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St. Joseph Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 312 students


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Posted June 5, 2013

I am an alumni and parent. I am so disappointed and frustrated. I had always hoped my children would continue our family's tradition of a catholic education at St. Joseph but the only reason I am considering pulling my kids out is the principal! She is a dictator!!! She doesn't care about parent input, she thrives by intimidation! She is old school and rigid in her ways! She tries hard to give an impression that the school has high standards but its all an illusion. My kids beg me to take them out because their teachers don't inspire or motivate them. How can they when they also are all intimidated by the principal. No one wants to say anything because they are afraid of losing their jobs! She is ancient and needs to stop suffocating what could be an amazing school! It lacks creativity, innovative ideas, and most of all a sense of community! This principal must be removed immediately if parents are to regain confidence in St. Joseph!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 18, 2013

If you want the BEST for your child, and can afford it, then you should send your child to attend here. As a graduate from a public IVY, almost all the leaders on our campus were from a catholic education. Go to any University and see who are excelling there. They teach you hard work, discipline, and with an advanced education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 21, 2012

The Principal was great and an amazing role model. She cares tremendously for her students! The teachers are amazing and prepare you for high school. The activities were great when i was a student there and I'm sure it's better now! I was at this school from k-8. -Graduate from 2008.

Posted October 12, 2011

I have never been as disappointed in an educuational facility as with St. Joseph's. My four year old son attended for about four months and in that time he was reprimanded for typical four year old behavior more than was appropriate. Their Kiddy Kollege (Yes, it is with a 'K') is unimpressive and the Pre-K class is run with as much attention and focus as a Saturday Night babysitter. Waste of money, waste of time, and worst of all...waste of my handsome boy's life. If you are interested in St. Joseph's because of it's small class sizes and beautiful campus you are better of with a few of the surrounding charters schools, especially in the Wiseburn District. Good luck and good riddance St. Joseph's.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2011

This school is not worth the money. My son would have done alot better in a public school. The 7th and 8th grade teachers(same 3 teachers for both grades) do not communicate with the parents very often. They are not available after school or by telephone and if you try to meet them before school they do not have time to talk. All I wanted was to know from them was how my son was doing. Unless you are one of the parents who is doing work for the school they do not care about you. The principal is also very mean and is not easily accessable. Alot of parents I have spoke with do not like her but everyone is afraid to say anything. She is very mean to the students. I have seen her be mean to a first grader because her parents forgot to send the payment for her lunch. At the end of the day this school is a business and care more about the money coming in then the actual students. Please think twice before spending your money. Public schools want your kids to do better. But this school does not care what struggles your kids have as long as you pay your fees and tuition on time. Please do your reasearch!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 26, 2010

The parent who wrote in Aug. 2005: "I would of been better of sending them to the local public schools. The majority of the teachers were foriegn and couldn't speak english fluently" needs a little review in English grammar and spelling herself. (Can you spot the four errors?!)

Posted March 5, 2010

The public schools in this area are out-performing St. Joseph's. I am very disappointed and plan on removing my child.
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Posted March 1, 2009

I attended St Joseph's School 20 years ago. I currently have 2 daughters enrolled there. I must say the school is 100x better than when I was there. I am so proud of the progress my daughters have made. My oldest has been on the honor roll the whole time she's been there. The principal is wonderful. She does what needs to be done and is fair. I have been very impressed with the teachers.
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Posted August 18, 2008

Excellent private school and exceeds my expectations! It's truly a 'family' oriented school!
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Posted April 14, 2008

All 4 of my children at St. Joseph, they range from Pre-k through 8th. They ve attended for 9 years (not counting the years my husband attended). If he decided to come back after so many years they must be doing something right. My son will be graduating this year he has applied to various High Schools, private, charter and public and he has been accepted to every single one of them with Honors classes and scholarships, this shows that attending St. Joes has paid off. The attention that we receive from the staff is incredible! You can be sure that the teachers are here to teach because it comes from the heart and not because they want a paycheck. Of course, we have had our ups and downs, but the ups are always better than the downs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 17, 2008

Im a student of Saint Joseph school and Im currently in 8th grade. I like my school becasue of our supportive teachers, our fun edvents, and all the memories it has given me. The teachers are vey kind, and help us whenver we need it! We have fun events adn field trips. Take it from a student.. this is a great school that im sure your chilid will like and succeed in.We do have strict polices but im gald we do because ive grwon to be more disipline, and i think im a better person overall.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 17, 2007

I think this school is great. My three children have attended St. Joseph's. This is my 14th year at St. Joseph's and I could tell you that the administration has changed for the better. The principal is a caring person who we can turn to for help and support. She is a caring person but at the same time she enforces rules and regulations. I have also seen an improvement in the quality of the teachers that are hired. Sure it is expensive but I believe it is worth every penny.
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Posted July 24, 2007

St. Joseph has a good learning environment for kids. The office staff is very nice. They have good commited teachers. The parents are very involved with there kids educations and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 15, 2007

St. Joes has awsome techers who make a positive impact. I support it 100%
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Posted December 2, 2006

St. Joseph's school has been a great experience for both of my children. I'm very happy with the leadership of the principal. She conducts herself in a professional manner and has an open door policy for parents to come and speak to her. The staff and teachers are very friendly and the students feel cared for. The school offers cheerleading, sports and student council. Teachers do a great job of keeping parents involved by communicating through newsletters, phone calls and email. We shouldn't expect for teachers to do our jobs as parents. If we want our children to succeed we need to stay involved and take responsibility. The principal, teachers and staff can't do all the work and they should'nt have to. St Joseph's School has helped my kids accomplish many of their goals, it's a great school that exceeds my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2006

I'm not at all happy with this school. I thought if I put my daughter in private school. She'll have a better education. I was wrong. I feel like I'm all alone with no help from the teacher or staff. This year will be my daughter last year. I do not plan to take my daughter back. The principal does not care at all. I do not recommend this school at all. My daughter attend for 3 years and she could of had the same education at a public school. Don't waste your money at St. Joseph not worth paying for.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 19, 2005

I thought sending my children to a private school would prepare them for high school. I would of been better of sending them to the local public schools. The majority of the teachers were foriegn and couldn't speak english fluently. There are other better private schools near by in El Segundo and Manhattan Beach.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 84% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 10% 1%
Black 3% 6%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
White 0% 26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms. Christina Whelan
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
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  • (310) 679-1310


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11886 Acacia Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90250
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