The school is faith based and honesty, integrity and fairness is a major component. instilling morals, along with excellent academics is a primary concern of the school. Three generations of our family has attended.
It's an academic and faith based school with small classroom numbers that allows teachers to spend more time with each student. It is definitely geared toward students who plan to eventually enter college.
I have three children attending St. Joseph (for last six years) and I could not be more pleased with the school. The teachers are well-qualified and caring. It is truly a community effort as the parents and church get involved and support the school. Students graduating from St Josephs are prepared for a rigorous high school curriculum.
We have been at St. Joseph school now for 7 great years. We have three children in grades 5th,3rd and 1st currently. The special classes including art and language have been great. Our kids are also involved in sports, drama & choir. The St. Joseph School family is a great one to be involved with. Go Bulldogs!
We have been sending our children to St. Joseph School for several years now and continue to be impressed with all aspects, including the staff and faculty, student body, facilities, as well as the many parents who willingly volunteer so much of their time to the many programs and events. Did I also mention the Dominican Nuns who teach there are AWESOME? They are an inspiration to both parents and students! Since enrolling our oldest child there eight years ago, we have seen improvements such as instituting bus service for Hendersonville and Gallatin students, implementing a 'talented and gifted' program for exceptional students, and investing heavily in classroom technology to provide the latest desktop computers, 'smart boards,' and overhead projectors that allow teachers to incorporate powerpoint presentations and Internet-based learning in the classroom. My wife and I recommend St. Joseph School without reservation!
Do not send your child to St. Joseph School. I was treated very meanly by the students and all they care about is popularity. I just moved to a public school and they act nicer than most of the people at St. Joseph. Nothing important is there. And plus there is a racist teacher who aims at Asian children who makes your average grade low on purpose. Please consider another school. Students need to be more disciplined. Some of the student talk about drugs and sex, and I'm surprised that none of the people do that at my public school. It is crowded there also. They keep attracting more people to consider more students going there, but there is simply no space. And the lunch program is expensive just for a very very small serving of food.
Although we feel the education program is very good, the teacher/student ratio is very high in our class. We agree that attracting more students to the school is important, but not when it comes to the sacrifice of one or two classes. When a class size is double the size of most other classes, then that class should have an additional teacher added to keep the class size down. If the school does not have the space to accommodate than maybe they shouldn't be expanding. The large class size impacts both the teachers and the students and forces the focus away from education to that of discipline, which is why we choose private vs public to begin with. This school is not addressing this issue and the parents had no input to the decision to increase the class size this significantly.