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Welcome from Our Principal

My name is Lori Arends, and as principal of St. Joseph School it is my privilege to warmly welcome you to our loving community! I am so proud of our school and encourage you to learn more about our Preschool through 8th grade program by exploring our website and visiting us to see, first-hand, what sets us apart.


Our families come together to grow 21st century learners through faith, academic rigor, and service to others. For over 50 years, St. Joseph School has provided a whole-child approach to learning. We are accredited by AdvancEd, recognized by the Diocese of Paterson as a Star School, and in 2012 St. Joseph School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. This excellence in mission is developed through the exceptional faculty who skillfully plan and implement learning opportunities that are infused with technology, blended learning strategies, and rooted in our faith-based approach to all learning. The STEAM curriculum offers all students experiences that challenge and grow their problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and awareness of STEAM- related careers. Learning tools such as a SMART Board™ in every classroom, student iPads and Chromebooks, and a state-of-the-art Makerspace, are skillfully utilized to enhance and enrich our students’ engagement in their learning and the rigor of their experiences.


Our school community is enthusiastically supported and strengthened by our dedicated parents and family members. The Home School Association supports the faculty, students, and families by providing academic and spiritual program enrichment as well as fundraising. The Education Council provides guidance on policy and budgetary considerations. These connections between home and school are what make our community the vibrant and thriving family that it is.


Please come and visit us so that you may feel the true life and love in our school for yourself! For more information or to schedule a tour, please call (973)543-7474, ext. 7, or email me personally at larends@sjsmendham.org.


With love and faith,

Lori Arends