Why St. Joseph?

St. Joseph provides innovative educational opportunities for children

Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic School

St. Joseph Catholic School in Waconia, MN is a place where your entire family can experience a higher power of learning through Faith-based teaching, 21st Century instruction, community involvement, and many extra-curricular, co-curricular, and artistic activities. We strive to meet the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social-emotional needs of all learners.

Experience a tradition that has been the heartbeat of education in the Waconia community since 1860.



Our Top 10 Reasons:

STEM Lab (Smart Lab) - Recognized as a 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.

Believe and Read

St. Joseph School was selected in 2019 as a partner school for the Groves Academy Instructional Model through a grant provided by Catholic Schools Center of Excellence. All of our K-3 learners will gain additional literacy resources and our teaching staff receives personalized instruction on the literacy framework.

Small class sizes

Average of 16 students.

We are growing!

Enrollment has increased by 10% over the last two years and we project an enrollment increase for upcoming school years.

Award-winning school and programs

We offer Middle School Math League, Robotics, Athletics curricular activities (Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball) for students grades K-8.

  • Carver County Readers Choice Awards - Best School 7 years in a row (2014-2020)
  • Voted Best Principal 7 years in a row (2014-2020)
  • Voted Best Teacher - Mrs. Kristi Klawitter (2018)
  • Voted Best Tutoring Program - Mr. Eric Ehalt (2020)
  • Math League - Placed 2nd in Division and had three students finish in the 10 ten (2019)
  • Robotics
  • Sports
  • JP2 Virtue Program
  • Preschool - 4 Star Parent Aware Rated and NAEYC Accredited
  • 2018 - SJ Alum graduated as Valedictorian at Holy Family Catholic High School
  • 2018 -  Five SJ Alum recognized with National Honor Society awards at Waconia High School
  • 2020 - Two SJ Alum recognized as National Merit Scholars at Waconia High School

Other People Matter

Each day the first 15 minutes are spent 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 86% 83% 85% 87%
8th Grade Graduates % exceeding the national average 100% 94% 94% 94%

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