FAQs

Like us, we know you believe in the importance of making sure your children receive the best education possible. Because of that firmly held belief, we strive to be as transparent as possible about what an education at SJCS will look like for your family. Generations of families have been blessed by the faith-based education their children have received here and many of them have had the same questions you might be pondering. We recommend starting at reading our Frequently Asked Questions document to help you find quick answers to many of your questions. Then, if you have would like more follow-up, we’re here anytime you’d like to chat.

  • Does our family have to be Catholic to attend St. Joseph Catholic School?

    No! We welcome non-Catholic families. According to the teachings of the Catholic Church, “the Catholic school’s proper function is to create a special atmosphere animated by the Gospel spirit of freedom and charity.” It is this embedded Gospel spirit that exposes children to moral values in the classroom every day.

  • What is your average class size?

    Our average class size is 16 students. We have one classroom of each grade.

  • Is busing available for SJCS students?

    Busing is provided for students living within our school boundaries in St. Joseph. 

  • Do you have special services for students who need extra help?

    Yes. Students can receive Title 1 and special education services through St. Cloud School District. We also have a reading specialist at SJCS.

  • Does SJCS have after school care programs?

    Our after school care program runs until 5:30 p.m. each day. We also offer summer program for our students PK-5. We do not have before care.

  • Are there any special classes?

    We currently offer physical education, music, Spanish, and technology integration for all of our students.

  • How does tuition work?

    St. Joseph Catholic School does not turn anyone away due to financial concerns. Please contact us to discuss scholarship options.

  • What is expected of parents in regards to fund raising?

    We have a few fundraisers each year that we ask families to participate in including Rocktober Fest and a fall service project of raking leaves for those in need.

  • Does SJCS offer hot lunch?

    Yes, we do have a hot lunch program!

  • Can we enroll our child in the middle of a school year?

    Yes, let’s chat!  We ask that you call the school office to set up a meeting with the principal prior to registering.

  • Do SJCS students wear uniforms?

    No, however we do have a dress code for our students.

  • Do you follow the calendar of local area school districts?

    We use a hybrid calendar created from the St. Cloud Public Schools and Catholic Community Schools.

  • Does St. Joseph Catholic School follow the curriculum standards required by the State of Minnesota?

    Yes. We use the Minnesota standards as guidelines as a basis for our curriculum.

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