Welcome to St. Joseph School
June 2 - Statement on Racism from Principal, Corrinne Eck
In Mark’s Gospel, one of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
How perfectly this Gospel is placed in our daily readings for early June of 2020. An ancient message that carries so much meaning for all people, especially today. The actions of injustice, anger and violence that have spread across our country presses us to remember we are all called, as the people of God, to love. The mission of St. Joseph School is to teach all children to share the love of Christ through discipleship, providing service, acceptance and prayer for all people who have been given life by our Creator.
We are blessed as a Faith community to have the love and guidance of faith-filled leadership to give inspiration in these troubling times.
Please read the messages of Father Steve and Bishop Gainer to help us reaffirm our commitment to the greatest commandment.
Bishop Ronald Gainer
COVID-19 Response Update
The most recent information can be found here on the SJY Connected Education Page. We are updating the FAQ on that page for continued updates.
St. Joseph School will observe Governor Wolf and the Pa Department of Health's order to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
St. Joseph School students were sent home on March 13, 2020 with all of their books prepared to continue their education from home. Teachers worked overtime to prepare a connected education while we are physically separated.
Mrs. Eck, Principal also shared this advice:
As we continue our SJY Connected Education, I would like to offer the top five points that I hope you carry with you to assist in carrying out daily expectations. These few suggestions should get us through!
Create a routine that fits your family. We have scheduled online meeting times to reduce sibling conflicts and assist in family schedules. Routine and consistency are very important!
If your schedule does not fit the school’s, your student can access the recorded teacher instruction on their Google Classroom. Check with your teacher if needed.
After accessing the student’s learning plan for the day, decide where the “brain breaks” will be added. Refreshing the “scenery” will help to move that work along. Engage in a different task for a short time to continue feeling productive. House chores are a good option!
“Slow and steady wins the race.” When the day or work seems to be getting away from you, STOP, regroup, and chunk tasks into smaller pieces. Remember, we have provided a flex day on Monday!
The teachers of SJY are working diligently to provide students with instruction that will lead to strong growth and achievement. Please honor them with a “professional” response. Follow their directives and show your integrity by being “the best version of yourself!”
Enrollment 285 students from 11 school districts & 4 Parishes
Grades Preschool Age 3 – 6th grade
Middle States Accredited
Student:Teacher Ratio 1:21 in grades 1 - 6
Non-Catholic Enrollment 12%
% of Students with Financial Aid 49% (100% of the families who applied)
Extracurricular Activities Band, Choir, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Cheerleading,
Science Explorer Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and
Ignite Youth Ministry
Enrichment Program Yes
Specials Art, Library, Music, Technology,
Physical Education & Spanish
Before and After-School Care Yes
Values Based Learning
Our school is Christ-centered with a goal to provide the best spiritual formation for each child’s body, mind, and soul and to educate each student intellectually, spiritually, and morally.
High Graduation Rates
Over 98% of Harrisburg Diocese Catholic School students graduate from High School.
Annually over $40 Million in scholarship funds are offered to graduates of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
1. Every Child is a gift from God
2. Parents are the primary educators of their children
3. Teachers are a partner with the family in the educational process
4. Every person must be treated with dignity, respect, and care
5. The school is rooted in the life of the parish