This school has an amazing focus on building respect and character, and this is a key reasons we have stayed at the school for so many years. There was a problem with bullying last year and the bully was asked to leave the school - I strongly suspect that the person who left the scathing review on here is actually the mom of the bully who was asked to leave........
Our children have attended St. Joseph for 6 years so far and we are thrilled with our experience. The kids have amazing opportunities to demonstrate leadership and also social empathy. We love the school's dedication to community-building (among the students and among the parents) and they have a strong focus on anti-bullying. To top it off, the academics are top notch and both of my children LOVE school. We are so grateful to have this amazing school in our backyard.
Leadership at this school is seriously lacking. Problems that are presented wether paramount or minuscule are not taken seriously. The main principal and vice principal's at both campuses are spineless and completely ineffective at resolving issues whether they be between the kids, parents or internal issues. Entire school is run by the dollar signs you have behind you. The more you give to the school the better you're treated and the more patient they are with you. For those that do not donate it's the keep your mouth shut approach to managing relationships and how they treat your kids. Both the principal and vice principal were completely unfair and unprofessional in dealing with issues with my boys. Their methods of communication and action plans with parents is extremely juvenile. The principal speaks to parents in a manner which is highly unprofessional while using her Catholicism as an umbrella to hide under. The 3 ladies running the school are incapable of resolving issues and use a hands off approach to every issue. Absolutely disgusted and removed our boys a year ago. Equivalent to leadership in a fast food restaurant!
My wife and I personally evaluated 14 schools on King County's Eastside ranging from Montessori to public to other private programs and even homeschool cooperatives...We are most grateful we chose St Joseph School. We continue to be most impressed by the focus of St Joe's faculty and leaders on the joyful development of each individual child's intelligence and maturity in knowledge of this world, in her relationship with her own heart and others in the world and knowledge of and love for the Eternal. Our daughter is thriving due to the nourishing attention of smaller class sizes and wonderful incorporation of visual and kinisthetic teaching approaches/methodologies to motivate understanding of material rather than just isolated rote memorization. I admire the gentle, very fair and consistently reassuring policies that create a positive environment. As a former dean of students, there is no other place I would ever feel as relieved to entrust my child's mind, heart and soul than with the empathic, experienced, wise, child-centered and Christ-like teachers and leadership of this school