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Marietta, GA
Students enrolled: 481

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81 Lacy Street
Marietta, GA 30060

(770) 428-3328
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June 10, 2015
Parent participation is excellent. Parents contribute personal time and money. Staff are caring, academic standards high and students are expected to be self-disciplined (i.e., late assignments aren't accepted even in elementary school. Late = zero. If coming from public school, be prepared for a culture shock! Students are polite and respectful on campus.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2014
Sorry would no longer consider this school. Everyone there is snooty and my child is smarter than the majority of the kids chosen the day I came yet it seemed like the clan was already pre picked and focused on the more wealthier kids. As I sat in the room, I realized the interactions of the parents to teachers and already could see I was wasting my time being there. Sad part is that I probably would have been the one to donate the most at that school, but like I said hand chosen few already. I gave it a 2 because of my Catholic faith they got an extra point for that. Don't think I'm bitter or mad. I just never met a Catholic school that was that snobbish. I've went to Catholic School my whole life and never in my years did I see such hypocrisy. Would never want my children to grow such horrible ways so I'm glad he wasn't excepted. He ended up in a better rated school with a better education and more well rounded human beings. Calling yourselves a Catholic of faith and actually being a Catholic of faith makes a difference. I'm nobody special but if I were the principle (THE ONLY NICE CHARACTER I MET), I would ask that staff to reform.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2014
I have gone to this school for all nine years and I have to say that it needs serious help. The students are victimized and treated like they're toddlers and the principal Mrs Allen rarely shows up to school. There are very few qualified teachers and the punishment of this school has never been fair. I have met so many kids in a middle school of 50 kids per grade that struggle with self harm, anxiety, eating disorders, and other issues and sjcs has done a horrible job in handling this. IThe students are treated poorly and have little to no room for creativity. Almost everything involving this school is biased. Don't get me wrong when I say that I regret going to this school, because I have met some of the best people here. But these kids that I have known and became friends with are good people only because of the job their parents have done and the school has nothing to do with the fact that I have met some great people. It would be a wiser option to get your kids away from this school and have them attend public school instead because this school is all drama politics and no education.

- submitted by a community member

June 18, 2014
this school is the dumbest thing on planet earth and is something compared to a prison.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2014
This will be our last year at St Joseph Catholic School in Marietta because our youngest is graduating. We couldn't be more thankful for all the support, care and love our children got there and still do. Our children grew not only academic but as good individuals. Having the focus on Academics, Fine Arts, Sports, Girls/Boys Scout and not on clothes or make up, really make the students ready to go to High School full of confidence. This school will, for ever, be a 2nd house for all of us filled with wonderful memories with amazing friends.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2014
Since our first year at SJCS, I knew this was the right school for our children. The primary teachers, aids, enrichment teachers, support staff - everyone has the children's best interest in mind! I feel very confident that my children are receiving a well-rounded quality education. I also appreciate how well behaved the children are overall - they have a high standard of behavior that reinforces them to be responsible and accountable for their actions.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2013
This school is not a good place to go. Teachers are horrible and most aren't even qualified to be actual teachers. The Principal allows for no creativity orany fun in the school, and the academics are below average. You would be better off sending your child to your local public school.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2013
My experience with the elementary school at St. Joseph has been overwhelmingly positive. My child likes going to school. The teachers are available before school to help students and have always been responsive to my e-mails and inquiries about assignments and grades. The administration is excellent and the staff always helpful and hardworking. The school nurse is also very caring. I respectfully disagree with the parent who posted that the principal does not attend the school Mass. I attended more than half of them during the school year and she was present at each one.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2013
As a former parent, I highly commend the teachers and counselors for their outstanding professionalism. The contrary can be noted for the Principal and the administration. The principal clearly displays undesirable characteristics both to the staff, as well as to the parents. Her 'bullying' techniques are highly unacceptable and she is completely unapproachable and unattainable. There is no 'open door' policy at the school. Never have I seen such hypocrisy displayed by a principal at a Catholic school, as I have never witnessed her attendance at school Masses with the students. Before enrolling your child in this school, I would think twice about subjecting either yourself or your child to the principal and the administration. I would highly recommend the exploration of other Parochial schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2010
In regards to Fr. Berny from an earlier review: "Fr. Berny won't help because he couldn't care less about the school and the archdiocese office won't listen to valid concerns" Fr. Berny is no longer the pastor at St. Joseph. Fr. Walsh is a phenomenal pastor and is extremely involved in the school and I have seen a marked improvement since his appointment. He is fully engaged with the children and visits the classrooms and attends special events. We really love St. Joesph and feel like it is the best place for our children. We really like that we can talk to the teachers at any time and that we get to know the fellow parents and gain support and help from them when needed. Excellent school!!!

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2010
We have two children at St Joe's. We do love the school and commute 21 miles each way to get the kids there everyday.

- submitted by a parent
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October 06, 2009
We have multiple children at St Joe's. It is a fantastic shool and an excellent educational bargain. The parents are heavily involved, the teachers are bright and well motivated, and most importantly, the school is a safe/disciplined environment for the kids. No video games, moral relativism or bad language here -- it just doesn't happen, period. Sure, the principal is a strong personality. I fail to see that as a shortcoming -- I want someone in that job that gets things done and doesn't tolerate slack behavior. Which teachers do you remember best when you are an adult? It's not the ones who were soft -- it is always the ones that pushed you to do more and work harder. PS: We took our kids out of the allegedly 'top rated' neighborhood public school because the teachers & administration did not give a flip about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
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April 24, 2009
I absolutely love this school!! For the first time since I moved to Georgia have I felt that my child is getting a quality education. I feel honored and priveleged to have my child attend this school. I have nothing but great things to say about the staff and Mrs. Allen. Peace of mind......knowing he is in a safe and loving environment, rich in education, fellow students are loving and accepting of others.

- submitted by a parent

December 26, 2008
This school is so welcoming and friendly! I love it!

- submitted by a student

August 22, 2008
We have been at St. Joseph's for a few years now and have been extremely happy with the education, emphasis on Catholic values and the family environment.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2008
St. Joe's has a major principal and administration problem. Pat Allen is more concerned about protecting and exercising her authority as principal than doing the right - or honest - thing for the kids. Fr. Berny won't help because he couldn't care less about the school and the archdiocese office won't listen to valid concerns. Therefore, Ms. Allen is not held accountable for her actions and does not exemplify the proper attitude or character to be in charge of a Catholic school. This is disgraceful because the teachers and families of St. Joe's are excellent and deserve better. But until the church and archdiocese administration decide to stop ignoring this, I would advise people to keep their children far away.

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2007
We are very happy at St. Joseph's. The school provides religious and quality education to our kids. The school follows thier mission and vision statement which is focus on student learning within a Catholic environment. The school leaders know how to run a good school. Thier classes are organized to challenge students to learn and perform. There are services at the school for health, tutoring, mentoring to help students develop and learn. At St. Jo's, people are respected for their differences. There are many opportunities for our kids to learn about people from different countries and backgrounds. There is an excellent communication between the school and parents. All parents are welcome and encourage to get involve with the school and many do so. We feel blessed that we belong to this community. It is such a wonderful opportunity for our kids! MTS

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2007
St. Joseph School provides a wonderful sense of community. My children are receiving a quality education from caring educators. As with any school, there is always room for improvement. What impresses me is St. Joes willingness to hear parents and involve them in the overall school vision.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2006
St. Joseph is among the top schools in the Metro Atlanta school system. It's also among the most expensive in the system. My child has been there since Kindergarten, she is now in the grade. While we have had our share of problems. The support that we have received from the staff has been excellent. Every school has its shortcomings, however the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. My child is well rounded, disciplined,and smart enough to gain entrance to 'any' college she wants to attend. I give 50% of the credit to St. Joseph and 50% to my wife and I. St. Joseph has been a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2006
Our kids attended St. Joseph for a year. Unfortunately my kids won't be going back to this school this year. The school's lack of additional help for kids who have special needs have prompted us to seek help somewhere else. Every child is expected to fit in the school's norm and mould hence at times ostracizing kids who can not fit in. They lack diversity in this school, I believe that they should encourage the acceptance of kids with diverse ethnic backgrounds to help other kids to be more well rounded in dealing with their peers and hopefully become more tolerant to the changing face of America.. Class size is substandard ( 27-29/class). Our commendation for the teachers for their tireless efforts despite such workload. We wish St. Joseph School all the best and may they continue to improve their way up to a better learning institution.

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2006
What a disappointment. The academics are poor, especially in the middle school. the Catholic system in Atlanta continues to shoot low when it comes to academics.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2006
We were extremely disappointed in St. Joseph's Catholic school. The principal Mr. Kraft is now gone, but what school would have hired him in the first place is concerning. We had a problem, and had never needed to see the principal before, but b/c the teacher was unprofessional we had to. The principal greeted us with his hands crossed, and said, 'I don't see the problem.' WOW!! It got worse from there. I am a 2nd grade teacher, and thought, never would my principal greet a parent in that manner. The teacher was terribly rude in the office as well. We have had many problems, HUGE problems, which led us to leave the school, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and the Catholic religion. My advice, explore other options!

- submitted by a parent

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St Joseph Catholic School
81 Lacy Street, Marietta, GA  30060
(770) 428-3328
Last modified St Joseph Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St Joseph Catholic School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top