"In AP US History, we don't focus on memorizing facts; we learn the stories. History has become much more interesting to me and I'm actually going to miss it next year!"
~ Eleanor '21
The Social Studies Department promotes liberal arts instruction that leads to informed citizenship and an inculcation of Christian principles and moral values. Historical knowledge can serve as a bridge to the present, explaining and illuminating how we have developed as a civilization. Students are introduced to a thought-provoking process of investigation and analysis centered on social issues: racism, poverty, gender, minorities, war, tolerance, equality and social justice, to develop critical thinking skills, diversity of opinion and moral sensibility.
A brief explanation of our academic level rating system follows. Please note, students schedules are dynamic and may include varying levels of courses.
Course scheduling at St Joes is individualized and dynamic. Your student's curriculum will be challenging and appropriate to his or her learning needs. Our academic placements are tailored to each student's strengths. Students may progress through our curriculum as his or her mastery dictates allowing students to diversify their course levels.
At St Joseph High School, it is our belief that learning is a collaboration between parents, students, teachers, counselors, and administrators. Each has a part to play in a student's success. It is our hope, that by the time a student graduates, he or she has become a lifelong learner. This maturation process takes time to develop as the right balance is struck between adult supervision and intervention and a student's ownership for learning. Younger students naturally need more adult supervision and advocacy. But as a student matures, it is expected that he or she will take responsibility for his or her learning. In the end, if a student is to succeed in college, the student must be responsible and accountable for his or her education.