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St. Joseph School

Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, St. Joseph School has, from our beginning in 1907, been known for the excellence of our academic programs, the generosity and liveliness of our parent community, and the commitment and care of our students.

St. Joseph School

St. Joseph School offers a holistic, progressive, Catholic education that educates our students’ hands, hearts, and minds. We build a strong foundation on which a life of learning, serving, and thinking can be built, unleashing the vast potential within each child.  The school is dedicated to the education and development of young people from all backgrounds. 

Our strong core curriculum focuses on differentiated instruction, celebrating the individuality of each student. Our Learning Resource Center ensures our ability to offer an education that challenges our diverse student population and serves a broad scope of learners. 
Before and after-school care and financial aid are available.

Head of School/Principal
Patrick Fennessy

Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic

Admissions testing

Sibling discount

School highlights
Our mission is to create a faith-centered community that educates and inspires students to reach their God-given potential.

Facilities and resources
Three classes per grade; Learning Resource Center; Interactive white boards, tablets, laptops, desktops; Password-protected wireless access; Computer lab; Science lab; Library; Full-service cafeteria; Two gymnasiums; Before/after school care

Learning support
Learning Resource Center provides academic support and enrichment in a variety of ways.

Student achievement
St. Joseph students consistently score at or above the 90th percentile on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

Before/after school activities
Before/after school program available.

Arts programs

  • Music
  • Art
  • In Touch With Art parent-docent program
  • Exploratory Program (middle school)

Sports programs (Boys)
CYO Sports: Soccer, Cross-Country, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Track

Sports programs (Girls)
CYO Sports: Soccer, Cross-Country, Basketball, Volleyball, Track

Extracurricular activities

  • Speech Team
  • Chess Club

Statement of diversity
We find it important to make educational opportunities available to people of all backgrounds. Currently 25% of St. Joseph students are people of color.

Foreign language programs

Kindergarten schedule
Full-day kindergarten

School news
St. Joseph School students participate in a long tradition of community outreach locally, nationally, and internationally. St. Joseph School has sister schools in Kenya and El Salvador; our school community raises funds for these schools and fosters relationships with their students. Locally St. Joseph School has an outreach day each trimester centered on donations to area charitable organizations along with student volunteer projects.

Hours: M-F 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m.

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