School Profile

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL PROFILE - 2013-2014

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CEEB CODE: 251425

Canonical Administrator: Msgr. Michael Flannery
President: Michael Juhas
Principal: Keith Barnes
Curriculum-Enrollment-Public Relations: Kristina Garrard
Director of Guidance: Br. Daniel Lauber, CFC
Middle School Counselor: Anne Piazza
Athletic Director: Miller Todd
Director of Advancement: Lauri Collins
Registrar-Records: Charlene Papale

Founded in 1870 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Catholic School is a coeducational college preparatory high school and middle school serving students in grades 7-12 in the Diocese of Jackson.  St. Joseph Catholic School is a diverse community of learners committed to Gospel values as taught by Jesus Christ and to academic excellence. Rooted in the rich educational traditions of the Sisters of Mercy and the Congregation of Christian Brothers, our school prepares students to be independent thinkers and responsible leaders in the service of others.  We dedicate ourselves to the ideals of Catholic Education, and we strive to awaken the minds and spirits of our students to the appreciation of the beauty of creation, the dignity of life, and the demands of justice. (St. Joseph Catholic School Mission Statement)

St. Joseph Catholic School is accredited by AdvancEd/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by the Mississippi State Department of Education.  The school is a member of the College Board and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and adheres to Principles of Good Practice.  The school has an enrollment of four hundred and fifty (grades 7-12) and a faculty of fifty-seven.  The curriculum is varied, challenging and emphasizes core courses.  The curriculum also features Advanced Placement and Honors courses.  In addition to academic excellence, students are encouraged to be motivated and constructive members of church and community through a required Gospel Service Program.

There are presently eighty-six students in the senior class.  One hundred percent of St. Joseph Catholic School graduates continue their education, with approximately ninety percent attending four-year colleges and universities and approximately ten percent attending two-year colleges.  In this year’s senior class (Class of 2014) one student has been recognized by the National Merit Corporation.  To date, National Merit has recognized a total of thirty-three St. Joseph Catholic School students from the last fourteen graduating classes. From the Class of 2013, Advanced Placement has recognized two students as AP Scholars, one as an AP Scholar with Honor and one student as an AP Scholar with Distinction. Forty students from the class of 2013 received 129 scholarships, totaling over $2.5 million. The accumulated scholarships for the last fourteen graduating classes total $50.4 million.

Students at St. Joseph Catholic School are in a competitive, college preparatory environment.  They follow an eight-period, rotating schedule.  The classes are sixty-five minutes in length.  Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated on a four-point scale using all graded subjects.  St. Joseph Catholic School does not rank students.  The following information should be taken into consideration when evaluating a St. Joseph Catholic School college applicant.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:
 
In order to graduate from St. Joseph Catholic School a student must complete a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) hours of community service and a minimum of 28 credits, including the courses listed below. 

Religion: 4 units
English: 4 units
Mathematics: 4 units
Science: 4 units
Social Studies: 4 units
Foreign Language: 2 units
Business Technology: 1 unit
Fine Arts: 1 unit
Comprehensive Health: ½ unit
Public Speaking: ½ unit
Physical Education: ½ unit
Keyboarding: proficiency

GRADE EQUIVALENTS:                                                    

     100 Point Scale:   GPA    GPA-Honors Courses    GPA-AP Courses                           

A =     90-100              4.0                        4.5                          5.0

B =     80-89                3.0                        3.5                          4.0

C =     75-79                2.0                        2.5                          3.0

D =     70-74                1.0                        1.5                          2.0

F =       <70                 0.0                        0.0                           0.0

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES:    

English Literature, English Language, Calculus AB, Biology, Chemistry, Physics B, U.S. History, Human Geography

HONORS COURSES:                                                                       

English H (9-12), Algebra I H, Algebra II H, Geometry H, Trigonometry H, Pre-Calculus H, Calculus, Biology I H, Chemistry I H, Physics, World History H, US History H, Spanish III, IV H, French III, IV H, Latin III, IV H

ASSESSMENT AVERAGES – Class of 2013

                                         St. Joseph                            State                                     National
ACT:  Entire Class                22.5                                  18.9                                     20.9

          Top 10% of St. Joe      30.2    

SAT I:     CR         M       W                    CR       M     W                 CR     M     W                                    586      541     571                  568      547   558               496   514  488

ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENTS:

PSAT (grades 10, 11), PLAN (grade 10), EXPLORE (grade 9), STANFORD ACHIEVEMENT (grades 7 & 8)

RECENT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

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308 New Mannsdale Rd.

P.O. Box 2027

Madison, MS  39130-2027

601-898-4800   601-898-4689 (fax)