Our elementary program includes a full day kindergarten program which prepares students for their first grade experience through best practices in instruction and through curriculum alignment with first grade. The teacher ratio is 1:10 due to the availability of a full time instructional aide who allows for differentiation of instruction. A full time aide in first grade, and a part time aide in second grade offer additional support for the primary grades.
Teachers in K through 5 offer a combination of whole group and small group instruction to create a learning environment that is supportive, nurturing and challenging. They work closely with colleagues to identify and implement best practices in curriculum and are involved in ongoing professional development. Student centered learning expands teaching beyond the textbook. Our curriculum stresses literacy reflected in the emphasis on phonics, reading, and writing in addition to a strong focus on math and science. Technology, embedded throughout the curriculum, through the use of iPads facilitates differentiation.
The Catholic faith is integral to the St. Joseph experience, woven into the fabric of our K - 5 curriculum and programs. It is the foundation through which we develop teacher to student and student to student relationships.