History of the School

The idea for a new, girls’ Catholic high school began in 2004 with the need for Catholic secondary education in the northwestern region of the Archdiocese of Detroit. A local leading businessman felt inspired by the Holy Spirit to pursue this calling. In 2006, he pulled together a committee of lay businesspeople and priests to start the planning and development of what was to become St. Catherine of Siena Academy.


The next years proved difficult for the committee as Michigan experienced a downturn in its economy. Despite the challenges, the St. Catherine of Siena Academy Foundation Board was determined to build an institution with an authentic Catholic educational foundation that would be both academically rigorous and theologically rich. With literally pennies for assets, St. Catherine’s was able to secure $35 million in bond financing for a 137,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in September of 2010.


Inspired by the words of St. Catherine of Siena, Blessed John Paul II proclaimed at World Youth Day 2000: “If you are what you should be, you will set the world ablaze!” These words have become the Academy’s theme and inspiration.


The Foundation Board and their consultants adopted Blessed John Paul II’s philosophy and understanding of the "Feminine Genius" as laid out in his apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem. Translating John Paul II’s profound message into the practical language of a school mission was a challenging and rewarding endeavor. In the words of Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit, “St. Catherine’s is groundbreaking in what it hopes to achieve: educating young women according to the mind of John Paul II.”