Saint Joseph Catholic Schools are co-educational from 3-year-old preschool through the 12th grade. The Principals of Saint Joseph Catholic Elementary School and Saint Joseph Catholic High School share the responsibility with the diocesan Superintendent, in whom the Bishop has entrusted the ministry of leadership for Catholic Schools. Our schools' administrative policies, educational programming, and code of conduct uphold:
- The Church's official teachings on Catholic Education as promulgated in Papal and national Church documents
- The Pastoral Directives of the Diocese of Salt Lake City
- The policies and directives of the Catholic Schools' Office
- Federal, state, and local laws insofar as they apply to private religious institutions and their educational programs
- Standards of the National Catholic Education Association
- Standards of the Western Association of Catholic Schools
- Standards of the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Saint Joseph Catholic Schools of Utah inspire a life-long love of learning within the context of the Catholic education tradition. The schools form an integrated pre-K through 12th grade system that provides each student with the opportunities to excel through exemplary spiritual formation and academic, social, and physical education.
Catholic education in Ogden began over one hundred and thirty years ago. Its beginnings can be traced to Saint Joseph Parish, which planned and organized a school in the old Saint Joseph Church in 1877. Classes began at Easter of that same year.
In 1881, Saint Joseph Grade School moved to a new building at the corner of 26th and Washington, which was built for the purpose of housing the school and its programs. In 1923, Bishop Glass dedicated the new Saint Joseph Grade School, built on the corner of 28th and Lincoln. One hundred forty-seven students were enrolled at that time. Classes were held at this site until the fall of 1979.
Saint Joseph Grade School then purchased the Quincy School from the Ogden Board of Education. The Quincy building on the corner of 30th and Quincy Avenue serves as the present location for preschool through eighth grade.
Saint Joseph Catholic School (SJCS) serves nine parishes and missions in the greater Ogden area and is the only Catholic elementary school in Ogden.
Choose the Right School - Why Choose Saint Joseph Catholic School?
Choosing the best school for your family is an important and lasting decision that will have an enormous impact on your future and your child's future. We encourage parents to clearly identify the school that is the best fit for their child. Saint Joseph makes this an easy decision. Saint Joseph Elementary School is the place where your child will thrive; spiritually, socially, and academically.
A Catholic Education is a Challenging Education
- High standards, strong motivation, effective discipline and an atmosphere of caring combine to foster excellence and a high quality of student performance.
- Catholic school students score an average of 20% higher than state scores on norm-reference and achievement tests.
- Research shows that because of a greater emphasis on homework and study, Catholic school students develop more effective writing skills.
- Catholic schools have an excellent success rate in educating minority students. Catholic high school students attend post-secondary education at a rate of 97% and are more likely to complete their program of studies.
- Catholic school students graduate from high school at a rate of 99%. Saint Joseph High School students graduate at a rate of almost 100%.
Saint Joseph Tradition and Values
Saint Joseph Catholic Elementary School fosters a culture of achievement. Our students are encouraged to participate in sports, arts, community service, and other extracurricular activities.
Credentials and experience of the teachers: experts in their subject area and demonstrate a genuine dedication to their students.
Just the right size
Smaller classroom size as compared to public schools, as well as a lower student to teacher ratio. Students participate and connect with teachers on a variety of levels. Educational aides assist in each level to individualize the educational program even more.
Community is central to education ministry
We recognize the parents and family as primary educators and join with them to form a living community of shared visions.
Committed Parent Involvement
Children benefit when parents and school are working together. Our parents are expected to be involved, to volunteer and to reinforce the values of the school community.
Clubs, athletics, tradition, strong school spirit. Students at Saint Joseph Catholic School are excited and motivated about learning and they are involved in their school.