St. Joseph’s Catholic School is a private, Roman Catholic, coeducational, college-preparatory day school serving nearly 700 students in grades six through twelve. Recognized and approved by and within the Diocese of Charleston, St. Joseph’s seeks academic excellence and strives to form the minds, hearts, and souls of its students in the likeness of Christ. Situated on a 36-acre campus centrally located in Greenville County, the school provides a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with challenging college preparatory,honors, and Advanced Placement classes utilizing both coeducational (high school) and single-gender (middle school) instruction. The school’s spiritual environment, rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church, helps to create a joyful, Christ-centered school in which students can learn and grow. St. Joseph’s also offers more than 100 co-curricular activities, including athletics and fine arts, as well as academic, leadership, service, and personal enrichment clubs and organizations.
School & Student Distinctions
Class of 2020 Population: 102
Classes of 2020 Test Results
SAT Results: Mid-50% Range (Mean)
Critical Reading: 580-680 (629)
Math: 540-670 (603)
Composite: 1150-1340 (1233)
ACT Results: Mid-50% Range (Mean)
English: 24-33 (28)
Math: 21-28 (25)
Reading: 24-33 (29)
Science Reasoning: 23-29 (26)
Composite: 24-30 (26)
Students are admitted into AP courses based on grades in prerequisite courses, teacher recommendations, and PSAT scores. All students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP exams.
Students tested: 153
Tests taken: 266
A score of 3 or above was earned on 89% of AP exams taken.
School of Excellence
The Cardinal Newman Society recognized SJCS as a Catholic Education Honor Roll School of Excellence in its most recent list of honorees. Honor Roll schools are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs, as well as excellence in academics.
College Acceptance and Scholarship
Traditionally, all graduates attend college with the majority entering four-year institutions. The 102 members of the Class of 2020 had 88% entering four-year institutions and 10% entering two-year institutions. They received acceptances from 118 different colleges and universities in 2 countries, 31 states and DC, and attended 44 different colleges in 2 countries (US and Spain) and 17 states and DC.
Ninety-three percent of the Class of 2020 received at least one merit-based scholarship, totaling 12 million dollars in merit-based scholarships earned.
Nine members of the Class of 2020 committed to continuing their athletic careers in college. In the school’s 10th year of competition in the SC High School League during a shortened athletic season due to COVID-19, its teams earned two state titles, and two teams were state runners-up. In addition, through the winter season, SJCS would have been awarded the 2A Carlisle Cup by the SC Athletic Administrators Association (for outstanding excellence in its athletic program). However, the Carlisle Cup wasn’t awarded because of the shortened athletic season.
National Merit Scholarship Competition
The Class of 2020 had two Finalists and two Commended Scholars. Since the school’s inception, there have been fifty-three Finalists/Semifinalists, fifty-six Commended, six National Achievement Scholars, and three National Hispanic Scholars.
Accreditations & Affiliations
- AdvancEd (Formerly SACS)
- South Carolina Independent School
- National Catholic Education Association
- Palmetto Association of Independent
- Southern Association for College Admission
- National Association for College Admission
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Average Class Size: 15
Faculty Holding Advanced Degrees: 32 (56%)