St. Augustine High School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum in honors, advanced placement (AP) and regular programs of study to all students.

St. Augustine’s curriculum exceeds the State requirements and complies with the course requirements for T.O.P.S.

We also offer an Accelerated Program which consists of the same courses as the regular College Prep program, however these students are challenged at a level appropriate to their aptitude.


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Our Mission


Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, St. Augustine High School is the training

ground for leadership through academic excellence, moral values, Christian

responsibility and reasonable, consistent discipline.

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The History of St Augustine High School

St. Augustine High School was constructed by the Archdiocese of New Orleans with funds solicited from Catholics of the Archdiocese through the Youth Progress Program. The building and the site on which it stands were purchased by the St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart (The Josephite Fathers and Brothers), to whom the operation of the school was entrusted.

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The Goals of St. Augustine High School

  • To open its doors to young men, especially the economically disadvantaged, who are willing to strive for excellence;
  • To develop each individual to the fullness of his own unique capacity;
  • To foster Christian values based on the sacred scriptures and Roman Catholic Tradition;
  • To provide each student with educational opportunities and experiences related to his African-American heritage and his American citizenship;
  • To instill in each student the responsibilities of leadership in family, church, community and society at-large; and,
  • To carry out the mission of Evangelization as part of the Josephite charism.

The Philosophy of St. Augustine High School

Gratia est vita (Grace is Life), the motto of St. Augustine High School, summarizes the basic belief that undergirds the existence of the school. It provides the perspective and the vision which gives motivation for St. Augustine’s purpose and meaning to its curriculum. St. Augustine, our school patron, said “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.” The life of grace is God’s life which encompasses, permeates, and elevates every dimension of human life. An education based on this belief will endeavor to direct the development of each young man to the fullness of his own unique capacity, spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially. This will enable him to attain the fullness of life for which he was created, a life which is accountable to God, to self, and to others.

The Catholic School Advantage

Fact Sheet – Research Shows:

  • The achievement gap is smaller in faith-based schools (Jeynes, 2007; Marks & Lee, 1989).
  • Students in Catholic and other private schools demonstrate higher academic achievement than students from similar backgrounds in public schools (Coleman & Hoffer, 1987; Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Greeley, 1982; Sander, 1996).
  • Latino and African American students who attend Catholic schools are more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to graduate from college than their public school peers (Benson, Yeager, Guerra, & Manno, 1986; Evans & Schwab, 1995; Neal, 1997; Sander & Krautman, 1995).
  • The “multiply disadvantaged” benefit most from Catholic schools (Evans & Schwab, 1995; Greeley, 1982; Neal, 1997).
  • Social class effects on educational achievement are significantly lessened in Catholic schools (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993; Greeley, 1982).
  • The poorer and more at-risk a student is, the greater the relative achievement gains in Catholic schools (York, 1996).
  • Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote than public school graduates (Dee, 2005).
  • Graduates of Catholic schools are likely to earn higher wages than public school graduates (Hoxby, 1994; Neal, 1997).
  • Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant for diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Greeley & Rossi, 1966; Greene, 1998; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).

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St. Augustine High School: Statement

St. Augustine High School released the following statement today.

St. Aug to unveil Championship Banners on June 9

Join us on Thursday, June 9, as St. Augustine High School unveils sports championship banners earned through the years.