Welcome to the Office of Advancement. I am Mary Koppes and I joined (or should I say came home to) Saint Joseph High School in November 2015 after a 35-year Engineering and Technology career. I worked on amazing programs at Rockwell and Boeing, like the Space Shuttle, the Army System of Systems Common Operating Environment (SOSCOE), and the 787 Dreamliner. I would like to think I paved the way for the next generation of women in STEM careers and Senior Leadership roles. Oh, the places I have been...
As the new SJ Director of Mission Advancement, I am responsible for advancing and sustaining the SJ mission, fundraising, and “community-building.” I do all of this for the young women of Saint Joseph High School, the future Jesters, and, of course, my fellow alumnae. I am here to serve you!
We are all part of the Saint Joseph High School community and we work together to achieve and advance the mission. Although SJ is an LA Archdiocese (ADLA) high school, we have NEVER been subsidized by the ADLA. We operate the school from student tuition and fees, and rely on contributions from our generous benefactors to "fill the gaps." The LA Archdiocese has established challenging goals for SJ…we must increase enrollment to a level commensurate with our operating costs and campus footprint…a level that is comfortable and sustainable…a level where we can continue to provide a superior, Catholic, college prep education as well as the wide variety of outstanding co-curricular activities.
Our outreach and recruitment has expanded beyond the traditional, local Catholic grammar schools. Young women from all over LA County, Orange County, and even as far as Riverside County, want to attend Saint Joseph High School. We also have a tremendous International Student Exchange Program and currently have close to 50 young women from China, Viet Nam, Korea, Thailand, Mexico and Spain. We plan to increase our international program in the 2016-2017 school year.
To attract and retain students, SJ has significantly expanded two programs:
We raise funds for scholarships and aid through the following events and campaigns:
It’s easy to give! Simply click on the “Contribute” option on the right. Thank you in advance for your support.
My office is also responsible for working with our Consultative Board, Strategic Planning, Branding (our Identity System), and Alumnae Relations. Stay tuned for more news from the Office of Advancement.
Living the Dream!
Mary Jensen Koppes, '77
Director of Advancement