"Technology, Reading and Writing Workshop, Gospel Values, and Basketball Teams"
Students enrolled 195
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:25 PM
School leader Scott Bannon
Transportation options Yes
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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5 Obtuse Hill Rd
Brookfield, CT 06804

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(203) 775-2774
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4 stars
Based on 39 ratings

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October 08, 2014
I submitted a February 2, 2012 post praising the school. I an reiterate that I still feel that the school provides excellent and rigorous academics and appreciate the raising of my children's social awareness through the study of faith. SJS is no doubt a better alternative to public shool, but other private schools might have ironed out these rough spots that seem to persist at SJS. In that respect, SJS seems to be a work in progress. The new principal is very zealous in furthering the interests of the school and advocating for improvements in both physical buiilding, teacher and student resources and finances. He works very hard and is resourceful but is a bit inconsistent and his results can seem arbitrary. Another frustrating aspect, is that there is an underlying, pervasive attitude that is anti-dual working parent families. The school , admin and teachers, seems to not really consider the situation of dual working parent families often such as in scheduling parent-teacher conferences days (only 1 evening over 3 days) and requiring fund raising activities (3 diffferent ones in 1 month's time!). Still sticking with the school for now however...

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2014
This was a great school year! Very happy with our child's education, experiences, and teacher. The principal turned the school around... we hope he stays! Some staff are leaving... this is a good thing, but we will miss Mr. Murphy and Ms. Cadmus.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
One of the best schools w great community, teachers and staff! Kids get a great education and religious background! Couldn't say enough good things!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2014
Inconsistent teaching (much deadwood amongst the staff), dismal infrastructure and a poor front office made our time at the school a waste of money. The new Principal is making great strides (after years of failing leadership) and must be commended as he is a very strong leader, but he has much work to do to recover what has been lost and bring St Joe's back to what it was.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2014
St Joseph Brookfield is a wonderful school. This year (2013/2014 school year) is our third year at the school and our kids are in first and third grade. Both of our children have thrived academically, socially and spiritually. We did not initially attend SJS for the religious aspect, but the values instilled have become a critical part of what I expect from their future education. Academically the school has exceeded our expectations. The pre-K and K programs had my youngest recognizing sight words and reading more than a year earlier than my older child who attended another school for those grades. Mathematically both children are doing excelling and enjoying it. Both children really look forward to going to school and I appreciate the quality of the teachers. The school has good music, spanish, art, computer and gym programs. We have had more principal turnover for various reasons over the past 3 years than I'd like, but the current principal is very strong and has quickly and continuously driven improvement, enhancements and positive changes and will hopefully now be here a while. There is a good after-care program as well that my kids enjoy going to.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
We have been with Saint Joseph School for 13 years, we have two children who have graduated and moved on to private high school where they are achieving at or above the honors level. We attribute much of our children's success to the foundations in academics and faith that were acquired during their time at SJS. They were exposed to not only strong academics, but also, student council, athletics, student mentoring, strong understanding and practice of their faith, community service and outreach and a loving environment. SJS has been through many changes and the most recent in leadership and faculty have only made the school better and compliment the mission of the school. I have been complimented on my older childrens commitment to their studies, conduct and organization. I have one student still enrolled and expect the same wonderful gift of superior education, complimented with strong values in a faith based environment. We are happy to be part of the SJS family.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
St. Joseph is a great school. I highly recommend it. Brookfield has good public schools but the education here is even better. The new leadership this year has made many positive changes. Focus is on kindness and community. New technology and music program. Lots of extra-curricular activities including STEM, Odyssey of the Mind and sports. The best After School Care and Homework Club in the area - you pay when you need and use it. Some new teachers with lots of energy and great ideas. Principal is organized, caring and a true leader. Parents support the school with fund-raising. Check out the school - you will be pleasantly surprised!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
My elder son has been with St. Joseph many years since Kindergarten. Overall speaking we are very pleased with how the school staff help my son to develop to a fine, religious, and upright person. Nothing is perfect in life and surely there are ups and downs, but I have to say there are certainly more ups. We enjoy (and welcome) the academic challenges. From an extracurricular activities perspective, the school and parents working together have exceeded what I expect based on the available resources to private/Catholic school. I definitely agree with some of the earlier reviewers about the new energy and uptrend our new principal brings in this year. We always believe educating a child, either academic or behavior wise, demands efforts from both schools and parents; and personally we feel what St. Joe can offer complement nicely with what we as parents can offer and expect.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
Our children are currently in 7th & 8th grade at SJS, and have been attending since kindergarten. From the beginning we felt the sense of family, acceptance and community from the other family. There is a very strong focus on Christian values and raising the children to be participating Catholics, and living the word. With regard to academics, the curriculum is very challenging, and with out a doubt results in graduates that thrive in their high school years. The new principal Mr. Bannon is a welcome addition, who have implemented many positive changes, including needed staff changes, and special focus on respect for all individuals in the school. The tuition and fund raising that we pay are well worth all the positive things our children will reap for their years at SJS. You absolutely owe it to yourself and your children to at least visit the school, spend some time there, and give it an honest consideration. I believe it will be one of the best decisions in yours and your children's lives.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
St. Joseph's Brookfield has given my children a more superior educational opportunity then they would have had in our large public school system. Of course, along with that, has been attending mass weekly, and the spiritual teaching that is part of the curriculum, as well. There is a great sense of community among faculty, principal, HSA and parents. The classes are small, and the teachers are patient, caring and flexible. As a parent, I feel it is essential to be involved in projects, field trips, and other class related activities. Here we get to help, in fact it is welcomed. But, we have also needed some additional attention and academic support for one of my children, and St. Joseph's has worked with us to develop an amazing academic support team. We would highly recommend St. Joes Brookfield.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
I am a parent of four children that graduated from St.Joseph's School went on to high school and college. Today they are active, contributing members of society. I have been involved in the parish and school for over forty years.In todays environment we see a low moral standard,no role models and in some cases poor parenting. At St Joes we have a school which offers different standards, an alternative. We are not afraid to love God,have respect for others, say the pledge of allegiance. or pray in the class room.Today we hear about "core curriculum" At St. Joseph are children are taught to think.ask questions ,to learn and contribute in accordance with Christian values. Our children's success are measured not by fixed standards but rather by their ability to contribute to society, helping there fellow man and live the faith. We are blessed to have this school and staff

- submitted by a community member
November 18, 2013
This school has been the best thing that ever happened to my child. We have an awesome Principal who is a true leader and will help the school thrive for years to come. Staff is committed and the students are happy and engaged. Just last week they hosted a Memorial Day Assembly that was one of the best school events I've ever attended. Saint Joseph School is faith based education at its' best. I have nothing but good things to say about this school and will continue to send my children all the way through 8th grade. Thank you SJS for doing such a wonderful job!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
We love St. Joseph School. Brookfield. As a parent of 2 elementary school students, we have found that St. Joes offers exactly the quality of education and the spiritual and disciplinary environment that has helped our children to thrive. The school has been amazingly flexible in meeting the needs of my children's educational needs. The teachers have cooperated with our every request to the best of their abilities. And, the fellowship among parents is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
This school has new energy and a positive climate. The staff is dedicated and encourages acts of kindness.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
The Faith education is invaluable. The teachers (except 1-2 that my each of my children have had), are wonderful. However, tuition & fees are ridiculous, when the facilities are in need of updating. The restrooms are always broken/backed-up, water is only cold - not really good for washing hands thoroughly. Some of the classrooms are in need of serious updating. I will say some improvements were made - which is great. But the basics like restrooms should be priority. Also, no matter how often you are involved - your voice is NOT heard unless you make regular high donations. We volunteered regularly at the school - even working full-time (often using vacation to be there several times a month/week). Not very Christ-like, if you ask me. It's all about the $$.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
We had some wonderful experiences here, and some really horrible. Some teachers are truly wonderful, while others are just checking a box at the end of the day. The sense of community we all strived for is not deteriorating, due to a lot of political strife. A select few parents have their voices heard, and that's it. Special family events have been cancelled all year, families pitted against each other, and their is an overwhelming environment of bullying at times (when reported no actions taken). Such a shame.

- submitted by a teacher
January 19, 2013
My overall experience with this school is very dissapointing especially after hearing such great things about it. A blatant disregard to parent concerns and unprofessional staff. I could not in good conscious recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2012
Response to: "If you are not perfect, who are you to "judge"?" First of all unlike YOU, I am not judging, I am merely stating my personal opinion based on our family s experience with the school. And thank you for making one of the problems our family has with the school, crystal clear to everyone reading the reviews. 1st your assumption that we do not volunteer is false, we just don t take it to the level that some parents do; and yes we do work full time and long hours, and can still manage to raise a good kid; the anti-working parent attitude is one of the problems with the school. 2nd I never said the school is all bad you should read my review more carefully. You are judging public schools to be bad, while yes, there are some that are, not all are, and there is no such thing as a perfect school like everything else in life it is a give and take. As for the needed attitude adjustment there is only so much a school can do no matter how good it is, if it is not reinforced at home. I agree that change can be good, we will see if anything changes at all. To: Parents are fully entitled thank you for showing us that there are some reasonable parents left at the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
If you are not perfect, who are you to "judge"? We have a new principal, and good things are happening. Change is good! Perhaps volunteering in the school would be a helpful suggestion for you to see what's actually happening in the school! :) To here are lots of opportunities to help with the class, school activities, volunteering is greatly appreciated! Enlighten yourself before you "judge". Just because things don't go the way YOU want, doesn't mean it's all bad! Yes, there are students who need an "attitude" adjustment, and as they grow, as parents we need to instill values and respect! Try public school and see what you get! Best of luck to you in your endeavor to find that "perfect" school! GO SJS!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2012
It is a hit or a miss at this school. There are some good and caring teachers and others that should not be teaching. It is very unfortunate that there is no consistency in the quality of education and leadership from class to class. I am very disappointed in the lack of communication from the teacher to the office staff. There is no follow-up method for working with the parents. It is as if the office, parents and teachers work in silos. What happened to collaboration? There is very little of it going on at this school. A whole lot more finger pointing and no one that is leading or setting the vision. A disappointment. Looking elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
Great school! Wonderful caring staff and stellar students! SJS continues to thrive by offering faith based education in a nurturing environment! Thank you to the many supportive parents!

- submitted by a teacher
February 06, 2012
St. J has succeeded over the decades because of dedicated teachers and parents in providing an education based on academics and faith. This was my families draw to the school, but once in the school many red flags popped up. Never have our children been allowed to borrow movies from the library instead of a book! This was standard procedure from this school, a major disappointment. Another is the lack of leadership . After Christmas break parents driving their children to school were notified of a new drop off system by way of a sign and lots of confusion! The lack of communication and organization is hurting this school. Decisions that need to be made prior to first day are still being worked out late in the second half of the year. My child was placed in an excellerated math group but I was never notified by the teacher? This would never happen in a well organized school. Furthermore,the lack of basic fundamental management skills are not here- someone to answer the phone regularly? No. Weekly updates from the principal are irregular. My biggest issue is the lack of discipline with the children- our public school had better rules and implemented them. What rules of conduct?

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
I find it sad to read some of the reviews. It seems in most of them it talks about the great teachers, the friendly family enviroment, the outstanding faith based education, the fun sports and after school activities. They ALL seem like such great qualities. And I am very proud to send my children there. However bashing parent involvement and the office staff seems quite un-necessary when talking about our childrens education and faith. Are we loosing sight of the fact that it's the children and the outstanding faith based education that matter?

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2012
If I had to choose between St. Joe's and public school, I would choose St. Joe's because socially and academically it expects more of the children and families. That being said, it seems as though the school is struggling and I do worry that it might not be the best Catholic school in the area. Our facilities are in disrepair and many of our programs, beyond the classroom, do not seem to be as developed as in other schools. Additionally, parents do seem to be talking about preferential treatment and attitude issues in regard to particular parents who are taking away from the family atmosphere of the school. I guess we are going to have to give all of this some thought when it comes to next year's registration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I asked my child to give me just 1 word to describe St. Joe's, and it was 'Friendly'. I agree. The teachers are caring, dedicated and challenging, the parents are there for each other to pull it all together, not to mention the superior education they get through 8th grade. The students are completely prepared for any high school they go to with the great study habits that are formed here. The faith-based education builds inner strength and respect for themselves as well as others. The great basketball, track, and after-school programs build strong friendships too. We are proud to be part of this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
SJS takes putting Faith into our children to a whole new level- The family environment, the excelling academics, and the dedicated staff make it the best school for us!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
Grand kids love it and look forward to going every day

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 29, 2010
St Joseph School has a friendly and caring atmosphere. Students and parents are well acquainted with each other. Students and thier respective families are not just people, they have become a part of my family. I am greatful to have St Joseph School as a part of our life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
What we love about St. Joseph's is that is teaches kids about respect and other Christian values but without the rigid environment many people associate with Catholic schools. Almost all teachers are lay people who have their own kids in the school so the atmosphere is relaxed but respectful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The staff, the parents and the great feeling of pride!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
As a parent of 3 children, two of which have gone through the school system, I have nothing but good things to say about St.Joe's. My children have learned to become better people through our faith, and have been well prepared academically, for their high school years. The teachers there are dedicated, and they truly care about each and every child. I believe they want to see them all succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Because of the caring, respectful school environment, the great caring teachers and the after school programs available.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
This is a wonderful school and has a very warm, and friendly environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
This school has truly awesome teachers and programs. My child loves it and honestly looks forward to skipping out the door every school morning. That it is a Christ based education is important as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
Because of the First friday mass and the caltholic teachings to all the grades.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
The school provides a perfect blend of excellent acedemics and faith formation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
It is a great academic and loving school. All the kids get a great education, with caring and loving support.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
St Joseph's principal Mrs. Forte makes new families feel welcomed. The faculty is friendly and encourage the students to do their best. Jesus is the Foundation , Prayer and Academic excellence is the highest priority.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
It says alot for a school when your kids love going! We've been with St. Joes now for 5 yrs and each year gets better. Very nurturing teachers, respectful, caring children and parents that are hands on to encourage the schools growth. And don't let me forget those JV Girls Basketball Champs of 2009/10!!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
extracurricular are outstanding! I am so happy . I wold recommend Saint Joseph for anyone who is looking for a school that is strong in Faith, Love and academics!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
Overall my experience has been excellent. I wish there were programs to challenge the children who are gifted. There is not enough for children who are bored but their are some who are unbelieveable teachers at this school who push all the kids to learn far above what the public schools teach. The after school clubs are wonderful and there are so many to choose from. The principal has worked hard to make St. Joe's stand out as a superior school and is accomplishing this difficult task.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Saint Joseph Catholic School provides a complete education within a loving family oriented environment. Teachers and parents do work together for the well being of the children. The school places a strong emphasis on challenging the children academically. And, they take very seriously the importance of a safe faith based learning environment. I love the school and would recommend it to anyone. I have been in the school for 6 years and plan on sending all my children to this school. It's a must-see for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 05, 2009
I did not think a school like this existed in this day and age. It has a small town feel while providing an excellent level of education. I am speaking as a parent and a former educator. The children learn manners, discipline and respect for eachother and adults. This environment enables them to be children by exposing them only to age appropriate information. Being new to the area, we had the option of sending our children to any of the local private schools and with much research, this was the best one to instill values and education. Spend 5 minutes with the 8th grade students (most of whom have been here since kindergarten) and you will see what amazing, confident, respectful and kind young adults they have become through this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
Very political & one-sided. The faculty takes a self-righteous & unapproachable stance speaking with parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2009
I found a common thread at this school & it isn't the commitment to excellence but rather a narrow minded & beligerant approach to management in the classroom & in the school overall. I think there are far better choices of schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
St Joe's is the hidden gem of CT! Quality teaching, a nurturing, family atmosphere, superb academics, small classes, a parent community that is not cliquey and really wonderful children. We have not regretted, for a second, sendng our children here. As with any school, there are always those for whom the parent-teacher, parent-parent or parent-Head relationships don't mesh. The school does have some teachers who are inflexible and unable-unwilling to work with those children who are not 'cookie cutter' and these children and families deserve better. The Head does shy away from acknowledging or dealing with teacher issues in these classrooms. It is not a case of 'problem parents or child' - the Head just will not listen to any criticism of staff. Most staff though, are amazing! The IT enhancements, better academics, and after-school clubs the Head has brought, are commendable. Overall, A+++++

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2009
This school is by far the best!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
October 10, 2004
Our school is blessed with Faculty and Families who believe in Academic leadership and spirituality of our Christian faith. We are honest, diverse families who share the same, values, morals and principles. Our faculty and parents place the priorities of the children first and are constantly looking at ways to enhance and upgrade for the benefit of the children. Each grade level has only one class which fosters a family type atmosphere. We are blessed and fortunate to be a part of this school for 5 years.

- submitted by a parent
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St. Joseph Elementary School
5 Obtuse Hill Rd, Brookfield, CT  06804
(203) 775-2774
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St. Joseph Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top