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St. Joseph Catholic School

St. Joseph Catholic School is a coeducational private Catholic traditional school for students in grades 7 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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St. Joseph Catholic Schools are coeducational Roman Catholic schools that operate under the auspices of the Diocese of Jackson. St. Joseph is accredited by AdvancED through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/CASI), the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, and by the State of Mississippi Department of Education. The professional staff is fully licensed in their academic discipline. The school welcomes students of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. The administration, faculty, and staff are composed of both lay and religious professionals dedicated to Catholic education.

Catholic education has been a tradition of excellence in Greenville since 1888. This tradition is reflected in our Mission Statement and Core Beliefs. St. Joseph Catholic School prides itself on the family and faith-based spirit that permeates its academic, cultural, extra-curricular, spiritual, and athletic programs.

The college preparatory academic program includes exemplary in instruction in honors, Advanced Placement, and college Dual Credit Courses all housed in our closed campus setting. Students needing Resource Services or special academic assistance have that capability through certified professionals. Students may attend the community’s vocational-technical center for training in skill crafts.


The St. Joseph learning environment includes exemplary technology, outstanding student guidance and support services, and a rigorous curriculum grounded in critical thought. Course offerings range from resource to an honors program and traditional coursework to advanced placement curriculum. The school bases its testing standards on nationally normed instruments. Each grade level is administered a standardized test battery annually. The average ACT for the school is 20.9 inclusive of the entire range of student capability.

St. Joseph Catholic School follows all State Benchmarks and State Curriculum CCSS (Common Core State Standards). Teachers are held responsible for meeting, at a minimum, the State and National Benchmarks. The entire instructional staff is involved with the University of Notre Dame ACE Curriculum Collaborative. All courses and teachers remain committed to the curriculum mapping process. Mapping periods are allocated twice annually for all teachers. All curriculum maps are measured for vertical and horizontal effectiveness. All teachers develop updated lesson plans for each class and the plans are posted online on the Friday prior to the week’s instruction. For the sake of student clarity, daily objectives are posted on classroom boards. Curriculum standards are met through multiple assessment procedures in all classes. Teachers are encouraged to pre and post-test students as various methods of testing are utilized (formal and informal). Individual and cooperative student projects are also utilized as an opportunity to appeal to the kinesthetic learner. The school also requires assessment feedback to students and families in a timely manner.

Curriculum revisions or additions may be directed from the Mississippi Department of Education, the Catholic Diocese of Jackson Schools Office, or based on local need. Often, individual or school curricula needs will surface that will be addressed by faculty teams. Implementation will follow the discovery of needs within the school. In the case of State or Diocesan mandates, the curricula changes and the new standards will be unpacked by the affected faculty. Unit direction and focus questions will be developed by the faculty. The curriculum mapping process shall also be introduced to all curricula changes.

A resource room for SLD students is provided. For the entire student population, teachers post times when they are available to provide extra assistance. Additionally, students are offered many opportunities to do research in the library throughout the academic day. Peer learning is encouraged and implemented in all subject areas. Many classes assist in tutorials with Peer Tutors. Cultural learning styles and differences are addressed in faculty meetings and implemented where needed. Due to the outstanding 127 year legacy of St. Joseph Catholic School in the community, teachers realize that expectations for the school run high. Day to day expectations of the school and individual classes are based solely on affording the students, families, and patrons of the school the highest quality instruction and preparation for the future.

Administrative directive, as well as the curriculum management plan, dictates that teaching and learning go on through the entire class period, bell to bell. Class instructional time is interrupted only in case of an emergency. Announcements and other interruptions are not allowed during class time. Necessary drills are timed and restricted so as to preserve maximum instructional time.

Mission Statement

Mission The mission of the St. Joseph Catholic School is to provide a Catholic faith-based education offered in a safe, academically challenging, and creative environment.

Beliefs St. Joseph Catholic School in Greenville, Mississippi, is founded on a tradition of educational excellence since 1888. It is our belief and conviction that every student entrusted to our care can succeed and deserves all our support: • All students can learn when actively engaged in the learning process and provided with a meaningful context • Students learn best when they have appropriate opportunities for success and are challenged to increase their performance • Each student is a valued individual with unique needs and talents

As an educational institution, St. Joseph Catholic School is committed to cultural diversity and continuous improvement of curriculum and assessment methods: • Cultural diversity is appreciated and celebrated; it increases a student’s understanding and learning experience in the community and in the world • Diversity in assessment methods provides the students with a variety of opportunities for achievement • Curriculum reflects a variety of learning activities for the students’ unique needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses at various developmental stages

As a community of faith deeply rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church’s tradition, St. Joseph Catholic School strongly believes that each child and adult should be provided with regular opportunities for prayer, sacraments and reading the scriptures: • Religious education and Christian formation in the doctrines, values, traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church are an integral part of the school curriculum • Parents are primary educators of their children, and the school assists them in the process while instilling in students an appreciation of others and a commitment to principles of peace and justice • Teachers, parents and students all share in the responsibility to be witnesses to the Gospel. As such, religious truths and values infuse all the subjects of the curriculum

Finally, St. Joseph Catholic School believes in the dignity of every person and the respect of all. Student learning and growth is a major priority of our school which we achieve through a safe, comfortable environment. Our goal is to produce academic learners and future leaders who analyze complex problems, turn data into information, and information into solutions.

Student Life Information

St. Joseph Catholic School encourages citizenship with the Community Service Program in which all students are required to participate. The guidance department also facilitates small group activities that focus on character education. Instructors promote decision-making skills through varied programs, projects and classroom curriculum. The administration and staff select and encourage students to participate in co-curricular activities such as Student Government, Governor’s School, youth leadership programs, and Mayor’s Youth Council. The school offers leadership, responsibility, and character-building opportunities with the above activities as well as a variety of sports and clubs. Students are required to complete 100 community service hours in order to meet graduation requirements. Also, students attend Mass/Prayer Service weekly and participate in class retreats. Each class is responsible for a major school function or project. St. Joseph’s community accolades include the Economic Center’s “Clean & Green” Award, the State Activities Association’s Sportsmanship Award, and the Mississippi Governor’s Award for the Outstanding School-Community Partnership. This award was earned for the community’s Reading Buddies Program where St. Joseph students serve as mentors for public school elementary children.



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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 218
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
7 38
8 35
9 34
10 40
11 39
12 32

St. Joseph Catholic School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing St. Joseph Catholic School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1
Gender 51% Male / 49% Female
Dress Code Uniform
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 60%
Multi-racial 0%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Black or African American 38%
Asian 0%


The St. Joseph Irish sports program offers a full range and participates in the very competitive Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. We offer more sports than anyone else in this area. Likewise, we are very competitive and our championships even extend to the state level. The athletic facilities, coaches, and programs are superior. We have an active Drama, Choral, and Band program, which includes classroom instruction. Our activity periods are replete with numerous club and organization meetings held for and by students. Clubs and Organizations: • Academic Team-trains and participates in academic competitions. • Ambassadors—utilized to support the school in recruitment and retention of students. • Book Club—read and discusses age-appropriate books. Hosts special reading events. • Chess Club-a wonderful place to study this fascinating game and engage in mental exercise. • Drama Club—an opportunity to learn the basics of drama, experience field trips, and perform plays. • Fellowship of Christian Athletes *—promotes spirituality through sportsmanship. • Film Club - Learn, assist, and produce in cutting-edge applications of media. • Interact *—high school service companion to Rotary Club. • Mu Alpha Theta *- Mathematics honorary society. • National Honor Society *- Junior National Honor Society *- Honors students that have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. • Environmental Science Club—hands-on scientific experimentation and lab work. • Student Government Association *-builds a strong level of student leadership and maintains an involved spirit for the school community. • Technology Club – gain first-hand knowledge of emerging technologies and robotics. • WHO – “We Help Others,” through student volunteer service to the community. • YADA *—promotes drug and alcohol-free lifestyles among students. Sport Activities: Archery Baseball Boys’ Basketball Girls’ Basketball Cheer Cross Country Football Golf Power lifting Boys’ Soccer Girls’ Soccer Girls’ Softball Swimming Tennis Track

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