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1441 N Michigan St
South Bend, IN 46617

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(574) 233-6137
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April 26, 2014
Saint Joseph High School made the process easy and worked with my child to make her feel comfortable. Changing schools in 10th grade can be difficult, but School Choice and St. Joe made this dream a reality for my daughter. She was able to research this option on her own and complete the process with genuine care and concern from the school. I'm so happy for her and sincerely thank Saint Joseph High School and School Choice for a choice that will shape the future of my daughter.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2014
I am a student at St. Joe, and I feel amazingly happy and well-served. The education at St. Joe is fantastic, with great programs all-around including especially strong departments in Social Studies, World Languages and Mathematics. A great deal teachers are supremely qualified and fantastically devoted. The environment is very faith-based, friendly, and learning-centric; the culture is very nurturing, and everyone at St. Joe is a wonderful friend to me. Of course, no school is perfect; there are your share of drug users, and of lazy students, and of excessively snobby people, and general unpleasant company (these things can be found everywhere you look); there can be somewhat an excessive emphasis on sports (from the athletes specifically), and the English department, while strong overall, could have some more dedicated teachers; but there are also many, many smart, kind, patient, gentle, hard-working, well-behaved, friendly, motivated students and friends (again, these can be found at every school if you look hard), the education is fantastic, there is no problem with violence or such misbehavior, and the students by-and-large display excellent Catholic character. It's marvelous.

- submitted by a student

January 19, 2014
This is an absolutely elitist, racist, and all around poor school. They raise some of the worst kids in the area. Adams and Trinity are far better options in the area.

- submitted by a teacher

May 08, 2013
This School is well, as a student I feel as though teachers are power hungry and angry all the time. This makes me scared to participate in classes. I feel I am always being criticized, and teachers are jus waiting for me to mess up. I guess what keeps me going is I want to prove them wrong. I talked to many of the students and they feel the same way. Also many of the fun activities have been watered down and cut out from the school. Overall I feel the tradition at Saint Joe has died and with it the spirit of the name.

- submitted by a student
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November 05, 2009
I live St Joseph High School for the Spirit of Excellence given to all students in all aspects of life spiritually, academically and physically. I also love the commitment of service to the church, community and each other!

- submitted by a parent
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August 30, 2009
St. Joe is an excellent academic institution. They have great extra-curricular activities. The football team has always been great. They went the class 3A state championship game in 2007. The theology classes are definitely a bother especially for non-catholics. I feel like religion is shoved down the throat of students. Also, service hours are required and count for up to 10% of the theology quarter grade. I didn't enjoy that. There is a lot of partying that goes on amongst students on weekends.

- submitted by a student

June 16, 2008
I found St. Joseph's to be a good, if not excellent, high school. The average workload is manageable while still challenging students to budget their time and work hard. The theology classes can be irksome, especially for non-Catholics. These teachers are appointed by the diocese rather than hired by the school, and they don t always seem academically qualified. I had problems with theology teachers being misinformed, bullying, and judgmental. However, several of the teachers were thoughtful and fair and allowed us all to explore questions of faith in a productive setting. The good thing is that theology does not bleed over into the other courses. I was taught creationism in one class, but my biology class taught evolution. I appreciated this balanced approach science remained science. I noticed absolutely no problem with crime, though I often walked to and from school.

- submitted by a student

April 28, 2007
St. Joseph High School is a top notch school. Most of the teachers are truly outstanding (Mrs. Miller, Mrs. O'Brien, Mr. Harshman, and Mr. Dillon), and those that are not outstanding are still well above average. This school provides a broad array of extracurricular and sport activities for all students. Parents are involved in every aspect of the school and related activities. The school's drama program - musicals and plays is also amazing. The cost is well worth it. Let's face it parents, we can't afford not to send our children to top high schools with college becoming uber-competitive. The only potential negative with St. Joseph High School is its proximite to the inner city of South Bend - 1.5 miles or so: South Bend has, in my opinion a crime and drug problem. I haven't noticed this impacting the school but it is only a couple miles away.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2006
I am a former student of St Joe. The school helped to keep me motivated at a time that is difficult for everyone. I would recommend St Joe to anyone who values quality education as well as a spiritual experience. I just read the Manta review and laughed. St Joe is a private Catholic institution, that is why those two 'topics' referenced are taught there. I hope that people choose the school for what it offers not what people do not understand.

- submitted by a student

November 30, 2005
St. Joseph is easily the best school in South Bend in terms of quality and academic rigor. Peer groups are also quite strong. Because it is a small school, funding for music, art, and sport programs is not what it is at larger, public schools, but St. Joe still has managed to have state-ranked swim, soccer, and volleyball teams in the past.

- submitted by a student

June 29, 2005
Being a student of St. Joseph's high school myself, and being a student of a faith other than Catholicism, I believe I can provide a unique perspective on what it is to be a student at St. Joseph's. It is true that we must take Theology courses. However, the Theology courses taken are not detrimental at all to the rest of the academics offered, and the overall atmosphere of the school is one of great openness and tolerance for individuals of all beliefs. The teachers are amazing, the extracurriculars superb, and the academics are far superior to any other schools that I have visited in the South Bend area. I believe that this school has prepared me far more for life than any other South Bend school could have done. They taught me evolution, not creationism, and have never forced upon me Catholic beliefs, especially in the academic realm.

- submitted by a student

May 10, 2005
The academic programs of St. Josephs High School were relatively okay. Overall I was not pleased with the actions of students and teachers alike. The level of disrespect is so high it is appalling. Many people will tell you that St. Josephs has an excellent learning program in which students can flourish in a nurtured learning environment; yet in all actuality, the teaching is presently the same as public schools with the exception of two learning aspects: 1) catholic instruction and prayer (which wastes 8 credits in 4 years), and 2) creation theory is taught instead of the theory of evolution. I do not believe that it is appropriate or academically worth, to squander $5,000 of my money for two subjects that frankly, my child will not require in order to thrive in a working society for America unless they were to become a priest or nun of some kind.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2003
This is an excellent learning institution for not only Catholic but all faiths and beliefs. At St. Joseph's High School they teach students all the necessary course which will enrich their minds and knowledge so as to prepare them for college and life after college. At St. Joseph's they have a courses for students who have difficulty learning, courses for those who are more advanced and then they have course studies for those students whom are much more expanded in school. I would recommend St. Joseph's High School, South Bend to anyone considering a good high school for their child. Being an Alumnas of the school, is one thing that I myself would never trade, because the 4 years I spent at St. Joseph's will forever be a part of my life with memories of teachers and classmates whom I shared a space with for 4 years of my life. St. Joseph's High School is a place to grow, learn and never forget.

- submitted by a community member
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St Josephs High School
1441 N Michigan St, South Bend, IN  46617
(574) 233-6137
Last modified St Josephs High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
St Josephs High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top