The elementary campus of St. Joseph School is home to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It is also the site of our three, four, and five year old preschool program. There are two classrooms at grade levels one through five and two full-day kindergarten classrooms. Each of our primary classrooms (kindergarten through third grade) has a teacher assistant. Grades four and five each have a teacher assistant assigned to their grade level. Students in the elementary building experience a full-range of curriculum specialists including those in music, art, physical education, Spanish, and technology as well as specialists in math, reading, learning disability and speech and language intervention.
Our school library is visited by students on a regular basis and has thousands of books with an emphasis on children’s literature. The school librarian offers support to children through many activities and events including read-a-loud programs, Right to Read Week, and Celebrity Reader Day. Cafeteria and a hot lunch program are available to all students. Though we have the luxury of two campuses, we maintain a close connection with our middle school students through morning televised closed-circuit broadcasts, buddy classrooms, and shared liturgy experiences. Our Catholic Schools Week celebration culminates with Spirit Day, an integrated and cross grade level event that includes mixed teams of kindergarten through eighth grade students.
We are blessed with a dedicated and highly credentialed staff committed to academic excellence and faith formation.
Enrollment in kindergarten begins with parent and student visitation in the spring followed by a kindergarten assessment in April. With the program Early Prevention of School Failure, we are able to assess the strengths of incoming kindergarten students as well as areas that may need support. The assessment includes receptive and expressive language, fine and gross motor skills, auditory and visual discrimination, auditory and visual memory, and hearing. This assessment allows us to build a program for the coming year that addresses the unique needs of each student.