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Jacksonville, FL
Students enrolled: 407
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3619 Toledo Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32217

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(904) 733-2313
(904) 731-7169
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February 03, 2014
San Jose Catholic Administration needs to make changes to retain the families they have--instead of encouraging current families to spread the word to their friends about how great the school is in order to recruit new students. Only changes this year has been rebranding. Weekly newsletter contains no useful information.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
I have a child at San Jose Catholic Grade School. This school has extremely high standards for both the students and the faculty, and I feel that the preparation for high school has been excellent. Some of the faculty there deserve special praise as truly talented educators: Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Karel, Mrs. Dowell, Mrs. Cratem, Mrs. Montvillas, Mrs. Thomy, Mrs. Loadholtz and Mrs. Chin. A special comment must be made about first year principal, Brian Wheeler. He has proven to be a man of uncompromising character, insight, and leadership. He has shown a tremendous amount of involvement and caring for the students in this school, and is the type of man that you want as a role model for your children.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
This is a great school. My youngest is attending and my oldest is in college. I have been through both public and private schools in Jacksonville. As a parent who is focused on my child's skills, I find that this school does a superior job. My eldest graduated from Stanton's IB program and I feel that the foundation lain with my youngest at this school is far better than the preparation that my IB student received at other schools in Jacksonville. I like the culture of the school. At most schools, the parents are blown off when concerns are raised. Not here - the staff tries very hard to address concerns. It takes a village and I feel that San Jose Catholic School tries very hard to be that village.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2013
May God watch over all the parents, faculty, staff and most of all students at this school as they start a new chapter with their new Principal. Pay close attention to all he says and does.

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2013
My children have been attending SJCS for the past 5 years. I feel so blessed that our family has been a part of this community. The academics in the school are of the highest caliber; the parents are involved and supportive; and the athletics are outstanding. We have had the pleasure of acquiring a new principal, who has brought with him an energy and commitment to growth and enrichment and I am so glad that he has joined us in our continued spiritual and academic growth.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2013
We have been more than happy with the academics and the overall community at SJC.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2013
This school is amazing! It is my little gem - it is the treasure I have found for my children! The family focused, Christ centered philosophy of the school is seen in ever aspect of my children's education and experience. I cannot say enough about how very pleased we are with our choice and how blessed we feel to be a part of the San Jose Family!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2013
San Jose Catholic School is a wonderful school community. I attended San Jose from K-8th so I was nostalgic sending my little one to school there. With the addition of our new principal, Mr. Wheeler, I am excited about what the future holds as I will be enrolling another child in the 3 year old program next year. Not only the principal but the Home & School Board are committed to making our school the best it can be. We LOVE our school family!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2013
San Jose Catholic School has excellent academics, caring teachers, and a loving community. I am a Christian, yet not Catholic. I am proud to send my daughter to this fantastic school.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2013
This is a great school with a diverse student population and dedicated teachers and parents. We only continue to improve and I love that the school and church are becoming more integrated.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2013
Strong problem with bullying; if child (or parent) does not belong to a certain crowd they will not make sports teams, too many parents that are teachers there and show favoritism to certain students. Haven't seen change with new principle that was promised.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2013
I love the "community" atmosphere at SJCS! My sons have grown and prospered in the time at this school. I look forward to many more years!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2013
San Jose Catholic School is a great school that continues to get even better. The new principal comes across as a real pro - friendly, approachable, articulate, enthused, committed, and with a mission. He has already made many wonderful changes for the entire school (students, parents and faculty) in terms of education, spirituality and the spirit of the community. I have always felt that the San Jose community is very welcoming and nurturing. I have heard over and over again the from so many parents who have chosen to send their children to San Jose Catholic that they felt a sense of family and community that they did not feel at other school they toured in the area. All of the teachers my children have had over the years have been excellent and they are thriving academically. But most of all, at San Jose Catholic my children are given the tools to build their character in addition to their spirituality and intellect. San Jose Catholic School is definitely a school to consider for your child.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2013
I have been sending my children to this wonderful school for 6 years now. The Christ -Centered culture of our new principal flows through every aspect of the school. Parents are engaged with the administration and feel welcomed to participate in making the school the best for our children. Great academic results and very successful in Brain Brawl, Lego Robotics and brought home 80% of the trophies in the Science Fair. I believe this school is the best kept secret in Jacksonville. My children are learning their faith and getting an incredible education. I would highly recommend this school to anyone and encourage those that are considering a fresh start to contact the office and set up an appointment with our principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
My daughter has been at San Jose Catholic since Pre-Kindergarten. She is now going into 5th grade. Every teacher has been wonderful. They are involved, provide feedback and make helpful suggestions when needed. The school provides a family environment and we have made many great friends there. We love San Jose Catholic and highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
My husband and I were very happy with the academic experience at San Jose Catholic. Our children are well prepared for high school. Thank you teachers at San Jose!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2012
San Jose Catholic School has provided my children with many positive experiences academically and socially. Their focus on Science, Techonology, Engineering, and Math is key to motiviating students for careers in technical fields.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2012
San Jose Catholic is a great fit for my family. It is a very caring, loving ,environment. The teachers go out of their way to help each and every child.I love that my children attend Mass each week and celebrate all holy days. I believe it is one of the most successful Catholic schools in the city.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2012
San Jose Catholic is a school with a tradition of excellence. My children are receiving a great education in a positive Christian atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2012
Both of my children have benefited as students of San Jose Catholic. Teachers take the time to help and get to know students well. Extra curricular activities are there for students if they so wish and the facilities are top of the line. It is a great place to prepare students for high school. Great school all around!

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2012
This school has excellent teachers and is academically challenging. I attended this school from K-8th and now my children attend this school. It has a great Christian atmosphere that is taught to all the children. The students attend Mass every week. This school is academically challenging because the students learn study skills and leave the school with a great knowledge base to be successful in life. This school prepared me for high school and college. I wouldn't be as successful as I am today if it weren't for this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2012
Great teachers and caring staff. My children love going to school everyday. The Music/ Arts department is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2012
I have had my children at SJCS for 5 years and both my husband an I very pleased and grateful for the excellent academics, strong show of faith through stewardship, great opportunities in sports, after-school programs, security, and the fine arts programs. The school provides for after-school care program for my children and that is also appreciated. I strongly recommend looking at San Jose Catholic if you are school shopping. It is well worth the visit.

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2012
San Jose Catholic is an excellent school! The teachers and staff are devoted to giving our children the academics they need in a safe Catholic environment! The school puts academics first and also offers so many extra opportunities for students to excel, like sports, music, art, running club, brain brawl, lego robotics.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
We attended the 2011 fall festival and where we were surprised to be greeted by parents and staff with alcohol in hand. This festival should be focused towards our children, not beer and wine sales. This is a bad message to instill in the minds of our youth. Put the beer and wine away for a day.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2012
My 2 children are new to the school and we could not be more pleased with the quality of academics, the administration and the parent involvement. The staff went out of their way to make sure our kids were happy in their classes and were being challenged at an appropriate level. Wow. Top notch school from top to bottom. We could not be more pleased.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
So called Christians and Catholics here. This is NOT the Catholic school you attended as a child. To many inappropriate relationships between teachers and parents. If you don't fit the mold... your out.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
I give SJCS a Poor grade If your not in the click well need I say more. This goes for teachers and parents.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2011
I wanted to respond to the parent that complained about the tuition. I am a single mother of one child and I find the tuition extremely reasonable. You are sending your child to PRIVATE school, what do you expect? The Catholic school system has to run itself and is not for profit. What if all the parents didn't have the money? Should they let all the kids come to school for free? Maybe you should look into sending your child to public school if you financially can't handle 400-500 a month, which is what I'm paying and that INCLUDES extended day!! How is that lots of money? When my son was in daycare I paid over 600 a month for that. San Jose is an awesome school. The teachers and faculty are very involved and want to help with any concerns you have.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
.......this school is good if you have lots of money and will never miss a tuition fee.If you happen to not have any fund available to pay,the principal will not allow you to go back in class no matter how long it would take.So if you don't have the fund for the next 2-3-4-5 days then your child will suffer because he/she be wondering how come he/she wont be able to get back in class.It is not fair because it is suppose to be for good education.It is not like you're trying to run away and hide,you just don't have the money at that time.We feel very discriminated against when my child was not allowed to get back in her classes until she the tuition is paid.Thank God,she graduated and now goes to BK and even her academics are being recognized.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2010
My children have been in this school for six years now and we love it. The teachers are very competent and caring, the administration is attentive and the children are happy. There is a lot of family/parent involvement and it makes for a very friendly atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2010
I am very disturbed by the bully comments. My daughters have experienced nothing but great experiences with teachers and students as well. My oldest just graduated from Bishop Kenny with outstanding college goals. My youngest does have a learning disability and if was not for the SJCS teachers, I would have never known. Once I acted upon having her tested to ID the issues, we worked together as a team to make sure she improved her reading capabilities. SJCS ROCKS!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2010
San Jose Catholic is an excellent school. The teachers care about the kids and challenge them daily with living up to strong moral standards and academic success. I value the SJCS teachers and administration supporting our students and teaching our children with faith and discipline. I value that SJCS teachers and administration are helping us teach our kids to deal with adversity and challenges. I value the longevity of the Teacher's tenure at SJCS. I value that my kids are being taught to think, study, and learn in such a caring enviroment that it San Jose Catholic School.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2010
My children have been at SJCS for the past 4 years. I can say it has been a good experience for them. The elementary school has given my children a good solid academic and social foundation. All of this plus a good Christian morals. I can say it is well worth the money compared to the nonsense in the public education system. It is ashamed that people cannot rise above any childish behavior witnessed by adults. I can say I'm not part of any "in or out click/club". I march to the beat of my own drum and so do my children- we are well accepted at SJCS. God Bless are teachers and administration!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2010
My son attended SJCS for 8 years. We pulled him out half way through 7th grade because the teachers disregarded him and the difficulties he was having. The elementary grades were fine, but once we hit middle school, the caliber of the teachers changes drastically. One teacher in particular used intimidation daily towards my son. If your child does not fit the only mold they know how to teach, your child will fall behind. As I mentioned my son attended from K-7 and only when I had finally had enough and decided to withdraw him, they tell me they cannot teach my son. WHAT, after 8 years of taking my money they figure out they cannot teach my child now??? Oh, and if you are not in the "in" group, give it up.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
My child no longer attends this school. There is a serious issue with bullies with no remediation to the problem. Additionally, for any parent whose child has even a minor learning disability may find it difficult to gain camaraderie with staff to offer additional assistance without, of course, adding another 'fee.' I can name 1 or 2 teachers there that exceeded my expectations; however I feel their hands were tied because they don't 'conform' to what the administration is looking for, making money....before educating.

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December 17, 2009
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November 06, 2009
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October 02, 2009
I feel that each review is valid as we each have our own experience with the school organization. Our family has endured bully issues with both children and we are not in the 'in' crowd nor care to be. However, this school has an incredible art department and does shine in the arts.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2009
I am a parent that has graduated multiple students from San Jose. I am surprised by the negative postings. Of course the school is not perfect, but are experience has been great. Don't a few, vocal unhappy people, who would probably not be happy anywhere, influence your opinion. The results, the kids that graduate from San Jose, are the best proof of the school quality. They are just good kids.

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July 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
Our experience has been very dif. Bully issues, lack of communication and a lot of what has been mentioned before. I wonder why we talk about the last 16 years, SJCS has produced 12 valedictorians or salutatorians at Bishop Kenny High School. What about the last 5 to 8 years for those of us with many years to go. This admin has been around only about 4 to 8 years. I agree that more control needs to be over the school board. Less emphasis on what we own and who we are and more on learning what we don't know and can learn and excelling than bragging on the wonderful achievers that could have a larger group given more thought to those students that need that extra push. Thanks for the opportunity to share our family experience thoughts of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 21, 2009
This is an extremely nuturing, hands on, challenging school. the teachers are dedicated and very interactive with the parents. We have a 2nd and 4th grader and we are very pleased with their education.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
Just a few noteworthy facts regarding SJCS: 1. In the last 16 years, SJCS has produced 12 valedictorians or salutatorians at Bishop Kenny High School. 2. SJCS students collected over $14,000 that was used to build 7 houses in Jaimaca for the poor through a program that Father Tony introduced. 3. The girls volleyball team has finished first place for the last eight years!! 4. Of the 12 trophies that could be won this year (2008-09)in their league, SJCS students took home eight of them!! Genuine stewardship, superb academics, and competetive sports--these are just three reasons that our family loves SJCS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 08, 2009
I shudder at the thought that the people with negative attitudes can present untrue reviews which in turn reflect against the entire school. San Jose is top notch, beginning with the principal, teachers, office staff, etc. When people reference the new principal, they forget the fact that the so called 'new' principal has been at the school eight years. I cannot understand how people can say the principal is inaccessible. She is probably one of the most accessible principals I have known. San Jose does excel at academics, sports, and spirituality. A child would be most fortunate to attend this school whose top priority is the student. This is something the principal emphasizes. It is one of the top elementary schools in the area - both private and public. God showed his blessing and love when he gathered the fine principal, teachers, and staff to work together at San Jose.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2009
I had two girls here that were bright. We were among the favored as this school puts its efforts into the brightest students in order to keep their stats. Our son is slower. When approaching the age for him to attend we switched to a catholic school more interested in helping all students. Also, the kids of the same parents are always in the plays and activities. The evidence is there and speaks for itself. As you can see you either love the school or don't. Sadly, it depends on what group your children fall in.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2009
My experience here has unfortunately been mostly negative. I have not found the principal to be hands on with her approach. The bullies start with the parents and trickle down to the children. Some teachers are way to close to the parents and socialize which is unprofessional. I found myself uncomfortable and excusing myself. My children have not had major problems yet but are in their own group as the children stick with their own. I love arabic people and have many friends that are but it seems that they are exclusive here. I miss Father Al and his laughter and kindness.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2009
IMy family has been at SJCS for 10 years. We have been very pleased. Since the new principal has taken over many good changes have occurred. She is very open to listening to others and while you may not agree with all she says, it is evident that her heart is in it for the good of the children. Security is tops. The sports program is second to none. Academics is top notch but what I love most is the sense of stewardship that surrounds all they do. My children have been very blessed to have been a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2009
I think San jose Catholic is a very negativ enviroment for a young child to be in. The middle school needs to separate itself from the lower school and make them feel special. The teachers are very degrading to children and they leave there with no self confidence..

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
I have graduated 3 kids from San Jose. Frankly, I do not understand the negative ratings. My kids have gone on to excel at Bishop Kenny. In many ways, they thought Kenny was easier than San Jose. One of my graduated kids is at BK now and has a 4.00. The other two are at UF, which is about as hard to get into as Harvard it seems. The priests have been involved with the school to enhance their religious education.It is the best Catholic school in town re sports and the security is first class. The security cameras are the best in the business.Are there people at San Jose who were friends before their kids went their? Yes. That does not make it a click. I hope we all become friends throught our kids. That's the way God would want it . I recommend San Jose to Catholic and non-Catholics.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
I am feeling pressured to register when undecided if I want to stay here. The classes are getting large and the goal is to pay for the building fund by bringing in more families by using $200.00 cash incentives. In my opinion, the problems with leadership and the clicks should be taken care of first. Hopefully, Sister is back and will help get us back to where we once were.

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October 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
My 3 children attend San Jose Catholic and we have been very pleased with the education they have recieved. We thought that would be difficult coming from an A+ public school. I have found that the families are extremely welcoming of my children. I have taken advantage of the many volunteer opportunities and have become a very involved parent.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2008
This school has been a big disappointment. It is probably fine for most kids, but our 4th grader needs accelerated learning opportunities which have not been available. It's reputation for caring for each student dramatically deteriorated while my child has been here, so that it is at best mediocre currently. The caliber of Admin has been shockingly poor. I get no response via phone or mail. The bully situation starts at top and goes to all levels. I can't get a resonse from the new Principal of the Home and SB as to why she walks off whenever I'm around. I barely know her. I don't feel our children have been given the advantages of a Catholic school, with all of the disadvantages. I can not recommend it in contrast to most of the other public schools in the district.'

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
terrific school--love all who work there. It is a very caring, Catholic environment. There have been many updates as of late--all for the safety and good of our students. Keep it up.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
SJCS could be a great school if the message that Father Al teaches would stick. I feel like their is too much gossip among the volunteers about the parents and teachers and I feel Leadership needs to take control like I know they can.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
Both my children have gone to SJCS since they were 4 years old. SJCS is a school where the accademics come first. Each child is expected to be honor roll, It hurt me to see some labeled as dumb kids. The teachers are skilled but not each child was treated the same in my daughters class. Many parents discussed this at year end parties. The principal is happy and jolly and does know each child by name. But not a good example of a leader. She seems to delegate to her friends what she should do in my opinion. At lease monitor volunteers that bully others out of volunteering. When trying to talk to admin they do not want to hear it because they need these people who live there and yet there are others that would like to join in without being in a group that is bossy and mean.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2008
Many thanks for long time, dedicate teachers, an active Home & School association, and more. Continual improvements to the campus. Concern for safety and security. Great activities ,

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no rating June 29, 2008
Good atmosphere overall. Teachers are dedicated. Principal is concerned for the education and formation of the children.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2007
The experience at San Jose Catholic started out well in the younger grades. The upper grades were another story. Since our children have moved to another school they are much happier and are seen as successful bright children. We would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
The academic programs for 3rd graders is excellent as well as the teachers. The substitutes for teacher absences leave a lot to be desired, Teachers of students in the school should not be allowed to substitute for their children's class.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2006
Great school. Good discipline. Caring teachers. High academic standards. Lots of enrichment activities.

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March 31, 2006
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- submitted by a student
September 19, 2004
San Jose Catholic is a great school. I am in the 8th grade there. I love the classes, the teachers, and my fellow classmates. San Jose offers a excellent academic program. San Jose Catholic is a great school for people who are Catholic or people who are not. San Jose is a great alternative to public schools.

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September 09, 2003
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San Jose Catholic School
3619 Toledo Rd, Jacksonville, FL  32217
(904) 733-2313
Last modified San Jose Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
San Jose Catholic School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top