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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.

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. Register for any events or tours by clicking HERE.

If you are unable to attend an Open House, you may wish to attend a Sneak-A-Peek event or take a tour of our campus.  To register for a tour or an admissions event click HERE.  Please call Mrs. Michele Austin, at 770-428-3328, extension 124, to arrange a tour.  

Absolutely!  We use a app called PeerPal to connect parents interested in St. Joseph Catholic school to our current parents.  Click HERE to go to the PeerPal app and ask our parents about the school.
The school day begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:15pm.  We do offer an Extended Care Program (ECP).  Before school care begins at 7:00am and after school care ends at 6:15pm.

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. Please click HERE to apply today.

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. Interested applicants need to apply for financial aid at the same time they make application to our school. For more information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities click HERE. To begin the financial aid process click HERE.

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, all are welcome.


St. Joseph Catholic School, serving Pre-K4 through 8th grade is located at 81 Lacy Street, Marietta, not far from the historic Marietta Square.

St. Joseph Catholic School offers Pre-K4 - 8th grade instruction.  We have one Pre-K4 classroom and two classrooms at each grade level thereafter. The average class size is 22 students, and the school has a total student body of approximately 415 students. 

The State of Georgia has the following age requirements:

  • To enter Pre-K4, students must be 4 years old on or before September 1st of the Pre-K4 year. 
  • 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 curriculum is determined by the Archdiocese of Atlanta; the school does not follow the common core standards. 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) or 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 a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, such as:
  • Altar Servers
  • Art Clubs
  • Band I
  • Band II 
  • Beginning Guitar
  • Boy/Girl Scouts
  • Chess Club
  • Chorus
  • Drama
  • Hip Hop Dance
  • History Bowl
  • Lego Robotics
  • Lego STREAM Club
  • Praise Band
  • Run Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Spiritual Council
  • Student Council
• Catholic Metro Sports (CMS) Basketball
• Catholic Metro Sports (CMS) Volleyball
Parents report to us that they have chosen St. Joseph Catholic School for their child because of the following reasons:
  • An outstanding academic education which includes the teaching of work habits, study skills, and time management
  • A challenging curriculum which includes:
    • gifted language arts and gifted math
    • music, art, and foreign language
    • physical education and athletic programs
  • A solid religious education
  • On-campus resources including a Speech and Language Pathologist, Learning Specialist, computer lab, and media center
  • 4K HD panels in all classrooms
  • One-to-one devices for all grade levels
  • Limited class sizes
  • Excellent parent/teacher communication
  • Affordable tuition and a monthly tuition payment program
  • Extended Care Program
  • An active Home and School Association. 

Families at St. Joseph Catholic School transport their child(ren) to school each day.  Many of our families choose to establish carpools with friends or families from their immediate area.  As a registered parent, you will have access to the school directory which can be sorted by zip code, allowing you to identify families in your area.

Yes, the school does offer our working parents an Extended Care Program (ECP). The ECP staff strive to provide a safe, nurturing atmosphere where children can learn and play each day.


Before School Care:  This service begins at 7:00am and runs until 7:35am, at which time the students are dismissed to morning carpool.  Students are supervised by the staff of St. Joseph and may engage in socializing, playing games, reading, or studying for a test or quiz.  Students may also bring their breakfast to Before School Care, if they wish.  There is no charge to parents for Before School Care.


After School Care:  This service begins at dismissal and runs until 6:15pm.  Students in the Extended Care Program follow a daily schedule which allows time for homework completion, free play, a nutritious snack, and opportunities for socialization.  Parents pay for this service through an hourly charge.  For more information on extended care fees and structure click HERE.

“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