Top 10 F.A.Q.
- When does school start and end?
The school doors open at 7:45 a.m. each day and all students are required to be at school by 8:00 a.m. Dismissal is on a staggered schedule as follows: 2:30 p.m. for nursery and pre-kindergarten, 2:40 p.m. for kindergarten through fourth grade, and 2:50 p.m. for the intermediate level and junior-high. Because religious education classes are offered to public school students on Wednesdays, children are dismissed the first and third Wednesday of the month as follows: 12:30 p.m. (Nursery and Pre-k), 12:40 p.m. (Kindergarten through Grade 4), and 12:50 p.m. for all others.
- How large is the school and how large are the classes?
St. Joseph has one nursery class and two classes on each grade level from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The average class size is 22-24 students.
- What is the curriculum?
In addition to religion, St. Joseph follows the New York State Standards and Curriculum.
- Does St. Joseph offer special subjects?
St. Joseph offers art, music, library, physical education, computer, and Latin.
- Is there an extra-curricular program?
The school offers a variety of co-curricular clubs and activities that include Yearbook, Games Club, Chorus, Languages Club, and Student Council. The parish CYO programs include a sports program, scouts, and a pre-teen club.
- Is there a lunch program?
The children bring their own lunch each day.
- How important is technology?
The school has two full-equipped, state of the art computer labs. All classrooms are equipped with computers, and seven classrooms are fully equipped Smart rooms. Within the next two years, all instructional areas will be equipped with Smart Board technology. The Internet is accessible throughout the school.
- Does the school have an Extended Day Program?
There is an early morning program that begins at 7:15 a.m. as well as an afternoon program that starts at dismissal and ends at 5:45 p.m.
- Does the school offer any financial aid?
For parents who qualify based on annual income, we offer the Bishop’s Scholarship Program for incoming students and the PSAS Program for current students.
- How can I get more involved at school?
The Home-School Association is always looking for parents to volunteer to assist at Home-School events. A speaker series for parents exists which offers two to three workshops or seminars monthly on timely topics of an educational nature.