Cor Jesu Academy receives two $1 million gifts

Cor Jesu Academy has received two gifts of $1 million each from private donors, plus other significant gifts from 175 additional lead donors during the initial phase of a new multi-million-dollar capital campaign.

The campaign seeks to fund the construction of a new performance gymnasium, student commons, chapel and expanded parking areas and roadwork at the private Catholic girls' high school in south St. Louis County. The two $1 million gifts are the largest in the school's 58-year history.

"This capital campaign is our most ambitious ever," said Sister Barbara Thomas, ASCJ, president of Cor Jesu Academy. The goal is to raise $5 million in the community phase of the campaign.

The expansion is made possible because of the purchase of 16 additional acres adjacent to the school in the last six years, Sister Barbara noted.

The student commons, which will overlook the gymnasium, will provide gathering and meeting spaces for students and one-on-one student/faculty meetings. The new chapel will hold up to 200 people and replace the current chapel that seats only 50.

Other priorities, including campus safety enhancements and additions to the school's endowment fund, also were identified.

"We want to make attending Cor Jesu financially more accessible to students and their families," Sister Barbara said. "Hence, our plans also call for growing our endowment fund to help contain the cost of tuition and increase financial-aid funding to meet student needs."

Cor Jesu Academy is a Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women operated by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Students from 61 zip codes currently attend the school and come from 106 Catholic, public, private and home schooling learning environments. For more information, visit

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