On November 1, 1974, the first group of Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker moved to Walton to establish their Motherhouse. The following summer, the Sisters organized a summer Bible school for the children of All Saints parish. At the end of the program, the parishioners asked the Sisters if they would reopen All Saints School, which had closed in 1966. After discussing the plan with Fr. Joseph Collins, the pastor of All Saints, the Sisters agreed to reopen the school and assumed all financial responsibility. All Saints Parish leased the existing four-room school building to the Sisters and St. Joseph Academy opened its doors on August 30, 1976, with an enrollment of 49 students.
The Academy outgrew its facility in less than a decade, reaching an enrollment of 135 students. On August 15, 1985, with the support of All Saints parish, ground was broken for the construction of six additional classrooms, larger restrooms with handicap accessibility, an office, faculty room, and a school hall.
In 1995, it again became clear that SJA had outgrown its physical plant. At this point, the cafeteria was converted into two classrooms, moving the children to the hall for lunch. Continued growth necessitated the lease of office spaces under an adjoining medical building in 1997, 1998, and 2001. These were converted into classrooms. In 2009, the medical building was acquired by the Academy following the retirement of Dr. William Waller, who owned the facility. The building was named Waller Hall in his honor. Together with housing our middle school, Waller Hall accommodates our Art and Music programs as well as providing some much needed storage space.
In addition to the increasing physical growth of the campus, St. Joseph Academy’s educational programs have greatly expanded over the years. We opened a kindergarten in 1998, the success of which prompted the initiation of our preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds in 2005. In 2007, we realized the need for after-school care services, which were expanded to year-round Day Care in 2011.