Spiritual and Moral Values
At St. Joseph Catholic School your child receives an education that is grounded in the Roman Catholic faith. Spiritual and moral development permeates the entire curriculum at St. Joseph. Many non-Catholic families also benefit from the fruits of an education that focuses on the total student: body, mind, and soul.
Catholic schools are renowned for academic excellence. Students in Catholic schools consistently score in the top 1/3 on nationally standardized tests. St. Joseph School administers the Iowa Assessments to Grades 2 through 8.
St. Joseph students model their dedication to community service each and everyday. Students enjoy helping others in their community and abroad. In 2007-08, students have sent care cards to our military personnel stationed in Iraq and cards to our parish shut-ins. At Thanksgiving students participate in the KDKA Turkey Fund. At Christmas, each class adopted a family from the Allegheny Valley Hope Center to brighten up their holiday. Each year we hold a Mission Fair to benefit Chimbote, a Peruvian Mission effort. During Catholic Schools week, we held a Jump for Life to benefit the American Heart Association. These are just a few of our service efforts.
In a Catholic school, a child will be encouraged to further his or her education. The total number of Catholic high school graduates who continue their education is approximately 97 percent. Graduates of St. Joseph School typically go onto to become valedictorians and salutatorians in their high schools. Graduates of St. Joseph school have gone onto become medical doctors, educators, bankers, etc…
St. Joseph students participate in a host of extra-curricular activities including Diocesan basketball, volleyball, track & cross-country. Students also participate in Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, student council, dances, curriculum fair, and band.
Parental involvement is a critical part of Catholic schools like St. Joseph. Our very active PTG meets monthly and conducts various fundraisers to help support specific programs for students throughout the year. Many parents volunteer in the classroom, in the library, in the lunch room, and on field trips.
Nationally, the percentage of Catholic school students who finish high school is 98 percent. St. Joseph School is committed to the philosophy that every student matters. Every effort is made to work with students who need remedial assistance. Academically gifted students are challenged within individualized programs that meet their level of learning.
All of our teachers at St. Joseph are state certified, prepared and eager to educate your child. Teachers at St. Joseph School have a combined experience of more than 200 years and are committed to ongoing professional development.