St. Joseph’s Catholic School is a parochial school in the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia. It is affiliated with Saint Joseph’s parish in downtown Macon. The school was originally founded in 1872 and continues to provide a quality Catholic education to children in grades PK3 through 6th. The school is accredited by AdvancEd and employs a highly qualified staff of state certified teachers.
Stewardship begins early with our SJS students as we try to live out our philosophy of "Faith in Action." We are given many opportunities to give of our time, talent, and treasures. Each day teachers and students begin their day with prayers which often includes praying for those in need. The money collected weekly from each class for our Missions is used for many community outreach programs which include: Loaves and Fishes, Family Advancement Ministries, St. Vincent d'Paul, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, the Mentor Program, and Hearts for Heroes, just to name a few of those we have helped. Our Student Council and K- Kids also sponsor food drives throughout the year as well as make items for nursing homes. SJS strives to not only serve our immediate community but to assist to those throughout the world in their time of need.
As a ministry of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, our school provides our students a wealth of opportunities in the areas of faith formation and service to others. Students at our school are assisted in continuing to grow in faith and knowledge. Our students' faith lives include:
- Weekly Mass
- Daily religion curriculum in all grades as well as Sacramental preparation in second grade
- Morning prayers and noonday blessings
- Advent and Lenten events including grade level appropriate reconciliation
- Lectoring and cantoring opportunities for students in grades 2-6
- Prayer Buddies program
- Retreat Days
- Alter server training for sixth grade students
There are many things that I am proud to say about the family that Karissa and I have established in our 15 years of marriage. We have three wonderful children who we dearly love and are proud of: Lydia (9 ½ ), Violet (7) and Ty (19months). We have also been blessed to both pursue a life of serving through our role as physicians and as medical missionaries.
St. Joseph’s Catholic School exemplifies all that is good about schools. Our family moved to Macon last summer from Culpeper, Virginia. My wife entered a fellowship program, in Palliative Care/Hospice, through the Navicent Health System. I can honestly say that our time spent in Macon would not have happened if two conditions were not first met: a Catholic school needed to exist and must have exceeded all that we had come to expect from our previous school. At the time of our visit, my wife was surprised when she experienced the vibrant Catholic community that was present in Macon, while interviewing for her potential fellowship. I was also taken back by all the wonderful things that I saw and felt while touring St. Joseph’s School.
The St. Joseph’s Catholic community continues to represent all that is good through the promotion of faith with Fr. Scott Winchel’s wonderful direction, while St. Joseph’s continues to exceed all of our expectations. For example, our two children are very bright (no fatherly bias here-smile), yet our daughter, Lydia, needed extra attention to help her advance her math skills and to do so in a quicker span of time. She was somewhat behind her peers noting the fact that she had spent 2 years in Peru and mathematics in this country was not at the high level that we are used to here in the States. We were told that Lydia would be eagerly received by the teachers who were assisting the other students with needs similar to her own. As a pediatrician, I have seen many education programs similar to this one but none so effective. Lydia was able to advance out of her assistance within two grading periods and her report cards have demonstrated her continued proficiency. Furthermore, she herself has mentioned that she never felt embarrassed to receive the assistance.
I can say without a doubt that St. Joseph’s School represents all that you should want for your own child: great and loving staff, a Catholic priest as community director that is very thoughtful to the community and our children, and excellent education potential. It is also a school that is Catholic and not simply in name in that real faith abounds within its domain. My wife has also noted the importance that Catholic Schools place in welcoming non-Catholic families and giving them the same deserved opportunity to learn and share the blessing that comes from our Christian faith. Lastly, I finish by saying that I have visited many Catholic schools throughout the country and can testify that St. Joseph’s provides a great value for the reasonable cost of tuition expected to attend. Consequently, placing your child here is also a very reasonable economic choice.
Please come and see for yourself all that the Misner family has come to know about this wonderful school. I am sure you will be able to write a similar testimony in the future as I am doing now.
In Christ’s Peace,
I love the sense of family that I’ve always felt at Saint Joseph’s School, from the time I was a student to now, in our last year and a half as a parent. My favorite example is the “buddy system” that pairs older students with younger students for a year’s worth of excursions. They unknowingly develop a bond that lasts into MDS years. It’s part of growing as people, and as a member of a family, not just the grades and testing shown in raw data.
Saint Joseph’s Catholic School means “tradition” to me. Understanding the rich history of the school and the traditions that are carried throughout the years means so much to my family. From kindergarten Christmas program to the running through the halls in sixth grade for students that are graduating says traditions will continue. Being a faith base school allows my boys to grow further in their faith.
The first thing I think of is the small diverse community. For that age, students need small and parents appreciate a real world atmosphere. I like that it has a faith component. I love love the challenge program and I appreciate the strong leadership and academic rigor.
I love the family atmosphere and community feel of Saint Joseph’s School. I grew up in these same halls and came back nearly 20 years later. I feel like I never left, and I feel so fortunate that our kids get to experience the same love and support that I did from some of the exact same familiar faces!
One thing that I love about Saint Joseph’s Catholic School is how the school is centered around teaching the children good morals and values.
My family loves Saint Joseph’s School for the sense of community and family that it has. That is irreplaceable!
We currently have a first grader at Saint Joseph’s School. Our oldest son and daughter attended Saint Joseph’s and was very well prepared academically for the college preparatory program at Mount de Sales Academy. Our son is performing very well in college thanks to the education he received at Saint Joseph’s and Mount de Sales. Right off the bat I can say I love that Saint Joseph’s is a Christian school, with a religion class and or religion focus daily!! The staff and administration truly seem like family to us. They love your children like they love their own. With that being said, they want what is best for each and every child at Saint Joseph’s. When I think of Saint Joseph’s I think of how God’s presences oversees every aspect of the school.
Eric and Lisa Allman
Our son has now been at Saint Joseph's Catholic School for two years and both years have been fantastic. The level of education has been superb but beyond that there are two additional reasons I love Saint Joseph's: #1. The students at Saint Joseph's treat each other as family. It is amazing to see children of such diverse socio-economic backgrounds nurture each other the way the students at Saint Joseph's do. This was not something I expected when we enrolled our son but the benefits have been enormous. He feels protected and comfortable with all of the students no matter the age and I think this has served as a confidence booster and factor in his maturation. #2. The Christian foundation of Saint Joseph's has strengthened our efforts as parents to instill and enforce strong Christian values in our son. In a world that is becoming increasingly busy and polarized, we feel it is essential to teach our son to treat others with love and respect. Although we are not Catholic the values and morals that are reinforced at Saint Joseph's align with our own and we are grateful for Saint Joseph's support in teaching our son to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Saint Joseph’s Catholic School has meant so much to my family for many years. All three of my children attended Saint Joseph’s and then went on to attend Mount de Sales Academy in the seventh grade. They all were very prepared spiritually, academically and socially. I like to say my children have strong roots and are grounded and I feel like the guidance they received from Saint Joseph’s deserves a lot of credit for that. Saint Joseph’s is a wonderful school and I feel very blessed that my children were able to go there.
Why I choose SJS
When we moved back to Macon we were trying to decide which elementary school for our child. My husband is an SJS alumni and asked me to just go by and take a look and see what I thought. Instantly I knew this was the place for our child. The warmth from the faculty and staff that we saw on our visit has carried through to this day from kindergarten to his current, fourth grade! When my son was in first grade he was struggling a little with reading and we were able to utilize the student success center. SSC along with his first grade teacher and paraprofessional helped him through this process. He is now an excellent reader! So when I tell you, in both third and fourth grade, my son who lacked confidence in reading early on, is now reading scripture at mass in front of the entire school; this mama's heart is full! But it gets better, when his first grade teacher and his para pro told my son, that it literally brought tears to their eyes & how proud they were of him, to hear him reading at mass; and stopped me in the carpool line to tell me the same- THIS IS WHY.
This is why we choose SJS.
The teachers and staff care for our children like their own. They push them to excel, they teach them value & discipline, they love them and watch them grow! Saint Joseph's School is faith and education and so much more!!
Keith & Ashley Hatcher
“What? Wait. You aren’t Catholic are you?" That’s the question that typically comes with raised eyebrows when friends or family members know that we chose a Catholic school for our children. They certainly weren’t being critical or judgmental, just confused that we would chose a Catholic education when we ourselves are Baptist. In fact, before choosing SJS, I had the same feeling….Catholics go to a Catholic school…right?
But after several tours and just not feeling that we had found “the one”, I decided to look into SJS. I realized they did accept children from another faith. I did some research before we attended the orientation and saw that statistically, a Catholic education is superior and proven academically across the board. We also knew we wanted a faith based education for our children. Knowing that SJS checked both of those boxes for us, we attended the orientation. The minute we stepped foot through the door, we knew it was the school for our family….from the small, intimate class size, to the loving teachers that have become my friends and loved my children as their own, to the continued perseverance by the administration and staff to provide cutting edge technology and educational tools to prepare these kids for the future….SJS has BECOME my family.
We’re happy that we decided to think outside of the box thinking that only Catholics could go to a Catholic school. We wanted an academically challenging, loving, faith-based education for our children….and we're grateful that’s what we have found with SJS.
Mrs. Leslie Clarke
Scott and I interviewed several schools when selecting which one would be right for our growing family. We looked at Heard Elementary, Alex II, St. Peter Claver, and St. Joseph’s among others. While all of the schools had wonderful elements about them; we realized that St. Joseph’s Catholic School was the best fit for our needs. That was over 5 years ago and little did we know how right we would be. We now have 3 children at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and continue to be impressed with the way our children blossom and learn. Not only are they getting a great education in Math, Reading and Science but the art, music, Spanish and physical education are just as important for them. However, for me, all of these pales in comparison to the importance of having them learn and understand about how faith should be a part of everything they do. Not only do the children attend services weekly, they have prayer in school and can share and talk about how our faith needs to help ourselves and others in our community. For our society to continue to thrive; I believe it is important for us to never limit our faith education to the home or church meetings. It should be part of all education. The mission of St. Joseph’s Catholic School of Faith through Education is one that I hold out for my family and cherish. We are very blessed to have St. Joseph’s Catholic School in our community and our children as part of the tradition of Catholic education.
Scott & Colleen Giffin
Our investment in St. Joseph’s is returned tenfold through the school’s investment in our son. His emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs are nurtured and encouraged to grow daily in a positive, caring environment that radiates to all of us.
It is truly a blessing to be able to share God’s love with my students each and every day! I have taught in other schools where I was not able to talk about God. At SJS, I am able to teach the whole child: mind, body and spirit in our warm, caring, loving school!! I am so very thankful that I can share bible stories with my students and go to Mass each week! Being a Kindergarten teacher at SJS is the most wonderful place to be!! I am filled with joy each day that I come and teach such sweet, kind and loving children at our amazing school!
SJS plays a significant role in our family with me being a teacher on staff as well as a parent. A quality Christian education was our primary focus for our children and SJS has such a loving and nurturing atmosphere with a spiritual base. Our kids are learning a great combination of academics and Christian values that will serve them throughout their lives. The devotion to our kids from ALL the staff is nothing short of outstanding. SJS is much more than work and school…its FAMILY!!!
Parent of Caitlyn and McKenna Arnold