The spiritual development of our children is central to St. Joseph’s School mission. Students hear the Good News of Jesus Christ through the study of scripture and participation in liturgy. They come to understand the gospel message through formation, catechesis, and dialogue. Through communal and personal prayer, students express their faith. Students live out the gospel through service, response to the Church’s social justice teachings and commitment to respect for all life. Preparation for and participation in the sacraments deepens the students’ faith.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a hands-on formation program, is presented in PK - 5th grade and focuses on building the child's personal relationship with Christ. The Good Shepherd program does not replace the school's religion curriculum, but rather enhances it.
St. Joseph’s School believes every student should have a firm foundation in phonemic awareness, comprehension, grammar, writing, vocabulary and spelling. Students must develop strong reading, writing, and speaking skills in order to be effective communicators. The Language Arts department recently finished a comprehensive review with new curriculum being introduced in the fall, 2015.
St. Joseph’s School believes mathematical proficiency is developed through mastery of basic skills and concepts. Through investigation, analysis, critical thinking, collaboration and use of technology, students become effective problem solvers. Students develop the ability to effectively communicate their understanding of mathematical skills, concepts and processes.
St Joseph’s School believes science education helps students understand the workings of the natural world. Science concepts are best learned through hands-on exploration, technology-based learning, and scientific inquiry.
St. Joseph’s School believes social studies education enables students to become well informed about the world around them through exploration of the social sciences: history, geography, economics, culture and government. Students acquire knowledge and skills that help them become informed citizens in a culturally diverse, democratic society, in an interdependent world.
St. Joseph’s School believes the study of world language is essential for students in our increasingly diverse, multilingual society. Through creative and authentic use of the language, linguistic skills and cultural empathy are developed. St. Joseph's offers Spanish education for grades K-8.
St. Joseph’s School believes physical education is an integral part of the total education program. Physical education develops necessary skills and experiences that benefit students physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. By fostering physical fitness, teamwork and healthy lifestyle choices, students establish a positive self-concept.
St. Joseph’s School believes the fine arts are essential to the development of the whole child and provide opportunities and experiences to develop expression, interpretation, creativity, and performance. A deeper appreciation of the arts is developed through the integration of diverse cultures, disciplines, and aesthetic viewpoints.
St. Joseph’s School believes visual arts education is important to the development of creative expression. Through the study of visual arts, students develop creativity, and build self-confidence. Visual arts education provides students with aesthetic experiences and builds an understanding of and an appreciation for a variety of cultures. Samples of student art work can be found in the display cases on 2nd floor, near the school office.
St. Joseph’s School believes music education is an essential component of the child’s education. Through music, students develop creativity, imagination and expression. Music education introduces students to a broad cultural awareness and deeper appreciation of the arts while developing life-long skills. The music program helps prepare students for participation in our weekly liturgies and develops an awareness of the important role music plays in personal and communal prayer.
St. Joseph’s School believes the study of instrumental music is an important component of a comprehensive music education. Students are challenged to develop individual talents and abilities while building social relationships through group performance. Participation in instrumental music contributes to a sense of belonging, music appreciation, artistic expression, and aesthetic awareness.