School Curriculum

St. Joseph Catholic School is a Group 1 Independent School and as such follows the curriculum requirements set out by the BC Ministry of Education. In addition to these standards, we strive to enrich the learning experience through extra-curricular activities and expanded programming.

We are passionate about the importance of family, faith and community. Specialized programs to support students with learning difficulties or challenge students with gifts and talents ensure that your child will have the opportunity to reach his or her potential. At St. Joseph we focus on educating the whole person, teaching children that they are valued members of a community and preparing them for life.

Kindergarten students working together

Explore. Engage. Discover.

kindergarten program

In Kindergarten your child will learn the basic fundamentals of math, reading, and writing. They will begin to master letters, sounds, and words and take their first steps towards reading. 

At this age, children are natural learners, full of wonder and curiosity about the world. Play-based activities give them opportunities to foster their social-emotional learning, self-regulation, and relationships with peers. At St. Joseph School your child's Kindergarten classroom will include areas for dramatic play, loose parts, games, puzzles, books, visual arts, and music.

Our Kindergarten teachers create supportive learning programs that are intentional, child-centred, and inclusive. They provide both academic and emotional support, helping each child grow in confidence and independence.

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Imagine. create. communicate.

Elementary program

Reading, writing, and numeracy are the building blocks of our Elementary Program. From Grades 1 through 5 our students develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. As they advance from the primary to intermediate grades they begin to take a greater level of responsibility for questioning, researching, and sharing what they know. Understanding that peer relationships are important, our teachers choose projects and assignments that encourage collaboration, communication, and compromise. At St. Joseph School we recognize that every child is unique. Our Elementary Program accommodates a wide variety of children's needs, developmental stages, and learning styles. It addresses the development of the whole child with the understanding that children learn through active engagement and play.

Elementary students reading outside

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serve. lead. succeed.

middle school program

At St. Joseph School our Grade 6 and 7 years are based on the Middle School model. Language arts, math, science, social studies, French, band, and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers. By sharing a campus with the Elementary students, our Middle Schoolers are empowered to be leaders and role models in a safe environment where all teachers know them by name.

Second Language

French as a second language is offered to all students starting in Kindergarten. Through a program of activities, songs, games, reading and writing, we expect students to develop an interest and enthusiasm for the French language and culture. The major focus is on oral language acquisition. A specialist French teacher teaches French as a Second Language in Grades 4 to 7.

Technology

Integrating technology into the classroom diversifies learning opportunities and prepares our students for real world environments. In addition to a designated computer room, we have mobile iPad labs and SMART Board technology in every classroom. Subjects such as robotics and coding are explored in our Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies program.

St. Joseph School: the right choice for your family!

Clubhouse

Does your child require before or after school care? The Clubhouse Child Care Centre is located on site and provides a seamless day for children at St. Joseph School. It is open year round from 7:00 to 5:30 Monday to Friday. The Clubhouse also provides Full Day and Half Day Early Learning Programs and the "I Am Special" Catholic Pre-school Program.

alt text If you have older children in grades 8-12, Immaculata is our local regional Catholic high school serving Kelowna and the surrounding area. Immaculata was first established in 1960 and currently serves over 250 students.