Each teacher starts with the material for the school year and carefully plans and teaches each skill in an atmosphere that supports the individual student. St. Joseph School follows the Common Core State Standards for reading and math, Next Generation Science Standards, California Social Studies Standards, and Archdiocesan Religion Standards.
The classroom at Saint Joseph School is a community. Each classroom teaches religion on a daily basis, with an emphasis on the basics of prayer, teachings of Jesus and the Church, and an appreciation and respect for each other. Students in grades TK-1 attend Mass on a monthly basis. Students in grade 2 attend Mass weekly and make their First Reconciliation and Communion over the course of the year.
Each class puts their faith into action with a service-learning project.
Students need to feel safe in order to learn. At Saint Joseph School, the classroom supports learning in a healthy and age-appropriate way. Discipline is handled in a way that encourages reflection, growth, and high-standards. Each class participates in the Peacebuilder program which emphasizes honoring the kind actions of others and righting wrongs when they happen.
TK is a full-day program with built-in nap time.
The curriculum for grades TK-2 includes access to technology in the classroom, math, literacy, writing, phonics, science, social studies, and religion. Each class also has access to weekly art, music, drama, and PE classes. Starting in Kindergarten, students also have nearly one hour of dedicated STEM lab time to work on cooperative engineering projects, coding, puzzles, and other activities which challenge scholars. In order to take learning beyond the classroom, each class takes at least two field trips a year.
Extracurriculars for our youngest scholars include music, dance, and MadScience.