St. Joseph School

4832 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515-0605
     Tel: (630)969-4306
Grades: NS - 8 | 450 students
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An award-winning PreK- Grade 8 program, St. Joseph School is a Catholic community that offers students a challenging academic education while building their love of God and commitment to improving the world.
We educate the whole student – mind, body and spirit – and encourage each child to become the person God calls him or her to be.
Ultimately, our goal is to prepare children for academic and personal success in a faith-filled, nurturing environment.
Our community spirit is unequaled.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1910

Student Body

Total Students 450 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 5%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade St. Joseph School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 17:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 30%
Average Class Size 23 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(plaid uniform and khaki pants)

Finances and Admission

Yearly Tuition Cost $4,030
Tuition Notes Multi-student discount available: Grade 1-8 - 2 students - $6,040 total Grade 1-8 - 3 students - $7,450 total Grade 1-8 - 4 students - $8,055 total
% on Financial Aid 5%
Acceptance Rate 100%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Mrs. Stasi
Admissions Associate


Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
FootballTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Alter Servers, Band, Book Clubs, Boy/Girl Scouts, Chess Club, Geography Bee, Hand Bell Choir, Liturgical Choir, Piano, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Spirt Squad, Student Council, Writing Club, "Mathletes" Math Club, No-Cut Sports, Extended Care Alter Servers, Band, Book Clubs, Boy/Girl Scouts, Chess Club, Geography Bee, Hand Bell Choir, Liturgical Choir, Piano, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Spirt Squad, Student Council, Writing Club,
"Mathletes" Math Club, No-Cut Sports, Extended Care,

School Notes:

Excellent Academics
Our graduates excel in high school, earning awards and scholarships:
- SJS alums regularly earn honors, including being named valedictorians at local high schools, National Merit Award winners and recipients of community awards.
- Each year, SJS alums earn approximately $500,000 in college scholarships.
- Kindergarten Plus gives students an all-day Kindergarten option for extended learning opportunities and activities.
- Our average class size is 23 students, offering a personalized approach to learning.
- Our faculty regularly wins awards offered by the Diocese and local organizations.
- Spanish is taught in all grades, K-8.
- In 2013, SJS students earned one “Gold Award” and one “Silver Award” at the IL State Science Fair.
- Fine arts and computer science give students a well-rounded education in music, art and technology.

Faith Formation
Catholic values are emphasized in all spiritual, educational and extracurricular activities.
- All-school Masses, celebrated on Tuesdays and Holy Days at 8:15 am, give 8th grade students the opportunity to take an active role as lectors, sacristans and ushers, while students from all grades participate in other parts of Mass.
- Sacramental preparation is incorporated into the school day.
- Students participate in prayer services, rosary, Stations of the Cross, May Crowning and Reconciliation.
- Service projects help students live their faith and are built into the curricula.

Extracurricular Activities
- Extended Care offers students an extended day of 7 am - 6 pm – a convenient option for working parents.
- Our award-winning, no-cut sports program is offered to students in grades 5 - 8, including volleyball, football, cross country, basketball and track.
- Representative students from grades 5 - 8 can be part of Student Council, which sponsors student and community outreach activities.
- The award-winning “Mathletes” Math Club is lead by Mrs. Phelan in Middle School.
- Liturgical Choir includes students in grades 5 - 8; its role is leading the congregation in song at all-school Mass.
- Hand Bell Choir is open to students in grades 5 - 8; it performs at some all-school Masses and at Christmas.
- Students can train to be altar servers in 5th grade; they serve weekend, school Masses, weddings and funerals.
- Band is offered to students beginning in 4th grade; it is incorporated into the school day.
- Boy/Girl Scouts are open to all St. Joseph students beginning as early as Kindergarten or 1st grade.
- Grade 4 Spirit Club cheers on school athletic teams at events throughout the year; Keyboarding, Book Club and Writing Club are available in some grades based on parent volunteers.

Parental Support
- School Advisory Board is group that meets monthly with the principal, president and pastor regardingthe policy and progress of the school; nine board members hold positions for three years.
- Parent Forum coordinates volunteers for school programs and special events.
- The Athletic and Booster organization coordinates athletic programs.

Profile last updated: 10/07/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The Bridge High School (1.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Family Life Program (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Family Life Program (0.4 miles away)
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