Students enrolled 645
School leader Dr. Teresa Mendoza
Type Religious

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5825 Woodruff Avenue
Lakewood, CA 90713

(562) 925-5073
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3 stars
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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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
February 07, 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
December 02, 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
September 08, 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
August 09, 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.

- submitted by a community member
July 09, 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
July 08, 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
June 09, 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
February 11, 2010
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- submitted by a student
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.

- submitted by a community member
November 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 27, 2009
wonderful educational environment

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
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
July 27, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
June 24, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating February 04, 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
no rating 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
November 09, 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
October 10, 2008
my daughter and i have had trouble wtih the so called catholic teachers and dean- they accuse your daughters of eveything-they should blame things on themselves from now on !

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 07, 2008
I am a current student at sjhs and its not very good school. The teachers arent good although i have had about 2 good teachers.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 26, 2008
I do not recommend this school for anyone. My oldest daughter attended that school as a freshman & she wasnt able to get honors once at sjhs. When you have a question or problem the staff isn't really any help and the teachers aren't that great when your child is having a difficulty with her classes. My daughter complained most of the year about how the teachers never helped and she said that there was a lot of cliques at the school and how she always seemed to hear rude and racist remarks among the girls. The school doesn't have much discipline. Don't be fooled by the blue ribbon award which the school received 6 years ago! (it currently wouldn't be a candidate or that award) right now she's enrolled at a public high school and she is doing much better and the teachers are actually better and she gets good

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July 22, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
June 16, 2008
As a current student of St. Joseph's I would not recommend it. I have not have a good experience with classes. Religion class is often a joke: little is learned. I am a student with a 4.0 GPA, and often the regular classes are too easy, but AP classes are too difficult. Few are accepted AP classes because of faculty shortages and ridiculous prerequisites. The faculty there, while nice, often does not know how to effectively teach. The art and music programs are inadequate, and often I believe that students aren't encouraged to look into these areas of study because the school tries to show that they are giving girls a chance in fields originally held by boys (i.e. sports, math, science). Lastly, the atmosphere is not great, and cliquey, with 'drama' being prevalent. This school cannot decide whether it wants to be fun and lax, or strict and militant.

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2008
Much better than every public school in the Greater Long Beach area. If there is a better place to prepare young women for college and adult life, it's not nearby and no one is talking about it. Biggest challenge is the need to develop newer facilities to encourage Math and Science careers for these exceptional young women.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
I attend SJHS and I do not recommend it. While I have had some good teachers, I believe a lot of teachers are not prepared or qualified for teaching. The all girls environment is taking away part of my high school experience. The security is even strict about letting a boy step on campus after school has ended. The money you spend on the school is definitely not worth it. Nothing is given back to the students. The school still boats about being a blue ribbon school, but that award isn't even in attect anymore. I only attend this school because my parents force me. They know the school isn't worth it but they feel there are no alternatives. This private school is not worth it. Most teachers there are a joke. This school really has no hands on learning. On the positive note, if you end up being an alumni and

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2008
St. Joseph High School is a rare jewel in the educational system. I am both a parent of a student and a graduate. The programs are designed to help the students be all they are capable of - academically, emotionally and spiritually. The Principal, faculty and staff are dedicated, innovative and moral. They support the students and their parents 100%. My daughter has made many good friends and had a great high school experience there.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2008
This school has a very few teachers. I think that in order for our daughters to succed in his school the parent have to be always on top of their daughter education. ask your daughter questions about the teachers and classes, be involved inyour daughter's dailly activities at school.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2007
this school is so much fun. I wouldnt want to go to any other school.

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2007
I am unhappy with the education I received at Saint Joseph s. I was an honors/AP student who graduated with a 4.0 and was not prepared for my top ten college, especially concerning math. The teachers are not fantastic. I noticed the two teachers I did have respect for (Sullivan and Parkins) are both still teaching. Maybe the rest of the faculty has risen closer to their standards. Students who are average will be challenged. However, I felt minimal challenge in the honors program. While the social environment is far superior to public schools, your daughter will not be shielded from everything. In the end, I would probably recommend this school due to a lack of alternatives, but I don t give the school high marks for their performance.

- submitted by a student
October 16, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
June 15, 2007
This is a not a good place. As a student I can honestly say that this is probably one of the worst schools I've ever been too. Teachers don't listen, students frequently are pushed around, and despite all the money you pay you end up with a bad education. The faculty don't encourage you to do any better, its just run of the mill, you feel like a number in a cattleherd. Its very 'clicky' if you don't fit in with the preppies, jocks, or other 'groups' on campus. Forget about being on ASB if you are not popular. This school is all about popularity and not about what really matters- intellect!

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2006
I have one daughter at St.Joseph and am sending my second daughter there next year. It is an outstanding academic and social environment for young women. It is a very caring environment and I have been very impressed with the quick response I have always received from teachers and administration when I had a question or concern. Many AP and Honors courses and a wide variety of extra curricular activities as well as an emphasis on teaching social responsibility.Parent involvement is mandatory and really gets you involved with your daughter's education.We love this school and look forward to more years there.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
It is an amazing school with wonderful girls. Though the drama can be quite depressing but the teachers and especially extra-cirricular activities are amazing. The percussion ensemble stands out as one of the best example of the visual and performing arts at sjhs. Not to be outdown however is the drama department headed by mr. Brian bozanich and also the concert choir, show choir and block choir run by mr. Steve ordonez. Overall the school is exceptionally good and is known as a national school of excellence.

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2006
St. Joseph is the biggst bang a parent can get for their buck. It is the safest high school community I hav been in and offers great classes. There are many AP and Honors courses available. Counselors are sure to check up on students and the school really prepares the girls for college. It is really a great school that offers a well-rounded college prep education for young girls in Lakewood and the surrounding areas.

- submitted by a student
March 30, 2006
SJHS is by far not a good school. Many of the teachers are nice- but good educators- they lack. The school demands far too much from the parents. There are numerous hidden fees (such as raffle tickets) and school 'service hours' that parents-not just students have to do. It is rediculous when you are paying over $6000 a year to send your daughter there. Another problem is the lack of morals among students. The availability of programs such as music and art is also lacking.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2006
This school has very few good teachers. Some of the teachers are old, and do not look professional on a day to day basis. There are some good teachers who genuinely care about their students. The extra curricular activities are great. there is a lot of parent involvement. Some of the teachers need to be more organized though. When the school presents it self they will only show the good teachers. Be sure to talk to some students about the good teachers before you enroll your young woman.

- submitted by a former student
February 10, 2006
I am a graduate of this school and look forward to sending my daughter!

- submitted by a former student
February 06, 2006
This is not a school I would ever send another daughter to. Our experience with St.Joseph's was atrocious. The schools boasts about being 'a blue ribbon school' yet fails to provide students with adequate facilities and a good education. AP classes are virtually 'locked out' if your child isn't enrolled in the first year engish 1H. The discipline is horrific (in that none is carried out) and unless your child fits into a 'click' be prepared for many days of your child coming home depressed. Worse yet is the idea that this school is 'catholic' or moreover 'christian.' The students are not sincere Catholics or Christians. It can be a very negative environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
Excellent education, with an emphasis in academics, athletics, artistic abilities, community, and family. The perfect environment for young ladies to tap into their talents, find themselves, and be the best women they can be. Parent involvement is expected.

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May 28, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 20, 2005
L loved everything about being a Jester. The education I received was top notch and my mother says it was the best money she ever spent. A year after I graduated all the classes were air conditioned so I feel great for the girls there now. My college years, I'm a sophomore) have been easier because of the eeducation I received at SJHS.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2004
Great school as far as education and extrac urriculars, a happy atmosphere for my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2004
I went to SJHS and trust me, it is a great school that deserves its blue ribbon all the way. The only thing that bothers me about the school is that students are clique-y and that the school asks for a lot of donations, but besides that, everything is great. Teachers are qualified for their jobs, and so far, all of my teachers seem to know how to teach. Their extracurriculars are fantastic! Our sports teams are pretty good, and there are friends for everyone. Our school is socially diverse, Caucasian, Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American, you name it. I absolutely love learning in such a diverse environment with dedicated teachers. I have learned so much this year, inside and outside of the classroom. I even traveled to Mexico to help the poor families there. Saint Joseph is a great school that challenges the mind and cultivates the spirit.

- submitted by a student
March 01, 2004
Parents are involved only because they are forced too or they pay the price. There is no supervision during lunch time. Principal doesn't take care of issues fast enough involving theft of personal articles. So how is any one safe there? Also evening after paying a high tuition of $500 a month plus $450 in raffle tickets our girls are forced to work in an nonairconditioner room.

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Saint Joseph High School
5825 Woodruff Avenue, Lakewood, CA  90713
(562) 925-5073
Last modified Saint Joseph High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Saint Joseph High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top