Academics & Programs
St. Joseph Catholic School’s academic curriculum follows the rigorous standards set by the Diocese of Charleston and exceeds the standards set by South Carolina. Students receive an outstanding, comprehensive education.
- Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Honors classes are offered in middle school for Math, English Language Arts, and Latin.
- Reinforcement of composition skills with a writing lab scheduled each week in middle school.
- Instruction in cursive writing
- Academic Competitions, including the Geography and Spelling Bees.
- Hands-on Science Labs
- Smart Boards in every classroom
- Annual Curriculum Fair
- Field Trips
- Faith is integrated in every subject, building each student’s moral character.
- Our schoolwide Saxon Math curriculum uses the spiral approach to learning by introducing a new concept and reviewing previously introduced concepts on a daily basis. Manipulatives are used to introduce advanced concepts of Algebra and Geometry to even our youngest students.
Smaller class sizes, with a student/teacher ratio of 7:1, allows instructors to ensure that each child reaches their academic potential by concentrating on:
- Writing and composition skills
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Public speaking skills
- Leadership development
- Interpersonal skills
- Individual assessment of academic strengths and weaknesses
Students in PK through 5th Grade receive instruction weekly in:
- Computer Technology
- Physical Education.
Middle school students receive instruction weekly in:
- Physical Education
- Athletics programs include Running Club, Basketball League, Tennis Team, and Yoga/Dance Club.
- Activities include Lego Robotics Team, Lego Club, Craft Club, and Drama Club.
St. Joseph Catholic School (SJCS) participates in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP). Duke TIP offers a 4th and 5th grade talent search and a 7th grade talent search. These talent searches help gifted students and their families find out how advanced the students' abilities truly are. Traditional testing often fails to measure the variation among many gifted students who reach the upper limits of scoring on grade-level exams. By taking above-level (at least two years above a student's current grade placement) testing through Duke TIP's talent searches, gifted students and their families gain a far better understanding of where the student stands in relation to his/her gifted peers and what level of educational challenge is appropriate. Students must achieve a 95% on the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) to be considered for Duke TIP. These students are in the top 5% in the nation. This year, SJCS has 53% of 4th, 5th and 7th graders qualifying for TIP.