In addition to being approved by the Education Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Saint Joseph Catholic Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). MSA-CESS accreditation is an external, objective validation of school quality and student achievement. Only schools that meet a high standard of institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources may receive MSA-CESS accreditation.

The MSA-CESS accreditation process includes a self-study, evaluation of this self-study and a site visit by external evaluators. MSA-CESS is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation activities for elementary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania and other Northeastern states. MSA-CESS accredits preK-12 public, private, parochial, charter, non-degree granting career and technical post-secondary institutions, special purpose schools, supplementary education centers, learning services providers, and distance education institutions.

For more information about Saint Joe's accreditation, contact the school office.


Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy

901 Boalsburg Pike, Boalsburg, PA 16827
(814) 808-6118