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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are the most commonly asked questions regarding St. Joseph Catholic School.  If you do not find your answer below, please contact our front office for further assistance. The phone number for the front office is 770-428-3328.

The school day for the students begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:15pm.  We do offer before school care, which begins at 7:00am, and after school care, which ends at 6:15pm. 

There are many ways to learn more about St. Joseph Catholic School through our Open Houses, tours, and Sneak-a-Peek opportunities.  We invite future St. Joseph Catholic School parents to visit our campus during Open House events to see the campus first-hand.  During an Open House, families will have the opportunity to learn about the history of St. Joseph Catholic School, meet teachers and staff, learn about the curriculum, and see why parents choose St. Joseph Catholic School year after year for their child’s education.  If you are unable to attend a comprehensive Open House, you may wish to take an abbreviated tour of our campus.  Tours are given on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.  For parents looking at kindergarten or first grade, we offer Sneak-a-Peek opportunities, where we take you into our kindergarten and first grade classes.  

St. Joseph Catholic School employs an online application process. The first step in completing the application is to create an admissions account. Once you have the account created, you can upload the necessary documents and complete the application at any time. 

Yes, St. Joseph Catholic School offers need-based financial assistance to qualified families.  However, financial aid is limited, and all families must pay a portion of the tuition.  The average award for qualified families is $2,100. Interested applicants need to apply for financial aid at the same time they make application to our school.

Sometimes we may have more qualified applicants for a grade level than we have available spaces, which results in some qualified applicants being placed on a Wait List.  The school does not rank the Wait List, choosing instead to review the applications of all students on the grade level Wait List in order to make a determination on acceptance.

Yes, St. Joseph Catholic School is a private Catholic school.  We are a parish school and share a campus with St. Joseph Catholic Church, under the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  While a majority of our student body is Catholic, we have a student body with a wide-range of religious beliefs.

St. Joseph Catholic School, serving kindergarten through 8th grade is located at 81 Lacy Street, Marietta, not far from the historic Marietta Square.

St. Joseph Catholic School offers kindergarten - 8th grade instruction.  We have two classrooms at each grade level, and the school typically has a total student body of approximately 475 students.

The State of Georgia has the following age requirements.  To enter kindergarten, students must be 5 years old on or before September 1st of the kindergarten year.  To enter 1st grade, students must be 6 years old on or before September 1st of the 1st grade year.  

The school does not follow the common core curriculum, but rather, the curriculum is determined by the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  Through a review of different curricula, the Archdiocese of Atlanta writes its own curriculum, in order to ensure that our students continually meet rigorous learning standards. You may find specific information on our curriculum under our Academics tab. 

The National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award was established by the U.S. Department of Education to recognize great schools throughout the country.  In order to be recognized, a school must place within the top 15% of all schools within the nation in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, as measured by a nationally normed standardized test.  St. Joseph Catholic School is a twice-recognized National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, with the distinction as an “Exemplary High Performing School”.  

We offer:
• Art Clubs
• Band I, Band II, and Praise and Worship Band
• Drama
• Spanish Club
• Summer Camps
• Boy/Girl Scouts
• Catholic Metro League Association (CMLA) Basketball
• Catholic Metro Volleyball League (CMLA) Volleyball
  • A challenging curriculum which includes:
    • gifted language arts and gifted math
    • music, art, and foreign language
    • physical education and athletic programs
  • On-campus resources including computer labs, and media center
  • Smart board technology in all classrooms
  • One-to-one Chromebook initiative in middle school
  • Limited class size
  • Excellent parent/teacher communication
  • Affordable tuition and monthly tuition payment program
  • Extended Care 
  • Active Home and School Board

 

Families at St. Joseph Catholic School transport their child to school each day. Many of our families choose to establish carpools with friends, or families, from their immediate area.  The Home and School Association can assist anyone who would like to gather more information about carpooling opportunities. 

“St. Joseph School provides a nurturing environment where our three children developed spiritually and academically.  Our children developed a strong moral compass that has served them well to this day.  The community of teachers and friends continues to be a blessing in our lives.” 
~K.P., a former parent
 
“We could not be happier with our decision to send our four boys to St. Joseph Catholic School.  Every time I walk into the school, I feel so welcome.  There is such an overwhelming sense of community within the school. People make such an effort to not only know your name, but to get to know you.  My husband and I are so grateful for the strong academics, the faith focus in all aspects of school life, and the sense of community that SJCS offers our boys.”
~J.H., a current parent
 
My children have gone here for most of the last 11 years. Can't think of anywhere else I would like them to be... We have done the public schools and they just don't compete! Love that they are in a Catholic faith environment every day.
~ C.R., alumni parent
 
“St. Joseph offers a terrific combination of educational value and spiritual development. The structured environment helps students learn the values of self-reliance and responsibility. The staff is fantastic, and they demonstrate how much they care for the students. Parental involvement is highly encouraged and valued. Our daughter loves St. Joseph.”
~ K.W., a current parent 
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