New Saint Joseph Catholic School Students


Interested in Saint Joseph Catholic School? Tours are conducted throughout the year. Families of children who seek admission to Saint Joseph Catholic School can visit our Inquiry Page and complete the information form. Someone from our Admissions Office will contact you. Additionally, you can contact Saint Joseph Catholic School at (803) 254-6736 with any questions or to request a tour of the school.


New Student Requirements


  • An applicant for Saint Joseph Catholic School 4 year-old kindergarten (4K) must be four years of age on or before September 1st. 

  • A new applicant for 5 year-old kindergarten (5K) must be five years of age on or before September 1st. 

  • A new applicant for first grade must be six years old on or before September 1st as required by state law.


Ready to apply?  Visit our online application page.

Click HERE for our admissions checklist.

School Acceptance Order


After all application requirements have been completed and the application has been reviewed by the Admissions Office, students are accepted into Saint Joseph Catholic School in this order:

  • Siblings of students currently attending Saint Joseph Catholic School

  • Children of registered and regular contributing parishioners of Saint Joseph Parish

  • Children of registered and regular contributing parishioners of neighboring Catholic parishes

  • Children of non-Catholic families.

Admissions Policies


Saint Joseph Catholic Preschool (4K and 5K)


Our preschool class has been designed to help prepare the young child to enter the school system at a level of age and maturity where the child can most benefit in an academic/social setting. Children entering 4K MUST BE TOILET TRAINED.


As children mature at varied levels and times the administration and preschool staff of Saint Joseph Catholic School pay close attention to each child's development and readiness for school. If a child appears/demonstrates that he/she is not ready for a school environment the teacher, guidance counselor and principal will meet with parents/guardians to develop a workable plan to help the child become more adapted to school life.


If by the end of the first quarter of the school year the preschool child has not adapted to the routine of school and/or the preschool program, the parents/guardians will be advised to allow the child to wait until the next school year before entering the Saint Joseph Catholic School preschool program.



Saint Joseph Catholic School Special Needs


Saint Joseph Catholic School is aware that some children have been diagnosed to have special needs. It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to provide documentation by a certified medical professional to the principal prior to registration, regarding personal conditions, which may require special services by the school. At that time, the school administration and guidance staff will formulate an Assistance Plan, which offers reasonable accommodations for the student. The parents/guardians may choose to accept the plan or to enroll their child at another school, which has more in-depth programs.

These cases will be evaluated on these two perspectives: the educational standards of the school and the school's financial ability to provide the service. 


Click here for more information about Exceptional SC for qualified students.





Feel free to contact Saint Joseph Catholic School at (803) 254-6736 with any questions or concerns.

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Saint Joseph Catholic School

3700 Devine Street

Columbia, SC 29205

(803) 254-6736      (866) 456-7374

Extended care: (803) 744-0143

fax (803) 540-1913


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