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St Joseph High School

Private | 9-12 | 762 students


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Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ehh St. Joe's is okay. I think the thing that irritates me most, besides the tuition, is how mediocre St. Joe's is in spite of its arrogance. For Christ's sake, the motto is "Where excellence is a habit, not a goal." The ego that stems from those words alone infuriates me, especially considering a) how few of its students attend top tier universities, b) the average to below average test scores, c) garbage extracurriculars (so-so math league, lazy and complacent student paper, sports that are usually nothing to write home about, no Future Business Leaders of America, below average Model UN), d) lack of interesting alumni, and e) some of the god awful teachers (some absolutely wonderful though). St. Joe's isn't bad by any means, and I'm not saying one should avoid sending his/her child to St. Joe's like the plague, but don't kid yourself into thinking that doing so is going to singlehandedly make your child's future better. Your son is JUST as likely to become a druggie community college drop-out bum whether he goes to St. Joe's or not. Excellence is NOT a habit here. Lowering our standards until we can relegate our mediocre accomplishment to "excellence" is.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 17, 2013

Great school! Wonderful atmosphere. My son became much happier here after the public school. BUT, big disappointment - biology teacher. If you are interested in biology - consider other options.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2013

From the moment I started to send my son to St Joes i have felt a sense of comfort. I trust the teachers and staff to provide my son with the best education available. It is well worth the price of tuition. This school has so much to offer your sons.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 25, 2011

I feel overwhelmed whenever I am asked to give my opinion of this school. Words cannot express how much my husband and I love this was the best possible choice for our freshman son and well worth the tuition we pay. I am not exaggerating when I say that my son is addicted to St. Joe's...he ALWAYS wants to be there! He played freshman football this past fall and is now on the freshman basketball team. He also joined a few clubs. To say that he has developed friendships with the other boys doesn't do these relationships justice. When my son walked through the doors of St. Joe's, he joined a brotherhood that has nothing to do with race or economics, but is based on a mutual educational experience. St. Joe's has provided my son with the most well-rounded and amazing academic, athletic and social experience. The curriculum is challenging and I know that he will be adequately prepared to handle the challenges of any elite college upon graduation from St. Joe's.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2011

As a recently graduated student I can say with conviction that attending Saint Joseph high school was the best decision of my life. Some people claim my Alma Mater is soft on drugs, discipline, etc all I can stay to that is the ones making these comments are wrong. It is always said that there are three things the school will not look the other way: weapons, drugs, and attacking a teacher. The administration will throw you out with out a second thought. They have thrown out millionaires' children, big sport people, etc. They are committed to the notion that at St Joe's excellent is a habit, not a goal. The school's academic record speaks for itself. How people can talk down this school is beyond my comprehension. I have not formed many friendships at St Joe's, but I have formed brotherhoods. In my opinion it would be insulting to the men I went to school with to call them mere friends, they are much more, they are my brothers, and I would do anything for them. It saddens me to think that I will never be a student here again, but it brings me joy to think that one day I will have the honor to send my son here. God bless this school Bros Ronald, Ron, Paul, Mr Lechner thank you.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 2, 2010

St. Joe's provides a positive learning environment for its students. My son if finally happy to go to school each day. The friendships and fraternal atmosphere create strong bonds for the boys. St. Joe's teachers know their students and care about their success. Bravo!
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Posted May 20, 2009

I cannot begin to express what a wonderful school St. Joe's High School is. My son is a Freshman and plays on the baseball team. He just loves the school, students and teachers. The teachers go above and beyond to help any student in need. This school teaches respect, maturity and creates good morals. We are now part of the St. Joseph Family. I could go on and on. The school is superb!
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Posted March 14, 2009

We can honestly say that enrolling our son in St. Joe's was the best thing we could have done for him. He is a junior and is in his third year there. He has developed a confidence and maturity that we feel is a direct result of the level of committement from the faculty and administration. His plan is to go to medical school and we know that his goal is being fostered by the St. Joe's team.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 15, 2006

With our first year coming to an end I have been extremely happy with St. Joe's. Each teacher has gotten to know my son and they go above and beyond to get their students motivated and working to potential.
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Posted April 7, 2006

St. Joseph's has a wide range of academic courses that each student is required to take for graduation. The school's strength lies in its ability to create a well taught liberal arts education with a strong foundation in the sciences. Even if a student only takes the minimum required courses he will still receive an excellent education. The school continually strives to create new clubs and activities where they see fit and also are consistently strong in athletics. Many clubs and activities are offered after school, which supplements the learning process in the classroom. Parents are also involved in many different school activities through the Mother's Club and the Father's Club. Parents also service as an example of a continual committment to the community beyond St. Joseph's. In summary, it is a school with a focus on the entire individual through learning, service, and extacurricular activities.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted October 22, 2005

Excellent curriculum with very caring brothers and teachers. They truly believe in their credo. Lots of extracurricular activities and an exceptional sports program.
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Posted April 11, 2004

My son graduated in 2001 and was offered many scholarships. The administration and faculty are outstanding. You and your son will become part of the St. Joe's Family, which no public school can offer. My son and his classmates loved the school. Sports are tops also.
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Posted March 4, 2004

I graduated from SJHS in 2002 and am now serving in the US Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Bn, Bravo Co.,1st Platoon, Second Team..Camp Lejeune, NC. I owe St. Joseph's everything I can accredit to myself. I came to St. Joes as a undisciplined, schrewd individual. Mr. Anderson, the Dean of Students, changed the way I felt about authority. Mr. Cunningham, Senora Kish, Brother Dennis, Brother Matt, Dr. Pugliese, Mr. Bryner, are among the finest people I have ever met. Now I am earning my bachelor of science degree with the distance learning program, Duke University, in corporate / trial law, with a minors in business admin / marketing. St. Joseph was the foundation I built myself on and it has yet to crumble!
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 26, 2003

This High School was the best experience my son has ever had. He learned so much more than even I imagined. He is now 24 years old earning his masters degree in education and I have the wonderful experience he had at St.Joes to thank. Especially Mr.Gandy, Coach Lou, Brother Ronald and ever other teacher my son had the privledge of knowing.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 9%
Hispanic 7% 22%
Black 6% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
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145 Plainfield Road
Metuchen, NJ 08840
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