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St. Joseph Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 284 students


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Posted February 12, 2014

I am writing this hoping it will help those who are at a point of making the very important decision for their kids, seeking an excellent education hand in hand with a Catholic or Christian faith, a safe environment with people who really want to help your kids. I wish there were more reviews from parents to make it a bit easier choosing this school over the others in the area, however, I can testify to the fact that it should be at the top of your list if you are seeking a rigorous academics, strong community (amazing people there) feeling and an always welcoming environment. We have 2 kids at this school, and it has been a blessing that we have chosen it because it has made our kids over all better human beings first of all, and has given them the opportunity to excel and flourish. We have also found the staff approachable, including the Principal. It is not an easy task for parents, however. Parents need to and are expected to commit to meet the school's demand for academics excellence, fundraising events and other events. Parking is safe, and there is plenty of green space. Get in early, as hardly anyone leaves the school before completing 8th grade. -Submitted by a parent
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Posted July 25, 2013

St. Joseph Catholic School is a school focused on academics. I am impressed with the rigorous curriculum. The teachers are knowledgeable and methodical. Any questions that I have asked have been satisfactorily answered. The principal and the office staff are very professional. My child is very happy there - as am I!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 25, 2012

Truly an excellent school with great academics, a strong supportive community, a safe environment, and a staff fully committed to the students as well as the school's Catholic Christian mission of educating the whole person. Highlights of my days are dropping my child off each morning and picking my child up each afternoon because I know that my child has had a wonderful experience during each school day.
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Posted November 18, 2011

I have a child at St. Joseph's currently. The teacher is excellent with supplying fun and challenging academics. He is learning far beyond what he would be in a public school. One problem I have discovered though is the principle and teacher are unsupportive if a child has any behavioral issues. It seems they are determined to be outstanding in academics, but leave students behind when there is anything getting in the way of their reputation to be number one. This school is competitive, and rigid in dealing with students who may deviate from the norm in any way.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 11, 2011

I am new to this school and very happy with the school. The academics are very challenging and the parental involvement is overwhelming. The school is more of a community and provides numerous activities for the children and parents to interact in social settings as well as school functions.
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Posted October 16, 2009

St. Joseph is a great school if your child is an above average student. If they struggle at all, it is probably not the right environment. Many of the teachers are excellent; many of the families are very committed to the parish community. It is a very safe environment. Inherently competitive, but that's not always a bad thing.

Posted November 22, 2008

This school has an excellent academic program and wonderful parental involvement. It is as much a community as it is a school.
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Posted May 1, 2007

I have a second grader and a kindergartener. The academics are exemplary. Both of my children are reading far above their levels. The math they are being taught is relevant and fun! The music, art and sports programs are great. The parental involvement makes the school community what it is - Fantastic! Our principal, teachers and staff are dedicated and caring people.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 22, 2006

Academics, sports, and parent involvement are the highest I have ever seen. My kids have been to 4 different elementry schools and by far St. Joeseps is the best, and my kids agree!
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Posted May 4, 2006

Excellent school, staff, principal. Music, art, sports are all an integral part of the curriculum. Level of parent involvement is at the max of any school I have ever seen.
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Posted March 29, 2006

Excellent teachers. Solid academic as well as religious and artistic instruction. Wonderful and challenging school.
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Posted March 8, 2006

I have been very impressed with this school. I am told that Kindergarten students are accomplishing in their first semester what isn't covered in the local public schools until the second semester of first grade. Best of all there is plenty of parent involvement and it's nice to have my kids go to a school where I know that they are safe and are hanging out with other kids whose values are the same as ours.
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Posted March 2, 2006

SJ is one of the best Catholic schools in the area. Particularly impressive has been the math instruction my daughter received during her junior high school years in the accelerated groups (i.e. algebra). Her teacher fully prepared her for high school and even assisted in preparation for her entrance exams. SJ truly promotes a Christian environment.
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Posted September 21, 2003

I have three children currently attending St. Joseph Elementary School. We have dedicated teachers, great kids, and caring families. At St. Joseph, it is cool to excel academically and be a good person. Without question, the best k-8 school in Long Beach!!!
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 26%
Two or more races 31% 3%
Hispanic 12% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6200 East Willow Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Phone: (562) 596-6115


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