To make Disciples of all people by fostering a relationship with Christ through the Sacraments, formation, and fellowship.

Why St. Joe's?

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A Message from Our Principal

Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic School’s website!  As you start exploring the many facets to our school, you will notice that we are quite unique.  In addition to high academic standards, we also have a strong commitment to serving our greater community and world by living and fostering our lifelong Christian faith in honor and service to our Lord.  We accomplish this by providing a stimulating and nurturing Christian environment where students feel safe, and as a result, develop high self-esteem.  Students here don’t slip through the cracks, they are known by all of the teachers and staff, and their success becomes the mission of not only their teachers but the community.  Our environment truly fosters love in every word, respect in every action, and confidence in every heart.  You are always invited to visit our school and parish; I am confident you will find the special place you have been looking for. 


Jeff Van Rixel, Principal


St. Joseph Catholic School is participating in Wisconsin Parental Choice in 2022-2023.  Learn more about the program here!  Choice application period is 2/1/22-4/21/22.
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School visits and student shadowing can be scheduled at your convenience. Please contact the School Office at 262-662-2737 for more information or complete the tour registration form here.




“St. Joe’s instilled such a strong Catholic way of life for me, that it helped to govern how I carried myself and made decisions throughout high school and beyond.”

- Alex H., graduate of St. Joseph School and recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame

In today's world I am glad that we made the choice to send our children to St. Joe’s. It has impacted each of them in a special and different way and I am proud of who each of them has become. It was the best decision we ever made for our children and I would sacrifice and do it all over again.

- Mary M., parent of three St. Joseph School graduates

"St. Joseph kind of landed in our lap! Our plan was to send our son for K4 and then pull him out and go to the Waterford public school that was literally just a little over a mile from where we lived. I came in for a tour with the principal and an 8th grade student. I was blown away! I knew from the moment I stepped foot in that door that I wasn’t leaving!

Where do I begin? The entire staff is pure gold here! They as a whole go above and beyond regular class teaching. I loved the respect shown between the staff and students (both ways), the small class sizes, the freedom to talk about God, the gathering and scattering meetings, the uniforms, etc. I knew that this is where we belonged.

It took a little convincing to my husband! He was all set on the public school down the road that wasn’t going to cost us anything. He came to the open house and met everyone and he knew immediately as well that we had found a hidden gem.  Not one day goes by that I ever doubt our decision of staying here. We feel like this was such a smart investment in our children and know that we’ve given them such a great foundation."

- Dorian D., parent of two current St. Joseph School students

Frequently Asked Questions


How does St. Joseph School rate academically against other private and public schools in the area?

We offer highly competitive academia which ranks high among the surrounding schools, both public and private.  Our teacher-to-student ratio is smaller than many area schools, thereby providing greater focus on your child’s specific needs.  We treat each child as an individual, providing learning experiences that cater to their individual needs.

How many families are represented at the school?  What grades?

There are about 75 families for a total of approximately 110 students in 4K through 8th grade.

What makes St. Joe’s different than any other school?

St. Joseph has the best of both worlds - a comfortable, family atmosphere coupled with rigorous academic standards.  Parents have the opportunity to participate in the classroom and get to know their child’s classmates and their families, experiencing rich relationships within the extended family of the school and parish.

How much is tuition? Is there financial assistance available?

Registration and tuition information can be found here under Forms & Resources.  Financial assistance is available through our Angel Fund.  Please contact the school office for more information.

What curriculum do you follow?

Our curriculum is built from the state standards along with our Catholic Faith standards.  We have a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to be college and career ready.  Seventh and eighth grade students, who qualify, participate in an Archdiocesan gifted and talented program called Discovery Project. 

All children, to varying degrees, are taught in Communities of Learners.  While each grade has their own homeroom and homeroom teacher, this approach to teaching allows two grade levels and their respective teachers to work together at various times throughout the day.  The teachers work together to share planning of instruction and assessing of children.  The teachers also have more time to meet individually with the students to make goals and meet their individual needs.  The children benefit from this environment because learning can be more personalized for each child.  Children are able to work at their level and receive extra help or enrichment.

What extracurricular activities are offered?

We have many, diverse offerings.  Please see the About Our School page for more information.

Is there after school care?

Yes!  Please see the Wrap-Around Care page for more information.

How often do students go to mass?  How is religion incorporated in the curriculum?

In general, students go to Mass once a week on Fridays.  In addition, each class has a parent mass followed by a breakfast social once during the school year.  There are some times during the school year when Mass would be attended on another day (if a Holy Day of Obligation falls on a day other than Friday).  In addition, the students go to Stations of the Cross weekly during Lent, All School Rosary in October, and the Sacrament of Confession during the Advent and Lent seasons.

Religion class is part of the regular curriculum and the teachings of Christ Jesus are incorporated into the every-day facets of school daily.

Do you have to be Catholic or part of St. Joseph Parish to attend St. Joseph School?

No, we have no restrictions regarding religious beliefs. You do not need to be a member of the parish to be enrolled at St. Joseph School, and tuition is the same cost as for parish members.

What type of experience and education does your staff have?

Our teachers are fully certified and attend professional development sessions on a regular basis.

Is busing available?

There is busing available within specific boundaries covering all of Big Bend, Vernon, and a large part of Mukwonago.  See the Bus Map on the Current Families page for more information.

How to Enroll

We can't wait for you to become part of our family!  Please contact the School Office with any questions at [email protected] or 262-662-2737.