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Academics

St. Joseph Catholic School has offered Catholic education with strong academics for over 60 years to the Winter Haven area.  This legacy of academic excellence continues with our strong curriculum and dynamic teaching faculty.  Since 2004, 33 graduates of SJCS have gone on to earn the honor of Valedictorian or Salutatorian from an area Polk County High School.  Success like theirs is not the exception, but an example of the formation of St. Joseph students.  Students enjoy a rich foundation of Catholic faith through academic instruction as well as opportunities to put their faith into action.  Our rigorous curriculum in all subject areas gives students a strong foundation to learn and develop intellectually.


Support Services


  • Title tutors are provided on campus for students who qualify for assistance in reading and math.
  • Guidance services are available to assist families in securing screening for students in Speech and Language, etc.
  • Reading and Math Enrichment is provided to students in grades 1-5 who qualify.
  • All middle school teachers are available after school for 30 minutes daily to provide additional classroom support to all students.
  • Triple Check is provided daily for middle school students requiring support in organization.
  • All teachers strive to partner with parents in educating their child. Teachers are always available to schedule Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • An online portal is available to all parents to access student grades and monitor individual student progress/grades.

Curriculum Assessment


Student learning in grades 2-8 are assessed using the nationally nominated TerraNovas. Testing for grades 2-8 takes place in the spring. Students at St. Joseph Catholic School consistently score above average when compared nationally on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.


Report Cards


Report cards are issued in grades Pre K3-8. Formal mandatory parent-teacher conferences are scheduled once a year.  Student lead writing conferences are held every spring.

Parents of students in grades 3-8 may check on their child’s progress daily via the Parent Portal. Parents are encouraged to confer with teachers by appointment whenever the need arises

The current grading scale for grades 3-8:

90-100 = A
80-89   = B
70-79   = C
60-69   = D
0  -59   = F