St Joseph High School

  • Founded in 1964 our "Blue Ribbon School of Excellence" has a dedicated faculty and staff who are strongly committed to academic excellence built on sound contemporary pedagogy appropriate to each discipline.
  • Both parents/guardians and faculty/staff prepare students for life-long learning by providing a college preparatory curriculum, as well as opportunities in life skills.
  • Further, the school provides opportunities to enhance the moral and intellectual development of each student by offering a variety of co-curricular activities that embrace the importance of cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity and that promote spiritual growth. Saint Joseph High School acknowledges the dignity, value and uniqueness of each student.
  • The school is committed to enabling each young woman to become "all of which woman is capable" and to view herself as a positive force that contributes to the global community in "a spirit of excellence, tempered by gentleness, peace and joy.".

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLanguage Based
Year Founded1964
Summer School OfferedYes
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2002

Student Body

Total Students565 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade St Joseph High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio20:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Number of AP Courses16 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Drawing and Painting, English Language, Englsih Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French, Government, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, US History, World History
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform skirt, blouse, sweater, vest,)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,042
Tuition Notes$9691 - Regular Rate$12,500 - International Student Rate
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$2,300
Admissions DirectorMs. Elise Severson
Admissions AssociateMrs. Nancy Swartout


Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWater Polo,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.39 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Academic Decathlon, Amnesty International, Art Club, Book Club, Choir, Color Guard / Winter Guard, CSF - California Scholarship Federation, CSJ Circle, Dance Club, Design and Broadcasting Club, Drama Club, Entrepreneur Club, Environmental/Science Club, Film, Fitness Club, Food Club, French Club, French Honor Society, GAA - Girls' Athletic Association, Game Club, Handbells, HOPE Club (Helping Other People Everywhere), International Club, Italian Club, JAM (Japanese Animation Club), Junior Statesmen of America - Speech/Debate, Kiwins, Marching Band/Drumline (w/St. John Bosco), Model United Nations, Music Club, NHS - National Honor Society, PCN, Peer Helping, Percussion, Red Cross, SJ Press, Society of Women Engineers, Spanish Club, Spanish Honor Society

School Notes

  • Saint Joseph High School welcomes international students to join our school community. Students from China, South Korea, and Vietnam are currently enrolled. Our faculty and staff understand the unique challenges these young ladies face and are committed to their academic success. Our college counselors work closely with international students to insure they are on track for meeting all California State, UC and private school requirements. Upon graduation international students are overwhelmingly accepted to the universities/colleges of their choice.
  • We are a day school located in the southern part of Los Angeles county in the city of Lakewood.
  • Application Process/Timeline
  • An applicant must submit the following to begin the application process:
  • A SJHS application with the non-refundable $250.00 fee.
  • A copy of the student’s official transcripts (3 years) and two recommendations.
  • Transcripts and recommendations must be translated to English prior to submission.
  • Discipline and attendance record (3 years).
  • A copy of the student's passport
  • Two Recommendations - (one must be from an English instructor)
  • For additional questions, please contact Mrs. Nancy Swartout, International Student Coordinator at
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    4.7 miles
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    Downey, CA 90242
    (562) 861-2271
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  • Cerritos
    Grades: PK-12 | 1316 students
    1.2 miles
    10818 Artesia Blvd
    Cerritos, CA 90703
    (562) 860-0556
    1.2 PK-12
  • Santa Fe Springs
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    Grades: 9-12 | 620 students
    7 miles
    9635 Greenleaf Avenue
    Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
    (562) 698-6246
    7 9-12
  • Los Angeles
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    Grades: 9-12 | 260 students
    15.5 miles
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    Los Angeles, CA 90031
    (323) 225-2209
    15.5 9-12
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    Grades: 9-12 | 284 students
    14.7 miles
    1701 W Ramona Road
    Alhambra, CA 91803
    (626) 282-4151
    14.7 9-12

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