History of St. Joseph Catholic School
St. Joseph Catholic School began serving the Wenatchee Valley and surrounding areas in 1955. In the beginning, four sisters of St. Joseph of Peace instructed a total of 230 students in grades one through four. We have instructed over 8,500 children since we began serving the valley. St. Joseph presently has a student body of about 170 students. St. Joseph offers an excellent preschool program for three- and four-year-old students and a complete curriculum for kindergarten through grade five.
St. Joseph Catholic School offers a complete curriculum that meets Washington State Common Core Standards and Grade Level Expectations. We also offer enrichment, including Accelerated Reading, S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), Computers, Math is Cool, Music, Honor Choir, Physical Education, Jumping Joes, and Art Smart.
St. Joseph graduates continue to excel in the local public system. Nearly all families contacted in graduate surveys report that their children are maintaining honor role status. Middle school teachers routinely report that they can tell who St. Joseph school students are by their exemplary behavior, discipline, and academic performance.
Our students are taught religion from the perspective of their current developmental learning stage. Religious instruction integrates the child's experience of the world and his or her developing relationship with Jesus Christ. Each grade has a specific theme that meets USCCB religion standards and diocesan religion standards. The school uses the Loyola Press curriculum called “Finding God.”
Along with religious instruction, students participate in weekly school Masses and religious celebrations during the year. We provide the children with opportunities for Christian fellowship through social functions such as school retreats, sledding parties, ice-skating, and picnics.
Empty Bowls - Empty bowls is a year-long service project. In the fall, the children put together soup jar kits. The kits are sold during the winter time. In the spring, each child paints a soup bowl and volunteer parents help set up and bake each bowl. The children also complete empty bowls' lessons, presented by a volunteer parent. The children learn why our community needs a Food Bank. When the bowls are ready, our school children put on an Empty Bowls Soup Dinner. Each class participates in a different way. Some children help with decorations, while other children serve at the dinner. With the help of local donors, the school raises money to give to the St. Joseph Food Bank. At the end of the year, the children and volunteers present a check to the parents who run and operate the Food Bank.
Parental involvement is the strength of the school and an essential element of the success of St. Joseph Catholic School. By helping the staff and administration maintain the school, parents and families develop a sense of ownership and care for the school. Each family is required to assist with fund raisers, classroom activities, school cleanup, and a variety of other activities.
Many community-wide programs are available to St. Joseph students, including Christian Spelling Bee, All-City Track Meet, Christian Schools Track Meet, the Apple Blossom Youth Parade, and the Food Bank, to name a few.