St. Joseph School has been such a blessing to our family! Our children are thriving here because of the strong academic curriculum and the loving environment. Catholic schools are typically one year ahead of the public schools in academic content (especially in Louisiana) and we find this to be very true at St. Joseph. Although the classes are challenging, we have wonderful teachers to lead the way. Our school offers so much for the children in the way of leadership roles, activities, organizations and sports. My children are involved in cheerleading, Running Club, Student Council, and basketball. They love school so much and have wonderful friends from great families. St. Joseph is such a great school!
My child has attended St. Joseph School for the past two years and we have been nothing but pleased. The teachers are caring and attentive to my child's academic needs. The school works hard to provide all of the students with the best academic and spiritual resources. I wouldn't think of sending my child anywhere else. The middle school is one of the best in the area and the atmosphere is one of love and encouragement.
My children have attended SJS since K4, and are now in 2nd and 5th grade. I have been pleased with the academic rigor and level of discipline expected by the students. I know that the teachers are happy to be at the school, though they make quite a bit less than they would at a public school in Caddo parish. The parents do have an amazing level of involvement, but I do not see that students are judged based on their parents PTO contributions. Mrs. Belanger and Mrs. Mitchell are a very strong leadership team. We will be moving soon, and I hope to find a similar environment in our next location.
Our two boys entered St. Joseph School midway through 1st and 4th grades. Both were warmly welcomed by students and teachers. Our boys have entered two other Catholic schools midyear and neither experience was as smooth and painless as St. Joseph. They have a fabulous counselor and the counseling center is a life saver. The principal, Mrs. Belanger, is tough but loving, a true gem. I cannot say enough positive things about St. Joseph. Both of our boys would go back to Shreveport and St. Joseph School tomorrow if it was possible!!!
With one in 5th and one in 2nd, our family has been at St. Joseph's for seven years. SJS builds not only a strong academic foundation for our children, but helps them grow spiritually and personally. It is a wonderful environment to build self esteem and character. St. Joseph is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS) and offers a strong academic curriculum with certified teachers, and advantageous student-teacher ratios. The onsite Learning Center has a speech pathologist and guidance counselors as well as a special Focus program for more advanced students. The principal and assistant principal bring years of experience and leadership as the administration. The families of SJS are the hidden gem of the school with their involvement and support!
My family has been at St. Joseph's School for 6 years. Both of my daughters started in Pre-K 3. My husband and I could not be happier with the decision we made to send our children to St. Joseph's. My daughters have been thriving academically, but more importantly they are learning true Christion values on a daily basis. My children love going to school everyday and I feel so at ease when I drop them off, because I know they are in a safe, loving and nurturing environment.
I have two children that attend St. Joseph School. It has been a great choice for my family. The teachers are dedicated and compassionate. They care about the children and their education. My children love going to school everyday. They receive a top notch education along with an awareness of the ways in which they can help the world around them. St. Joseph is always tending to the needs of the local community as well as abroad. My children learn everyday how they can make a difference. At the end of the day you cannot put a price on that kind of education.
St. Joseph School has provided such a wonderful education for my two children. We have been at SJS for three years and are very happy with every aspect of the school. The academics are rigorous and challenging, however, the school atmosphere is loving and friendly. The teachers are so professional and kind. The administration is top-notch. My children enjoy Spanish, Art, Music and Computer Lab. The Librarian is great and the library has the latest technology. The Religion teachers instill the core values of a Catholic education. All of the families are very involved in the school. There are many activities in which children may choose to participate. My children enjoy the 'extras' such as violin lessons and participating in the PomPon girls. This school is a treasure!
This is our eighth year at St. Joseph and we have have 3 children here. As parents, you are welcome to be involved as much as you like, and this has been very fulfilling for us and added to the success of our children's education. Our children look forward to school every day and the extracurricular activities offered. The academics are excellent as reflected in their scores both at school and on standardized tests. The same is true of our school's cumulative average. When we have concerns, they are promptly addressed when brought to the attention of the appropriate person. When the answer is not the one we sought, the explanations help us understand. I appreciate the moral element in all aspects which are not restricted to religion class. This adds to the level of safety and discipline at St. Joseph. This is our second family.
My children have attended St. Joseph School since 2000 and I wouldn't send them anywhere else. I work full time and am not able to volunteer much at the school, yet I don't feel that my family or children are treated differently. The teachers care about their students and work hard to prepare them for the next level. The administration listens and addresses my concerns and work hard to make it an excellent educational and Catholic environment for my children.
SJS was a great disappointment to my family. The teachers are not all held to the same standards. The administration does not properly address problems brought to their attention. The academics are nothing special. If you are new to the school, be forewarned that not all families are treated equally here. This school is full of 'mommy cliques' who have a great influence on the school. Many of the children at the school also reflect their adult role models less endearing qualities. I have never been exposed to a Catholic school where people behaved in such non-Christian fashions. We have taken our money to a friendlier school environment.
St. Joseph's is an excellent school, with outstanding academics, and a nurturing family environment. The parents are welcome and encouraged to be involved in their children's education, and respond quickly to make sure teachers have the support they need. Music, art, physical education, computer, and Spanish are all integrated into the curriculum for broad education. A variety of sports programs are available as extra-curricular activities.
I was very disappointed in this school. I sent my PreK daughter there for SY 06-07 and it was not the school I thought that it would be. The first nine weeks her teacher told me that she needed help with number and letter recognition which I did as much as possible at home. By the fourth nine weeks she had made very little progress, which I feel was the teacher's responsibility. My daughter is attending Sylvan this summer to get her prepared for Kindergarden in August. Just let me say that if you can't volunteer at this school on a regular basis your child will not get the same attention given to other children. I truly wish that things had worked out differently because I had planned on my daughter going there through the 8th grade.
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