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St Joseph Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 172 students

Strong Academic School


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Posted September 3, 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

Posted 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

Posted June 3, 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted April 10, 2014

I am an 8th grade student here at St. Joseph's, and it is a magnificent school.

Posted April 9, 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

Posted April 7, 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

Posted January 4, 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

Posted 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

Posted June 1, 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted May 8, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted March 8, 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 69%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Hispanic 1% 6%
African-American 0% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Bell / Handbell choir

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Karen Johnson
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman Catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (734) 676-9744


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Detroit
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • Bell / Handbell choir
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$2000 - $4000
Vouchers accepted
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2675 3rd Street
Trenton, MI 48183
Phone: (734) 676-2565


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