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Saint Joseph High School

Private | 9-12 | 645 students


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Posted February 17, 2014

I have been attending Saint Joseph High School for three years now, I believe that the environment of students is amazing. Although it might not be the right school for everyone, it offers many great things to all. There are many honors and AP courses to choose from. We also have a program to help prepare you for making the right choice for college. With all of this being said, I do highly recommend you send your daughter here. There are many long-term friendships she will make, and many unforgettable moments she will have while attending Saint Joseph High School.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 17, 2013

This school is not what you expect for $800+ a month. Although I have made some stable friends here and there, only 2/6 of my teachers were actually teaching me on a daily basis. I have several friends from public schools that I've talked to and it made me feel as if I am way behind in terms of my education. The athletics programs play favorites. Everyday seemed very repetitive like nothing new really happened. At the end of the day if you don't have connections here you won't get what you want.

Posted July 15, 2013

St Joseph is a nice place to make lifelong friends. However, the education there is average. You will definitely not get your monies worth. Worst of all is the front office and financial office. They are very rude and do very little to assist you with questions.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 18, 2013

The best all girls school in Southern California! Your daughters receive a well rounded education preparing them for the competitive future. SJHS offers many honors and AP courses and an abundant amount of clubs and activities are available. The students are given the opportunity to succeed academically and in life.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2013

Excellent school! My daughter was a transfer student who was so warmly welcomed. She is so grateful we moved her from a public school to St. Joseph. She has been able to get involved in so many different aspects of school and loves every minute. The administration and teachers are so friendly and helpful. Our daughter is very well prepared for college. Both AP classes she has taken so far at St. Joseph's she has received a perfect score. Go Jesters!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 2, 2011

I am so disappointed! I read the reviews on SJHS. Good and bad. However,I decided to go with the good reviews. Now I am suffering with the consequences of being optimistic. Administration is unorganized and you cannot get answers to simple questions because nobody knows anything.SJHS does not offer many honor courses. Now, my daughter is ill prepared for college and had no support when she asked for it. Don't send your daughters here! You will regret it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 8, 2011

Okay, to any parent considering sending their daughter to an all girl Catholic high school, this is the school. I graduated in 2008, and I am SO happy and grateful I did. Like EVERY high school the only way to have a happy and successful four years is to get INVOLVED and ASK for help as soon as you need it. Talk to the teachers and make conversation with them. Of course they're not going to help if you don't ask for it. That's how it is EVERY school. Another mislead topic: all girls schools means more rumors.... have you ever been to a co-ed school where kids are hooking up and then have to face them? That's SO much more drama and rumors at co-ed school. Come on people this school may require some extra curriculars or just a positive attitude. Parents are required to do service hours but parents should be involved these girls are all still kids! I had such an amzing time here and I can't wait till I have girls of my own to send here. Thank you SJHS for making college a breeze for me and making me the successful Christ centered woman I am today. Go Jesters!
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 9, 2010

As a grad of this school over 20 years ago, I read the comments with interest and amusement. After all these years the situation has changed little-this school appears as clique-y, sub-par, and off-balance as ever. Looking back I am so sorry I attended. While there, I just coped. I was an advanced student, then college grad, grad school. It is not because of SJHS - believe me, I was on my own. My parents weren't donors! The admin liked donors. The current dean had not yet "risen to power" while I was there, but was already exhibiting the "favortism" referenced in the comments. Despite the rhetoric, in my experience this school does not promote girls, and is NOT a good environment. No independent oversight must be a problem as well. If you don't believe in public school, find a carpool and take your $ elsewhere.

Posted July 13, 2010

I attended St. Joseph High School for a short time, we moved out of state after my first year. I had a very positive experience, I recall how much time and effort school work took which enabled me to really understand concepts and reinforce the material being taught. I took French during my first year, I didn't realize how much I had learned and how advanced I was until I attended a different high school. I value the education St. Joseph High School provided me with. St. Joseph is a disciplined school with great values.

Posted July 9, 2010

St Joseph High School is exceptional.The faculty and staff are very welcoming and caring and the academic program is very solid. We love everything about this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 8, 2010

Update for July 2010. I am a parent of a Sophmore. I state with tremendous regret that the school has fallen short of its mission. The Principal is completely disconnected from her staff and students. She employs a hands-off approach and delegates the decision making process to her assistant principals. Also, there does not exist a parent/teacher organization, board of trustees or any other oversight committee that can be found at every other thriving Catholic School under the Archdiocese supervision. As a result, the parents have no where to go for assistance if the schools leadership fails to address their concerns. Also evident is a high turnover of Coaches. If your daughter is athletically gifted and you are expecting St Jo's to promote her talent towards a scholarship, its not going to happen. Coaches are not there long enough to establish a foundation or simply leave due to lack of support.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 9, 2010

I am an alumn of Saint Joseph High School and now my oldest daughter is a sophomore and she loves it justs as much as I did. She is really involved at the school, so she likes the block schedule. Her freshman teachers were wonderful, they challenged her to do her best, they made learning interesting and they were all organized. As a parent, I loved the communication from the school, the voicemails/emails updating us on upcoming and current events. I also loved Edline which makes it easy to check on grades as well as communicate with teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 21, 2010

I am alumni from Saint Joseph High School and I absolutely loved it. I felt the educational quality was high and properly prepared me for college. Also the environment and culture itself was warm and welcoming and allowed me to develop into the spirited enthusiastic person I have become to be. I recommend this school to whomever, especially to those who want to receive the fullest experience out of high school.

Posted October 27, 2009

wonderful educational environment
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Posted September 18, 2009

I am a student at SJ. To me SJ has really given me an oppertunity to really express myself. I may not be the smartest or the most popular or even active, but i really love being here. In my view, i don't see anything to do with drama or popularities because they're not really important. I do agree on tuition. It's not cheap. They want our parents to do lots of service hours. some of the students' parents just don't have time. Overall, it's great.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 20, 2009

I am currently at sjhs. If you are not popular, then you only recieve half of the attention you deserve. Way too much drama going on there. The school asks too much of the parents... Pay this, pay that and then participate in this, that, and this. It's quite ridiculous. Each individual should be recieving more help from their teachers if they are struggling. One of the worst things is rumors. You may think someone is your friend, but they will turn around and stab you in the back and spread lies about you throughout your whole grade, and even sometimes into the other grades. The school asks constantly for more and more money. And they are way too over-dramatic about having boys on campus after school... The teachers are okay. Some of them should not be teaching at all because their methods of teaching are just totally unorganized.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 14, 2009

I wouldn't recommend this school for anybody. The students there are all very snobby and its just like some popularity quiz! Although there are some pretty good teachers here and the education here isn't horrible.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 4, 2009

My daughter is an AP student here at SJHS. I am somewhat pleased. The teachers are wonderful, and are very caring towards their students and they want them to succeed. The one thing that I am very disappointed about is how the school admin and the dean handles things that go on in the school. When one person (or group) does something wrong the whole school is punished for it. I think that the principal needs to become more involved with the students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 13, 2008

I am a student and I am fortunately very active. Being at SJ you need to be very active and known to get help. The one thing about SJ is that the teachers favor students who are active, the teachers pay more attention to them and I feel bad for the other students who do not participate. There are teachers at SJ who favor students who are smarter or got A's in their class or who play sports. I have found that teachers will go the extra mile for those students who excel in everything. But they do care. The one thing that is very disappoint about the school is the Campus Ministry. The two ministers claim to promote the faith within the school by allowing the girls to participate in the ministry but honestly its a popularity contest. The two ladies who pick the students favor other students.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 9, 2008

As a current jester, i do not like my high school because of the current dean. The staff in general favors certain students, and other faculty. I barely qualified for the AP classes this year (as a senior) and wish i could have attended a public school, because the public schools prerequisties are not as extreme.
—Submitted by a student

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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 55% 52%
White 16% 26%
Two or more races 14% 3%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5825 Woodruff Avenue
Lakewood, CA 90713
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