NCEA Monthly Feature School: St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City, MO

St. Teresa’s Academy is indeed a special school. It is a place of sisterhood and transformation. It is a school steeped in tradition while academically progressive. Founded in 1866 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Teresa’s is an all-girls Catholic high school located in Kansas City, Missouri. The year 2016 marks the school’s proud 150th anniversary of educating and empowering young women. Teachers and staff carry on the mission of our founding Sisters to educate the whole student in body, mind, and spirit, and to prepare her for a global society by equipping her with 21st century learning skills.

As we conclude our 150th year in December, we continue to look to the future as we see education and learning expand exponentially. Our recently launched STEAM initiatives, which include a Math Hub for dedicated math learning, a STEAM Certificate Program, mentoring opportunities with local engineering firms, and Online Portfolio, are all designed to inform and build interest in STEAM-related fields. They reflect our commitment to offering collaborative and creative opportunities for our students to explore their role as problem finders and solvers.

As we pass through our four years at St. Teresa’s, we experience sisterhood in different ways. We are first greeted by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, their bonds of sisterhood formed through their love for the teachings of Christ and for educating young women. We soon discover our own sisterhood. Our deep bond takes shape on the first day of orientation, and as it turns out, lasts well past the four years we spend on the campus at STA. ~Carolyn Paugh, Class of 1992

The newest building on campus is the Windmoor Center. It was complete in 2012 and contains the beautiful Chapel of St. Joseph and four modular classrooms, balancing our students’ sacred faith life with secular academic programs, and exemplifying​​ the school’s core values. The Windmoor Center is highlighted as one of the 100 most visited works of architecture in the United States by ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architecture website.

For 150 years, St. Teresa’s Academy has been faithful to the overriding vision and values of the the Sisters of St. Joseph, making it unique among local, private educational institutions. As we we begin the journey to our next 150 years, St. Teresa’s Academy builds upon the promise of educating the whole young woman and the fulfillment of graduates who will become tomorrow’s leaders.