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Trenton, MI
Students enrolled: 181
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2675 3rd Street
Trenton, MI 48183

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(734) 676-2565
(734) 676-9744
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March 12, 2015
Most importantly, my children feel welcomed, appreciated, important, comfortable & safe within the St. Joseph School Community. One of the most impressive things when I first entered the St. Joseph School Community was the respectfulness, compassion, concern & warmth among the student body demonstrated towards parents & the incoming children. All of the children, irregardless of age, show such an interest in the betterment of their peers .

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2015
St. Joseph school is a school based on education, faith, commitment, perseverance, values & family. I am very pleased to have brought my children into the St. Joseph School & Parish community. The growth I have seen in their academic abilities, social skills & faith commitment is remarkable. I applaud the principle & teachers for their valiant effort & success in implementing technological based teaching while maintaining the traditional paper & pencil. Families are encouraged to participate in any capacity that they can, whether it be to volunteer in the lunch room, assist with various after school programs, serve as a homeroom parent or school commission member or assist in the planning of community activities (Carnival, Lenten Drives, Fish Fry, etc.). Every volunteer experience that I have participated in I have truly enjoyed. The parents are welcoming & your efforts & hard work are appreciated. Continued (see above)

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2015
I was so fortunate to send my oldest daughter to St. Joes until she was in 4th grade. At that point I had given birth to my twins which now made us a family of 6. With such sadness I had to pull her out and enroll her in Trenton Public Schools. It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do as parents but there was no way we could afford tuition for 4 children. Even though my kids were not attending school at St. Joes we still participated in all the parish activities from catechism ( where I am a teacher) to the CYO sports that are second to none. I am so excited that they are offering help with tuition now and we have already started working with the staff to see if I can send my kids back. There is no comparison to the St. Joes family!!

- submitted by a community member
February 26, 2015
Pointing out that 7th grade test scores have not increased above the high school level, is ridiculous! Did you notice how high the test scores were? They have eighth graders taking high school math! I love hearing all of the accomplishments of this school and seeing all they do to involve the community in their faith based, family centered activities. It is very sad that a Catholic school has to resort to special tuition offers in order to increase enrollment. But, since the cost of everything has increased so much in relation to increased minimum wage, rising gas prices, housing and grocery costs, who would pay to send their child to school when you can choose any public school you want and go there? I am impressed that St Joseph has served my community for so long and that their standards have not decreased to the point of giving a free education at the cost of allowing anyone in just to fill the school. We need more Catholic schools and more community support of them....and what was it that was "missing"? Maybe it was your faith?

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2015
I attended the recent open house as I'm looking for a school for my young child. Upon walking in the doors, I felt very unwelcome here. Although the few teachers I spoke with seemed very nice and were wonderful with my child, there was something missing. I was sadden to see the enrollment has dropped drastically over the past few years and we were informed they are running specials on tuition to try to boost their enrollment next year (sad they have to resort to that). There was also a graph for test scores over the past 4 years for the 7th grade that I saw and although 2 subject areas have improved slightly over the past few years, 3 subject areas have dropped. That is a concern for me. Overall, I was not impressed with this school at all.

- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2015
The Leadership at St. Joes has helped the children have a positive impact on the community. Karen Johnson makes a difference in the lives of the children, teachers and community. She leads with integrity and charisma.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2015
It saddens me to read the review about the Principal. Since she came to St. Joe's she has improved the technology and academics. I don't want to make a general statement, but some teachers were not on board for this and left. In those cases, hurray for our children and the school. This Principal cares about all of the children. I heard from a reliable source that the negative review was written by a parent who became angered when the Principal followed the school discipline policy with her child. I have never written on one of these sites, but I choose to speak up when I see this kind of malicious behavior. Keep up the standard for excellence, St. Joe's!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2014
Excellent School with great lunches and teachers who care about the student. We've had some wonderful years at St. Joe's and a stellar education for our children! The technology has improved immensley, but also very satisfied with good old academic challenge for our kids! Not Common Core and happy about that!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
I have been a parent at St Joseph for many years and am dismayed to see the negative reviews posted about the school. I have never been on the school commission nor was I considered part of the "principal's clique". When I have wanted to be involved with my child's education in any way, I have not been turned away. I was welcomed with open arms when I volunteered to help in the classroom or even with things around the school. The new principal even developed an allergy plan to teach volunteers what to do if a child has an allergic reaction in school. My friends in other schools were surprised to hear that such a thing existed. When we first came to the school, the enrollment was near two hundred students and declined as tuition increased to accommodate increasing teacher salaries, which were still very low. Maybe that's why some of these teachers and families have left? Why pay for education when there is school of choice everywhere now?The CATHOLIC school we chose to send our kids to has become even more catholic under our new principal and I'm excited to see what changes lie ahead as she encourages even more parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
We could not be more happy with the education our child is receiving from St. Joe's. St. Joe's has assisted in building a foundation of solid morals, understanding of our Catholic faith, and a love of learning for our son. His teachers have worked along with us, every year, to ensure we understand the areas in which he is strong academically, as well as the areas he needs more assistance in. They have all been willing to do what is necessary, and offer any advice, in order to make sure he is where he needed (needs) to be. He has enjoyed every one of his teaches so far. Yes, there has been a change in leadership. As with any change of leadership they will be growing pains. Our Principal has not been afraid to make changes, and try new ideas. We are happy when we learned there will be a preschool opening in the fall! This is a nice addition to our school. We would not have thought twice about sending our son to the preschool at St. Joe's. What a great start that would have been! All in all, we are very pleased with St. Joseph School on Trenton, and consider the community of parents and student our family.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
Unfortunately St. Joseph is not the school it used to be. With a new principal in place things are going downhill at an alarming rate. Sadly, the principal is inconsistent, unprofessional, does not answer questions honestly or thoroughly, and lacks the skills necessary to run a school. The school has lost more staff and students since the change of principal in the last year than we have over the past several years. The first grade teacher, the secretary, the gym teacher, the computer teacher, the sixth grade teacher, and two music teachers, not to mention the many families that have pulled their children from St Joes. That alone speaks for itself. If you're looking to commit to catholic school and enroll your child here I'd suggest being very thorough in asking tough questions more than once. You will see the answer you get will be different every time, IF you get one at all. The answer will vary depending on who you are or who your child is. If you are not part of the principal's clique, your opinions, comments, and concerns are not valued. It's very difficult to pay for an education at a school with a less than mediocre leader with no consistent or well-planned path ahead.

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2014
St. Joseph School is a wonderful school. We have two children currently enrolled and one that graduated a few years ago. The school has so much to offer academically,and our oldest will tell you he was so prepared for high school in ways a number of his high school classmates were not. The school community is fabulous. I was new to the area and had no problem getting involved and making life long friends. I highly recommend St. Joseph School for a strong Catholic education. No school is perfect but I have never second guess our decision for this elemenatry school.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
I am an 8th grade student here at St. Joseph's, and it is a magnificent school.

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2014
Love, love, love this school because of the outstanding academic and Catholic education. The teachers and principal work tirelessly to constantly improve our school. My high school child is currently looking at ivy league schools as a result of the solid foundation received at St. Joe.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
St. Joseph school is an excellent school. The staff is highly qualified and dedicated to the education of the students. Technology is an integral part of the education program. The religious education has helped to reinforce the values taught in our home. Best decision we made for our children was to send them to St. Joseph School.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2014
This is an unfortunate excuse of a parochial school. The staff is inconsistent with how and who they punish and favoritism permeates the building. The education is not up to par with that of the surrounding public schools such as Grosse Ile, Trenton, and Riverview and it especially does not compare to catholic schools in Oakland County. The curriculum and education is not bad if you can look past the many judgmental teachers. The straw that broke the camel's back for me was when I had been accused of being a bad parent due to comments my children made on how often we attend church and what time my fourth and third grader's bedtime was. I am not trying to be spiteful or pompous when I write this. Its simply to warn other parents who might waste thousands of dollars on this institution.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Wonderful teachers but that's about it. It's a very cliquey environment where discipline is inconsistently enforced and the principal and parish priest do not listen to parents' concerns. Enrollment has dropped significantly since last year due to frustrated parents moving their children elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2013
We wanted a catholic education for my son. My husband and I both attended Catholic school. I did not end up sending my son to this school for the following reasons. First the class size in the younger grades were very large. In fact larger than the public school in our city which is Grosse Ile. When we toured the kindergarten class there were 28 kids and 1 teacher, my son's class had 19 kids and a teacher and helper. Secondly the lack of a playground. All research points to the fact that recess is VERY important. You can only run around in the parking lot for so long. When I questioned somebody on this issue, they became defensive instead of trying to sell us on the other aspects of the school. We could have been sold if somebody, anybody would have said "I know the class size is large, but we do this and this and this to make up for it" No all we got was a VERY defensive person wanting to argue with us. I'm sure you can receive a great education, I have no evidence of it being a bad school; it just wasn't for us. We did public schools and are very very HAPPY with our decision. We still teach catholic values in our home and it works well.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
I am a former St. Joesph student. In response to the previous comment I would disagree. I had a blast there. At recess in the street we either played tag pickle or we sat and talked. Recess in the gym we either played basketball or tag. Evern though we were in our socks we still had fun. They provided us with balls and jump ropes or we could bring our own. The lunches were either pizza Wendy's or boscos. They did that because that is what the average kid likes. They staff teachers and kids were more than my friends, they were my family. I still keep in touch with them either by hanging out or m the wonderful events they hold. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2013
We once regarded St. Joseph School and Parish as family. After eight years, we, like many dedicated Catholic families before us, finally "had enough" and left. Most teachers are wonderful, caring individuals who teach with minimal resources and pay. There are a few bad apples who employ archaic disciplinary methods, refuse to answer students' questions and berate select students. There is no PTO--only a Principal-appointed School Commission. Term limits are three years, but most have been on far longer. Concerns or suggestions are not well received nor addressed and if the Principal, a teacher, or parentdoesn't like you or your children, they will find ways to retaliate and intimidate using your children. Empowered parents are happy, others are shunned. Very cliquey and gossipy! Parents may volunteer as '"worker bees" to fund-raise and supervise lunch, disciplining students. There is no playground. Students receive only one recess a day where they play in the street or gym, but in the gym, students are required to play in socks on the if they don't bring sneakers. Hot lunch is pizza or fast food--not kept warm. Catholic values are taught but often not practiced.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2012
My children are receiving an excellent education at St. Joseph. The teachers are dedicated to their students by providing them with a quality education both academically and morally. The administration is supportive of the school community by being advocates for the students. Sending our children to this school was the best decision we could have made because they are well prepared for high school. They will carry their life lessons and experiences of this school with them forever.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
I have been a parent at St. Joseph School for many years. I love the school and the families. My children have received quality educations not only academically but also morally. One of the best decisions my husband and I made was sending our first child to St. Joe's. The saying that it takes a village to raise a child is so true and the community of St. Joseph is the village I want supporting us in our journey. The teachers and administrative staff are dedicated to the children and our faith and the enthusiasm trickles down to our kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
I have never been more proud to be a part of such a caring Catholic family. We have only good things to say about St. Joseph's, the teachers and principal are so supportive, approachable and caring with the students, parents and each other. The curriculum is so highly rated that the students are well prepared for high school. We have a wonderful integration of school and parish both supporting each other and instilling the christian values that we want to see in our children today. Our students will be ahead of the game both socially and technologically with experience on smart boards and new computers. The students are encouraged to develop into well rounded Catholics while taking the younger ones under their wings with fabulous mentoring programs. We love the atmosphere and support that comes with belonging to the St. Joe's family.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
This school is great for academic quality and overall strong moral teaching. That being said, if your child doesn't fit the mold of being just like every other child in their class, you will encounter a hard time here. Communication with teacher and principal seems to occur only when significant problems explode, not when minor issues that could have been used as learning and molding experiences for the child to learn from occur. I would seriously hesitate to enroll your student here if they have even a hint of any type of learning disability, social integration issue, ADHD, or physical disability. Although it is a Catholic school, the Christian principles it is based on were not always enacted in my child's situation. Allowances are not made for differences or students who require more than the basic classroom time, more supervision or guidance or 1:1 teaching.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2009
I cannot praise St. Joseph enough!, especailly our principal. In a time where children lack parental supervision and overall respect for others, St. Joseph helps the children to become better rounded students, friends and learn to respect themselves and others. The teachers have a great open door that parents and students can take advantage of for further guidance and academics. Outstanding overall.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
I take back my glowing review previously posted on here. It was heart-breaking to see the school decline from the great standards I had seen first hand as a former student compared to what the school has become over the last 5 or so years. Sadly, I removed my children because it was ridiculous to keep them there any longer. Not worth the money and unhappiness.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2007
St. Joseph School use to be the best at one time. Today, I would say that the school lacks the teaching quality it use to have in the mid to late 1980's. Think twice about sending your children to this school because you don't get what you pay for. A Very Frustrated parent!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2005
My husband went to St Joseph's for grade school. We have one son attending currently, and one registered for fall 2005. I absolutely love the school. The principal (who was my husbands 5th grade teacher way back when)is extremely efficient, and has things under control. I feel very comfortable in advising you, you will not be disappointed if you are thinking of choosing our school. It is a safe, loving, and learning environment! The best Catholic School downriver!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2004
I graduated from St. Joes in 1988 and didn t think twice about sending my daughter there. Outstanding principal, staff and parish. Second to none!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2004
I am a former student of St. Joesph Trenton. I think that the smaller classes are nice and I think that the teachers are pretty good, you cant really say the teachers are good or bad becuase each person has there own views which vary becuase of personalities. There extracurricular activities are pretty much only sports (the thing I like about there sports is that no one gets cut so each person can learn how to play). Thats all I can really say on it.

- submitted by a former student

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St Joseph Elementary School
2675 3rd Street, Trenton, MI  48183
(734) 676-2565
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