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St Joseph School

Private | PK-8 | 393 students


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Posted July 4, 2014

If you would like to be emotionally stable by the end of 8th grade don't attend saint joes

Posted June 21, 2014

As always, be leery of five star ratings as no school is perfect. Also be leery of a one star rating as there are very few schools that are that horrendous. The truth is that this is solid three star mediocre school. It has good points and bad points. There are some great teachers at this school but there have also been some abysmal ones, teachers that were just not qualified or experienced enough to teach and the children suffered. The administration in the past has also held on to some teachers that have lost their enthusiasm and were just going through the motions, not employing new technology or teaching plans that reflect the most up to date research on variable learning styles and learning disabilities. The school also has a reputation for not adequately preparing middle school students for high school in the areas of math and science. Many parents have pulled their children out after fifth grade and enrolled them in public school. Also, be aware, even though this is a "Christian" school, bullying does occur. Children are bullied and more often than not, the bullies are never punished or held accountable. This is the fault of the administration.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 4, 2014

We are very happy with St. Joe's. It was apparent right away that the faculty and administration want to work with you to provide the best, most well rounded education for your child. As parents, there is a sense that our opinions matter and are respected. It is obvious that the teachers and administration are working together as a team and really go above and beyond to make the school extraordinary. Academically, statistics show excellent results. Ultimately, we chose this school because we are confident that our children are being nurtured on both an academic and spiritual level.
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Posted May 4, 2014

St. Joseph School in Mechanicsburg is a wonderful learning institution with a staff that has the best interests of the students in mind. Not only do the students receive an excellent education, but they receive it in an atmosphere that promotes Christian values such as kindness and respect. I currently have two children at St. Joseph's school, and I am very pleased with the results. I would encourage anyone to send their children to St. Joseph's.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2014

I have had one child go through St. Joe's and another child currently attending. The students are greeted with a smile in the morning, and go through the day with day with teachers and staff who certainly have the best interests of the students in both their minds and hearts. The administration is wonderful and always open to listening to comments or suggestions and helping out where they can. This is a great place to send your kids for many reasons!
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Posted April 11, 2014

My Son attended 1st grade at St. Joes in Mechanicsburg. It was the worst experience I have ever had with a school. The administration (i.e. vice principle) treated my Son so horribly that he is now attending counseling weekly for low self esteem. The administration is awful!! I warn anyone who loves their child to look elsewhere. This school is terrible!
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Posted July 12, 2013

I was a student at this school from 1975-1978. It was a challenging experience based on past schools but it was a great education because the academic standards were quite high. I saw a comment here from a teacher that has claimed to be a science teacher there for the past 4 decades. I wonder if that was Ms. Ulery that I had 1977-1978. We really appreciated her because she was relatively young and could relate to us kids more. I remember she talked about her love of Fleetwood Mac and other hip things. She was great and you could tell that she really loved her job.

Posted July 10, 2012

I came to this school in third grade. It was different for me, because I was used to an environment that was very open an friendly, but I was not shown any sign of welcome. Cliques were already formed, and I had to change who I was as a person to make a few friends. The math program in middle school has a bad reputation. However, the school hired a new math teacher that is wonderful. If you want to send your child to this school, make sure she goes at an early age so she/he won't be caught up in the mess of trying to fit in as the new kid.

Posted June 2, 2012

We have three children at St. Joseph School. My children love school! The academics are excellent and the teachers challenge my children every day. The school leadership is strong and is committed to maintaining an environment for your child to be successful. The children learn french starting in preschool. All the classes have smart boards. There are after school enrichment clubs and sports starting in first grade. Overall, if you are looking for a school that will encourage, nurture, and challenge your child academically St. Joseph School is the place.
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Posted July 18, 2011

Having taught 5-8th grade science at St Joseph over a time frame of four decades I can say that it was a pleasure to go to school every day. The school atmosphere is one of unconditional acceptance. Discipline combined with love works to let the students know what is "fair" so that students, teachers, administration and staff work for the good of the school.
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Posted February 16, 2011

My daughter loves going to school. The environment is wonderful. The staff does a great job nurturing the whole child in a way that can't be matched in public schools. The academics are appropriately challenging and the use of technology (including smart boards) is very current. I would definitely recommend St. Joseph School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2010

Proud parent of a St. Joe's student and parishoner. I would encourage anyone moving to central PA to consider this school for their children. Best in the area.
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Posted February 28, 2010

We have been a part of this wonderful school community for 7 years now and have been very happy. We have three kids enrolled currently and one more coming in next year. Have there been some bumps along the way? Sure there have, but no more than anywhere else. Teachers are dedicated and caring. Administration is top-notch. Discipline policy is excellent and teaches the kids respect for their peers and those in authority. We graduate quality students with all the skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Note: preschool is coming for 3 & 4 year olds for 2010-2011 school year!
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Posted February 10, 2010

I have two kids enrolled, what a wonderful school!! Coming from another catholic school in the area I must say what a difference great administration and teachers make. The school is well laid out, with lower school on the first and second floors and upper school on the third. I wish I would have sent my kids here from the beginning.
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Posted May 18, 2008

I have three children enrolled at SJS, and 2 who will be. The administration is remarkable, and the teachers as a whole are outstanding. Are there some that are better than others? Of course. Are some waiters better than others? We are fortunate to have a staff at SJS who are truly there for the Catholic education of the children... they are certainly not there for the money. The most important facet of St. Joe's is the sense of community. I am pleased to send my kids to a school everyday at which I know that they will be held to the same standards as they are at home. I am on a first-name basis with >1/2 of the parents of my childrens' classmates. Top notch school. Highly recommended. Curious to know if those who have been involved for so long ever voiced their concerns at school, or just online?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 24, 2008

I am excited to have my 2 children enrolled at St Joseph's. At first I was concerned about the class size being large, but when you experience a typical day at St Joseph's the children are so well behaved and the teachers have such control in the classroom that it is clearly not an issue. St Joseph's as a great reputation, and it's obvious why when you compare them to the public schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 31, 2007

It is always interesting to see different opinions. My girls are in the new school. Building wasn't designed properly....but aside from the building, this school has seriously gone down hill! I've been involved with the school for over 10 years and the lack of attention and caring by the administration to the quality of teachers is so disappointing. There are still some great teachers, but the bad ones are really overcoming the good. I recommend you do not enroll your children in this school - big waste of money!
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 71%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Black 0% 15%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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420 East Simpson Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone: (717) 766-2564


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