Education today goes beyond the boundaries of traditional classroom learning. Recognizing the importance of providing students with practical experiences and exposure to various industries, St. Joseph Academy’s College Guidance Department designed the Advanced Semester program to offer a unique and enriching educational experience.

Campus Tours at Neumann University and Rider University:

As part of their Advanced Semester, the students of St. Joseph Academy had the opportunity to visit two esteemed institutions: Neumann University and Rider University. These campus tours were especially significant as St. Joseph Academy has admissions partnerships with both universities. The visits allowed students to gain insights into campus life, explore academic programs, and interact with faculty and current students. The tours at Neumann University and Rider University provided invaluable information to help students make informed decisions about their higher education paths.

Exploring the Equine World at Ashley’s Riding Academy:

One of the highlights of the Advanced Semester was a unique experience offered by St. Joseph Academy: a collaboration with Ashley’s Riding Academy. A group of students had the opportunity to spend their advanced semester at this renowned horse farm, immersing themselves in the world of horses and learning about the logistical operations behind running such a facility. The students were exposed to various aspects of horse care, stable management, and equestrian activities. This hands-on experience provided them with a deeper understanding of the equine industry and nurtured their passion for these magnificent creatures.

Meeting Professionals from Diverse Industries:

To further enhance their understanding of different career paths and industries, St. Joseph Academy organized a special event during the Advanced Semester. Over the course of a week, the students were fortunate enough to meet with more than 20 professionals from various fields. This allowed them to engage in meaningful conversations and gain firsthand insights into different occupations. The professionals generously shared their experiences, challenges, and advice, inspiring the students and broadening their perspectives on future career possibilities.

The Value of St. Joseph Academy’s Advanced Semester:

The Advanced Semester program at St. Joseph Academy goes beyond traditional classroom education, providing students with practical experiences that shape their personal and professional growth. By organizing campus tours, partnering with universities, and offering opportunities in unique industries like equine management, St. Joseph Academy prepares its students for the dynamic challenges of the modern world. The exposure to professionals from diverse backgrounds not only helps students explore potential career paths but also instills in them the confidence and motivation to pursue their dreams.


St. Joseph Academy’s Advanced Semester is a testament to the institution’s commitment to providing students with a well-rounded education. Through campus tours, partnerships with universities, hands-on experiences in the equine industry, and interactions with professionals, students gain valuable knowledge and skills that extend beyond the classroom. The Advanced Semester program empowers students to make informed decisions about their futures and equips them with the necessary tools to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. St. Joseph Academy’s dedication to providing holistic learning experiences sets its students on a path towards success, embracing both academic excellence and practical knowledge.