St. Joseph Elementary School in Needham is proud to announce that, according to just-issued standardized test results, it is a Top 10 school in the Archdiocese of Boston. The school uses the Stanford 10 assessment test, which is comparable to the MCAS test administered in Massachusetts' public schools. As there are 81 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese, it is quite an achievement to be in the top tier. About 20% of the student body at St. Joseph's is from Dedham.
"Academic excellence is a core commitment of our teachers and administration," said Charlotte Kelly, the principal of St. Joseph Elementary School. "Achieving a top 10 position in the Archdiocese attests to the importance of this commitment."
In a letter emailed to students' parents and guardians, Ms. Kelly wrote, "We are fulfilling our Mission which states, 'Seek God First, Strive for Academic Excellence, Share Our Gifts and Talents, and Serve Each Other and the World.'"
In addition, the average fourth and fifth grade students scored above the 75th percentile for the complete battery, which is a critical benchmark for both the St. Joseph Elementary School Strategic Plan and for the Catholic Schools Office Strategic Plan. "I could not be more proud of our teachers and students," Ms. Kelly added.
About Saint Joseph Elementary School:
Saint Joseph Elementary School prides itself on providing an excellent educational experience for every student in a Catholic-Christian community that is nurturing, respectful, challenging, and joyful. It teaches approximately 400 students from Pre-K through 5th grade, and children of all faiths are welcome. Over forty qualified and certified teachers instruct the students in the basic curriculum subjects, as well as Computer, Art, Music, Gym, Library, Spanish, Latin, and Greek. For more information, please visit www.saintjoes.com