"Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference."
-- Winston Churchill
Our School Community
Each student at the Academy benefits from a small student-teacher ratio in the classroom, a rigorous academic environment, field trips, special events, extracurricular activities, community service, physical education, daily foreign language, music, art and participates in speaking and performance opportunities in daily assemblies.
In The Words Of Our Parents
"This is a wonderful school with the unique combination of focus on academics and on character. The school community is like a family, with all of us led by the wonderful Head Mistress, Ms. Coombs. Thank God there was the foresight to create AOSJ. It is so nice to finally have a school which educates our kids but also emphasizes basic human social concepts like civility, compassion and character. We are building future citizen leaders here!"
"Both of my children (K and Pre-K) are very happy in this school. The support of the head of the school and her assistant is tremendous. There are several outstanding teachers in this school who made a difference in lives of my children. This school's community feels like a big family, where each child is valued and will not be ever left behind. I highly recommend visiting this school and meeting teachers. Today is the first week of summer break, and my kids are already asking when they are going back to school."
"The Academy of St. Joseph is a wonderful school. It combines high academic standards and an impressive humanities-based curriculum with a warm and caring atmosphere in which the children feel loved and respected. The teachers and staff are absolutely first-rate, and the intimate size of the school makes for a close and supportive community."
"We have loved our time at the Academy of St. Joseph. There truly is something for every age group: a loving, fun, nurturing preschool program for three and four-year-olds, an inspiring and instructional program for kindergarten learners, and high quality, reach-for-the-stars instruction for the older grades."
"The passion and vision to create a first-class learning experience is apparent in every aspect of AOSJ including the teachers, administration, curriculum and physical facilities."
"My daughter just started kindergarten at AOSJ this fall and loves it. The classes are small and they have a great balance of rigorous academics coupled with fun progressive work in the humanities and a core curriculum that teaches all ages the importance of leaders such as Gandhi, Winston Churchill, and Mother Theresa. They also have a good foreign language program starting in pre-k 3 which is a big plus for us. The uniforms are among the most striking in the city. Angela Coombs, the head of school, has a most refreshing vision for K-8 education. She's also probably one of the most welcoming accessible heads of school in the city. She's involved in planning every aspect of the class curriculum, welcomes the children every morning at the school gates and always makes time to talk to parents. Most of the parents, regardless of their child's grade know each other on a first name basis and are very involved at the school. AOSJ is a small community that functions much like an extended family, but the school, its head and the students have a very big world vision."