Welcome to St. Joseph High School, a school of diverse learning opportunities unlike any you can experience in the City of Edmonton. St. Joseph High School offers a variety of educational programs to best meet the needs of individual students. St. Joseph recognizes that students have different learning needs and provides eight distinct educational programs to meet these needs.
Our focus in all of our programs is to have students maximize their potential as learners and citizens with student achievement as our number one priority. In stating this, we are saying that we will fully explore each child’s potential to the degree the child and the parent will support us.
We are excited to continue to offer and develop the Personalized Self Directed Learning Program (PSDL). Thomas Sergiovani, a noted educational researcher and speaker is quoted stating:
“ Standardization is the great friend of mediocrity but the enemy of imagination and excellence.”
Students registered in the PSDL program at St. Joseph must initially explore how they learn, and in many cases, re-learn how to learn with a greater emphasis on their aptitudes and learning styles. Working hand in hand with our students are the Teacher Advisors who act as assigned guides for the students’ time in high school. Successful students realize their potential by working collaboratively with both their Teacher Advisors and Course Advisors as they set goals and practice successful work habits.
The successful development of a “regular” student to a “PSDL” student is a remarkable transformation, one that allows students to be extremely successful in both High School and any other exploration in the post-secondary arena. Becoming a true “PSDL” learner includes acquiring skills that set a student apart from other regular high school graduates.
I look forward to our journey together. It will challenge you. It will change you.
“ No Glory without Effort” – for our Patron Saint Joseph, we aspire to this.
Yours in faith,
Eight Characters of Catholic Education
- Community: Catholics approach God together and commit to living as a community, a people of God in the world. The Catholic community, which extends over time and space, finds its life source in the traditional belief that the church represents the mystical Body of Christ. The Catholic community serves the common good of society by integrating faith and culture, thereby transforming society.
- Rationality: Throughout Catholic history reason has played an important role in the search for truth. The critical and speculative powers of reason allow for an active and open stance in relation to the truth. Catholics seek truth rationally and critically as well as though appreciation and respect. Rationality encourages faith to seek understanding.
- Humanness: God affirms the essential goodness of the human condition in becoming human in Jesus. A Catholic attitude towards the human condition is decidedly positive and compassionate. Catholics embrace their humanness as a gift, celebrate the essential goodness of being human, take delight in the enjoyment of human living, tolerate human imperfections, and are merciful in the face of human sinfulness.
- Spirituality: Catholic spirituality is rooted in the life of the Trinity and is lived “according to the Spirit”. Spirituality has to do with the way Catholics live their beliefs. Spirituality consists in letting God be present in each moment of the day, becoming attuned to God’s presence in the ups and downs of life. Prayer and a commitment to the moral and ethical values of the gospel provide the opening to God’s presence.
- Tradition: Catholics approach God together and commit to living as a community, a people of God in the world. The Catholic community, which extends over time and space, finds its life source in the traditional belief that the church represents the mystical Body of Christ. The Catholic community serves the common good of society by integrating faith and culture, thereby transforming society.
- Justice: Catholic social teaching establishes justice as a core commitment of faith and a sign of the Reign of God. Church statements capture the scriptural bases for justice, insisting that Catholics have a preferential option for the poor and marginalized. The dignity of the human person, the primacy of the common good, and the primacy of workers are the cornerstones of Catholic social justice.
- Sacramentality: All of creation is the ordinary medium of God’s outreach to the human family. God communicates to humans…through everything and anything of our world. Everything created is good because it is of God. A Catholic attitude to the world affirms the world as so good as to be sacramental. That is, it is made holy and is sacred.
- Hospitality: Being Catholic entails an abiding love for all people with commitment to their welfare, to rights and justice. The Catholic community is inclusive of diverse peoples and perspectives; is free of discrimination and sectarianism; and welcomes all peoples especially those most in need.