My daughter attended St. Joseph Catholic Academy from preschool through 8th grade. It was another parent who highly recommended the school to me, and I’m happy to recommend it to others.
I’m grateful for all the opportunities SJCA gave my daughter. It is helping her succeed in high school, and I know it will serve her well for a lifetime.
She received a high quality education with a challenging curriculum and teachers who cared about her growth academically, spiritually and socially. The small class sizes ensured her teachers gave her personal attention and held her accountable. The teachers encouraged her to not only be a good student, but a leader. The school also kept me well informed so I could be involved in her education.
As a working mom, the after-school program was a huge help. My daughter not only had a chance to do her homework, but formed many friendships during that time. She also had the opportunity to do middle school sports, making more friends and growing in character and athletic skill.
My favorite thing about St. Joseph Catholic Academy is the presence of God. I loved knowing that my daughter was starting each day with prayer, going to mass multiple days a week, and was encouraged to learn about and grow in her faith daily. I also appreciated that she had the opportunity to serve at mass by reading the scripture readings, being an altar server, and even a cantor. I was grateful for the times I got to attend mass too and support her participation.
Raising a child is a big responsibility, and they are God’s greatest gifts. St. Joseph Catholic Academy was like an extended family, helping me give my daughter the best training possible to help and guide her throughout life.
This school is a hidden gem! Fantastic teachers, principle and families...all with loving Christian values. My daughter loves going to school every day and I love the one on one attention she gets from the teachers.
Our daughter started pre-school at St Joseph this year! I am so happy with the school and the staff. Mrs. Johnson is such a blessing to that school! I’ve never seen anyone communicate and work with children like she does, she’s definitely not what most people think of when they think “principal.” She’s got a gift and the teachers are great as well!
A wonderful family-like learning environment with small classes. The teachers are completely invested in their students. My son struggled in public schools, but St. Joe's has been a godsend and he has flourished there.
It's so disappointing how this school has spiraled downward. The principle has made several changes that many parents are unhappy with. Parents input is ignored and several teachers have either left or been fired. Subsequently, parents have pulled their children out of St. Joseph and enrollment reflects this showing a 30% drop in the last two years. They have lost their Montessori preschool program and total enrollment looks like it will only go downward.
So happy that FB directed me to this page. We moved to Springfield in the summer of '63 and I happily attended St. Jo till the 6th grade. Cried like crazy that I couldn't go back for 6th grade, but the dioceses started insisting that the then existing rule that you had to attend church & school in your parish district. Unfortunately, we'd always lived in St. Agnes.
So many wonderful teachers back then, too. And then there was Father Robert to look after it all. And every time someone asks why I'm such a stickler about changing our church's music to match the liturgical seasons, in my mind I always blame, with a smile, the lessons learned in St. Jo's music program and choir loft.
Thanks for the memories.