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.
Saint Joseph's in Auburn is an excellent pre K-8 grade school. With an enrollment in the low 200's, each grade level has a smaller class size than found in many other schools these days. With a combination of newer and long established teachers, there is a nice balance to the staff and the skills they contribute. While the size is a plus, it also detracts in the school's inability to provide as an extensive scope of services as they would otherwise like to. This is made up for through parental and volunteer engagement, creating a very nurturing environment for our children. All in all, I believe the experience with Saint Joseph's Catholic School in Auburn is superior to any other local option.
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!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
St. Joseph's Catholic School is a great primary school in which the children are not only taught school basics, but they are taught how to interact with others in a responible and dignified manner. Sometimes when talking with children, it is startling to remind oneself that you are talking to 6 to 14 year olds. I am pleased with the development of my children not only as students, but as little contributing members of the Auburn community. Keep up the great work
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.
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.
We will be leaving after a number of years here. Our children need more. If you are looking for your child to be in a safe place where Catholicism is the priority, then you found it. If you want that and more, you should probably look around before making the decision. We've toured four other area schools and each offers something different. It is just a matter of finding what's right for your child. Our reasons for leaving have to do with an extremely poor Science curriculum, lack of technology in the classroom, finding math curriculum is behind compared to other schools we toured, and a lack of sensitivity and follow through when concerns are voiced. Hopefully a new principal in the upcoming year will get things into shape, but we aren't hopeful as we're told the current one who is leaving lasted just 3 years and two prior lasted two years each. That's a problem. So we're moving on. Best of luck with your search. If the Catholic school environment is what you're looking for, check out Mt. St. Mary's in Grass Valley.
Great K-8 School and Environment for my kids! Impressed with the academics, teachers, and parent involvement!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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