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St. Josephs School

Private | PK-8

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Posted December 27, 2010

My children have attended St. Joseph's for 8 years. I find that the middle school program is very disorganized and the teachers very difficult to communicate with. The athletic program is a fun get by program. Not well organized. The classroom sizes are much larger than promoted and the teachers are lacking support to manage them. The homework load is huge. This is how students get prepared for high school. The education time is not in the classroom. It is a program that is up to the parents to be the main teacher. If you have a child who a self learner, likes lots of academic homework, has no learning issues and does not care about other out side activity time them maybe its the challenging school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

After attending a Catholic school for over 9 years, I can honestly say it has made a difference. I am not only well prepared for my high school curriculum, but I am confident in facing new challenges. The bond I created with my classmates at St. Joe's is something I will carry with me forever.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2008

The new reading curriculum adoption for the 2007-2008 school year should help address the Kindergarten curriculum problem. Great WASL Test Score. Consistenty above state and district averages. Strong sense of community.


Posted November 13, 2007

A great school with a wonderful staff, outstanding academics, and a healthy spiritual life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

My daughter attended St. Joseph's for two years of montessori and then for kindergarten. While I would fall over myself recommending the montessori I am sad to say that she will not be returning for 1st grade. As noted by another parent below, I was extremely impressed with the advanced concepts introduced in the preschool program. However, upon entrance to kindergarten we were told that they 'teach to the bottom of the class.' Always advanced, she began to lag behind our friends' children in public school. By the end of the year they had just started to cover some of the topics and skills she had already learned in preschool. We have spent all summer trying to get her ready for 1st grade. Overall, I would say the montessori is a great investment in your child's future but beyond that the school is a waste of money.
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Posted February 13, 2007

A wonderful new pricipal began working at St. Joseph's Fall 2007. What a blessing to the school. She has more than 20 years experience from the public sector and is very well respected. My daughter attends the Montessori preschool there and I can't say enough good things about it. The teachers are caring and talented and my daughter looks forward to going each day. A tight knit community is another plus.
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Posted April 18, 2006

My 5 year old son is currently enrolled in the Montessori pre-school and has already learned the mathematical concepts of simple division and simple fractions. These are concepts that are not normally introduced until 2nd or 3rd grade, so I will be reinforcing these until that time with tools that were recommended for home use by his current teacher. He also provides new science insights to which he has been exposed on about a weekly basis. This week's observation pertains to the different kinds of clouds. He is also eagerly monitoring the incubation and hatch of several chicken eggs as part of another class project. I am also impressed with the close knit community offered at St. Joseph's. The staff is very friendly and cares about my son's well being. And, we can become very involved in school function, if we so desire.
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Posted March 28, 2006

Poor leadership and vision by the administration and constant turnover in this department. Good and challenging academics, strong discipline, strong values. Teachers are hit or miss, with some being outstanding and some relatively mediocre. Extra curricular activities are limited. Parents tend to butt head with the administration quite alot and parental views are rarely solicited or considered.
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Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Mid-Columbia Spelling Bee winners (2007)
  • Science Olympiad- Regional and State participants (2007)
  • VFW Essay Winners

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dorothy Fanning
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • AMS
  • NCEA

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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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901 W 4th Ave
Kennewick, WA 99336
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