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St Joseph Catholic School

Private | PK-8


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $67,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $650.

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Posted November 16, 2013

I am a former student and now teacher for the public school system. I never had the opportunity to teach for this school and I enjoy the benefits of public schools to move. I teach middle school and can honestly say I am so beyond blessed to have attended this school 1st-8th grade. The education and overall love of learning I received here allowed me to take accelerated classes in high school, graduate from the best university in Florida and continue to receive my masters in education so I can teach and pass my love of learning along. This school has seen many changes and grown immensely, but the one thing that has always remained is the care and dedication of the teachers and staff to the students at this school. You would be hard pressed to find another school where your children are treated as individuals and not just another number or test score. The high expectations of the teachers that I had at this school, made me the teacher I am today and I am forever grateful for the solid foundation I received here.
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Posted December 28, 2011

My daughter has gone here from 3rd-8th grade, and went to an "A" public school for 6th, then transferred back for 7th. There was a major change in academics from each school. I disagree with people who say that this school isn't advanced, at least in middle school. She has been learning high school science, high school spanish, and advanced math (Algebra 1). The school is safe, friendly, and clean. My daughter absolutely loves this school and everyone is a family, this school is worth the money! A+!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 16, 2011

My daugher just started PreK3 program this year. I have to say that her teacher is the reason we attend. My daugher has learned things from this teacher that I am so glad I choose this school. I can not wait for her sister to attend in two years. The teachers assistant is also a pleasure as well as office staff. I highly recommend the PreK 3 program.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 25, 2011

We are new to the school this year (2010-11) and we are extremely pleased with our decision to enroll our daughter. The school is wonderful and she was welcomed exceptionally well among students and faculty. The principal of the school is absolutely an amazing, dedicated individual who seems to know the name of every student in the school. Highly recommend St. Joseph's for a whole body educational experience, the 45minute drive is well worth the quality student development.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 7, 2009

St. Joseph is a wonderful school. They have done an excellent job academically. In the last two years, St. Joseph's graduates have captured four Valedictorian spots in the local high schools (including IB). Of the thousands of seniors competing for these positions, our graduates continually rise to the top. The school also has an abundance of extra curricular activities for students and families. We are very happy to be a part of such of wonderful community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 9, 2009

Excellent school, academic programs and teachers.
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Posted June 24, 2009

As a former educator, I am extremely pleased with this school. The Principal is wonderful. She truly cares about each student and expects success all around. My oldest is in middle school and I am positive that he will be well prepared to excel in high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 19, 2009

Worth every penny. Excellent middle school academic program. Strong families, caring teachers and a safe school environment.
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Posted April 21, 2009

Safe school, upper scale. However, at least one year behind good/average public schools. The school spends too much time on religion and incorporating religion in each subject.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 20, 2009

ok well most of the reveiws here are untrue. both of my parents teach at the school and I know for a fact that half the things people are saying here are untrue. We have a new principal now and she is acually ok. Parents love her. As a student in middle school they teach us alot of stuff, especially in science and math. The discipline is ok but kind of messed up. Some teachers are amazing and have been teaching for more then 20 years. Others, I dont like and I dont think they care at all. The students are really gossipy and it isnt all that easy to make freinds. BUT, there are no fights ever and bullying is almost non-existant. St. Joes also has one of the best religious programs around. Overall, its a ok school.
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Posted January 19, 2009

St. Joseph's is an excellent school that is constantly striving for improvement. The new principal is extremely dedicated to academic achievement and has implemented outstanding programs and policies that have made St. Joseph's a premier school in the area. My family has felt very welcome since joining the school. The parent involvement is amazing. We are very glad our children have the opportunity to attend St. Joseph s School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 15, 2008

All three of my children have attended St. Joseph and they have moved on to become academic, social, and athletic leaders. Our school prepares students to be very competitive, and some of our alumni have been valedictorians, class presidents, and have had perfect SAT scores in high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 16, 2006

This school has been serving Winter Haven for 50 years. It is and had been the best school in the county and is one of the best in the nation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 29, 2006

I think this is one of the best schools in the county and worth every penny. The teachers are fantastic and the principal is probably the best I've ever seen. Great extracurricular activities and the parent involvement is incredible. Especially Fall Fest!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 19, 2006

Lower elementary grades are fine, but there is virtually no active discipline program instituted here. Treatment of your children really depends upon your income level and community status. Middle school students are leaving with a less than adequate knowledge in the math and science areas.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 15, 2005

St. Joseph Catholic is a fine school. Their teachers are dedicated and work long hours.
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Posted June 12, 2005

St. Joseph school staff are dedicated to providing quality education. Parent involvement is high and is reflected in the successful acheivement of the children.
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Posted March 14, 2005

I noticed a comment previously from a staff member at this school that no one is leaving this year (in regard to comments about high staff turn over). I have just learned that the 8th grade math teacher up and quit and at least four other teachers have submitted resignations effective at the end of the school year. With such a small staff of approximately 20 classroom teachers, this continues to be a high turnover. As a parent, it concerns me to see this trend year after year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 6, 2004

I have noticed that the administration has gotten better over the past year since the addition of two assistant principals who seem to know what they are doing. The teachers are all nice, however, I do wish the three teachers who were let go about a year ago would come back. Most importantly, I have recently researched and discovered that some of the remaining teachers are not state certified while those who were let go were state certified. I am not sure of the mentality of this and hope it won't happen again.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 9, 2004

My child has had a wonderful 2 years at St. Joseph's School and I plan to have him continue through the 8th grade. Our family has had a great experience with the school, it's teachers and principal.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 3%
Hispanic 11% 29%
Black 6% 23%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Deborah Schwope 
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  • Roman catholic
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  • (863) 299-7894


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535 Ave M Northwest
Winter Haven, FL 33881
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