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St. Joseph Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 400 students


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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $150,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $800.

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Posted October 20, 2014

I have 4 kids that attend St. Joseph school. My kids love it there. It not only prepares them academically, but spiritually as well. My kids are challenged there. They have teachers that care about them. I think it is a wonderful community! The changes they made in our middle school are excellent! Go cardinals!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 28, 2014

I cannot say how much my family appreciates the education our daughter has received at St. Joe's. Due to the rising cost of a private education and living next to the highest rated public elementary school in our area, we decided to switch from St. Joe's to our neighborhood school. After 3 weeks, we decided that the best public school was no comparision to St. Joe's. From Kindergarten through the 4th grade she has loved going to school and has had dedicated teachers that reflect and support the values I want my daughter to have as she grows up. St. Joe's provides high acedemic standards with an emphasis on student responsibilty and discipline. In the age of electronics, I find my daughter and her friends focusing on age appropriate activities and not trying to grow up too fast. These formative years cannot be replaced and having experienced two sides of our education system, there is no question to me where the better education evironment is. With smaller class sizes, a challenging curriculum, and wonderful families to share the experience with, I would encourage any family, Catholic or not, looking for a private education to consider St. Joseph Catholic School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2014

This school is seriously falling apart. They are losing many students and teachers and are combining the 6th,7th, and 8th grade students together. In the past they have had the sixth graders separated from the seventh and eighth graders. I am truly disappointed to see the students go through this due to the fault of the faculty. They are laying off some of the best teachers due to this tragedy. I do not understand how all of this happened but all I know is that this school will eventually fall like Pompeii.

Posted November 26, 2013

I love the teachers at this school and all of the admin. Hard school? Yes. It is a Catholic School and it is supposed to be. Lots of homework? Yes. I know some parents have a huge sense of entitlement because we pay tuition, but cut these teachers some slack! So 6th grade is hard. Think of the lessons on responsibility that your kids are going to walk away with. Some parents will just never be happy unless they straight up get to tell the principal how to do her job....and she jumps through flaming hoops to show her appreciation for their money. Thank you St. Joe's for teaching my child responsibility and to give back to others.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 25, 2013

It is quite painful for me to say this, but St. Josephs is in decline over the past few years. We have 3 children who spent a total of 15 years attending St. Josephs. The last few years were sad to watch, as the Principal Mrs Harrison, alienated so many good teachers they either quit, went elsewhere, or retired. The attitude towards customer service from the leadership, is completely lacking. The Physical Education teacher (Ms. Jayne), is a train wreck, who often finds a way to make PE painful for the kids, and cant seem to go a single week without kicking kids out of class. Hundreds of parents have complained to the Principal about Ms. Jayne, but it has fallen on deaf years. If your kids go here, trust me you will see this for yourself. The teachers in the 7th and 8th grade classes, are top notch and do a wonderful job preparing kids for high school. Most parents have found that the 6th grade teachers (Pech and Wilder), do not work well together, and their teaching and organizational skills leave a lot to be desired (I have heard several parents complain that their kids grades plummeted under these two in 6th grade, and at least one almost failed the 6th grade completely).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2013

St. Joe's is a wonderful school. My daughter has been going here for almost 3 years now and it has been just wonderful. Everyone is so helpful and strive for the well-being of the child. I would not even think of sending her anywhere else. Good Job!
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Posted July 25, 2012

We love St. Joseph's! Both of my children have graduated from this wonderful K-8 school well-prepared for high school and beyond. Both of my kids were placed on the honors track in high school and I attribute this to the great education they received at St. Joseph's. The teachers and administration are caring, helpful and supportive.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 1, 2012

i had a 6th grade boy that went here. we moved him to public school and he was WAY ahead than he ever was at a st joe's advanced class. they give your kid hmwk that they never did teach, and then they skip RIGHT over it. the school is also religiously strict. i know its a religious school, but if you even ASK to go to the bathroom during adoration, or to sit down if your not feeling good during the same thing, you get in trouble.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 1, 2012

Another unhappy family. We are moving our child to a public school in Fischers Landing. St. Joe is an average school. Our child comes home with homework that the school hasn't taught!? At the parent teachers conference, the teacher stated this and told the parents that this will happen. So, I find myself spending an hour every evening doing the teacher's job for them. Parking is not good at the school and they release students at 2 on wed and if your 10 minutes late they charge you $25. I wish them the best.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 7, 2011

If your child has ANY sort of medical condition, this is not your school. Your child's well-being and safety is of little importance to this school and staff. Our child was left to suffer through a moderate asthma attack even though her teacher and office staff had her medication. After being unable to locate the paperwork pertaining to our child's medication, they simply sent her to class to suffer through the remainder of the day. No phone call or email to parents, no nothing. Just let a child suffer. We attempted to ensure this would never happen again but the school defended it's position in not calling. The Priest defended it. The Principal defended it. The Office Staff defended it. To let a child suffer. Think twice, think three times and then think again before enrolling.
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Posted February 27, 2011

We have two students who have been at the school three years. This year they are in 7th and in 2nd grade. Our experience has been outstanding! Both of our children are significantly ahead academically of their same grade friends in public schools. All of the teachers our children have had have been very skilled, nurturing and loving. We feel we belong to a terrific community of teachers, administrators, support staff and concerned, involved and giving parents who consider their roles to be more of a mission than a duty. The teachers are all well qualified, most all of them have Master's Degrees. Because they are paid slightly less than teachers with the same credentials in public schools, they choose to teach at St Joseph's because they believe in what they are doing and what the school stands for - Gospel values!!! Thank you St. Joseph Catholic School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 4, 2010

My 6th grader has 4 hours of homework a night. He finds it hard to stay awake in class after having so much piled on him. The teachers and staff are all stuck up, and if you should think about taking your kid out, they fine you $1000! After struggling so hard we took him out, and put him in public school. I have no idea where all the money goes that they raise, but it's defiantly not into the school or the teachers. One teacher confided in me that public school teachers make more and have better benefits and job security. The principal always seemed nice, but get on her bad side and you will pay dearly! Glad to be out of this so called "christian" school, as they sure don't act like Christians there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 19, 2010

If your child does well on his or her own, this is a good school. The school teaches the students to be accountable for their work and it's timliness and prepares them well to move into upper grades. If your child has learning difficulties, be prepared to have it diagnosed and treated and tutored on your own. You will need to keep an eye on any learning problems that arise. The resources are not yet in place to help these children. Furthermore policies for accomodations can be quite rigid. It has been my experience that the principal has acted appropriately when there has a been a legitimate concern. I have met with her on several occasions and have consistently left feeling that the situation was resolved. Zero tolerance policies at THIS school are enforced! I would say success at this school depends on the learning style of your particular child
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 24, 2010

I am disappointed with the upper level middle school grades. I've been a parent at St Joe's for over 7 years...there seems to be no Grace in this Christian School. There seems to be an attempt to get a child to 'conform' to a specific way of being rather than nurture a natural learning style. Exceptional students are ignored and 'expected' to continue to flow as always with little guidance and encouragement...and only harsh criticism and backlash when struggling. There are significant 'clicks' in peer groups that are not addressed by the administration which negatively effects the over all learning experience. Shame really, there was a time when this school felt like a safe and lovely place to educate my children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 18, 2010

My children have been attending school there starting kindergarten in 2003. It was excellent......boy how quickly things can go bad. Ready to move all 3 children to a different school. Very sad because we used to love it there and most of the teachers are FANTASTIC.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 16, 2009

Our children attended St. Joe's for 6 years and we have become truly disappointed. For the past 3 years the school's principal, Leslie Harrison, has been a great disappointment. Wonderful teachers have left, as well as families, most affected are the upper grades (5-8). The focus is no longer on learning, so we, as well as many other long time parishioners and families, made the difficult decision to leave. We are very happy at Our Lady of Lourdes, also in Vancouver, WA. Submitted by a parent
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Posted May 29, 2008

This is our first year at St Joes School but are long time parishoners of the church. My children and I love the experiences they have had and look forward to the future at this excellent school. The teachers are very caring and communicative. The administration goes the extra mile to keep a high level of academic excellence. Regardless of financial means, each family is treated equally and appreciated for their time and talent. Any child would be blessed to attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 16, 2007

After attending the school for 9 years, we too have left and are much happier. We did not find St. Joseph Catholic School to be 'a student-centered, faith-based educational community that nurtures each student as a whole person and a child of God' as they promote. We would love to return under new leadership.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 5, 2007

The first grade teachers are excellent! They are the epitomy of the caring and nurturing educators that we all look for but so rarely find. I cannot praise them enough for the job that they do. Mrs. Barbieri is simply the best!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 26, 2007

I have been impressed with the school at St. Joes since my applicable visit to see how their Kindergarten operates. Today, I have become more than impressed at the insight, consideration, and understanding of the Kindergarten teachers that guide my child each day. The dynamics involved for these children are broad and wide, and Ms. Mannenbach and Mr. Koza are able to help each child and family build a solid foundation. I am writing because I felt so good about their efforts. It really is no big deal, except that the teachers have gone beyond what is necessary. As an aside, I absolutely love being able to be a part of my child's school lunch. Lastly, I suggest that if parents see any improvements, that these are reviewed in person or via email with these teachers. General negative statements do not help me and I'd like to know the teacher was advised.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 60%
Two or more races 11% 6%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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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
  • Lesley Harrison
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (360) 696-0977


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  • Library
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  • Archdiocese of Seattle
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6500 Highland Drive
Vancouver, WA 98661
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