Why Saint Joseph Catholic School?

Our Mission

Saint Joseph Catholic School inspires minds, builds character, and strengthens faith. We commit to the development of the whole child through challenging academics, virtue-building service, and opportunities for daily worship. Saint Joseph students are lifelong learners who are Catholic Christian leaders.

Development of the Whole Child

What Does it Mean?

Early Childhood Development

  • Exceptional 4K program that combines traditional educational values, while implementing best practices in early childhood education.
  • Daily instruction balances learning and play, while maintaining a faith-based curriculum.
  • A majority of student learning is done in small groups and learning centers while focusing on growth in social, emotional, cognitive, gross, and fine motor skills.

Academic Excellence

  • Saint Joseph School’s average MAP scores are above the Diocesan, National Catholic Schools, and National All Schools (private and public) averages—levels that place our school in the top academic echelon of schools.

  • 94.7% of our 6th graders met or exceeded achievement expectations in Math as compared to 35.7% of 6th-grade students in SC public schools.

  • 84.4% of our 3rd-grade students met or exceeded achievement expectations in Reading as compared to 48% of 3rd-grade students in SC public schools.

In the Classroom

  • Highly qualified teachers and administration – 68% have advanced degrees and 12% are Nationally Board Certified.

  • Small class sizes

  • Differentiated learning supported by the Director of Student Support in a schoolwide Learning Lab.

  • Dedication to new technology – our classrooms are equipped with 1-1 iPads for all students in grades 4K-6. All classrooms have SMART Boards, including SMART Kapp Interactive Whiteboards in our 5th and 6th grade classrooms.

  • Handwriting is important. Our students win multiple awards in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest every year.

Beyond the Classroom

  • Countless hours of community service performed throughout the year, including quarterly school-wide service projects.

  • Dedication to the arts – students are offered the opportunity to study visual arts, music, and drama.

  • Students of all faiths are welcomed and nurtured with daily prayer, weekly Mass, and ecumenical prayer services.