4832 Highland Ave.

Downers Grove, IL 60515

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Monday to Friday


Opportunity. Achieve. Lead.


Our curriculum follows the National and Diocese of Joliet Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. We seek to educate the whole child by providing an excellent education rooted in Catholic values.

Along with the National Catholic School Standards, we integrate the Common Core State Standards as measurable standards of our progress in preparing students for future success in high school and college, and for career readiness. The combination of both standards gives our students a strong academic program rooted in the Catholic faith.

Our students are assessed through the Diocese of Joliet Curriculum Assessments and the yearly standardized Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Recent Iowa Test results indicated that St. Joseph School, on average, scored “significantly above” the Diocese of Joliet and national average scores

Daily Curriculum

Weekly Curriculum

  • Religion, Math, Language Arts, and Reading
  • Social studies and Science varies by grade level
  • Art, Music, Learning Resource Center (Library) and Computer
  • Physical Education is held twice per week for grades 1-8; once per week for Kindergarten
  • Spanish is taught once per week in grades K-7; twice per week in grade 8


Catholic values are woven into all spiritual, educational and extracurricular activities


Creative opportunities in various mediums and areas of self-expression


Experiential learning based on the fundamentals of music

Learning Resource Center

Library and computer resources are available to students


Spanish classes are taught in a language immersion environment.

Computer Science

The hands-on curriculum connects technology to current events and core subject areas.

Physical Education

Focus on locomotor skills, team and individual sports, and overall fitness. Held twice per week for grades 1-8; once per week for Kindergarten. 


Support and improve reading skills


We offer two classrooms per grade with approximately 20 students per classroom. This allows for personalized approach to learning. Teacher’s Aides support each class as needed.

Daily Schedule

K – 8:

  • First bell is at 7:45 am
  • Students are in their seats for prayers at 7:50 am
  • Dismissal is at 2:20 pm


  • Pre-K3: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 – 11:00 am
  • Pre-K4: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00 – 11:00 am