We are new to the school this year with one child in the PreK and one in 1st grade. My children previously attended a reputable private school with a "strong" PreK program. I can honestly say that St. Joseph's academic programs are much stronger than that of the expensive private school. I am amazed at the academic foundations in basic language and math skills starting in preK. I am astounded by the level of reading progress my first grader has made in just a few months. I was disappointed that he did not leave the kindergarten program at his old school with more reading skills. However, since the start of school until mid-year, he has risen to the level of his classmates and has begun reading chapter books! St. Joseph emphasizes the basics and foundations that students need to excel in their later years. And the faculty and staff are warm, approachable and flexible. I feel so fortunate that my children are receiving such a quality education at the same time they are learning to be caring and considerate of others. Compared to other non-public schools in the area, the tuition is extremely competitive, and when you consider the tremendous attributes of the school, a bargain!
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?
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Because of the caring, respectful school environment, the great caring teachers and the after school programs available.
This is a wonderful school and has a very warm, and friendly environment.
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.
Because of the First friday mass and the caltholic teachings to all the grades.
The school provides a perfect blend of excellent acedemics and faith formation.
It is a great academic and loving school. All the kids get a great education, with caring and loving support.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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