Founded in 1938, St. Joseph Catholic School is home to over 275 students from Kindergarten through Grade 7. Your child will receive a quality, faith-based education that emphasizes high academic standards and the virtues of kindness, honesty, and service. Our dedicated teachers embrace the philosophy of Whole Child Education and encourage students to think critically and creatively. St. Joseph School provides a supportive, caring, and safe environment where your child will be inspired to reach their full potential.
As a Group 1 Independent School, St. Joseph follows the curriculum requirements set out by the BC Ministry of Education. In addition to these standards, we strive to enrich your child's learning experience through extra-curricular activities and expanded programming.
Along with a focus on academic success, students enjoy a wide variety of extra-curricular programs including:
No. St. Joseph is inclusive and welcomes all who genuinely seek to be part of the life of the school and wish to share in a vibrant, well-resourced learning environment based on Catholic faith and values.
The staff of St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School is committed to this mission:
The special character of the Catholic School – the underlying reason for it, the reason why Catholic parents should prefer it, is precisely the quality of the religious instruction integrated into the education of the pupils.
Pope John-Paul II Catechese Tradendae, 1979
Preparing your child to make a positive impact on the world is something we take very seriously at St. Joseph Catholic School. Accordingly, every effort is made to participate in events and interact with the community outside our doors in order to foster a sense of giving, responsibility and civic pride. Our good intentions are only amplified by practicing good works.
These are only some of the ways we work to be ‘out there’ and behind the scenes of our community, hopefully teaching our students and that by giving of their God-given gifts and talents they are improving both the world and themselves.
Spiritual growth does not happen by accident. It is something that must be worked at each day. At St. Joseph School we recognize the importance, and necessity, of working our Faith into the daily life of our school.
Making the Father, Son and Holy Spirit a part of our lives, and the lives of students each day, is one of the most important jobs we have at St. Joseph Catholic School.
The Board of Directors of the Catholic Independent Schools of Nelson Diocese (CISND) is a ten-member board that governs all Catholic schools in the diocese through policy development and fiscal planning. The Board directs local School Councils to assist them with certain aspects of school governance. The President of CISND is the administrator, Bishop John Bittman. The Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Mr. Arthur Therrien, is the Chief Executive Officer of the CISND and his role is to implement the policies of CISND and oversee the educational operation of all schools.
The Federation of Independent Schools Association (FISA), of which the Catholic schools are a member, is a liaison group between the government and the various independent school groups. The role of FISA is to lobby government and other groups to promote and support independent schools.
The Council consists of parish representatives and clergy who set local policy and determine budgets for St. Joseph Catholic School; it is responsible to Catholic Independent Schools of Nelson Diocese (CISND).
Through the Independent Schools Branch, the BC Ministry of Education ensures that standards are maintained in educational programs, staff qualifications and facilities.