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St. Joseph Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 195 students

Technology, Reading and Writing Workshop, Gospel Values, and Basketball Teams

 

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Posted June 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 3, 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 61%
Two or more races 10% 2%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 13%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
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Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
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Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Dance club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:25 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Scott Bannon
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • No
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Hybrid
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Bridgeport
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • HSA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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