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St Joseph Catholic School

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Posted October 18, 2013

I am disappointed with the direction the school has taken this year in middle school. The teachers and administration are focused on handing out demerits. This seems to go against the PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and supports) system explained on the school's website. If your child struggles with self-control this is not the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 30, 2013

For some reason unknown, other than wanting to keep up with the other private schools in Athens, they build a new school. Since doing so, lost SEVERAL students, raised tuition, no more sibling discounts and lost teachers. Lots of teachers. Some of those teachers up there should be let go. Things need to be better organized and priorities met. There are so many bad reviews. A lot of those speak of bullying. YES, there really is bullying going on in a supposed "Christian" school where you believe your children should be safer and treated with love. When it's brought to the attention of a teacher, they say the children should "tattle" on the child and then go on to say "that is just how children are." WHAT??Well, there is also ADULT bullying at this school. And if you have more money or social standing, you get to run the show. The academics are terrible. Not challenging at all. Every one knows it. No one says anything. Always, always, always asking for money. Not a day goes by that they don't. Go to mass there and listen to the priest ask for yet MORE money. Every single week. This school is going downhill very quickly. Unsure if it'll be around much longer.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2013

I have been going to St. Joseph's school for seven years now. I didn't really enjoy fifth grade, but the teachers were nice and even though their was some unusual circumstanced drama involving Google Drive, everyone really felt like a family in the class. I appreciate how fourth grade and up can participate in the geography and spelling bee, and how middle school can participate in an Oratorical contest. And even though their is some (verbal) bullying, kids WILL be kids. You really can't find one school that has no bullies. And newcomers feel welcomed - everyone in my class says hi to the new kids, smiles, and eats with them. They actually want someone exciting and new to come to school with them. This is my first year in the middle school program, and I'm so far very happy with it. The coach is just as nice as the last PE coach, we are learning a lot, all the teachers are kind, and the kids are very enthusiastic. SJS is a great school to send your children to.

Posted June 10, 2013

My daughter went to school here for the past six years, and is planning to go to middle school here. This school is outstanding with wonderful, supportive teachers (especially the former third grade teacher). Although the middle school has gotten poor reviews, my daughter states that she's on the same floor as the middle school and it looks pretty good. Some of the students can be a little loud and undisciplined, but they are great friends of hers. She loved last year and is loving this year as well, as many of her favorite activities are available at Saint Joseph. We highly recommend you to send your child to the elementary school, and maybe the middle school if you enjoy it as much as we did.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 4, 2013

My two girls go to St. Joseph's school and could not be happier with the education they are getting at the school. I would question the veracity of some of the posts written here regarding severe bullying at the school or a lack of caring. Those may be posted by people with a hidden agenda or who are employed by one of the other private schools in the Athens area. Our experience has been excellent, and although no school is perfect, there is a lot for an involved parent to appreciate about sending their child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 12, 2012

After mixed results at the public school we enrolled our son at St Joseph. Best more we could have made. Our son starts his 2nd year at SJS and we have been very had with the academics, the facility and he staff. The best part is that SJS is a loving, Christian, family environment that can be seen in all areas of the school. An added bonus is that start with 2012/2013 school SJS is in a brand new facility. Great school, great facility, great people.
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Posted August 13, 2012

Academics used to be strong at this school and served the students well. The caliber of the middle school teaching has dropped dramatically since the loss of Mr. LeBlanc (social studies) and Mrs. Kurtz (English). Social studies is now taught by the science teacher. Both social studies and science are taught verbatim from the text with no independent thought or analysis. The students take turns reading the text aloud and then are quizzed on what they learned. I doubt these students will be as prepared for high school as they were when the classes were taught by more experienced teachers with a greater knowledge of and love for the subject. We have found the atmosphere to be a safe one. There are some phenomenal teachers and some that are not so great. That is to be expected anywhere.
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Posted August 10, 2012

My son went to SJS for just over a year. t was the worst experience of our lives. There was constant severe bullying not addressed by staff including physical bullying and when I removed my son I had to supplement him at home to catch up to a rural public schools curriculum. The education here is lacking as well as the lack of control of the children.This was in the elementary school and the children responsible for the bullying were given "Christian Attitude" awards. I would strongly suggest to any parent conserned about their child to find a different school. The school therapist actually told my son not to go play on the playground to avoid being physically abused. This is not a school for people sho are looking for a better place for their children.
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Posted April 8, 2012

As an alumni, I agree the school is great for lower grades but the middle school lacks... well, a lot. The classes were challenging and teachers were helpful but as for social: My experience at St.Joe's was ruined because of factors that could have been fixed if the staff had taken a more active role in supervising their students. Others who attended before and after me all faced SEVERE bullying in the St. Joe's environment. When problems like such were brought to the staff's attention, all they had to say was: "Kids will be kids."

Posted March 31, 2012

My daughter loves going to school everyday. We were attending another private school in the Athens area that cost 2 to 3 times the price before attending SJS. SJS provides excellent academics with a loving, caring environment. The middle school offers a challenging curriculum with an outstanding band and arts program. We are looking forward to the new campus opening Fall 2012 with the offering of exstensive sports programs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 19, 2011

We are very happy with St. Joseph's School. It is the perfect learning environment for our two daughters, who had been in a public school prior to SJS. The school's teachers and principal are caring, compassionate and dedicated to the education of the students. Our girls are being challenged academically and look forward to going to school every day. There is a high level of parental involvement, which is welcomed by the faculty and administration. We are looking forward to the new campus opening in 2012!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2011

Dislike this school very much. Horrible experience. Teachers have no teaching ability. No control over them, as this lowers the standards greatly. There used to be one good class, but with the social studies teacher fired, the middle school is terrible and all the students are sick of it. There are so many rules that they can't even stand up at lunch without being crudely yelled at. The amount of students decrease every year. I can see why. Horrible school. Better options out there.

Posted May 28, 2011

The elementary school does a fabulous job of teaching and preparing students for the next level of education. The middle school has done a great job with the Social Studies and English program due to knowledgable and personable teachers, especially Mr. LeBlanc and Ms.Kurtz. The Middle School Math program is good with a caring teacher. Hopefully, the strength of the social studies and English programs will continue depsite the loss of those teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 6, 2010

As one who attended eight years of St Joseph's and is currently putting their second child through the school, it saddens me to say that the negative reviews of the school are for the most part correct, particularly concerning the middle school. I disagree that there is too much emphasis on religion, however. People who say that it should 'supplement' their children's curriculum do not understand the nature of Catholicism. The problem is that there is way too bogus religiosity going on at the moment. All this principal knows or cares about is sports and he treats religion like a group activity that is done for the press. The teachers are good people and the problems (which are real) can be fixed with more experienced leadership and a less stressful parish environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 24, 2010

I think SJS is a wonderful school . The kids are really great and well rounded. The teachers are very caring and helpful. The academics are strong. They offer a lot of tutorial and counseling. We made a good move!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 18, 2010

Mission statement is not followed at all. Teachers should be caring, loving, compassionate and nurturing. Have only found one in the whole school that is just that. Our child has heard the principal yelling at students while the staff member our child was with was in shock at what they heard. When children need help with schoolwork they are referred out to a student instead of the teachers helping.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 12, 2009

The year my son spent at St. Joes in Kindergarten was the worst in our families life. We will never forget it. I could write 20 pages on the unbelieveable things that went on..... They make you feel like you're not even worthy to even be in their presence. I spent my childhood in catholic schools up north and they were the best. The only thing I wish is that they had in Athens is another Catholic school (and church for that matter) around for some competetion! Catholic schools up north are twice the caliber and HALF the price!?!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2009

SJS has provided my children with an excellent, well-rounded education. We are a family of Hispanic descent and we have always be treated fairly by Mr. Yarnall and the entire staff of Saint Joseph. We have had a student in the middle school and he was overly prepared for high school. SJS is an excellent school and you cannot go wrong by sending your child to SJS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 3, 2009

I attended SJS all nine years. The middle school is a major problem. The teachers, with few exceptions, showed no enthusiasm to teach. Their method of teaching was to put on a video for most of the class period, and those who needed explanations were left to ask a student who understood the lesson. On the other extreme, a large group of students worked ahead so much they were months ahead of the pace of the teacher. There was no middle ground. The only reason I was prepared for high school is because I worked ahead on my own. The new principal's disciplinary system was biased & unfair, & I believe my racial status led to unfair treatment of myself and of my family from the principal. I'm sure that will receive many negations, but I know what I experienced. Please look at other options for your child.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 9, 2009

St, Joseph prepared my children quite well for high shool. The teachers work hard for less pay because they love the school and the students. Yes, a gym would be an plus, but there are other more important things in creating a well rounded individual. The atmosphere is warm, loving, and accepting of differences. No school is perfect, but I have seen some parents assume that because they pay for the education, that their every whim should be immediately catered to. When this does not happen, then I have seen disgruntled parents who put down, deride, and abuse the reputation of the school and its teachers. St. Joseph gives the ITBS using norms set for the time period in which the test is given. I want to compare my child to others in the country rather than CRCT, which only judges whether GA standards are being met.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 44%
Hispanic 9% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Black 3% 37%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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