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St Joseph Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 270 students

Well-balanced in the fine arts, academics, athletics, and Christian philosophy

 

Living in St. Joseph

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $152,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $620.

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Posted November 11, 2014

When we enrolled our daughter in pre-k at St. Joseph Christian School, it was really a leap of faith. We didn't have the financial means to commit to 13+ years of Christian education but we couldn't deny the strong leading we felt from the Lord to enroll her here. As He always does, God had a plan and He has provided for our family in amazing ways through the years...we are so grateful for His provision and for St. Joseph Christian School. We could never have guessed all those years ago the impact SJCS would have in our lives. Not only has our daughter received an excellent education founded on biblical truth; our entire family has been supported in our spiritual walk and challenged to grow in our faith. We've come to look at the cost of an education at SJCS as more of an investment--an investment with eternal returns. Of course, the best thing about SJCS isn't a thing; it's the people. We've been so blessed by the SJCS teachers, staff, and the other wonderful Christian families we've met. We are so grateful God led us to SJCS; we can't imagine having our daughter anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2014

We have been apart of the SJCS family for over 15 years. We thought we would just give it a try for Pre-School for our daughter and we never had a reason to leave! We re-evaluated our decision as she was entering highschool. She wanted to stay and we were very pleased with the high academics that were being offered. She graduated with 22 college credits! Having a strong foundation in her faith, she was able to transition to college very easily and is involved in Campus Ministry. Being apart of a smaller school has afforded our son to be able to participate in many extracurricular activites such as Football, Basketball and Track, as well as be apart of the State Scholar Bowl Team, Student Council and the School Play. All of these are great things, but the main we reason we love SJCS is that there is an atomosphere of faith. Our children are learning to Love the Lord and to love others through our weekly chapel, missions opportunities and community service projects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2014

SJCS tuition. Oh, and about that finances thing, you can make it work too! We just consider it as our car payment and choose to drive cheap cars that are paid off, we don t have cable and are working on fixing up our new house as we can afford. These are small sacrifices when we look at our boys today. At SJCS they are taught and encouraged to find God s Will for THEIR lives and they are equipped with the tools to DO IT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2014

After 1st Grade we knew the public school environment wasn t working for our oldest son. My mom was a Special Ed Teacher and after many discussions with her, we felt like we had to find an environment for our son where people would care enough to find out what motivated this kid or he was going to end up on the Special Ed track. We found St. Joseph Christian School and decided to invest in our son. We didn t really have the money for this, but enrollment testing put him in the 30th percentile in reading and math and we had to do it. Right away the counselor got on it and got us material to work with him over the summer. That 2nd Grade Teacher is probably the reason our son is a productive member of society today. She absolutely dug in to find God s Will for this child and if it didn t happen from one direction, then she re-grouped and went from another until he got it. We got all kinds of notes so that we could work together to get this kiddo up to speed. School wasn t easy for our first son, but at SJCS he learned what it takes for him to be successful and he can do whatever he sets his mind to today because he knows how to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2014

So son #2 was ready for pre-school, we loved SJCS, but decided to send him to our church Montessori pre-school because it was cheaper. Money was tight. Well . . . kindergarten rolls around and shortly after school started the teacher advised that he was way behind because he didn t even know his alphabet and the other kids were already reading sight words. When we started working with him on the letters we would go over and over them and when we showed them again later it was like he had never seen them. When we asked him why he wasn t learning his letters he said, That he wasn t ready. We informed him that that was TIME for him to learn his letters NOW! After we removed the Montessori mindset, he had his letters learned in about 2 days. But reading was behind because of this and his teacher worked with him 1-on-1 the whole year. The awesome thing is, he left kindergarten THINKING he was getting 1-on-1 work because he was the BEST reader, not the worst. Because his self-worth was intact, he went on to excel in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2014

When our third son was ready for school nothing was going to keep us from sending him to SJCS for pre-school and boy are we glad, it has been smooth sailing! Funds are tight, but it's worth it! As my husband and I look back, we always considered SJCS as an alternative to public school maybe for high school to help avoid the kids getting off on the wrong track, but with what we know now, Pre-School, Kindergarten and First Grade are CRITICAL to lay a solid foundation for the REST of the school career!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2014

We initially chose SJCS for academics, what we stay for now, because funds are tight, is the faith family that we get to do life with. We didn t realize how much God was left out of the public school until we found how much He is a part of SJCS. Our oldest son came home one day in Second Grade and informed us that the 10 Commandments were like punctuation, They make us stop and pause and give meaning to our lives. That was precious to us as new Christians. A pastor once told us that 90% of raising your kids is who they hang out with. We KNOW the families our kids are hanging out with. We KNOW that for the most part their values and beliefs match with ours. In the 7th Grade our middle son lost his left eye in a fireworks accident. It was devastating. He was the quarterback of the football team and had to redefine WHO he was. The school rallied around us and shouldered so much that it really eased the burden of having to walk through such a trial. Two years later our house burned. It was pretty humbling to NEED so much again so soon, but the SJCS Families blew us away again by the outpouring of love and support and again helped us walk through such a trial.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2014

Private Christian education isn t for everyone, but for our family, it has been the best decision. Now, having three children here for over 7 years, I am thankful for the great gift we have received through SJCS - an excellent education, friendships with like-minded children/families, spiritual equipping for the present and the future all built upon the foundation of God's word. We had to sacrifice much for this choice and also learned to trust God in new ways as He provided perfectly! Yet, another reason to consider SJCS - to have a strong "ally" in our children s lives with their spiritual interest at heart. The staff here go above and beyond to speak directly to our children's hearts and ours as parents! The class sizes are small as well and much easier to manage, making individual attention easier and making it more difficult for students to fall in the cracks. It is a blessing beyond what I could have imagined.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2014

St. Joseph Christian school was a tremendous help to our family as we moved into town from another state. We were worried about the academic level of our early elementary student. Since she has minor learning disabilities, we were afraid St. Joseph Christian was going to be too difficult for her. She thrived due to smaller class sizes and the individual attention her teachers were able to provide for her. I never knew a school could be so knowledgeable in assisting us with our children. My oldest daughter enjoys participating on the athletic teams in middle school. We are so thankful for St. Joseph Christian School and the opportunities it has provided for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2014

St. Joseph Christian School is a great place to have my kids. Their biblical teaching goes right along with what we teach at home and my kids are challenged not only with academics, but with their faith. My daughter is going on her first mission trip this year in large part because of how she has been inspired by SJCS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2009

We have had our kids attend SJCS for the past 12 years, and cannot think of a better place for them to be educated! The staff truly cares, and the parents are highly encouraged to be a part of their children's education process through field trips, and class projects. We feel blessed that there is this school right here in St. Joseph as an option for Christian families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2009

I have had two sons graduate from SJCS and I have one more still there. My sons attended a good public school for eleven years, so I think I can make a good evaluation of this school compared to public education. The public education was free but came with a price; if my childs eternal destiny was considered, the public school was extremely expensive. They taught evolution, homosexual tolerance, and a secular worldview. They were intolerant of any teacher who might use a Bibical reference to make an ethical point. At SJCS, my boys were streched and grown spiritually beyond what I could have expected. The chapels were tremendous and both of my sons were chosen to lead Bible small groups. The teachers are Christ dedicated (99% of them, at least, I believe) and do a great job of teaching every subject from a God-centered prospective. No contest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

Though not perfect, SJCS is the best school in town! I especially want to thank the board, administration and teachers and parent volunteers for all they do to make our school such a great place for my family. I thank the Lord for SJCS! Never lose your 'Jesus first' perspective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2009

The education is fair- I have never had a child in public school- but when a teacher told me that she tried to adjust my childs grade so that she could 'earn' an A for that quarter- I had a problem. If my child didn't earn an A- don't give it to them. I TOTALLY AGREE with the statements made about how if you have money or your grandparents have money- then you aren't going to be disciplined the same as the other kids. SJCS is turning into a PRIVATE SCHOOL with a Christian Cirriculum, instead of a Christ focused school. It is all about the money. Parents aren't allowed to attend school board meetings and you have to be invited to be on the school board. So the average Joe that is outspoken isn't going to be invited to be on the board. My heart breaks for this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

My children not only received a top-knotch academic education, they grew in thier faith and were able to communicate that faith once they went away to college. In my experience, they had ample opportunities to excel in extra curricular activities and felt they were better prepared for thier college experience than most of thier college friends coming from the public schools. Perfect? of course not. The best I have seen so far? ABSOLUTELY! It is worth every penny and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2008

After attending this school for 12 years, I can honestly say I would not suggest this school. Is the education a cut above the rest? Hardly. The math and science department were strong, but the english, history and the highly neglected arts programs were lackluster. As far as a Christian environment, rules and religion are highly mixed. This school did not facilitate my spiritual growth. If anything, it inhibited it, because I was so angry with the corrupt leaders of the school at the time when I was a student. Certain students were heavily favored and they never were disciplined for blatant infractions. Until the school spends more time and money on important issues of the school, I cannot suggest this school for any perspective parent. Take your child to a public school, where they will have opportunities to express themselves and be involved in activities they


Posted June 10, 2007

I attended SJCS for 12 years and I had a lot of great experinces, but unfortunatly I had more bad experiences then good. If you are open minded and have opinions this is not the place for you. If you are interested in Math or Science SJCS is a great school, but when it came to Art, History, and English I must say that they failed miseralbly. In college I had a lot of catching up to do because of how SJCS failed. From my experience if you are not the cookie cutter Christian that they want you to be you will struggle!! I hope things have improved since I graduated, but unfortunatly I do not believe that they have.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2007

I think saint joseph christian is the best school i have ever seen in my life! not only does it talk about God but it also teaches academics! all the kids i have met there are all bright and fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2006

St. Joseph Christian School has provided my children with an excellent Biblical and Academic Education. Is it perfect? No. No place is perfect this side of heaven. My children have grown spiritually and academically at St. Joseph Christian. I am thankful for the school and a staff that considers discipling children to be their ministry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

we are students at sjcs.... seniors to be exact! yay! ok, well, although this school isn't perfect, it is a wonderful place to get a high quality education and grow spiritually. it has influenced us a lot. the environment is so much better here than a worldly environment somewhere else. also, if you are going to complain you should stand behind your comment and put your name! ;) thanks have a nice day! go lions!
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 98% 74%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 1% 17%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 5%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school St. Joseph School District
Parochial
Homeschool
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 85% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 3% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Missouri (state colleges)
Christian colleges
Technical colleges
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Academic Quiz Bowl (2014)
  • Academic Quiz Bowl (2013)
  • Academic Quiz Bowl (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College events
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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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
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Jason Tindol
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Inter-denominational
Associations
  • ACSI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Biblical integration
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Hillyard Technical

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Biblical Foundation
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College events
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Carpool available
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Ability to offer co-operative
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • National Honor Society
  • Praise and Worship
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Multiple capacities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • St. Joseph Christian School provides a Christ-centered education for college, technical, and career-bound students. SJCS seeks to facilitate a quality arts, academics, and athletic program to meet the needs of the students and parents in the community.
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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
267
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
300
Students typically come from these schools
St. Joseph School District
Parochial
Homeschool

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$3000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tuition assistance

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Missouri (state colleges)
Christian colleges
Technical colleges
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
College events
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 5%
4 year college - 85%
Military - 2%
Vocational - 5%
Workforce - 3%
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5401 Gene Field Road
St. Joseph, MO 64506
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Phone: (816) 390-6111

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