In 2014, after careful research, our family moved from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Greenville with the intentions of having our daughters attend St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We were very impressed with St. Joseph’s vibrant Catholic identity and the Headmaster’s vision for the school. After my retirement, our family income dropped substantially, making it very difficult to pay the tuition for both children. Our family has received tuition assistance for the past three years from the school, and we are very grateful for the generosity of those families and individuals who help support this important fund. Without this assistance, it would have been difficult to have our children attend this faithful Catholic and Christ-centered school. Both children are receiving an excellent education that is preparing them for college as well as helping them follow Christ.
Ricardo and Ann Gushue
Parents of Sara (Class of 2021), Emily (Class of 2022)
I just wanted to thank you both and to let you know what your classes have done for me in college. I just finished my first paper in my English class and was reading through two of my peer’s papers in a review class period. I kept thinking about what I had learned in your classes and how I was taught to organize my thoughts in writing. I felt so proud knowing how to help my classmates with their papers. While writing my paper, I used old drafts from my junior and senior years to organize and analyze specific points (I’m not kidding… I have my old papers here with me!) I also looked over all of the comments and writing help papers that I received in your classes. I can honestly say I felt completely prepared to write a solid essay for my professor. I wanted to email you both to tell you this because your classes made a difference for me in my writing and my ability to analyze works. Thank you for all of your time and effort whether it was grading papers or taking time to explain tedious details such as MLA format. I just found out that I received a 98 on my first paper and I know that you both helped me do this. I miss you both and hope you’re doing well.
Kaely Ann Thompson
Class of 2017
Just a short note to thank you for welcoming our relatives from Puerto Rico in their time of need. Their experience at St. Joseph’s was extremely positive in many ways. Yesterday, my sister told me they now realize how much the experience at St. Joseph’s has changed Sofia.
During her time in Greenville, she began to attend Mass regularly and went to Confession for the first time since her First Communion. She now actively embraces her Faith…
This is a reaffirmation that, besides academics, the most important aspect of a Catholic Education is a sound formation and ultimately a life-long friendship with our Lord.
Mother of Martin (Class of 2015), Manuel (Class of 2016), Miguel (Class of 2018),
Marcos (Class of 2019), Maria (Class of 2022)
Maddie (in her first year at Belmont University in Nashville) called last night. She loves it there, but she’s a bit homesick. She perked up a bit talking about her classes and said, “Oh, tell Mr. Orbon this, and tell Mrs. Carr that, oh, and tell Mrs. Koon this….” To sum it up, she is in the Honors College taking Economics, Business Law, Honors World Religions, and Critical Thinking. After her second day of classes, she heard many topics already covered by her teachers at SJCS and feels so prepared. That is comforting and gives her a bit confidence in this new world of college. I do have to give a shout out to Karl Orbon as she heard in every class (except Econ) something discussed in her Honors Faith and Reason class last year. I am so thankful for my children’s education, not only academically, but also emotionally and spiritually. Starting in sixth grade, you nurtured and guided them. Every faculty member and every staff member played and continues to play a positive part in my children’s lives and I am so grateful.
Mother of Catherine (Class of 2017), Maddie (Class of 2018),Bennett (Class of 2021), Ella (Class of 2024)
St. Joe’s has given Dillon an opportunity to grow as a student and as a person. If he had stayed in public school into middle school, he was on the track for the lowest level reading and lowest level math because of the way the school district assesses students. And yet now, he is in Honors Algebra II, Honors Literature, Honors History, Honors Chemistry, etc. I firmly believe that he would not have grown as much academically in another school. Between Boy Scouts and St. Joe’s, Dillon has had opportunities that have allowed his strengths to shine and he has been in an environment that encouraged him to grow academically and spiritually.
Mother of Dillon (Class of 2019), Ashley (Class of 2021), Meghan (Class of 2023)
I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your presence in my life has brought me so much joy. I want to tell you how much it means to me that you have so much faith in me. I truly am so blessed to have you in my life. God gives us people (teachers) in our lives that communicate His Word to us. Your poem has been ringing in my head. I am not a number on a page. I lost sight of that, but you helped me see it again.
Class of 2018
I want to finally write what I have should have written ages ago. I cannot thank you enough for the impact that you have had on my life. I wouldn’t be half the man that I am today without you. After everything that we have been through, you have taught me so much. You taught me how to be myself, no matter the pressure to be somebody different. You taught me to persevere and to follow my dreams, no matter the opposition. You taught me that compassion and love are the most important things in the world. Again, I can’t express what that means to me. You have been there for me every step of the way.
You are not only my favorite teacher. You are my hero.
Class of 2018
I wanted to tell you that the middle school play was absolutely fabulous. It was delightful and funny with a wonderful message. The kids did an amazing job. Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication. The stage crew was great and they were so kind and helpful to Jenna. I am so happy that Jenna had this experience. I hope she will consider taking a drama class in high school. Drama is a good confidence builder, especially in these tough teenage years. We are looking forward to the rest of the productions this year!
Mother of Jenna and Ashley, Class of 2022
Amy is studying Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University and she has broken many records: she will be graduating a year early (in May 2019), finished her co-op in one semester rather than three, got a job offer from Packaging Corporation of America as a Process Engineer one year prior to graduation (after working only 6 weeks as a co-op student), plus she will be receiving $20,000 toward her final year’s tuition. Many of these accomplishments and more would not have been achieved without the advanced education she received while at St. Joseph’s. The teachers are great and the college guidance outstanding.
Very well-worth the investment.
Frank and Elizabeth Schemitsch
Parents of Amy (Class of 2015), Marie (Class of 2019)
I am so happy that Kate gets to be in your religion class this year. I especially love that already we are having amazing conversations at the dinner table about our faith and our relationship with God and Christ. Often times there are movies or books that I try to get my children interested in and ‘Signs’ was one of them… I was happy beyond words when Kate came home and told us the class had watched it. We had a great conversation about it. I love the way you teach our students, challenging them with thought provoking questions, and providing a variety of ways to discover their faith. Thank you for all that you do and have done for our children and all the children at SJCS.
Mother of Jacob (Class of 2016), EllaClaire (Class of 2018), Kate (Class of 2021)
I just wanted to let you know that Campus Ministry is a really incredible program at St. Joe’s and it’s helped me a lot through the past few weeks. I see a massive change in myself already. Moving has been really hard but having something every week that helps me make time to realize that I’m not the only person that’s struggling is so helpful. I see a change in myself after going every week and I so much appreciate having this opportunity to be a part of something so great. I thought that you should know that it really does make a difference, so thank you!
Class of 2019