4832 Highland Ave.

Downers Grove, IL 60515

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Monday to Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should my child attend St. Joseph School?

St. Joseph School is a Catholic community that offers students a challenging academic education while building their love of God and commitment to improving the world. We educate the whole student – mind, body and spirit – and encourage each child to become the person God calls him or her to be. Ultimately, our goal is to prepare children for academic and personal success in a faith-filled, nurturing environment. Learn more >

What is the greatest attribute of your school?

An award-winning school, St. Joseph nurtures spiritual growth, provides challenging intellectual opportunities and encourages each child to succeed.  Learn more >


Do you have a Preschool program?

Yes, we have a preschool program with two morning sessions for three and four-year-old children, as well as a full-day program for four-year olds. Learn more >

Is there an all-day option for Kindergarten?

Yes, we have an All-Day Kindergarten program, which follows regular school hours of 7:45 am – 2:20 pm, with lunch and recess included. We have two Kindergarten classes and teachers, with a maximum of 30 students per classroom. Tuition cost is the same as Grades 1 – 8; Kindergartners ARE INCLUDED in the multi-student discount program. There is an option to extend your child’s day to 7:45 am – 6 pm with our Extended Care program.

What is the maximum class size at St. Joseph?

Currently, our class size is approximately 24 students per classroom; there are two classrooms per grade. If needed, we enforce a maximum class size of 30 students per classroom. There are teacher’s aides that support each class as needed.

What is the school’s curriculum?

Religion, Reading, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Spanish, Art, Music, Computers, Library Skills and Physical Education are taughtLearn more >

What is included in Religious Education?

Catholic values are emphasized in all spiritual, educational and extracurricular activities, including:

    • Daily classroom prayer and religion as a subject in every grade level
    • Weekly mass, with students serving as greeters, lectors, sacristans, ushers and choir members
    • Sacramental preparation is incorporated into the school day with a focus on Reconciliation and First Communion in 2nd Grade, and Confirmation in 8th Grade.
    • Prayer services, rosary, Stations of the Cross, May Crowning and Reconciliation.
    • Service projects for the parish and community.
    • A team prayer is said before all athletic events.

Do you offer virtue/character formation programs?

We have a Buddy Program that matches each student with a “buddy” from another class; the class buddies participate in various activities and events throughout the year.

We also offer a Buddy Family program designed to help new families become part of St. Joseph School. New and existing families are paired up so the new family has someone they can go to when they have questions about St. Joe’s. The existing family is asked to “show them the ropes,” help introduce the family, and check in with them to be sure their transition to St. Joe’s is as easy as possible.

St. Joseph School participates in the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Virtues in Practice Program. Each month our school community learns about a different Virtue along with a saint who practiced the virtue. We partner with parents to develop virtues in our students both in school and at home.

What extracurricular activities does St. Joseph School offer?

St. Joseph is proud to offer a variety of activities. No-cut sports are offered to students in grades 5 – 8, including football, volleyball, cross country, basketball and track; every child has an opportunity to play. Other activities include: Altar Servers, Band, Book Club, American Heritage Girls, Boy & Girl Scouts, Choir, Hand Bell Choir, Keyboarding, Mathletes, Piano, Scholastic Bowl, Student Council, Writing Club…and more! Learn more >

When does registration begin for new school families?

Typically, registration begins in January and continues until classrooms are full. Learn more >

Is there a waiting list?

There is no wait list at this time, however, parents are encouraged to turn in registration materials as soon as possible to ensure a place for your child, especially for Preschool and Kindergarten classesLearn more >

What admission policies are followed at St. Joseph School?

The order of priority is as follows:

  • Siblings of current St. Joseph students
  • Children of St. Joseph parishioners
  • Children from other parishes whose parish does not have a Catholic school
  • Transfer students from other Catholic schools
  • Transfer students from public schools

Additionally, a child must be five years old by September 1 to enter Kindergarten. A child who is six years old by September 1 is eligible to enter 1st grade. A county birth certificate and a baptismal date (or certificate) are required. Learn more >

Is there a registration fee?

There is a $200 non-refundable registration fee charged to new families at the time of registration.

Are other required fees in addition to tuition and registration fees?

You are expected to be an active contributor in Sunday stewardship through the parish. Families are also asked to contribute an annual $300 Development Fee, as well as participate in development initiatives that support our Second Century Fund – including events, raffles, Manna gift card purchases, sponsorships, etc. A $20 Parent Forum Party Fee is collected at the beginning of the year from each family to cover classroom parties. There is also a small fee for students participating in First Communion and 8th Grade Graduation. At your discretion, you may contribute to bi-annual collections for teachers’ gifts (at Christmas and year-end).

Click here for specific fee information can be found. Fees are subject to change.

Is tuition assistance available?

Yes, please ask our principal for details about our Tuition Assistance program for qualifying families. Learn more >

What is the school’s daily schedule?

For K – 8:

  • The first bell is at 7:45 am
  • Students are in their seats for prayers at 7:50 am
  • Dismissal is at 2:20 pm


  • Pre-K3: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 – 11:00 am
  • Pre-K4: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00 – 11:00 am
  • PreK4 Plus: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-2:20 pm

Can I volunteer at the school?

Yes! We regularly welcome parent volunteers for a variety of events and activities – inside and outside the classroom – throughout the year. The talents and time that our parents provide are a daily blessing to our faculty, staff and students. Before volunteering, parents are required to attend a “Protecting God’s Children” session and to complete a background check. Please see the Diocese of Joliet’s website for more information.

What are your parish boundaries?

There are no boundaries for the parish.

Where do your graduates typically attend high school?

Many St. Joseph graduates continue their studies at Catholic high schools in the area, including Benet Academy, Fenwick, Marmion Academy, Montini Catholic, Nazareth Academy, St. Francis, and St. Rita of Cascia. Our graduates also attend Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South.

Do you offer a hot lunch program?

This program is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. St. Joseph School offers an optional hot/special lunch program. On Mondays and Wednesdays lunch is ordered from a variety of local restaurants. Pizza lunch is offered on Fridays.

Contact Us

St. Joseph School
4832 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: 630-969-4306
Fax: 630-964-9074