The SJOA Symbols

Many of you who are new to the SJA community may
wonder what’s behind the SJA logo. Here is the story of how the Monarch became our symbol from its designer, SJA
parent, Carlos Sosa.

SJA needed to create an identity for the school (clubs, teams, programs) to which the students, families and faculty could relate—offering a source of pride and meaning. It
also needed to market the new energy that SJA was
creating in the community. It also needed to connect to the overall SJA Church identity—the French fleur-de-lis.
We worked with the modernized, stylized version of the fleur-de-lis logo that was created for the SJA Church (essentially at the same time).  Within it, we incorporated a stylized monarch butterfly.

A monarch is a leader—as was St. Joan of Arc. The monarch is also a species of butterfly. The life cycle of a Monarch includes a change of form called complete metamorphosis. Because it evolves from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis and then emerges in its full glory from an inert cocoon, the primary symbolism of the butterfly is that of
soul, transformation and rebirth – the creation of life from apparent death. Christian tradition accepts the butterfly as an emblem of resurrection. To some cultures, the butterfly is an emblem of immortality. The symbolic references to Catholicism are almost infinite.

Our Commitment: Transforming Students into Young Leaders. We selected a metaphor—the Monarch butterfly—that addresses the spirit of the school’s activities—transformation. You may notice details in the mark. Small spots of the Monarch represent the trinity, the 12 apostles, the four gospels, the 40 days and nights, etc. We’ve supplemented this mark over the past six years or so with several variations that stay true to the evolution we enjoy here at SJA. We hope that students and parents see this mark as a symbol of strength, pride and growth.

By naming our students the Monarchs, we communicate that SJA is in the business of transformation—transforming students into leaders.  The faculty, administrative, school and parish commissions were all part of the identity
development.