Mission and Vision


Founded in 1920 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy is a Catholic Independent academy for preschool to eighth grade students. Committed to a strong academic program, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy offers both Montessori and creative interactive education enriched by service learning, outreach, and co-curricular experiences. Within a faith-filled community, students are challenged to become self-directed persons who live gospel values, enjoy learning, make reflective choices, and treasure themselves, others, and the Earth.

Academy Vision

The Norwood-Fontbonne Student is one who…

  • enjoys learning,
  • treasures self, others, and the earth,
  • lives Gospel values, and
  • makes reflective choices as a self-directed person.


We believe that:

  • As a sponsored work of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy daily furthers the SSJ mission “to live and work so that all people may be united with God and one another.”
  • A constructivist philosophy of education fosters self-directed learning.
  • The family’s participation is an essential element in the child’s education.
  • Fostering leadership, scholarship and social consciousness within our students empowers them to transform our world.
  • The formation of our students should be holistic.
  • All students have a right to a safe and loving environment where healthy relationships are nurtured.