School Details

St Joseph's Preparatory School

1733 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 978-1957

(out of 10)

Private Grades 9-12 964 students 16 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

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About this school

St Joseph's Preparatory School is a private high school in Philadelphia. The principal of St Joseph's Preparatory School is Mr Michael A Gomez. 964 children attend St Joseph's Preparatory School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The student to teacher ratio at St Joseph's Preparatory School is 16:1. Philadelphia Academic School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 85% %
Black, non-Hispanic 6% %
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I had two sons and 2 nephews who graduated from the Prep. I have another son going there this year. Both of my sons and nephews who graduated got into top tier colleges and are on track to get top tier jobs. The son who I have at the Prep right now is very shy and did not want to go to the prep and have to leave his old friends. After a day of being there he immediately fell in love with everything from teachers to to food. The atmosphere is great and the motto of "man for others" could not be anything more than what I ask for. The academics while demanding and challenging are a nice way to challenge my son into becoming the best student possible. The teachers are also engaging and willing to help at all times while the religious aspect is also perfect. I could not be more impressed with Saint Joe's prep and feel that it is the best high school in the country.

  • (1 year ago)

    As an alumnus of St. Joe's Prep I cannot recommend it. The school strictly enforces minor dress code issues while tolerating bullying by athletes. Many teachers are fundamentally dishonest or make false claims against students to assist with fundraising. Although there are many good teachers it is a case of a few really rotten apples spoiling the bunch.

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent school very demanding academically. Our son in addition to being accepted to Saint Joseph's Prep was accepted to Lasalle College High School Central High School and got a scholarship to Roman Catholic High school however he decided he wanted to go to the prep and it was the best choice we made. Every night he spends three to four hours studying but he doesn't mind it because he loves going to the prep.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a graduate of St Joe's from the 70s. The school transformed my life. St Joe's demanding academics its encouragement of good study habits its focus on the whole man and the inspiration of the Prep teachers combined to propel me into a first tier college (MIT) and prepared me to succeed there. I am so grateful to all of those teachers who invested in me. I cannot confirm today's school is the same (living in Silicon Valley California now) but if St Joe's Prep is even a shadow of that same school I attended 5 stars is not enough.

  • (5 years ago)

    My Son will be going to this school next year. Fortunately in this geographic area we have excellent Catholic and Private schools to chose from. We choose 'the Prep' as it is proudly referred for several reasons. 1) literally unanimous great feedback from students alumni and parents 2) interaction with present students. They seem to have a positive edge in areas such as manors ability to present them self 3) examining list of colleges that recent grads attend exceptional. 4) most importantly since again there are many very good; where my son wanted to attend after summer program (highly recommended) day visit etc.

  • (6 years ago)

    Perfet... can't ask for anymore in a school it is very competive. The greatest choice that I gave my son was sending him to the Prep.

  • (6 years ago)

    We can't say enough good things about this school. It is very tough academically and has top-notch athletics. There are no phys ed or health classes here - - but rather Latin is mandatory. Take a look at where The Prep's grads are going to college and then compare to other schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is worth every penny and then some. I feel we owe them money for our son's education. Every aspect of our time there was outstanding. pcs parent 2006

  • (11 years ago)

    My son goes to Saint Joseph's Preparatory School and I feel that he is getting the best education that is possible St. Joe's is definitely the best school in the area if not the country.

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