Why St. Joseph?

St. Joseph provides innovative educational opportunities for children

STEM Lab (Smart Lab) - Recognized as Leading C-STEM School in Archdiocese

We have a STEM lab that we call our Smart Lab, which is the only one of its kind in the state of Minnesota. Our students have at least 2 days per week in this classroom which is taught by a dedicated STEM Curriculum Specialist.



Nurturing environment

We acknowledge the uniqueness of each child by addressing their spiritual, academic, social/emotional and physical needs. We model the teaching of Christ to create life-long learning with Christ being our foundation.

Partnership with Groves Academy

We are always striving for excellence. In 2019 we were selected to be a partner school for the Groves Academy Instructional Model through a grant provided by Catholic Schools Center of Excellence. Through this model all of our K-3 learners will gain additional literacy resources while our teaching staff will receive personalized instruction on how to teach the literacy framework.

Small class sizes

Our average class size is 16 students.

We are growing!

Our school is growing. Enrollment has increased by 10% last year and we project an enrollment increase for upcoming school years. Our C-STEM program is helping our students excel.

Award-winning programs

We offer Middle School Math League and Robotics as well as Athletics curricular activities for students grades K-8.

Other People Matter

Each day our students spend the first 15 minutes of their day learning about the #otherpeoplematter mindset with the Positivity Project. Our teachers work to empower our students to build positive relationships.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help your family get to heaven! We inspire and empower all learners to become the person God intends by integrating Catholic virtues, prayers and service with 21st Century Learning.

We work with all families

We offer scholarships and tuition aid to over 40% of our families. We work with ALL families to find a tuition number that works for them.

Before and after school care programs

Serving our families doesn't end when the bell rings! We offer before and after school care for our school aged students. Grades 4+ are able to attend the "Homework Club" after school. We have a well sought after summer childcare program that includes STEM activities and excellent learning all summer long.

Spring 2019 Standardized Assessment Testing Results

St. Joseph students have again outperformed other area schools in standardized assessment testing. At St. Joseph we analyze our math and reading results carefully. We are proud of their efforts and the work of our teachers and parents to support their academics.

“While this is only one measure of student success, we know the results are important for our families and staff as we continue to advance our tradition of excellence,” Principal Bruce Richards said.

Cumulative Grades K-8 - % exceeding the national average 83% 84% 78% 87%
8th Grade Graduates % exceeding the national average 100% 94% 94% 94%

Award Winning Programs and Celebrating Excellence

  • Carver County Readers Choice Awards - Best School 5 years in a row (2014-2018)
  • Voted Best Principal (2018)
  • Voted Best Teacher (2018)
  • Math League
  • Robotics
  • Sports
  • JP2 Virtue Program
  • Preschool - 4 Star Parent Aware Rated and NAEYC Accredited
  • 2018 - High School Graduate and SJ Alum - Validictorian (HFCHS)
  • 2018 -  Five SJ Alum recognized with National Honor Society awards at Waconia High