Saint Joseph School has a history of tradition and excellence in the Columbia community. In 1953 the parishioners of Saint Joseph Catholic Church realized a need to provide a Catholic elementary education to the children of its parishioners and fellow community members. The parishioners began collecting the funds to construct an elementary school next to the church. Construction began in late 1953 and Saint Joseph School opened its doors for classes on September 7, 1954.
During the first years of operation, Saint Joseph School offered elementary education for first through sixth grades with one class of each grade level. Seventh grade was added in 1955 and eighth grade was added in 1956. In 1989, the decision was made to incorporate seventh and eighth grade into Cardinal Newman Middle School in Columbia.
Kindergarten (K5) was added in the early 1970's, and in 1992 the kindergarten program was expanded to include 4 year old kindergarten (K4). Since 1992, the school has provided Catholic education for grades K4 through sixth grade with an average annual enrollment of 330 students.
Ongoing capital improvements have continued to enhance the Saint Joseph campus. In 1992, the school added a computer lab, art room, library, guidance office, music room, science lab, and gymnasium to its facilities.
In the summer of 2007, a new building project was completed to renovate the front office and to make the entrance to the school building more secure. The faculty work room and lounge were also renovated, and offices for the principal and assistant principal were created. Also, a science lab was created on the first floor of the Rowland Educational Building.
The school's front corridor was renovated in 2009 to include new tile flooring and a cleaner, more open design. The school's cafeteria, Kamler Hall, was renovated in 2010. In 2011, in large part to the success of our 2010-11 Annual Fund drive, we were able to make major upgrades to technology and facilities—new lap top computers were given to each teacher and in-classroom sound systems were upgraded. Plans to build a new K4/K5 playground are slated for the summer of 2012.
Throughout the past 50 years, the Saint Joseph School community has seen many changes. No matter what the future holds, we remain committed to Inspiring Minds, Building Character, and Living Faith, as we continue to provide excellence in academics, character development, and spiritual formation to the children of the Columbia community.
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Saint Joseph Catholic School 3700 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205 (803) 254-6736 (866) 456-7374 fax 803-540-1913