A Girl in a Classroom
St. Joseph Catholic School Olney, Illinois


  • Language Arts (reading and writing)

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Religion

  • Art

  • Music

  • Physical Education/Health

  • Library

  • Spanish

The curriculum at St. Joseph School is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is recognized by the State Board of Education.  In addition, all students participate in daily religion classes in accordance with the directives of the National Catechetical Directory for Catholics of the United States.  Special curricula in respect for life (sex education, understanding the aging, etc.) are included.  All classroom teachers are certified and hold Bachelor's or Master's Degrees in Education.  The faculty is highly qualified and dedicated.



  • Recorders (Grade 4)

  • Cadet Band (Grade 5)

  • Varsity Band (Grade 6-8)

  • Technology (Grade 7-8)

  • Cadet Choir (Grades 3-4)

  • Concert Choir (Grades 5-6)

  • Show Choir (Grades 7-8)

  • Library Instruction (Grades PreK-8)


  • Team Quest Competition (Grades 5-8)

  • State Science Fair Competition (8th Grade)

  • Cross Country (Grades 4-8)

  • Basketball (Grades 4-8)

  • Track and Field (Grades 4-8)


  • In-Classroom Interactive Mimio and Projection System

  • Fully-Equipped and Updated 30 Station PC Lab

  • 4 Station Library Laptop Pod

  • 30 Unit iPad Lab

  • Personal Chromebooks in Grades 6-8


In addition to the state mandated programs, our curriculum includes music and art.



St. Joseph School supports artistic expression with weekly art classes in small groups.  Children learn a variety of art forms and have opportunities to participate in art contests.


Students in Pre-K take an early childhood music course as part of the regular curriculum.

Students in grades K-2 take a general music class with exposure to a variety of music types with a focus on religious songs.

Students in grades 3-8 participate in organized choir; learning to read music and participate in a large church singing group.

Students in grade 4 take a semester of recorder to learn instrumentation and reading music.  Students may then participate in beginning band in grade 5.  Band students in grades 6-8 join varsity band.


Classroom subject matters is reinforced by means of guest speakers, field trips, and other special resources.