SJS does the very best it can with the resources that they have. Not many private schools have the resources available to help students who may have bigger learning issues. The faculty, staff and administration always have the students' best interests at heart. SJS is a safe, caring and loving environment.
SJS instills integrity, compassion and respect through out the day in all of their classes. The students are also involved in numerous community service projects and are so happy and excited to be a part of them!
Any of the teachers that we did have problems with are no longer at the school. Those teachers were negative and had been there far too long. They have since been replaced with more enthusiastic and positive instructors.
Homework is designed to enforce the subjects taught during the day to ensure that the student understands and has grasped the concepts. A lot of the homework that some parents complain about can be done in the classroom, but if the student is not using their time wisely during the day, then it needs to be completed at home.
St. Joseph School has been wonderful for my children! The teachers are loving and caring and are professional! There are so many wonderful things that have changed over the last few years. There is a fabulous Robotics program integrated into the curriculum. There is now a wonderful, young and exciting Science teacher for the 5-8th grades! There are carts of ipads in use and the administration is aware of how important it is to keep the students up to date with technology. There are several programs in each grade level that promote public speaking. The students go to mass every Friday! I encourage parents to attend the Friday 9:30am student masses and see how moving and wonderful these masses are for the children. The mathematics curriculum has improved immensely ovet the last few years and the school has wonderful music and art programs! Every school has a few bullies, BUT the difference is the administration at SJS is always on top of these kinds of things immediately upon learning of the problem. Cliques are always a problem at every school. I find this to be more of a parent thing than a child issue. My children were both well prepared for high school and have done very well. The administration is always available to parents and students alike. Kudos to the new administration and all the improvements that have been instituted.
St.Joes as many other schools has its good points and not so good points. English, spelling, religion, writing are subjects which are well taught. Math is a disaster. If you dont "qualify" for the higher level math in grades 7th and 8th, you will never make it in HS. History and Science are lacking big time. So much more is available in the public schools.
Two of my daughters attended this school. I think its fine thru grade 6 but take your child out after that and let them become well rounded with what the public schools have to offer.They are missing out on alot.
Yes there are cliques..many of them..it's like a competition. Parents seem to encourage them..Most of the parents are nice but some are snobby. Guess that's everywhere. I realize its a Christian environment but gossip abounds. My girls were happy most of the time. One went on to public HS and did well. The other went to Catholic HS and did fine too. Lots depends on the parents so cant really blame the school for everything.
The school has a very hands offs approach to education. If your child is a middle of the road academically they will be okay at this school. I had 2 nephews that attended and were top students and were not getting challenged. They transferred to a gifted school after a few years. My daughter was fine academically (top half of her class) but we were told she was too immature for her age so they wanted to retain her. We were never aware that she was a risk of retention till AFTER we placed a deposit for our spot next year. Her report cards had comments that her maturity level is being monitored but no goals or specific request were made. I asked what happens if she goes through a maturity spurt over the summer. Next year she will be bored. The teacher said that in all her years of teaching that never happened. Then I said that every education study out there says that retention is not a good option and that intense intervention is the proper thing to do. The teacher said she read those studies but disagreed. Well a month later we were told she was going to be unconditionally promoted. We ended up withdrawing her and enrolling in a smaller school. I just checked the roster at the start of school and there are 5 spots open in her class. I guess they decided she was mature enough when they found out they didnt have a full class to pay tuition! The new school we enrolled my daughter in had a similar promotion/retention policy BUT the major difference is that had another page that specifically goes over how struggling students are addressed early and an intervention program is listed out for the parents and teacher. Teachers at the new school seem much more interested in helping all the kids to the next level and not just getting through a learning plan.
On a good note, they do have some nice after school activities for kids.