The homework at St Joseph is just right. They start homework (without urgency) in Kindergarten so that an early age they learn time management. Homework is a positive thing in our house. Our children our excited to show is what they are learning and enjoy what they are learning. As parents, we are able to see online their real time grades and then we can see where they may be struggling.
St Joseph develops persistence, grit and determination in it's students by setting high academic standards. It is a nurturing school, but not coddling. The educators make sure that the technology is used as an end result of already having learned the subject matter.
St Joseph develops respect in it's students because Christian values are a part of everything they do. The respect values that are expected at home are expected at school as well. Not only for adults, but to treat everyone you meet with respect.
St Joseph school has a culture of compassion, caring and empathy because it's Christian values are a part of everything they do. The family atmosphere between educators, parents and students promotes understanding between each other. The service projects help the students to have understanding for the world outside them.
St Joseph school develops honesty, integrity, and fairness in it's students because it Christian values are a part of everything they do. The educators and Father Mike set tremendous examples. There is individualized attention to get to know each student.
We are in our 7th year of sending our 3 boys to St Joseph and we could not be happier. Every parent wants to do the best for their children and we sleep very well knowing that academically, spiritually and socially, we are doing just that by sending them here. The academics are challenging, the educators are extraordinary and the families are so nice. Our favorite piece of their education would be the service learning projects where they learn to apply their gifts from God, along with the subjects they are learning to help others. An example would be 3rd graders utilizing adding fractions to make soup base for the local food center. It's a great experience as a student and as a parent.
I have 4 children and we have with St Joe's for 14 years and will be there for quite a few more years. I was lucky to have experienced Sr. Theresa and Mrs. Evoy. The school, staff and parents were wonderful 14 years ago and are still just as wonderful now. It is truly a family atmosphere. My oldest 3 have graduated St Joe's and are excelling in high school and college. My last one is thriving at SJS and I strongly recommend this school to everyone. In high school, when we go to parent / teacher conferences, the teachers all ask where our children went for middle school because they are very prepared for high school.
At one time, I thought the kids had too much homework, but I found out it depends on the child. I have 4 and one does homework quickly, two of them take the normal amount of time and one takes a lot of time, but that is not the school, that is the child and how they work. No wrong or right way, just different.