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St. Joseph The Worker Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 252 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $282,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,380.

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Posted May 21, 2014

There are very caring teachers in this school who make the children feel like a part of a big school family. The academics are very challenging, so don't expect homework or tests to be easy.
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Posted April 16, 2014

The school is not what used to be. Children are graduating not being ready for high school. The school does not have a computer program, children do not write and there are no extra curriculum activities. Teachers are not motivated because of the financial situation of the school. The principal is eighty years old and she does not have a good judgment anymore. There is no leadership. Most parents stay there because they have been in the school for along time. Those parents are often mistreated but its better not to say anything. They pick on children.
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Posted September 17, 2013

This school has a very excellent teachers and principal. Everyone is so friendly and dedicated to their work. I am impressed with the involvement of the principal in regards to the students welfare. Has a very good academic excellence and extra curricular activities.
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Posted May 23, 2013

This is a wonderful small school, where all the teacher know the children by name. The curriculum is all based on the California Core and my child is so far ahead in academics compared to her peers who go to nearby charter schools. Other parents ask, "Where does she go?" I can proudly say, "St. Joseph the Worker!"
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 1, 2011

Great school, great teachers. My daughter is in the first grade and she's been there since pre-k. Have no complaints about the teachers. They are all wonderful. Tuition is reasonable and so are the number of volunteer hours. It has only increased by about $10 so far.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2008

Excellent teaching. My daughters graduated from there and were more than prepared--one for Catholic high school and one for public high.
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Posted July 8, 2005

I have attended SJW and can easily say it's one of the best schools in our deanery. The junior high teachers are very involved with each child's progress through the year. If extra time is needed to further a child's understanding on something, they are more than willing to share their knowledge. To be brutally honest their music program is pretty much a joke for the older students. What is lacking in the music program is most certainly made up in the athletics. I am proud to say that I was apart of the first girls volleyball team ever to take first place out of three county's worth of teams. I fully believe that SJW has prepared me for whatever I may encounter in high school. Just graduating from 8th grade, my grade equivalent is that of an 11th grader's.
—Submitted by a former student

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 37% 52%
White 9% 26%
Black 5% 6%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • First place in the regional Academic Junior High Decathlon math competition (2005)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

  • Choir / Chorus
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 2:35 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Sr. Barbara Joseph Wilson, CSJ
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (818) 341-1102


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  • Religious


Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

  • Choir / Chorus
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Alemany High School
Crespi High School
Notre Dame High School
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