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St Joseph The Worker School

Private | PK-8 | 475 students

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Posted April 9, 2014

St. Joseph the Worker school, in Orefield PA, is a really good school, overall. Like any school, there are all types of teachers, administrators, students and parents. You may hear of conflicts between children or between parents and staff. Again, like any school, or any organization with so many peoplel, that happens. But communication and involvement with your school helps reduce any bad endings that would otherwise happen if you don't talk. Our child has been attending this school since 2009 and is doing very well. The staff does its best to observe a childs progress and make recommendations to the parents. As a parent, it is your duty to listen openly to those recommendations. In our case, we listened and only in a couple of cases did we not go with what was recommended. But the staff was open to our views and we worked together for our childs sake. It's been a good experience. The best thing to do is get involved with school activities in any manner your schedule allows. Even if it's just counting tickets for a raffle. If your child sees that you are involved in their school, even if they go to a public one, they will naturally do better in school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 27, 2013

This is my daughter's first year at St, Joe's but we have been members of the parish for many years now. I am so pleased with her progress! She can read pretty much any book on her age level she picks up, she is excited to go to school each day and loves math and science. They have a special class like art, music, math, library, computer, and spanish every day of the week. Having gone through Catholic school myself I thought I would be able to teach her a lot about her religion however, there is no way I would be able to teach her what St. Joe's does about her faith. The discipline in the classroom is strong but kind and I am in constant communication with her teacher. I could go on and on but I know for certain, having taught in public schools, there is no comparison.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 19, 2013

We highly recommend St. Joseph the Worker School. Our children have grown academically, spiritually and socially under the guidance of an incredible teaching staff! They are challenged every day and all in a faith-based atmosphere with a curriculum that also brings in our spirituality. The teachers focus not only on education but also on the individual students. It is an intimate setting that welcomes families to get involved and participate as a community within St. Joe's. The facility is new, clean and well-kept. The Middle School program and the teachers are top notch! Middle School is well organized and effectively run by an outstanding group of teachers. We feel that our children are being groomed to become the best individuals they can be with a sense of responsibility, respect and a great understanding of who they are and their deep rooted faith in God. The church is located across the street, making it easy and safe to attend Mass, Adoration and Stations of the Cross. We feel very blessed to have our children attend St. Joseph the Worker School and Church.
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Posted January 30, 2013

We recently moved back to the US after living abroad for over a decade. St. Joseph's has provided a caring and academic environment for my boys. They are being challenged and help accountable. Values are backed up by the Bible...there is a genuine sense of self responsibility and service to the community. Thanks St. Joseph's!
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Posted January 29, 2013

Apparently the school has discovered these review sites and is now posting phony reviews, the recent posting content is copied verbatim from the school brochure in wording and punctuation. Such a forum to express honest views had also now been corrupted. Assume will be seeing more of the same in the future.
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Posted January 28, 2013

As a former parent at St. Joseph the Worker School, I can attest to the high quality of education, the dedication of the teachers and staff, and the personal interest the principal has in her students. My child was well prepared for high school.
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Posted January 25, 2013

St. Joseph the Worker School is a wonderful place where it is evident that Jesus is the center of the school. The school also has high academic standards and follows the Diocesan and National Standards for Education. The teachers are very caring and work with the children helping them to develop to their greatest developmental potential! I have two children there and I am proud they attend St. Joseph the Worker School. It melts my heart to see my children at Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, learning and growing in their Catholic Faith! I would recommend this school to all who would like their child to be rooted in faith, academics, service, and community. God Bless!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 24, 2012

Lack of communication is evident between teachers, principle and pastor. Overall, the school is not what it used to be. Also, many staff members simply are not nice. The administration wastes a lot of money on things that really do not matter instead of investing in educating students in the core curriculum. Would not recommend this school unless major changes take place.
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Posted April 15, 2011

The School makes a great first impression, However after sending my children there for 5 years now, come to find out that the Leadership is to be questioned. Msgr. and the Principal have Lied to my family and we have made the decision to pull our children. The Preschool is great, however make sure you look at other schools too... St Jose's student body over the years was up to +/-450, and now around 375.. Beware of first impressions, and take a look at other schools before making your decision. My wife and I are now much better and know we have made the right decision to pull the Kids...
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Posted January 23, 2011

This school is awesome, especially Mr. Simcoe! He is such a comedian. I recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a catholic education, or at lest look into the prep program!

Posted September 23, 2010

We have two children at St. Joes. Both have had phenomenal academic, social, and spiritual experiences thus far. We are particularly impressed with the middle school at St. Joes. My middle school daughter is safe, happy, and well adjusted due to the supportive Catholic environment created at this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 19, 2010

I have had several children at this school and have been extremely happy with the teachers and administration. I don't agree with a prior posting. I had a child in 5th grade taking 6th grade math. The school may not have the same set up as public school, but it is the parent's responsibility to discuss their child with the teacher to meet their child's needs. If there is a concern, then the parent should go have a discussion with the principal. I have found that every time I had a discussion with a teacher or the principal, I was very pleased with the outcome. I feel this is an exceptional school. There is no perfect school, but this school is perfect for my family!!
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Posted March 2, 2010

This school was okay. This school does not have the best science and math classes once you reach third grade and up. My child switched to the local puplic school district, Parkland, and her grades improved imediately. It is not the best school for acedemics but is great for learning about religion.
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Posted November 30, 2009

My son attained Iowa scores that were incredible!!
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Posted August 27, 2005

This school is safe and relatively small, although class size hovers around 24-16 in each class. Teacher turn over is common, and there is a limited athletic program. Good Catholic values and many fundraising opportunities.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 15%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 1st Place First in Math National Winners (2009)
  • 2nd Place First in Math National Winners (2008)

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  • Painting
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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  • Video / Film production
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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School basics

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  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Jody Myers
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA


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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


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  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Allentown
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

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Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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  • Video / Film production

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  • Yearbook
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1858 Applewood Drive
Orefield, PA 18069
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