How much is the school tuition? Does the school offer tuition assistance or payment schedules?
As this information changes each year, we ask you to please refer to the current year SJS Parent/Student Handbook for tuition rates, policies and payment schedules. Visit our Tuition & Financial Assistance page for more details.
My child is not Catholic. How does the school accommodate for him/her?The presence of students from other faiths provides a wonderful diversity to the school. However, the presence of non-Catholic students in the school shall not alter the primacy of Catholic religious formation as an integral component of the educational program in the school. As such:
What is the curriculum for the school?Curriculum encompasses the sequentially ordered learning experiences which the school provides for its students. The total curriculum includes the development of Catholic values and attitudes, as well as the attainment of knowledge and skills necessary for the student’s spiritual, moral, intellectual, social and physical development.
Do the children learn a foreign language?All children in the school receive instruction in Spanish, as part of their curriculum.
How often do the children have PE each week?
Visit our Physical Education page for details.
Saint Joseph School 7th and 8th grade students enroll in
quarterly Electives to enhance the core subjects. Electives complement the skills that students need daily to succeed.
Does the school offer any electives for middle school students?
Does the school offer sex education classes?Catechesis in sexuality is an important and sensitive component of a comprehensive program of catechesis. According to the Second Vatican Council, "As they (children and young people) advance in years, they should be given positive and prudent sexual education”. Education in sexuality includes all dimensions of the topic: moral, spiritual, psychological, emotional, and physical. Its goal is training in chastity in accord with the teaching of Christ and the Church, to be lived in a wholesome manner in marriage, the single state, the priesthood, and religious life. Saint Joseph School incorporates Diocesan chastity lessons into our Religion classes as well as providing an optional program in grades 6, 7 and 8.
How much homework do the children have?
The suggested time allotment for homework depends on the type of assignment and the age and grade of the student. Kindergarten may occasionally have homework assignments or projects. No definite time limit can be determined for all grades since students work at different speeds. The following is merely a general guide for written work:
Can my child bring his/her cellphone to school? If so, what is the usage policy?Students in grades 5-8 should keep all phones in an off position from the time they exit their carpool, during the entirety of the school day, and enter safely back into their parked cars. Non-compliance with this policy will result in disciplinary action. Please refer to the SJS Parent/Student Handbook for details.
How often do the children attend Mass and what do they wear?The school meets every Friday, at 9:30am for Mass. Parents and visitors are encouraged to attend. The students also attend Mass on Holy Days of Obligation that occur during the school week. Special Masses, such as Feast Days and Sacraments are also celebrated.
Does the school have a counselor?St. Joseph School employs a school counselor on site three days a week. A teacher or parent may refer a student to the counselor or a student may request an appointment with the school counselor.
Does the school offer a hot lunch program?
Yes, for details and how to sign up, please visit our Lunch Program page.
What are acceptable snacks my child can bring to school?
Generally speaking, snacks should be healthy. Candy is not acceptable snack during the school day. For specifics, you should ask your teacher.
How do I make arrangements for my child to take medication during the school day?
Please refer to the Nurse's page for details on how to set this up.
What is the official SJS Uniform?The dress code provides a standard for our students, which fosters an environment conducive to learning and respectful behavior.
What are the official dates for Fall and Spring uniforms?The Fall (Formal) uniform begins October 15 and ends on April 14, when Spring uniforms start. Fall (Formal) uniforms are to be worn to Mass and any administrative designated occasion, regardless of the time of year.
What are the guidelines for birthday dress out? Picture Day?Dressing out of uniform is a privilege. As such, the attire should be equal to or better than the SJS School uniform:
What time does school start and end each day?School begins each day at 8:15am. Students are expected to be in their homerooms and ready to begin class when the 8:15am bell rings. Students arriving after 8:15am are considered tardy. Parents/guardians are required to sign in their children at the main office when arriving late.
What is the earliest time I can drop off my child in the morning?Morning Carpool drop-off begins at 7:55 a.m.
I’m running late! What happens to my child if I arrive after afternoon carpool has ended?The school accommodates late arriving parents by offering second and third carpool rounds. Students remaining after the third round of cars will be directed to Extended Day and parents will be charged accordingly.
My child has a play date after school. What kind of special arrangements must be made?At any time a student is riding in a different carpool, the school must be notified in writing – name of the driver and description of car.
Does SJS offer Before or Extended Day Programs?
How do I communicate planned (vacation) and unplanned (illness) absences to the school?For each absence, parents must provide a written note indicating the dates and reason their child is not in school.
My child is sick. How long must he/she stay home before cleared to return to school?No student may return to school until 24 hours after a fever has broken. If a student is sent home from the clinic with a fever, he/she may not return the next day. Additionally, if the student is put on an antibiotic, he/she must be on the medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
What is the school policy for inclement weather?In addition to the traditional 180 school days, schools should add at least three extra days to the Diocesan school calendar each year to accommodate days off due to inclement weather or other non-weather related emergencies. In the event these inclement weather/emergency days are not used, schools may dismiss for summer after completing the required 180 school days.
What is the policy for weather related school delays on SJS half days?If FCPS has a 2 hour delay on a day that is a ½ day for SJS, then school that day will be extended to a full day, 3:15pm dismissal.
My child is in extended day. What is the policy for weather related closures?If the school is closed for the day, there will be NO Extended Day. If school opens one to two hours late due to inclement weather, Extended Day will open as follows:
How do I know to which class my child is assigned?
School lists are posted to the SJS website a week before the first day of school. You will receive an email alerting you.
How do I know which supplies to purchase?
Regarding Kindergarten Orientation, do I stay or drop off my child? Is the Parent Orientation in the evening parents-only?I have a new phone number (email, etc.). Who do I contact to update the school directory?
I’m new to the school and really could use some extra help.Our Welcome Saints program is a school tradition designed to welcome you to our school family. All new parents are assigned a seasoned volunteer parent to help answer any questions and to provide assistance during your first year at SJS.
I’m not sure how to volunteer. How can I learn about opportunities and get involved?
There are many opportunities for you to become active in your child's education. Please visit the PTO page for details.
I was told I could not volunteer with children at school until I became VIRTUS certified. What does that mean and how do I get approved?
All volunteers and employees in the Diocese of Arlington who have “significant contact with children” are required to complete the diocesan Child Protection Program, formerly known as “Virtus.”
Significant contact with children: is defined as “having the opportunity to have inappropriate contact with a child in the course of an activity.” This can be as simple as having the chance to touch a child while walking past, all the way up to being alone with a child or children out of the sight of other adults. Therefore, ALL VOLUNTEERS who interact with children at any Parish or School sponsored activity such as Scouts or Religious Education, Youth Ministry, etc., must complete the Child Protection Certification Program.
For details on how you can be certified, please visit our Child Protection Program page.