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3300 South Seacrest Boulevard
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

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December 21, 2012
I go to school at sjes and it is terrible. They say its a college prep school but that is a lie. There is absolutely no homework in the middle school.

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2012
My family and I are new to Florida. Prior to moving here, I checked out the online rating of his appointed public school & it received the highest rating in the area so we were comfortable that his transition would be smooth. When I drove up to his school upon arrival I got a very bad feeling in my stomach, followed up with the first 2 days of school being horrible, so elementary and lacking in programs, we removed him from school on the 3rd day, never to return. I started my search & visited 60+ charter & private schools, crying some days at what I had found.We are not religious people so I feared that I would have to force Christianity upon my 6 year in order to give him a good education. As soon as I drove up to St Joseph's I got a great sense that this is where he needed to be, a bit scared of the religious part in the beginning, but it has been just as they initially promised, important teachings of basic fundamentals of humanity. The education system is the best I have seen hands down, they teach a grade level above & the parents & staff have been extremely welcoming. I am so happy that my son is lucky enough to attend this school. It is all around a great school!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2012
We miss the gentle, supportive leadership of the last head. She listened to every student.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2012
There is a great amount of bullying at this school. The Head of School, nor the staff really deal with the issue.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
This is my daughters' fourth year at St. Josephs and I am thrilled at the atmosphere, the student bady, the wonderful teachers, and the administration. It is truly mind, body, spirit education. Thumbs up all the way.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
My kids attend this school and have since Pre-K. My wife and I both have advanced academic degrees and we take education seriously. We have watched carefully our children's progress at this school and over the years have also watched carefully the academic performance of St Joe graduates as they move to high school. They do very well. We've also in the last couple years seen kids depart and then return especially in the middle school. Something not noted below is worth mentioning. Religion at Saint Joe's is provided with a light touch. We are not Episcopal and many of the students are not. Religion at the school we've found to be heavily focused on building character. We like that. Also interesting school sports and participation in the arts are mandatory for all students. Very strong head of school in Tami Pleasanton. Strong middle school teachers. High expectations of the kids. Finally. I read the "average students" comment of a year or two ago. Obviously something went awry with that parent's child while at the school. But the comment to me illustrates what you won't find at St. Joes: A parent who inflates their child's abilities and does "school shopping".

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
Wow. Lots of opinions. My kids have attended St. Joseph's and over time have moved to public schools at various ages. So I've seen both Palm Beach County public schools and St. Joe's. I would just observe a couple things. First, my kids come out of Saint Joe's were extremely well prepared at every level. Our ongoing challenge after St. Joe's was that public schools had trouble keeping our kid's academic motivation high after a couple years. One other thing. Despite the marketing of Palm Beach Public schools programs (gifted/AP), the kids had quite a few weak teachers. But more importantly those teachers never went away (each kid would have them). I must say that St. Joe's has always made changes with under-performing staff. This would be my top tangible reason to recommended. Every kid's different in achievement but St. Joe's has strong curriculum and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2010
This year, we moved our two children from Montessori to a traditional setting at Saint Joseph s (one was in 4th and one in 5th). They have very caring teachers who listen and work with us as much as they are able. I believe schools need to maintain a balance between their tradition and a willingness to constantly evolve to be at their best. I think this school is striving to attain this goal. Every school has room for improvement. My children have been safe, gotten the academic basics, and some good enrichments. I have a Catholic background and find the religious instruction to be a breath of fresh air. We have been very happy with the Episcopal teaching of Christianity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2010
Saint Joseph's School is fantastic. The teachers go above and beyond their job descriptions. Students are challenged academically, spiritually and physically. They are provided with many opportunities to advance creatively. The campus is safe and students learn in a loving, caring environment.

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2010
Best private academic school around, better than anything in gifted programs. Why, graduates move into IB or other advanced programs. This school teaches to the whole child and offers excellent athletic and arts programs. Also foreign language and strong values, spirtual base taught.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2010
My children have been attending St. Joseph's for several years, and we have been 100% satisfied each year. The teachers are keen on their students' learning styles and, based on what I've seen, create lesson plans and activities that encompass all styles. Also, the teachers offer conferences anytime and are quick to respond to e-mails. They really make dropping my children off each day easier knowing that I can e-mail them about anything and receive a response quickly. My children love going to St. Joe's and are happy when I pick them up. Thank you, St. Joseph's!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 29, 2010
This is the worst school possible for a gifted child.The principle is not running a christian school with a lovin enviorment but rather a fear base school were kids can't even speak there mind or give ideas.....after seiing what the head of school did to a student this year my children willl not be attending sjs after the 2009 2010 school year...the chaplin is excellent and so is the librarian.they have this crazy sports coach for boys...I am so glad my child will not have to be apart of that after this year

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 22, 2010
St. Joe's is a very good school for the average to slightly above average student which would make up the majority of students. If your child is at either end of the bell curve, you may not be satisfied. But this could be said for many a private school. Also, you get what you pay for. St. Joe's is a lot less than St. Andrews, Gulfstream or Pine Crest. You can't expect the same level of education or masters prepared teachers when you pay 40% less in tuition. Unity has their own set of problems. It is getting harder for private schools to compete, especially in this economy where most people cannot justify spending $1,500 per month on their child's elementary or middle school tuition.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
I have to agree with the bottom line review. Although there are some terrific things about this school, and it does meet most of the needs of average children, I have been continually frustrated by the fact that my children could be elevated way beyond the point where they are now (which doesn t always mean advanced curriculum but rather more in depth curriculum). I m not sure about the curriculum being a year ahead as some of the brighter students need to skip grades just to be a little challenged. There is so much research out there that proves that some of the methods at St. Josephs are outdated (and there truly are not very many collective projects). I would love to see this school rise to the next level and be better than Unity, Gulfstream, Pine Crest, or St. Andrews. I know of several children who struggled a bit when they transferred to Prep schools for high school coming from our school. I see all the good things, but that does not mean we can t be better. The Head of School needs to open her mind a bit and go through the awkward stage of metamorphosis. Then St. Josephs will be awesome and produce students who stand way out from the rest of the cookie cutter schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
Of course there will be several ways to look at a school, but that doesn't mean someone who sees all sides - including the weaknesses - is closed-minded. Yes, this school needs to take it up a few notches as far as being more innovative in their methods. This would benefit all students. Unfortunately some of the brighter students are leaving or choose other schools. It is a very nice group of families, but let's not put our heads in the sand here. Let's make it great!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2010
Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion, but you would have to be extremely close-minded not to realize what an excellent learning community St. Joe's is. Everyone from the Head of School to the teachers and coaches to the aftercare staff have a genuine love for the students and are always supportive of both the students *and* the parents. The advanced curriculum (one grade level ahead of the standard) ensures that your child will be thoroughly prepared for the challenges of high school and college. My younger school years didn't really provide me with much experience working in groups and it was an adjustment when I reached high school, and especially college, where some classes had *only* group projects. That is not the case at St. Joe's; the educators incorporate group work seamlessly into the classroom encouraging your child to not only work well with their peers but gain leadership skills.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
Because there are mixed reviews here, I wanted to give you the bottom line. When parents search for the right school, they must have a clear vision of what they want for their children, not only academically, but culturally. You want a school that can become a community for you on many levels. If you want your child to become the kind of person who does not question authority, and wants to be a passionate supporter of the group tradition, then St. Joe s will be a wonderful school for your family. However, if you feel that your child is one that could be a leader, help pinpoint and solve problems, or enjoys the dialectic process , then St. Joe s will be a place bordering on oppressive for your family. There are a few teachers who really want to nurture future creative thinkers and leaders. However, the head of school is not mindful of the proper way to promote and implement these methods so unfortunately it does not permeate the curriculum. I have to commend their sacred studies program. Father William is an outstanding teacher and leader for the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 03, 2010
Saint Joseph's School is simply the best school in the area. The teachers are excellent, the curriculum is advanced, the campus is beautiful and safe, and the new Head of School is accomplished, educated, and hands-on. Everyone I talk to about the school loves it!

- submitted by a community member
January 21, 2010
I'm a parent and I am looking at these reviews. Some background is warranted first, SJS sadly lost its head of school to cancer a few years back. The school endured a couple interim heads of school and finally settling on the current head two years ago. She's widely regarded as excellent and the school is thriving. Regardless, through that process of management change, my kids have had one excellent experience after another. I like the culture. I have no idea about the culture of fear comment below. I also have not found the academically behind comment to be true. To the contrary, all of the kids I know personally have been profoundly well prepared and well advanced for high school.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2009
My two kids have been at Saint Joseph's since pre-kindergarten (now in late elementary and middle). As they've grown we've assessed the merits of public and other privates. But the realization we've come to is that Saint Joe's has an exceedingly strong positive culture. The kids are wrapped in it and they thrive academically. The size of the school is a huge advantage in that regard. As the product of generic public schools ourselves, we've always wanted our kids to be 'from somewhere special'. St. Joe's is certainly that place.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
I love St. Joe's! My kids are thriving with advanced coursework and many opportunities in athletics and the arts.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 15, 2009
Saint Joseph's Episcopal School is the best school in the community. My child is a recent alumni after being at Saint Joseph's School for eleven years. It all started here with the rigorous academics, performing arts and the challenging athletics. Saint Joseph's has it all. This school has inspired my child so much in the church, in the classroom, on the field and on the stage. The school has given my child christian ethics and is very well prepared for High School and College. Mrs. Pleasanton you are the best teacher and mentor anyone could ever have. As a parent you will love the safe, loving and nuturing environment at this school. I highly recommend Saint Joseph's Episcopal School to all families looking for an affordable private school in this community.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2009
We just finished our first academic year here at St. Joseph's. My two children love their school and I am so amazed to see how far they have both come in a year. The academic program is second to none and the love and caring from the teachers makes all the difference in how the children respond. We look forward to the years ahead and I know they will have a strong foundation for high school.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2009
I cannot say enough about St Joe's. I have watched my grandchildren grow tremendously in their academic, emotional and social skills. The faculty and staff are truly dedicated to the success of each and every student, giving so much of themselves to ensure well-rounded, well-educated, happy children. St Joe's has the best to offer in so many areas, I would not want my grandchildren to miss growing in this wonderful atmosphere.

- submitted by a community member
no rating June 21, 2009
We are leaving St. Joseph's after 11 years. The atmosphere under the present principal has become fear-based and no longer the loving environment that they were.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2009
My grandchildren attend St. Joseph's Episcopal School and I feel they are gretting the Best Education. Not only is the school giving our children the education that they need, but it is a loving school. Everyone is like a big family and the children do not like to miss school. I give this school all 5's Plus. My daughter went to this school and now her children. Come join a great school and your children will be happy.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
October 14, 2008
We love St. Joseph's! My daughter would not be who she is today if weren't for St. Joseph's Episcopal School. I probably miss it more than my daughter. Love you St. Joe's! T&K

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2008
We are so happy we found St. Joe's! Our children love it here. We never worry about them during the day, and all of the programs are well-coordinated and enjoyable. The academics are some of the best in the state, and we are astounded by the school's cleanliness and caring atmosphere. Diversity of academic, arts, language, and sports programs. The security is great and the students are well-mannered and caring, which tells us as parents that the teachers and staff model the right kinds of behavior! Excellent leadership at this great little school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2008
This school is WONDERFUL! I feel that I am qualified to say this. I am an alumni of St. Josephs and now I am very proud to be sending my daughter here. This is her first year and it has been great so far. The school has come a long way since I attended. It gets better each year. Kay Johnson is an excellent leader with a very pleasant and happy demeanor. I think she does a great job. The school is small and they really focus on giving each student what they need to excell. I will always be supportive and do whatever I can to promote this school. It is one of the absolute best in the area!

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November 08, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2007
Despite the rhetoric, the problems continue. These problems will not be solved until the board realizes that they need a qualified, stable educator to lead the school. There is a general feeling of ill-will that permeates among the faculty. The high attrition rate of students is another red flag. Parent involvement has dropped considerably with several annual events being cancelled.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2007
My children have been at St. Joe's for three years. The curriculum has been improving. Most of the curriculum is now at about a half-year above grade level. A dedicated science teacher and lab is available to 4th grade and up. There has been a high faculty turnover rate in the last two years. There are new teachers in Music, PE, Science and most of the elementary grades. Middle school grades participate in a school play and weekly drama classes. All students have art class once per week. Only a small percentage of the parents volunteer their time at the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
Saint Joseph's is one of the greatest schools in the area. I feel that every child is getting a really great, well-rounded education. This education is of upmost quality and once these students graduate from this School, they will be fully prepared for the next educational phase of their life. Even though some parents might view change as a sign of instability, change at a School is necessary, especially when you are trying to stay ahead of the curve. Education and concern for students is the No. 1 priority of the staff, faculty and teachers, and it is easy to see how their dedication has paid off.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2007
My children have been at St. Joe's for 5 years and although the administration has gone through many changes, the quality of education has done nothing but improve by leaps and bounds! The warm,loving environment that brought us here is what keeps us here!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
The Head of School and her new Associate have re-established normalcy at the school and have positioned the school to be the best of its kind in the Delray/Boynton area - great academics, a much-improved athletic program, amazing performing arts program, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Kay Johnson and Tami Pleasanton are to be commended!

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2007
This is a great school. There are some who whine and complain about everything, but the vast majority of parents are VERY happy with the Head of School, the teachers, and the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
The biggest concern is in the leadership of the school. There have been three different heads of school over the last four years. Prior to this head, the school felt very stable and offered a warm, loving and peaceful family environment. Sadly, that environment which attracted and kept so many families at SJS has been greatly diminished. Many dedicated, long term families have left the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 18, 2007
SJES is really moving up! The curriculum is advanced, yet the teachers help students keep up. There is even free tutoring offered daily! The computer curriculum teaches students to type, too, so I don't have to do it. Great administration, fabulous teachers - this is the school to watch!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
Definately a school in transition. Organizational issues. Communication issues. The students look stressed. Not all teachers certified. Icy PTA. We are concerned about obviously stressed out faculty. Beautiful campus. Great Church! Very honorable arts & music focus. The result of these changes could go either way, eventually, but the stressed kids and teachers is telling-like they aren't acknowleging how all of this effects the school's primary purpose-the children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2007
The Math curriculum is first rate. Other weaker areas of the curriculum (science, writing) are being worked on by the new Associate Head. There is a lot of talk about an Arts Academy but only 15% of the students can actually participate. As for parent involvement, there are several parents in the lower school that are very dedicated to supporting the school. The weakest link at SJS is the Head of School, Kay Johnson. She is severely lacking in management, organizational and communication skills.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
Some good teachers, a few great ones. Class size and discipline/behavior problems need to be managed better.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
St. Joseph's has wonderful teachers and parents. Parent involvement is very high and everyone is a family. The only problem at the school is a lot of parents leave due to the Head of School. She makes promises and can't deliver. She is never in the classes. The Associate Head of School is Wonderful! The kids love her and she is the only reason St. Joseph's is maintaining it's current students and attracting new ones. If she could be Head of School, that would bring St. Joseph's up another notch. Also, there isn't a computer class and not much of a science class. All the Head of School cares about is creating a theatrical program. She is not on the same page as the kids. Hopefully, things will change.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
We are delighted with SJS. The academics are strong as are expectations, The school leadership is developing an even better vision of the future and most important our child is thriving there.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2005
St. Joe's is a wonderful school! I graduated from St. Joe's and went on to attend the IB program at Atlantic High in Delray Beach. I am currently attending Yale University on an academic scholarship. I feel that my years at St. Joe's prepared me very well for the challenges I met in high school and now in college. I still have friends from my days at St. Joe's. It is a great place to grow and learn, I hope I can send my own children there someday!

- submitted by a former student
September 25, 2005
being an alumnus of st joes I can say with confidence it prepared me for high school and my life. I am now on my way to becoming a florida state certified firefighter and I graduated top of my class for my emt school. I would recomend that any parent send their child to this school

- submitted by a former student
September 23, 2005
In the area of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, there is no other small private school that compares to St. Joseph's Episcopal. Excellent academics, committed educators and a strong arts and athletic prgram make for a wonderful, well-rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2005
SJS is a sweet, small caring school with strong academics and surprisingly varied extracurricular activities for its size. It has a good, diverse Sacred Studies program that teaches students about all religions. There is a high level of parent involvement. Its challenges lie in improving parent-teacher-admin communications, as this channel is informal at best - and can hinder information delivered to parents who are not present at every pickup & dropoff (i.e. the working mom... as I found out first hand) Good sports and PE (every day for 1st grade and above) programs. Strict uniform code, which we liked.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2005
The quality of academics at St. Joseph's is very high. Students are challenged in a loving, nurturing environment. The teachers are very dedicated and there is little to no teacher turnover. There are great music, art and sports programs available to all students. Students have structured PE every day. Extracurricular activities include tennis, karate, and cheerleading. The Parent's Organization is very active with over 50% of the parents involved on a regular basis. I highly recommend Saint Joseph's to all families looking for a relatively affordable Independent school education.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2005
Th quality of academics at St. Joseph's is very strong. They are an Independent School and most classes are advanced one grade level. Children begin reading at age 4. The art program has won various awards. The Parents Organization is an integral part of the school and helps to build a wonderful family atmosphere at the school. The best thing about the school is the teachers. They are highly qualified, dedicated and there is little to no turnover. Our family is very happy with the education and the environament provided at St. Joseph's.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2004
I cannot say enough positive things about St. Joseph's Episcopal School. Our children enjoy the challenging academic program and as parents we love the safe, loving and nurturing environment. The campus is lovely and the teachers are very loyal and hardworking. I can call, email or speak personally to my children's teachers at any time. I feel as we are working in tandem to provide a great educational and life experience my children. I highly recommend starting kids in the PreK-3 class as they learn so much during that first year. The parents organization is a key strength of the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2004
St. Joseph's is an outstanding school with an accelerated program that challenges their students. They are a student centered school and utilize various instructional tools to reach each and every child. They realize each child has an individual learning style and the teachers are all trained in Emotional Intelligence - all to promote their students to be the best learners possible. The teachers are very caring and nuturing. They have a beautiful campus and offer a well-rounded curriculum. We are more than pleased with St. Joseph's and would highly recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
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St Joseph's Episcopal School
3300 South Seacrest Boulevard, Boynton Beach, FL  33435
(561) 732-2045
Last modified St Joseph's Episcopal School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Joseph's Episcopal School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top