St. Joseph Catholic School is accredited by AdvancED, an international, non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of educational institutions to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. SJS hosted AdvancED for an accreditation evaluation in school year 2015-2016, earning re-accreditation and scoring above the national average in all categories. Based on the feedback from AdvancED, SJS established academic goal(s) that were voted on by the staff at the end of school year.. Below are the St. Joseph Catholic School Goals.
Goal 1: At the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year, 85% of students across all grade levels will perform in the top quarter of academic achievement on yearly summative assessments.
Goal 2: Design and implement a school-wide program that integrates community service, religious practice, morality, and social and emotional awareness that allows students to develop their personal strengths and capabilities.
Goal 3: At the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year, every student in grades 1-8 will have the opportunity to attend an annual retreat; the retreat will provide age-appropriate activities designed to help students reflect on life experiences and their faith.
AdvancED Executive Summary
AdvancED Accreditation Executive Summary
Virtues and Faith Formation
It is critical to our calling as a Catholic school to form students with the values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In order to do so, we provide our students with the opportunities to begin good practices that mirror the actions of Christ and His saints. Such actions, known as virtues, are taught to our students through religious education. SJS adopts a different virtue each month, allowing the student the opportunity to practice such actions through the examples found in the Gospels and through a highlighted saintly figure each month. SJS provides such teachings found in the program, Education in Virtue by Lumen Ecclesiae Press. At the end of each month, we highlight a student from each grade level who has made great strides to master the virtue of the month, highlighting these students as Christian Witnesses.
Parents are the first teachers of the faith and this is to begin in the home. As a Catholic School, St. Joseph’s sees that is necessary to provide daily instruction of the Christian faith through our religion classes. In class, students learn the basics of the Christian life by learning how to pray and developing a personal relationship with Christ. With such a foundation in place, students are taught the basics of the faith as understood in the creed, how to read and understand Sacred Scripture, the history of the Church, the development of doctrine, and the life of grace found in the Sacraments.
As a Catholic institution, we believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is the “central act of Christian worship.” (CCC #1324). At St Joseph’s, we believe it is necessary to do so as a community so each Friday at 8:15 AM, we gather as a school for Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church. There, many of our students actively participate in the liturgy as choir, lectors, altar servers, and gift bearers. We invite and encourage all families to share in the celebration of the faith with us.
Formation and expression of the Christian faith is an ongoing matter. At SJS, students will have an annual retreat within their grade level. Students also participate in many different celebrations of the faith such as the Living Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, First Friday devotions, the Parade of Saints, Catholic Schools Week, as well as the feast of St. Joseph, our patron. Such activities are in place to allow the students to experience the fullness of the Christian life, while offering what is good and pleasing to the Lord.
Finally, our faith formation is completed by preparing our students to participate more fully in the life of the Church through the Sacraments. Students in Second Grade prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Students in the Eighth grade prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, administered by our bishop in the spring time.
St. Joseph Catholic School provides an academic environment that shapes the social, emotional, and spiritual growth of each of our students. Our program plants the seeds which create a path of academic excellence beginning with Pre-K3 and continuing through the 8th grade.
St. Joseph Catholic School provides early childhood education with Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten classes. With a student-to-teacher ratio of around 9-to-1, our small class sizes allow for more one-on-one instruction with the teacher and help young students shape positive attitudes about their educational journey. Using a hands-on, multi-sensory approach, children explore the curriculum through small group activities designed for age-appropriate learning experiences. Each classroom has a classroom set of iPads for the students to use during center time.
St. Joseph Catholic School follows the Louisiana State & National standards. The core curriculum includes language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies. All students also attend religion class. The educational needs of the students are enhanced by computerized instruction with SMARTBoard interactive technology and iPads in every classroom; a computer lab; a library media center for research; and enrichment classes in the areas of art, music, physical education, Spanish, STREAM, and religion.
The middle school offers a rigorous curriculum in math, science, literature, grammar, and social studies. Each middle school student has a school-issued iPad for use during class and at home for homework and research. In addition to interactive technology in the classrooms, students are enrolled in enrichment courses including physical education, art, music, and Spanish. Eighth Grade students are given the opportunity to earn Carnegie Credit in 4 courses: Algebra I, Spanish, World Geography, and Health.
Flyers Teaching Falcons
National Honors Society students from Loyola College Prep provide tutoring sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 305 until 405 each Tuesday and Thursday after school. Parents have the option to register their child for tutoring while it may be recommended for others who seem to need the extra assistance through evaluation and recommendation from school faculty.
NOTE: while students may receive homework assistance, it is not the responsibility of the LCP students to ensure the work is completed.
All programs will be held on full days of school only, since After-School Care is available on those days.
After School Care
The St. Joseph Catholic School After School Care Program will be available to grades K3-8th Grade. The program will be held on full days of school only, so please make other arrangements for any half day dismissal time or conference days. The hours and fees are as follows:
- End of school dismissal until 5:30 pm – $8 for one child, $14 for two children, $21 for three children.
- 5:35 pm and after – $1 per minute per child.
The program will be held in the cafeteria for K5 – 8th grade and in the Kindergarten Village for all K3-K4 students. The K3-K4 program will be housed in the K3A building (first house on the parking lot side). Everyone will have a snack and drink when they arrive.
Students in grades 2-8 may work on homework at assigned tables in the cafeteria. One teacher will be assigned to the homework group for supervision and assistance (this does not mean individual tutoring). Students may then go outside to play on the playground supervised by the remaining teachers. After 4:30 p.m. they can also choose to spend some time in the computer lab. The discipline policy for the After-School Care program is the same as the policy for students during the school day. The rules are in the St. Joseph Catholic School Handbook which is distributed at the beginning of the school year.
If you have any questions, please contact the school office by email or phone at 318-865-3585.