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PK-8
Private
Auburn, CA
Students enrolled: 189
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11610 Atwood Road
Auburn, CA 95603

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(530) 885-4490
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November 12, 2014
This is our second year at SJCS and we have three kids at all different grade levels. The staff is wonderful with caring teachers, while the principal has clear and concise plans for the future direction of the school. Every time I mention that my kids go to this school, people within the community at large always mention how great it is. I understand that SJCS is not for everyone. So if you are new family thinking about going- academics are tough, expectations are high, it is a loving and nurturing school, however there is accountability and responsibility involved!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2014
I m not one who usually writes reviews, unless it s positive. However, I recently came across Great! Schools while doing preliminary searches on alternate school placement for my children and feel it is important to share our experiences for new families considering SJCS. We initially came to SJCS as it offered a loving and supportive environment while providing an excellent faith based education. What once was appears to be no more. Our experiences over the past year now have us believing that the leadership at SJSC is more concerned with appearances than with substance. The environment now feels toxic. Bullying has become an issue and many parents seem disgruntled. It saddens me that I no longer feel SJCS is a good fit for our children, but we can no longer tolerate the questionable decisions being made by the principal. Our concerns have been voiced appropriately and ignored. I struggled with the idea of leaving, however, it almost feels like we are being pushed out. One has to look no farther than the precipitous decline in enrollment form last year to see that there is a problem at SJSC. There are still some excellent teachers at SJCS. Hopefully they can turn it around.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
St. Joseph is an excellent school! I have had 4 students graduate--2 of them went to Catholic high school and 2 of them went to public high school. ALL of them got As and Bs in high school. The teachers there are excellent. The new principal is innovative and wants to see school succeed. However, it is a commitment of time and money--not like the public schools. It is also a small community that has pros and cons also. I am very happy my children were able to attend!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2014
I thought things would get better with the new principal but they haven't. The people at this school are very cliquish and parents bully each other. The faculty seem to favor some families over others. Unfortunately this has caused a lot of pain for my poor little girl.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
We did our own research, toured and decided that this was the best place and learning environment for our children. This was our first year and we consider SJCS a home away from home for our children and family. Tour the school and other schools around; ask your own questions before you decide what is right for your family. We choose SJCS for these reasons- strong education and community- and it has been GREAT!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
With an excellent new principal and a wonderful new 8th grade teacher on board this year, this school gets better and better. Academics and extra curricular activities, our children build a great foundation for their high school experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
I am astonished by recent reviews. The 5 star reviews must be written by administrators or parents who have known of no other school than SJCS. I know for a fact there are many families who have left SJCS due to weak curriculum, poor classroom behavior, a lack of attention to how cruel students are to one another, and a lack of strong upper grade teachers. Going to Mass once a week and having daily religion class does guarantee students will treat one another with respect and compassion. My children attended SJCS for a number of years. They say the school they are at now is a "10" and SJCS was a "3." When I asked why such a low rating for SJCS, they said compared to where they are now, SJCS was unorganized, the teachers weren't as good as the ones they have now, and the students were mean to one another. They often witnessed students being cruel to one another (shouldn't there by higher expectations at a parochial school?), the after-school daycare program was a joke (nothing structured, students using cell phones, on YouTube, jokes of a sexual nature being told on the playground, and nothing being taken seriously when concerns raised). Do your research. You can do better.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
As Catholic School s week approaches, we recall our reason for sending our children to St. Joseph Catholic School (SJCS). We believed in the value of a faith-based education. Developing the students Catholic identity is a priority for SJCS. The students study religion and prepare for their Sacraments. They study and celebrate the holidays. They attend mass on Wednesdays. Each week a class serves the mass. Through this on-going process, students are able to hone their public speaking skills and experience service in a very significant way. The student mass is a special experience to share and discuss at home. These activities have helped to provide our children with a foundation of faith. The true value of their faith-based education has been particularly evident when life takes an unexpected turn. We ve experienced the illness and loss of family and friends. Through these trials, our children have prayed with their teachers and classmates, made cards and other prayerful gifts. They ve learned the important role that they can play in people s lives when things go wrong. We are eternally grateful for the life-long gift of faith that Catholic education that has given to our kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
This school is amazing!!! ALL the teachers are credentialed and highly qualified including the upper grades! I would not send my child to any other school. Unfortunately there has been some turn over in the last few years but this happens everywhere. The staff at St Joseph's is loving, caring, compassionate and overly qualified. If you want your child to have a exceptional education in a loving environment, this is the school!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
This is an amazing school. My son, who is a little more academic and shy, has really flourished and come out of his shell at this school. He is academically challenged every day, making so many friends, and is really getting involved in extracurriculars. BTW: I have checked on the credentials and masters of the teachers in this school because I am quite particular, and each teacher is more than qualified and goes above and beyond for each child. The new principal is amazing, faith-filled, and enthusiastic while being very sensitive to the needs of the parents and community. I cannot speak more highly of a school after the experience we have had!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
We have been very pleased with the level of education (academic/moral/social) that our children have received so far. Their development as people has far exceeded our expectiations. The new Principal is very commited to improving every aspect of the school. Class sizes are very manageable and the extra-cirricular activities are strong.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
This will more than likely be our last year, if we can muster through the second half of the year. Before you look at this school, please ask how many different principals there have been in the last few years, how many different upper grade teachers there have been, and ask to see the upper grade math and science curriculum and the credentials of the teachers instructing those classes. We do think this principal may be able to get things on track, eventually, but it is unfortunately too late for our children.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
Hands down this is the Best School in the area! My two children have attended since kindergarten and we love the school community. My children thrive in this environment. The teachers care and excel in their teaching abilities. The middle school is preparing my oldest child for attendance at the high school of their choice. I have been more than satisfied with his school and truly believe that it is the best kept secret among Catholic Schools!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
My husband and I started our daughter at the local public school. We had our son in the pre-school at St Joseph and were able to observe the difference in the behavior of the students. The St. Joseph's middle school students were polite, well spoken, very helpful and wonderful with the younger kids. We moved our daughter to St. Joseph and spent the last 8 years at the school. We wondered if our two kids were getting a quality education, we believed the curriculum and teaching were comparable to public school, but weren't sure until our daughter attended St. Francis. St. Francis is known as a very difficult school. My daughter made honor roll. Now we know our choice to educate our children at St. Joseph paid off in theidevelopment of thier person, their high self esteem, as well as their education. We have happy well rounded children who are successful in school. And yes, they are both teenagers and very pleasant. We believe the end result is what counts.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2013
My wife and I had originally not considered St. Joseph as one of our choices for our children. However, our discussions with a few local long-time high school administrators not only put it in the running, they encouraged us to make an extra effort to send our children to SJS, if possible. The graduates are well-regarded and do well in all aspects of the local public high schools. Upon enrolling our children, we were amazed at the interaction between students of different grades, that the children all knew each other and the older students acted appropriately in their every interaction with the younger students. We've been very happy with the academics so far, the teachers are always available and grades are posted promptly on the parent portal. (even quizzes & homework scores!). There is an updated Strategic Plan for all of the diocese schools http://www.csdsac.org/ We especially like this excerpt: "Each school and student will be evaluated every quarter to make sure all students are academically proficient in all subjects and that each student is maximizing his or her full potential. In cases where they are not, teachers will adjust their instruction quickly and as necessary."

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
My experience with St Joseph's school has been wonderful. I have 2 children, they both started in Pre-school. My daughter is now in 10th grade at St Francis. My son will be in 5th grade. The school is like family. The teachers, principal and staff are all just wonderful. The school is so welcoming, when you walk into the office....you are greeted with a smile. And know what ever you needed. It will get taken care of. St Joseph's Catholic School is awesome and a great place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
Disappointed. That one word describes our recent experience at this school. Disappointed the Principal did not to validate our serious concerns. Disappointed math, science and computer technology programs are not challenging, especially for the upper grade students. Disappointed my child complained about classroom and playground behavior that went unchecked. Disappointed at the lack of communication from the Principal (to be fair, I think the teachers do their best but I am guessing they don't receive good communication from the Principal either because sometimes the messages seems to conflict). Of course we wish the best for friends that remain at the school, but we simply cannot continue to pay for a curriculum and environment that is not helping our children become the best they can be. As another reviewer suggested, we might end up going outside Auburn to find a better fit.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
I just had to write today because I am so thrilled with our move away from SJCS and I want parents looking for schools to know there is more out there. We never thought we would leave a small, Catholic school environment, even knowing academics weren't the best. There are many reasons a school is a good fit and obviously this changes family to family. For the most part we liked the families and the parent involvement. But when it became glaring that the academics were not where they should be and it seemed the teachers and Principal really were not a TEAM working together with the same goals and objectives (and I was warned of poor academics before we went to SJCS by another teacher!), we did move to a different school this year after being at SJCS for a number of years. My child has told me numerous times this past year how much more he is learning at his new school. He said there was a lot of free time at SJCS and the expectations are higher at his new school. He says the students are better behaved at his new public school! We get excellent communication from teachers and administration. We are extremely happy with the change.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
At Saint Joseph's your kids will learn and grow academically, ethically and personally. If your looking for strong academics in a safe community where a strong moral compass and parental involvement is apart of daily life you will love SJCS. We have two boys both very different learning styles and personalities; they both excel and have areas of improvement just like most kids. The teachers are insightful, informative, approachable and responsive. Academics are above standard, I love the online portal so both my wife and I are are always aware and up to speed on daily classroom life and homework, great for accountability! I went to public schools where my parents were not very hands on, my study habits where not what I want for my kids either so I chose to invest in my kids education early because these are the most influential days in their life. I am thrilled when our eldest is angry at us he can't wait to get out of the house and go to college :) The bar of student expectation is high, if you don't like being an involved parent, SJCS is not for you. SJCS has helped my young family learn to be better together. Worth stopping by and talking to teachers, parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
I guess like many schools, some teachers require strick discipline in the classroom and others have absolutely no control. In our experience the classes (and there is only one class per grade) our children have been in are up, out of their seats, disruptive and not held to high standards as far as respectful classroom behavior is concerned. Or maybe the expectations are there, but the consequences are not consistenly implemented. In our experience the upper grades could benefit greatly from having specialized Math and Science teachers. The principal is leaving at the end of this school year, so perhaps there is reason to be hopeful, but that means next year will be the FOURTH principal this school has had in 6 years and I believe that is part of the problem. How can there possibly be consistent high expectations without a exceptional administator in place? I guess if you're looking for an "average" school, this is ok, particularly for the area, but we're considering moving out of the area precisely because the education options are pretty dismal.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
Great K-8 School and Environment for my kids! Impressed with the academics, teachers, and parent involvement!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2013
With two children at different grade levels and with one child entering Kindergarten next year- as a family we enjoy every minute of this school environment! As a parent that goes to this school, we all have our right to our opinions, however it is alarming to the lengths of what people will state. In looking at the reviews I even question if some of those parents actually went to the school. Maybe they did or didn t. With that being said- at the school where my kids currently attend- Bullying of any kind is not tolerated at the school, that is a well-known fact. Academics are top-notch and the additional learning opportunities provided are a breath of fresh air! Parents are consistently well informed and always encouraged to communicate directly with the front office. The students are in a safe place, but they are expected to meet high expectations.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
I love this school! Mrs. Donaldson is Awesome! Truly caring of the students and their needs. The computer lab is fully updated and the standards are high. I pulled my children from public education because the concentration is reading writing and math only. My children have a dedicated science teacher (grades 4-8) and social studies, in addition to reading, writing and Math. My son is very squirrly and the after school tutoring and homework center has realy helped. Because the class sizes are small, I feel that my children receive the attention that they need. I know that there have been issues in the past but this school is truly on the right track and has a great family atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2012
Keep looking, even if you have to search outside of Auburn. The school has had 3 different principals in as many years and no longer offers Spanish, music, after school drama, or science club. I know of several families who left the school and discovered their children were way behind in math classes. The current principal seems to be after increasing enrollment and that is it. Communication between administration and parents is lacking, student morale seems low, and technology in the classroom is extremely behind the times. If your priority is religion in the classroom everyday and weekly Mass, they have got that covered.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2012
Having attended this school for eight years I have a good understanding of what it has to offer. While the students do get a faith based education the academics are seriously lacking.It is a very middle of the road education.If you have a child that excels they have nothing to offer or if you have a child that needs resources there are none.They cater to the average student & due to funding lack science & updated computer labs. Both of my children are above average & no matter how much I tried they never were challenged.If your child is average this would work for you but if they are an accelerated learner or need additional help this is not the school for you. Girls do better in this school.If you look at the middle school many parents pull their boys in the upper grades as the classes are predominantly girl's grades 6-8.The graduating class of 2012 had four boys & 16 girls. If you have a son that has any normal boy behavior- beware!The teachers are not tolerant of what I consider normal behavior in a boy.The new principal appears to be heading in the right direction but no matter what they will never have the resources needed to cater to all learning modalities. We have moved on.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2012
The teachers don't care about the students. They allow bulling and the teachers do it to kids in there class. This school is not very good.

- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2009
The school is great. The teachers value all of the students. It is a family atmosphere that is warm and accepting. The grading standards are higher than public school. They start division in 2nd grade. It is great to see all of the parents at school supporting the school, the students, and each other. It is a great school to be a part of for our family.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
I have two children at this school. They started at kindegarten. I sincerely believe that this school has the administration, the staff, the teachers, the parents and two parishes on the same page. This is a very difficult task to manage. I understand that everyone does not always agree but they compromise and implement the best environment for the children to learn first and foremost the academics and right next to that the Christian values that give these children a great foundation in which to grow. I have not encountered any establishment that takes their role more seriously than St Josephs Catholic School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2009
This is an excellent school! The new principal values Catholic education and is strengthening the curriculum in all areas. My children are happy, getting a great education and learning the importance of Christian values in this family-oriented school environment. The teachers and staff really care.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
Money hungry. It seems the price keeps going up and up. This school provided decent education, but the constant money gulping needs to stop.

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2009
This is the best school! We drive 30 minutes every day to and from to get there..my children couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 21, 2008
My son has been attending St. Joseph Parish school since pre-school and is now in fifth grade. I have to say that there are certainly pluses at this school but they are not academic. The education is no better than public! It is simply public school education with uniforms and church.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2008
Every school has it's challenges but this school is wonderful, reinforcing behaviors and values that are in our home and creating an 'extended family' in the community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 22, 2008
My two children attended St. Joseph's Preschool. My children LOVED it! The teachers are wonderful!! They provided the very BEST education and care. The Christmas Program was unbelieveable and absolutly adorable. We unfortunatly had to relocate from Auburn. I am most sad because my youngest child didn't get to attend St. Joseph's Preschool. We moved to Southern California in a upscale beach city. My children now attend school here, two of which attend preschool. The schools here are supposed to be the best in the state and country. The schools here no where compare to St. Joseph's! St. Joseph's Preschool is the VERY BEST!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
I have had 1 graduate and 3 students attend this school. The school is excellent! My graduate went on to Catholic high school and improved her GPA to 3.8. Yes, all schools have their issues, but the care of the teachers is excellent. They communicate with families weekly, good or bad. More importantly, they learn the value of treating others the way they would like to be treated. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
My daughter loves this school and so do I. Full time kindergarden is wonderful. The staff is great and my daughter can't wait to go to 1st grade in the fall. My daughter is getting a better education the her cousin (they are the same age) that is in a public school in that same area. The teachers really care about the children and want to be there. Wouldn't send my children any where else.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
This school has been a big disappointment. My children have attended for 7 years. It is probably fine for most kids, but my student needed individual attention. When my student was struggling, instead of offers to work with him, he was criticized in his weekly report. The teachers use criticism as a motivator. When I brought the 'negative' tone of these progress reports to the pricipal, I was told 'the teacher was just stating facts.' I brought up that a child lives up to expectations of adults and will respond better to positive feedback about what is right along with the areas that need improvement. I'm removing my student from this school.

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St. Joseph Catholic School provides a Preschool through Eighth Grade education that emphasizes academic achievement and character development in a highly supportive, family-centered community. Our dynamic, faith-based environment for our students is designed to promote the highest level of engagement and educational opportunities, while at the same time instilling Catholic Christian values. Through a spirit of community and cooperation we strive to prepare our students for future success.

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St. Joseph Catholic School
11610 Atwood Road, Auburn, CA  95603
(530) 885-4490
Last modified St. Joseph Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Joseph Catholic School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top