Curriculum

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St. Joseph School offers a well rounded, comprehensive education to all students in its care. We take into account our students’ intellectual, physical, social, aesthetic, and spiritual development.

All students receive a foundation in:

  • Religion
  • Language
  • Arts
  • Math
  • Social studies
  • Science

In addition to those core subjects, Spanish, art, music (on hiatus), and physical education are offered at all grade levels (PK-8.)

We use the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Common Core Standards as the basis of our curriculum. We review the curriculum on a continual basis. 

For students who need additional academic support, there is a full-time special education teacher on staff to help identify these learners and assist them in their daily academics.

At St. Joseph School, we employ a part-time guidance counselor to help those students who need help with their social and emotional well being, as well as teachers who are compassionate and are always considering their students’ overall well-being.

Finally, our Catholic identity allows us to support our students’ spiritual growth and development on a daily basis inside of each classroom. 

Our teachers and staff are educated, compassionate, and thoughtful in all areas. We believe that all children can and should learn. Lesson plans are created with individual children in mind. We respect our students’ diverse backgrounds, and we strive to make our community one where each child can develop self-confidence, respect towards others, and a love of learning. Teachers tailor instruction and assessment based on the current understanding of educational theory.

Our small class sizes allow each child to receive individual and differentiated instruction to meet each child’s ability and needs.  

In fact, the results of our culture survey show that 89% of parents rated the school positively in this regard, saying,  

“my child’s teacher provides an equitable curriculum that meets his/her learning needs.” 99% of elementary students said, “my teacher wants me to learn” and 80% of middle school students responded “in my school, the teachers have high expectations of me in all non-Religion classes.”

Where do our students go next?

St. Joseph School prepares students to thrive in top high schools in the Boston area:

  • Arlington Catholic High School
  • Malden Catholic High School
  • Matignon High School
  • Boston College High School
  • Saint Joseph Preparatory High School
  • St. John’s Preparatory School
  • Austin Preparatory School
  • Lexington Christian Academy
  • Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
  • Belmont Hill School
  • The Newman School
  • International School of Boston
  • St. Mary’s High School
  • Bishop Fenwick High School
  • Cardinal Spellman High School
  • Academy at Penguin Hall
  • Dexter Southfield School

We are proud to say that several St. Joseph alumni have been named valedictorian or salutatorian at different area high schools over the past five years. Considering the breadth of students entering these schools, this is impressive! We are proud of our students and their accomplishments, and we recognize that our program, although not entirely responsible, did indeed have a hand in their success. 

“SJS enriched my knowledge of Catholicism and helped me to achieve my academic goals.”

Kelli Aquino, graduated SJS in 2014. Currently attending Harvard University