Curriculum

Academic Excellence and Character Development in a Faith-Based Environment!

Our curriculum reflects the St. Joseph Catholic School philosophy of developing the total child through a variety of educational activities. By acknowledging the uniqueness of each child, our dedicated faculty helps students develop positive self-image and a sense of self-discipline. Our Catholic educational environment values nurturing support and concern for others. Students are provided a place where they feel safe, secure, and free to develop friendships, make discoveries, and experience success. They are encouraged to feel confident about their abilities and attempt new challenges.

All students participate in daily religious education class as part of the core classroom curriculum. Students plan and participate in weekly liturgies and prayer services as well as in service projects throughout the school year. Additional age appropriate activities are provided through the sport program, student enrichment programs, clubs and other activities that also emphasize the principles of the Catholic faith and provide the experience of a Christian community.

The adopted courses of study for St. Joseph Catholic School is the Diocesan approved standards in the following subject areas:

  • Religious Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History and Social Science
  • Art
  • Music
  • English and Language Arts ( Reading, Handwriting, Spelling, Grammar and Vocabulary)
  • Family Life / Relationship Education
  • Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Foreign Language - Spanish

Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade attend school from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students enjoy a morning snack/recess break and lunchtime with recess. In some cases there is an 11:45 a.m. minimum day dismissal, which is scheduled for faculty meetings, conferences, and/or before school breaks and vacations. Please refer to the St. Joseph Catholic School Calendar for more information.

Sports Program

In addition to our Curriculum, St. Joseph Catholic School participates and offers a variety of sports programs for our students in grades 5th through 8th through the Parochial Athletic League.

  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Track & Field
  • Golf
  • Girls Powder Puff Football
  • Boys Flag Football

Student Enrichment Programs and Clubs

  • Student Tutoring
  • Student Homework Club
  • Junior Great Books- Reading Comprehension and critical thinking skills
  • Music Appreciation
  • Choir
  • Science Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Drama Club
  • Fellowship in Service Together (F.I.S.T ), a community service club
  • God’s Garden. All grades participate in a “Garden” class. Students are introduced to the basics of Gardening and Environmental Awareness. Upon graduation from SJCS, every student will receive a certificate as a Master Junior Gardener.

Other Student Activities

  • Education / Science Fair
  • Academic Decathlons
  • Religious Decathlon
  • Diocesan Mental Math Bee
  • Spelling Bee
  • Geography Bee
  • Student Council
  • Spirit Student Committee
  • Yearbook Student Committee
  • Liturgy Student Committee
  • Altar Servers
  • Grade Level Field Trips
  • Overnight Field Trips (Yosemite, Headlands, and Lake Tahoe)
  • Participation in various other activities.