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Registration Information

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now open!  Families wishing to receive more information about St. Joseph School should call Kelly Roche, Principal, at 651-423-1658 or e-mail at kelly.roche@stjosephcommunity.org.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will open during Catholic Schools Week 2019--late January.  Please call 651-423-1658 to schedule a meeting with our principal and take a tour anytime!


St. Joseph School partners with TADS, a local Minneapolis company, to conduct online enrollment and admissions.  Potential families are welcome to apply for admission to St. Joseph School by clicking the link below.  

K-8 Tuition Rates for the 2018-2019 School Year

All tuition for the 2018-2019 school year will be paid online through TADS.

Tuition 9 month 12 month
1 student $5,229 $581.00 $435.75
2 students $10,458 $1,162.00 $871.50
3 students $12,690 $1,410.00 $1,057.50
4 students $14,040 $1,560.00 $1,170.00
5 students $15,309 $1,701.00 $1,275.75

Financial Assistance

St. Joseph School offers financial assistance to in-parish families who qualify. This financial assistance is managed through an outside vendor entitled TADS. Because the Church of St. Joseph is fully committed to making Catholic education affordable to all who apply to the school, all families are strongly encouraged to examine their finances and complete the TADS application form. All qualifying families will receive the assistance which has been set aside for them. As school families consider applying through TADS, they should keep in mind the following: All applications are kept confidential and are reviewed by the Parish Business Administrator, over $130,000 was awarded in financial assistance to St. Joseph families this school year, the criteria for determining the amount of assistance awarded is based upon family income, family size, special circumstances, etc.  

St. Joseph School Admissions Policy

(revised January 2018)
  • St. Joseph School is a ministry of the Church of St. Joseph. It is a complement to the primary responsibility that parents have of educating and training their children in the practice of their faith. This includes the moral, intellectual, emotional and religious development of their children.
  • St. Joseph School enrolls families who are actively practicing their Catholic faith. Participation in the Sunday Mass and Holy Days are a part of the religious development of the child and our curriculum as a school. Families attending the school are expected to attend weekly Mass with their children and be committed to teaching stewardship to their children in the areas of time, talent and treasure.
  • Enrollment in St. Joseph School means acceptance of the School’s Mission, Philosophy, and Core Values.
  • Acceptance into the school is through the permission of the pastor and principal.

 Order of Acceptance

  1. Children currently registered in our St. Joseph Faithful Beginnings preschool program.
  2. Siblings of current students, whose families are registered, active members of the parish.
  3. Children of parish staff and employees.
  4. Registered, active members of the parish based on length of membership.
  5. Siblings of current students, whose families are registered, non-active members of the parish.
  6. Other families from beyond the parish—first Catholic and then beyond the Catholic tradition.
  7. If further clarification is needed, the administrator will consider the following:
                  a)     Families who have previously attended and participated in the school community
                  b)    Families on waiting lists
                  c)     Special circumstances

 Registration Procedures

  1. Parents should either meet with the principal or attend an Open House before submitting a registration form.

  2. The St. Joseph School registration form, along with other required documents, must be completed and submitted to St. Joseph School by the specified deadline. KINDERGARTEN APPLICANTS MUST COMPLY WITH ALL KINDERGARTEN POLICIES. A non-refundable registration fee is charged after acceptance of all new students.

  3. Acceptance of registered and active parish and school families will be completed by the middle of February. After this date, acceptance of new students will be taken from the parish and non-parish families at the discretion of the principal and/or pastor.

  4. Class enrollments should not exceed 28 students per class.   Kindergarten will include one full time teacher and one part time aide daily.  

  5. Tuition assistance (TADS) is available to families who are registered members of the Church of St. Joseph.

  6. State Law requires that a child be 5 years of age on or before September 1 for entrance into Kindergarten.  Exceptions to this policy would require a recommendation by the public school district and approved by the School Administrator. 

  7. Announcements regarding registration for all grades are carried in the Sunday bulletin, in parish e-blasts, and on Facebook for several weeks prior to the actual date of registration and are included on the church and school website.

Preschool Entrance Policy
Preschool students must be toilet-trained and turn 3 years old prior to September 1st of the start of the school year.

Kindergarten Entrance Policy

It is our belief that the developmental level of a student when he/she enters kindergarten is an important factor in determining the degree of success that the child will have in both the academic and social areas. There are some   children who are age five but, they are not ready in a developmental sense for a full day, every day program such as the program offered by St. Joseph School. Although there is no magical formula for determining when a child is developmentally ready for kindergarten, there is strong evidence that older children (i.e. those with birthdays in October - March) are more likely to be ready simply because they have had more time to mature as opposed to those with spring and summer birthdays. The greatest gift a child can receive at this time in their life is the gift of TIME. A child whose birthday is in July may be legally able to enroll in a kindergarten program but developmentally, would greatly benefit by waiting another year. Of course, there are many children with late birthdays who do well in kindergarten in spite of their younger age. In order to reduce the guess work, St. Joseph School has established the following screening procedures to help both the parents and the teacher better determine the developmental readiness of a child.

 Time of Birthday:                       Screening Recommendations:

            Sept. 1-March 1             No screening required

            March 1-August 31        Screening required or letter from current preschool/Montessori

 For students born between April 1 and August 31, St. Joseph School will need a letter from your child’s current preschool/Montessori teacher indicating school readiness.  Children born in this time frame will be accepted in early spring on a contingency basis until the results of the screening can be evaluated or the letter received.  Final acceptance will be determined by school officials in collaboration with the parents.

 It is a policy of St. Joseph School not to retain students at the kindergarten level. Parents should take this policy into account when they register their   children especially if there is a question about the child's readiness. Exceptions may be made in the case of prolonged absences or unusual circumstances.