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St. Joseph School Overview

St. Joseph School Overview 

St. Joseph School is a Catholic school offering a top-quality education from Pre-K 3/4 through eighth grade. The school is located adjacent to the Church of St. Joseph in the heart of historic Mendham Borough in Morris County, New Jersey.

St. Joseph School opened in 1963 with grades one through four under the direction of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. In 1971, control of the school was transferred to the Sisters of Christian Charity. Although St. Joseph School is now staffed by a lay principal and teachers, the Sisters of Christian Charity maintain a close relationship with the school.

St. Joseph School is fortunate to have an extremely qualified and dedicated staff. The faculty consists of ten full-time teachers, a library/media specialist, and a nurse. All full time teachers are fully certified. Part-time staff includes a guidance counselor, two additional mathematics teachers, a computer science, art, music, physical education and Spanish teachers, and Kindergarten/first grade assistant. Additionally, a part-time speech teacher and a supplemental teacher are employed to instruct classified students.

St. Joseph School is a community of about 90 families, most of which are members of St. Joseph Parish. These families play an active role in the education of the students of St. Joseph School. St. Joseph School’s student population is drawn from Mendham, Chester, Randolph, Mount Olive, Long Valley, and several other surrounding communities.

The school day runs from 7:20 AM to 2:15 PM for grades PreK through 8.  The school day includes a full academic, spiritual, and extracurricular program. A hot lunch is available to all students, and bus service is provided through the local public schools for all qualifying students.

In addition, our state-of-the-art facilities include a cafeteria/multi-purpose room, science lab, library/media center, and mobile Chromebook computer lab. In addition to the extended print collection, the library offers our students class demonstrations on Internet sources, and a separate area for online research. All classrooms, including the library and computer lab, are equipped with SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards and Audio Enhancement Systems. These technological advances help to create an ideal learning environment.

St. Joseph School follows the curriculum guidelines outlined by the Diocese of Paterson and based on the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Technology applications are integrated throughout the curriculum. In addition, field trips are enjoyed by students throughout the year. Field trips are correlated to the curriculum and enhance the course of study by providing enrichment experiences outside the classroom. Some examples include various historical and cultural sites, museums, and plays.

In addition to classroom examinations, reports, presentations and projects, St. Joseph School uses a variety of standardized assessments to evaluate student performance. All test results are analyzed to assess student competency and to determine program improvement objectives.

St. Joseph School has received numerous academic achievements and distinctions, including accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, AdvancEd, and designation as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education and a “Star School” by the Paterson Diocese. Graduates from St. Joseph School go on to a variety of competitive Catholic, private and public secondary schools in the area and are prepared for a lifetime of success and service to the community and the Catholic Church.