind, body and spirit.
Dedicated teachers, mentors and coaches make the extra effort to assist students contributing to the success of the Academy. It is easy to sense the special ethos or spirit that lives on Convent Avenue. Students know this is a place to belong. Success in the classroom spills over to athletic championships and awards in drama and music competitions. Mount St. Joseph Academy has become the school of choice for those who seek admission to competitive colleges and universities.
The core mission of Mount St. Joseph Academy remains the same as the intentions of the women who began the Academy over 125 years ago: to educate the whole person in mind, body and spirit. True to this mission is the continued belief that a Mount St. Joseph Academy education should remain accessible to all who desire a challenging Catholic educational experience. The MSJ tradition continues with award-winning drama opportunities, a burgeoning music program, and a full schedule of varsity team sports for both men and women.
Students at MSJ demonstrate pride, dedication and excellence in their school work, co-curricular activities and athletics, while making a real difference in their community.