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Why St. Joe's ?

Parent Name: Patrick & Kari (Larkin) Espel  

Children Names & Grade: Luke (2nd) , Jaxson (1st), Claire (incoming K),  Maddie (incoming Pre K)

What makes SJCS different?  First, it is small which allows for the close family atmosphere.  It is diverse with students and families from a variety of backgrounds.  You have families on scholarships and financial aid, as well as, those who are very financially successful.  You have students with special needs and you can see inclusion at its finest. You have a variety of ethnic backgrounds, as well as, a variety of religious backgrounds.  With all these differences, you are still welcomed and treated with respect. You are viewed as a child of God, and you can learn about and grow in your faith. You share something very special, and that is the choice, the priority, and the sacrifice to send your child to St. Joseph Consolidated School located at 2nd and Hanover.      


Parent Name: Aaron & Katie Zboril

Children Name & Grade: Annie (4th), Jack (2nd) June (incoming preschooler)

When we walked into St. Joseph there was a feeling that is quite honestly hard to describe.  The staff and other families made us feel like we were the only people touring the school.  When we visited St. Joseph, we felt like we weren’t just another family.  They made us feel as if we had always belonged here.  I can honestly say that feeling has remained the same for our family since our oldest daughter started Kindergarten 7 years ago!  We love that our children can use Ross Transportation to go back and forth to school.  We have a great public school system and we had a difficult time deciding, especially my husband since he had attended public schools.  However, after we walked out of the Open House, he turned to me and said, “Ok, our children need to go to school there.  I want to pay for something different.”  To our family, these are the best years of our children’s lives.   We feel incredibly blessed to know they are loved, safe, and academically challenged.  The peace of mind we have knowing they are well prepared for high school and life because of the St. Joseph foundation is immeasurable.  We can’t wait to watch our Blue Jays spread their wings and fly!


Parent Name: Rick & Kathy Demmel

Child name & grade: Emmy (7th)

Having gone through our public school system as a child, I had planned to send Emmy to the Hamilton City schools but eventually got overruled by Kathy who wanted a faith based education for our daughter; and while I’m still an advocate for our public education in Hamilton, I’m sold on St. Joe’s and can’t say enough about everything that they do to provide a first class education.  The teachers and staff are an amazing group of people who have certainly proven Kathy to be right in every way on the subject of Emmy's education (among many other things).



Parent Names: Liz and Chris Otto

Children and Grades: James (2nd), Jonathan (K), Claire (will be K next year)

Our family came to St. Joe’s as our oldest son was entering the 1st grade. We had previously attended another school in the area, which never truly felt like a good fit for us. We considered other schools, one of which is only a couple of minutes from our home, but after visiting St. Joe’s, we knew this was where we needed to be. We decided to check out St. Joe’s during the annual open house and as soon as we entered the building, it was clear that this was the perfect school for our three children. It’s hard to put into words, but there is a different feeling about this school. The diverse student body and inclusive environment stood out to us and is something that we wanted our children to be a part of. We were immediately welcomed and accepted into the St. Joe’s community and are grateful every day for the amazing principal, teachers, and other staff members that care for our kids. We now have two children at St. Joe’s and are looking forward to next year when our third child will attend the school as well. As parents, choosing this school for our children has been the best decision we’ve made. Not only are they growing academically, but they are also loved, supported, and encouraged to be the best people they can be. St. Joe’s is truly a special place- we love this school!


Parent Names: Tony & Lora Couch

Children and Grades: Connor (7th), Sidney (6th)

Why St. Joseph’s Consolidated School?

Every parent wants to make the best decisions when it comes to their children’s education- as well as everything else in our hectic and hurried world today. As parents of a 6th and 7th grader at SJCS, I can say without hesitation that we made the BEST possible decision for our family.

Family… is exactly what you get- from the beginning of your child’s education, until the end and it doesn’t stop there. I cannot sing praises loud enough when it comes to the Principal, Mr. Hicks and his staff at SJCS. In taking the time and consideration to truly get to know my children, they have more than earned my family’s trust and respect, not to mention our undying gratitude. They have helped make my children the confident and compassionate young people they are today and the leaders they will be in the future. Your child will be known. Your child will be nurtured and cared for. Your child will receive the quality education they deserve and be provided the tools and support they need to reach their full potential. Once a part of SJCS… always a part of SJCS.

Faith… learning and growing in Christ, Family… nurturing, encouraging,                                 

Future… fostering compassionate leaders of tomorrow…………….Forever grateful


Grandparents name:  Sid and Karen Vance

Student name:  Noah Eakes 1st grade

When we were looking for a school for our grandson, we knew that we wanted a Christian –based school. Not being catholic, we looked at several different options in the area.

From the moment we walked in the door at St. Joe’s, we have felt nothing but welcome and knew that this is where we wanted our grandson to begin his education.

Our grandson is now in first grade, and the year and a half that he has been here has been a wonderful experience for all of us.  Not only is he doing well in his classwork, the kids are also taught to be kind, compassionate and caring; universal values regardless of religious affiliation.

The principal, the teachers and the staff are wonderful.  Our grandson is very impressed they know the names of all the kids.

St Joe’s is truly a special place and we could not be happier with our decision to have our grandson attend.


Mark Tokarczyk,  Father and proud SJCS Parent of: Samantha 7th grade, Jacob 5th, and Nicholas 3rd

To all perspective parents,

Without question, SJCS has exceeded our expectations for a Catholic grade school education. Initially, we visited SJCS due to their good reputation of inclusion of all types of students. Today, we see what an exceptional experience SJCS is for ALL of our three children. My wife and I have found the educators and staff to be both forward thinking and personable. The curriculum has challenged our kids individual needs, yet made them successful.  In short time, SJCS has become an extension of our family.


Why we love St. Joes....


  1. It is the place I found a second home when I became the first grade teacher. I thought I’d be walking in blind, but there were so many teachers and even parents that were willing to help get me settled into my first teaching job. The secretary, Mrs. Stenger, became another Mom to me and was always willing to lend an extra hand! (Still is!!)Mr. Hicks, our amazing principal, believed in me and gave me the opportunity to begin the career I love. 💕 Now I get to work with students through intervention every day.
  2. Ethan is now in the school with me and I get to be so involved with his experience at school. He loves school, especially library with Mrs. Brossart, music with Mr. Fields, and art and gym with Mrs. Schroeder! Everyone is always looking out for the little ones! They have 7th or 8th grade buddies, their classroom teachers adore them, and the staff as a whole knows the children by name and make it a point to get to know them before they have them in class.
  3. Our lunch ladies and men are amazing and cook for students every day in our cafeteria! They go the extra mile to make sure everyone is eating and enjoying what they are eating!
  4. Our PTO is always so supportive and always looking for new ways to raise money for our children to be involved in new exciting activities such as: bringing the planetarium dome, kids making their own simple machines, and giving students the opportunity to see Wicked in theater, to name just a few!
  5. I have the opportunity to invite volunteers to come in to school and read with students weekly! Some of these volunteers are current parents and/or grandparents, but others are grandparents that still come even though their grandchildren are gone,because they love the children as much as I do! This year I have 15 volunteers that give hours of their time each week to make our children better students!!
  6. Most importantly, it feels like my home. It is a place where everyone cares about each other and is always looking out for each and every child’s needs. St.Joes is a diverse community and gives children the understanding that everyone is important and loved the same way.

#sjcstradition #mysjcsstory Sarah Graf