St. Joseph Catholic School exists to foster four basic purposes of Catholic Education: the teaching of Catholic Doctrine, the teaching of academics, the building of community, and the witnessing of Christ by service to others.
At St. Joseph School both children and adults strive to uphold the dignity of all human life, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or religion because every human is a unique creation of God, made in His image and likeness.
Emulating Christ, the Master Teacher, the faculty and staff are committed to the total growth and development of each child. We look to foster the children's intellectual progress as well as their spiritual, emotional, social, and physical maturity. St. Joseph School believes that each of these areas is interconnected and that each must be given adequate attention and encouragement for the complete education of its students. To accomplish these goals, the school must provide a safe and nurturing environment where the staff utilizes multiple techniques and strategies to further the students' academic and spiritual growth.
In partnership with the parents, St. Joseph School participates in the formation of the children as they grow in the love of Christ, commitment to faith, and service to others in the world. This mission of unity will instill a foundation that empowers the students, who are the learners of today, to be the teachers of tomorrow. The Christ-like atmosphere of respect, love, and concern becomes the framework for the instructional program at St. Joseph School, inspiring a lifetime value system for each student.
Three years ago, St. Joseph School participated in the Design for Excellence re-accreditation process. We are entering our second year of the Virginia Catholic Education Association Five Year Strategic Plan for improvement. The plan references faith, leadership, governance/finance, curriculum, personnel, facility and services.
"I sought out St. Joseph School after my oldest son had been in public school for three years. I knew we needed the best education available for my children to be competitive later in life and we found that in SJS. The mission and philosophy of the school was the firm foundation my children’s education was built upon and that has served them well throughout their educational careers and now in their professional lives. I wouldn’t trade one day of those years because each day so enriched all of our lives and we cherish each memory today."