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St. Joseph Elementary School is a private elementary school in Needham. 453 students attend St. Joseph Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at St. Joseph Elementary School is 15:1. Mitchell Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 96%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I am a teacher at St. Joseph Elementary School and I am thrilled to be a member of this school community. Our students are excellent young individuals who make coming to school each day a pleasure. Our principal loves children she is very involved with our school and is always available to meet and speak with students parents and faculty. Our faulty are passionate about teaching children academics and how to live the Gospel daily. Our parents are supportive and involved members of our community. God is great and I am happy to be part of a school that has God a focal point of every day.

  • (5 months ago)

    I am a new teacher at St. Joseph Elementary and I have had the best experience I could have asked for this year. Being at a school that truly lives up to our Mission statement providing amazing support for teachers students and families I feel so blessed to be apart of the Saint Joseph community.

  • (5 months ago)

    I am a parent with multiple children attending St Josephs and have such high praise. We were able to be here during the previous principals tenure and agree he was a very charismatic leader. That being said in the past 1 1/2 years since the new principal has taken over the changes have been amazing! Significantly increased and improved communication from teachers a huge focus on academics (while not taking away from from the arts) and additions like a pre k and afterschool program. New teachers? Yes there has been turnover... and we LOVE the new staff...a breath of fresh air adding new energy and life to the school. My children are thriving and that is all the proof I need that we made the best decision to come here and stay here!

  • (5 months ago)

    Vet parent of 11+ yrs. here sad to say I would not send a kid here now. It's not the school it was from 2005-11. The male principal was engaged loved the kids a part of the EXPERIENCE. The current principal is not a Christian woman. She is mean and rules by intimidation. She tells teachers she "rules from the top down." Most of the beloved vets have left b/c of her and the newbies are young green and live in fear of her. Principal announced a 5th grade boy had won student council--kid had waited for years to win--NEXT DAY on the PA she says it was a mistake and the kid didn't win and he crumbled and broke down at his desk. She didn't care. She bullied 3rd grade kids over a new uniform patch she suddenly wants and didn't publicize. She berated them and made them lose gym but allowed 4th graders who had the same infraction to play gym just a half hour earlier. One kid who really needs to belong to something joined the school play. He lands a chorus role (no speaking) & finally feels empowered and a part of something. Turns out the kid can't make the play so principal is not allowing him to be in Drama at all and can't participate and feel part of the group. Run!

  • (6 months ago)

    I am very involved as a parent at St Joes. It a good school that has experienced major changes in the last 2 years. There is a new Principal and most of the teachers are new. The new principal has struggled with discipline issues but this is mostly in the fifth grade. All of the changes have divided the school community but most of the dissenters are leaving or have left. It is not fair to rate the school right now. If you are looking at the school make sure you talk to the Principal ask to see the parent survey results and find out about the work of the 14+ committees who are working to redirect the school.

  • (6 months ago)

    As a veteran teacher at St. Joe's I'm happy to join this conversation and say emphatically come visit us and see for yourself what a wonderfully vibrant and caring school community this is. The faculty runs the gamut from novice to veteran which gives us the advantage of the wisdom of experience coupled with the energy and enthusiasm of the new teachers; the best of both worlds. The children from pre-k to grade 5 are engaged in their work happy and productive. The variety of extra curricular activities offered to the children along with the inclusion of music art library and gym in their daily curriculum affords our students the opportunity to seek out and excel in whatever area or interest intrigues them. We will be having an open house on Sunday January 26. Come and visit with us. Talk to the teachers meet the principal meet other parents. See what our school has to offer your family. You'll be glad you did. On a final note I must caution the reader as I do my students in this age of technology " never use an anonymous website as your only source of reference Anonymity tends to be the playground of malcontents."

  • (6 months ago)

    Our children started at St. Joe's this year and it has been a very positive experience for them. They are really happy and thriving. I am a public school teacher and academically my 3rd grader is far ahead of where the 3rd graders were in my public school. We moved from one of the top school districts in the state to St. Joe's. I taught in that district and our daughters attended school there. As a parent and public school teacher I am very happy we decided to send our children to St. Joe's. The academic and faith based education they are receiving far exceeds the education they were getting. In our opinion the principal is fantastic. She really helped make sure the transition went well for our kids. She is very enthusiastic and a great leader.

  • (8 months ago)

    Very pleased with our experience at St. Joe's. We have been at the school for many years and are pleased to see the academics strengthening. New teachers have brought some fresh ideas and a renewed excitement. There is a greater sense of teamwork across the faculty which is leading to improved collaborative learning opportunities for my children. As a parent I have personally been pleased with the new faith formation options available to me. Definitely worth a look!

  • (8 months ago)

    As the mother of 2 children in the school I think contrary to some opinions on this board that St. Joe's has improved in the last year and a half. The teachers both veteran and new are hard-working and loving toward the kids and they are committed to bringing out the best in each student. The principal has an open door policy and while changes in leadership style can be challenging my children and their friends are happy and learning. We are particularly pleased that the school's emphasis on the arts has not been lost while the academics have been strengthened. If you're thinking of sending a child here come and visit; I think you'll see a school full of engaged enthusiastic learners.

  • (8 months ago)

    My family just recently joined the Saint Joe's Community and everyone we have met has been very kind and welcoming. If you are looking for smaller class sizes and a staff that cares about your child; this is the place to be. We could not be any happier with our decision to join the school!

  • (8 months ago)

    I am surprised by some of the recent posts listed here given our experience at St. Joe s. Our family only has positive things to say about the school and faculty. The students are challenged and academically prepared for the future and most importantly for us they are receiving an education about strong Catholic values and discipline. We feel very lucky to be a part of the St. Joe s community.

  • (8 months ago)

    Completely agree with recent posters. This schol has taken a nose dive. The new administration is running the school like a business. They have forced the experienced teachers to retire or quit and have brought in teachers with no experience at all. The common core is being taught and they had a meeting prior to the school year where that brought in the heavy hitters to sell the changes. Most parents were confused and by now have probably figured out its not working. Parents are pulling kids teachers are fleeing and the parents that are there aren't participating like they used to. This will be our last year at the school.

  • (9 months ago)

    There is very high teacher turnover and it feels like the new administration has taken a "corporate" approach that does not seem to agree with everyone. The school has entered a partnership with Boston College which is driving a lot of the changes and limited the influence of the parents. The communication surrounding this partnership has not been clear. The school is very focused on its' accreditation and marketing the school to new customers at the expense of the community environment that made this school great.. I would not choose this school at this time.

  • (9 months ago)

    My child has been at this school for 5 years. It is basically a good school where the parents care deeply about the school. My child has received a good education at this school. I cannot recommend this school now because in the last year there has been an inordinate amount of teacher turnover the curriculum has changed to the public school standard common core and there is a new Principal who has been somewhat divisive to the school community. Due to some of these issues the class sizes in all grades have decreased to about 18 students per class which is a good ratio. The administration has been slow to recognize some of the issues that exist but I am hopeful that the school will get back on track in a few years.

  • (9 months ago)

    St. Joseph School is a great environment for my children. The standards and the expectations are high all within a loving atmosphere.

  • (11 months ago)

    The new Principal in 2012 is terrible. She is dismissive and she will not listen to your concerns. Over half of the teachers have quit and a significant amount of students have left the school. The majority of the teachers are new and have very little experience. My other children who attended this school received an excellent education and are doing very well. It is unfortunate that the school has such poor leadership. I am currently looking for another school for my younger children.

  • (2 years ago)

    Very good education. The principal (2011-2012 will be his last year there unfortunately) is one of the nicest people on the planet. He really ran the school well. Unfortunately much of the staff is flawed. The 4th and 5th grade teachers are extremely sexist. The "special" classes like Music Art and Spanish are taught by mean teachers and nothing is really accomplished. Especially Spanish which uses books from the 1990s (a few from the late 80s) and neglects to include verb conjugation the basis of any language as part of the curricula even for fifth graders. The cafeteria is a foul-smelling place and there is pizza and chicken nuggets on Fridays (prepaid) which are fake and made out of glue and grease. The religion aspect is sub-par and barely delivers. In all other respects the school is great. Interesting activities good textbooks fairly solid teachers (especially in the 2nd grade) and more. Very safe place for your children. Despite its flaws it manages to deliver on many grounds.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have 2 children gone/going 2 St Joes. (BTW I'm not Catholic). I am consistently impressed with parent-teacher communication & the clear concern that is always express for the academic and social well being of my children. Teachers really make extra efforts to mentor & encourage student in extracurricular activities like "creative writing club" "math club" "lego building club" "drama" etc... I can't say enough about the drama&music dept. (there is often 95% participation which is amazing for an after school elective "club") Children are confident and the recent "anti-bully" education was elegantly woven into all the day to day actives. The technology and compute course is so much better than I was exposed to at that age and "safe browsing" and ethic are both well received. If there were a weakness it would be the parking and limited "grass field" space but with two gyms and a large asphalt play space the kids don't seem to mind. Parent involvement and test score are clearly better than the local public schools (which are also quite high ) I have to agree with what is said below very nurturing and encouraging atmosphere. Its worth every penny.

  • (9 years ago)

    Saint Joes is a wonderful school. Very caring teachers. A strong academic program. Music physical ed and art are once a week. Great drama program. Parents are very involved. A sense of community is always present. When you walk into the school you know that everyone cares about your child as well as all the others. Children develope self confidence in both school and religion. At grade six they move on to the middle school which has an outstanding technology department as well as other departments. I have had 3 children in the schools.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am the parent of multiple children at Saint Joseph's School. The teachers and staff are extremely committed and caring. My children are receiving a great quality education in a very nurturing environment. They are also receiving a wonderful religious foundation. The other families and children are wonderful! I would highly recommend this school experience to you!

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