We will be
disciples of Christ
and fishers of men!
ST. JOSEPH CATHEDRAL SCHOOL
ST. JOSEPH CATHEDRAL SCHOOL
Parents as First and Best Educators
The Scriptural model upholds parents as the first heralds of Christ and the first and best educators for their children. St. Joseph Cathedral School exists to support parents in this important role. With more schedule options than most other preschools, our earliest years of instruction are built around family dynamics. As children mature through our program, strong communication and parents involvement will light the path. New families are paired with
through our new program to help orient to our school culture and routines.
Formation in Discipleship
school, we have an obligation to set the standard in Catholic education.
While Catholic schools have traditionally taught the faith, St. Joseph Cathedral School takes this instruction to a higher level, guiding students to respectfully explain and defend their faith as they head out into the challenges of real life. The 8th-grade paper,
I Can Prove God's Existence,
is one example of the culmination of years of higher-level activities and a strong understanding of the reasons behind our faith. Sacraments and Service are traditional markings of a Catholic School, and the Cathedral provides a strong foundation in each. Mass and Reconciliation are offered through the year, on top of many other spiritual opportunities and devotions. Our partnership with United Way and many nonprofit organizations sends our students into the community to live out their faith.
Sports and Extracurricular Activities
In order to help form the whole child, St. Joseph Cathedral offers a wide range of athletic and extracurricular activities, including participation in our amazing Spring musicals, as well as choir and band, on our new stage. Our EDGE youth group and girls
, Robotics and chess club, partnerships with scouting organizations, and student council offer opportunities for students to explore new challenges. Academic Bowl team and an optional Latin class (8th grade) offer scholastic challenges, as does our partnership with the public school gifted program. In athletics, our school was a front-runner in developing an archery program, and we regularly send students to state and national competitions. School-sponsored sports also include volleyball, basketball, cross-country, and track.
All students deserve a Christ-centered education, including those who have unique challenges in learning. As part of our special education program, our school has been a trail-blazer in Mid-Missouri in helping students with dyslexia and related processing struggles, using the Barton program to improve reading skills for these students. Starting in the 19-20 school year, our special services program will double with the addition of a staff member.
Technology and Facilities
While many schools are now fully equipped with interactive whiteboards (e.g. SMARTBoards), St. Joseph Cathedral School has recently transitioned to the next generation by replacing our projector-based boards with interactive flat panels - high-definition displays with interactive touch and independent operating systems. Our Chromebooks, laptops, and other devices offer a nearly one-to-one ratio in upper grades, with strong availability to all levels. In addition to our beautiful school addition, our new gymnasium/performing arts center, the largest elementary gymnasium in the area, provides expanded practice areas, heat/AC, dressing rooms, and state-of-the art equipment and sound.
Staffing and Class Sizes
The teaching professionals at St. Joseph Cathedral are
reason our students score so strongly on standardized tests and perform well in a rigorous high school setting. Our educators spent considerable time and energy analyzing their results and attending professional development to keep strong best practices in our instruction. Our junior high staff is "specialized", with teachers handling subjects for which they have specific training.
While class sizes vary for each grade, our local policy works to keep class sizes at healthy levels, from a limit of 14 (with a teacher and aide) in preschool to a goal of 20 in elementary grades. See our handbook for our specific classsize guidelines.