My husband and I have advanced degrees and we are very happy with St. Joe's. Don't know if you live in the Mendhams but borough schools offer "0" enrichment for advanced students township has a nice program. Most of these accolades - which several schools around here have - Blue Ribbon School to Watch are baseless. Plenty have learned in a 1 31 ratio and are doing quite well. Grade inflation happens in all of the schools around here to please parents. St. Joe's is a very good school and does a fine job academically and creating good character.
St Joseph Elementary School is a private middle school in Mendham Township. 236 students go to St Joseph Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at St Joseph Elementary School is 16:1. Mountain View Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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St. Joe's school in Mendham is awful. My husband and I have advanced degrees and this school does not excite kids about education. Our kids are straight A well behaved students but were subjected to teachers yelling at other students in every class. 15 minutes for lunch & 15 minutes for recess; the kids barely have time to eat! Mindless homework so that struggling students will be brought up by brute force. Huge grade inflation; kids who get 80s receive an A so their parents feel good about their education. This minimizes the students who truly earned As. No imagination in the curriculum. Many teachers do not have education degrees; they are moms in the school who got certified alternate route with St. Joe's as their sponsor! If the schedule is tight religion is the first subject cut from the day. No academic enrichment program for top students. 31 students and one teacher squeezed into a room meant for 20 students. They put their resources into applying for empty accolades such as "Blue Ribbon School" (useless as it is awarded to schools that marginally improve their standardized test scores and is not based on a solid academic program or anything of substance).
St. Joseph School is a fantastic school. My children are receiving a fantastic education. The teachers are truly dedicated and enjoy teaching. I find that the school works with parents to help each student succeed but the school does not have the resourses to address students with special needs. It is a Catholic school first and foremost. Parnets are always welcome in the school.
Good academic standards. This schools pumps out good soldiers and worker bees - "out of the box" thinking is discouraged. No future Einsteins or Bill Gates or Steve Jobs here. Very harsh on kids who have special needs/issues by unfairly excluding them from activities they should be able to participate in. No compassion at all. Yet calls itself a Catholic school. Shame on you.
We've been very pleased with the education our two children have received at St. Joseph's over the past seven years. The challenging curriculum is merged with a strong faith-based foundation throughout each grade. The dedicated faculty & staff provide a welcoming & encouraging environment. Our graduates are well trained not only with strong academics but also in public speaking writing skills & service to others. Extracurricular activities include sports programs forensics Model UN school plays robotics chess club debate team just to name a few. The students participae in a variety of community & service based events such as feeding the needy visiting area nursing homes & supporting our troops overseas. We've been very satisified with St. Joseph School & the educatuon our children have received.
Our family has has an exceptional experience at St. Joseph School Mendham. Both of our children have been educated there from Kindergarten and have each received a rigorous and challenging academic curriculum in an enriching Catholic environment. Our older son now attends Delbarton and is excelling there. St Joe's students regularly WAY out-perform their peers in both suburban schools and catholic schools on standardized tests another testament to the quality and rigor of the academic program. In 2010 Math and Language Arts median percentile scores led peer schools by on average 10 - 15%. Science scores in Grades 3 through 6 were at or above 90%. Teachers stress the fundamentals of solid learning and it shows. The school stresses "living your faith " another reason it is such a unique and nurturing place for children to develop strong character. Gifted and Talented Programs abound such as Jr. Model UN World of Free Enterprise Forensics National Jr. Honor Society and math spelling and geography bees. St. Joseph students consistently are awarded top prizes in these activities each year. We feel fortunate to have found such an excellent school for our children.
A fabulous school! The academics are wonderful-the school expects excellence and the students rise to the challenge. There are many opportunities for extra-curricular enrichment (National Jr. Honor Society Jr. Model UN Forensics Team volleyball basketball soccer baseball chess Solar Sprints Robotics NJ Consortium of Gifted and Talented which sponsors Arts Workshops Spelling Bees etc. participation in Seton Hall Prep's Pirate Open academic challenge National Geography Bee NJ Math League musicals etc. My oldest son graduated from St. Joe's then went on to Mendham HS which has a student body of about 1200. There was no problem transitioning from the small nurturing atmosphere of St. Joe's to the larger more independent more varied atmosphere of the public high school. The BEST part of St. Joe's is the fact that our family's faith traditions are supported and enhanced every single day.
I found the atmosphere a little stuffy and very very homogenous. Since there are only 30 students per grade branching out and finding different groups of people is impossible. There's simply no one else. You're either in or you're out and having been on both sides of the fence it's hard. The education is top notch don't get me wrong but the social aspects of this school are lacking.
I attended st joe's for nine years i hated wearing uniforms the early mornings the homework and a few teachers. Looking back there is no other school i would have rather attended. I am still close frineds with many of the people i started kindergaten with! it is a close knit school with a priority to teach responsibility and respect two key issues with younger children today that seem to go 'untaught' or 'unlearned' by many. I am now about to graduate college with an associates degree and plan to move on to a masters i'm so appreciatetive for my start at st.Josephs.