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St Joseph High School

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $178,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,250.

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Posted October 12, 2013

Great school. love it. It really is like family and teachers are there if you need them. I had sub teacher one day who looked like she was around her 60's and she taught at a lot of different schools, she was even a principle at one and she said she has never in her entire life been to a school as great as this and I would recommend anyone to come here. I am sophomore and i loved every day here
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 20, 2012

I am currently a student at St.Joes and I love the school. The teachers are there after school everyday if you need help. The school is very strict and the students are well-disciplined. The school gives me a sense of family. The counselors are always there for you for personal and school issues. They have definitely helped me during my college application process. If you want your child to have a close relationship with classmates and faculty, i recommend St. Joes
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 6, 2012

You pay your tuition and that's all that the school seems to care about. You pay all this money for peace of mind that your child is safe but they let the other malicious students get away with it. touching your kid. Save your money and send your child to the local HS or Nazareth, Fenwick . ... This school is not worth a penny... They don't even have air conditioning and cut the school days when the temperature is up..
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 10, 2011

St. Joseph is now destined to fail. The best leader the school ever had decided to leave the school. I've had my daughter and now my grandson attend the school and the principal was instrumental in making sure each of them succeeded. Now that the school stupidly let her leave, they will fail. Incompetent teachers who were being remediated by the principal now will get to hurt students. The Board of Directors at St. Joseph only cares about money and not about students. I've tried to contact the board and found that they are bigots. Help shave this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 20, 2010

St. Joseph High School announced that the school had successfully completed the rigorous evaluation process of the NCA CASI/AdvancED (Advancing Excellence in Education Worldwide) Accreditation protocol and was fully endorsed as a high quality school. On 3/11/10, the 6 member external Quality Assurance Review spent the day carefully assessing every aspect of the school and certified that St. Joseph not only met but far exceeded those standards. The chairman said, I have evaluated many schools and I can say unequivocally that St. Joseph is a high quality school and has successfully met all seven standards of NCA CASI/AdvancED. One team member said, St. Joseph is not only a high quality school but one that clearly demonstrates excellence. I commend the school not only on their rigorous curriculum but on their supportive relationships with stakeholders throughout the community. The community should be proud of St. Joseph. St. Joseph s initiation of AdvancED accreditation is a testimony to the school s commitment to excellence and quality.

Posted September 12, 2010

I am currently a student at St.Joes and I do not like it at all. The teachers are never there for help and The students are not disciplined. It is not safe. Plus their only concern is money. they make you pay for laptops we hardly ever get to use and never work. Although the athletics are decent that is the only thing. They tell you that the school is one big happy family but that is a lie. i would not suggest anyone to come to St.Joes
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 9, 2008

St.Joe's is a great school. People who don't like it has not been in it. The teachers are great and they are always there to help you. With the laptops, yes us students do find games, but a day later, the administration blocks it, it makes me then pay more attention during class. St. Joes is rich in diversity, really preparing me to the real world unlike Montini, or Nazereth. Nazereth and Montini are all rich snobs who compete with money. The new leadership class this year is really effective, explain a lot about being a leader that i didn't know.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 30, 2008

St. Joseph has good, innovative ideas, but they seem to lack the leadership and initiative to follow up on many of their plans. Most teachers are excellent, however many of them leave after only a few years. A decent portion of the faculty seem to be oblivious to the problems that exist, another portion focuses on the unimportant things like fining students for not wearing their Id's, and the portion that does realize the areas that need improvement don't have access to the means to create that change.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 11, 2008

St. Joseph High School has made a lot of changes within the last few years. Although change can be good, the quality of the school is plumeting to an all time low. Even though the latest tecnology can have superb educational applications, St. Joseph faculty, deans and teachers don't know how to control it. With such a diverse student body comes issues. Issues are not being dealt with in a professional manner. I have a student who attends St Joe's. So far, High School has been a bad experience. Students are getting away with harming one another. It's a fact that St. Joe's is not a safe place for a child. That's sad. The Principal and faculty better get a grip. All these changes mean that the staff better be ready and capable of handling the children when they are in their care.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 27, 2007

well I do have a daughter that hopefully will graduate from there this year!!!well the ok just pay your tuition and tell your kid to behave and parents dont get smart with faculty and youll be o.k!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 5, 2007

St. Joseph is a school that boasts about its laptop learning program and their ability to create leaders. Unfortunately, while these programs can be very beneficial they are instead leading the students away from academics. Students use the laptops to email one another and talk about the latest gossip, eventually overloading their email so that teachers cannot contact them through it as the original purpose. The leadership program has been a disaster in past years and many students see leadership time as a time to goof off and cause problems. While many teachers have made suggestions for change the administration does not seem to want to adjust to what they have to say. Right now the class sizes are overloaded and the students are not receiving the proper services that they need in order to succeed.
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Posted June 7, 2007

I graduated for St. Joes 1 years ago and for all the people who say that its not a good school have not actually attended! St. Joes has even gone as far as excepting girls. I was in the first one of the first girls to Graduate from what once was an all boys school. The councilors are great just to mention a few( Mrs. Finnegan, Ms. Napaton) And now Mr. Alderige is a councilors, so far all the changes that St. Joes have made are for the good of their students & faculty
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 11, 2007

I am sad to say St. Joseph is not what it once was. When I put my first son '97-00 there it was the best school possible. Focus on family, building friendships for life, mentors, guidance, then son 2 entered '03 and laptops took over. Staff doesn't care any more, issues are bigger. Son 3 will pick his high school but sadly it will not be St.Joe's
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 1, 2007

I love st. Joes! go chargers! great curriculum! student body is extremely representative of the 'real world'!!! love the kids that go there! i've hired 4 alumni after they graduated from the college of their choice!! (of course after graduating from st joes!)
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 23, 2005

Great school - Great teachers and Great programs for future college students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 16, 2005

St. Joe's is an excellent school. My son graduated from this school in '02 and I am looking forward to my daughter graduating next year when they go co-ed. The administration and faculty go way beyond their job titles to see that all students excell in what they do best. The students are always their main concern. The family atmosphere also makes it a great place to be. Students are not just a number but an individual, an extension of a happy, well adjusted family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 19, 2004

They are not the best they are making parnets pay for computers, and books and they are rude! I hope you are rich, because all they want is your money. They are not great I wish my son and husband never picked St. Joes, I think for all the money we could find a better school. I drive a long way to get there for what? They are not as good as they tell you. I heard they were great at one time. Well time has changed so if your son can go to another school send him there instead of here!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2004

As an Alumni of St. Joseph and having one child currently enrolled, and another that graduated two years ago, I can tell you St. Joseph is not the school it once was. Money is the key factor. Cooperation of the principal is 0. The science department needs all new teachers, they care nothing about the student. Consider other options before sending your son to this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 10, 2003

I love the learning environment that is present at the Lasallian school of St Joseph. It features a variety of ethnic and diverse backgrounds which accounts for an atmosphere like no other in the area. Teachers are always there assist and help out the students at any time no matter what their level of learning is. To add to it's superiority it is also a extremely fun school with a great athletic department competing in one of the top conferences in the state of IL.
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 33% 20%
Hispanic 33% 16%
White 28% 60%
Two or more races 5% N/A
Asian 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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