Award Year: 2015

Saint Joseph School

420 East Simpson Street
Mechanicsburg, PA, 17055-6507

(717) 766-2564

Mr. John W. Cominsky, Principal at time of Nomination

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In partnership with families, Saint Joseph School develops the God-given spiritual, intellectual, and physical gifts of students with dignity, respect, care, and love.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 84%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Saint Joseph School fifth graders enjoy a moment together.

Saint Joseph School fifth graders enjoy a moment together.

Serving families in the Diocese of Harrisburg, Saint Joseph School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, educates more than 400 children in the Catholic Tradition. With no admissions test, Saint Joseph maintains superior academic standards while reaching as many learning styles as possible. Saint Joseph employs full-time learning support teachers for students who learn differently, as well as an enrichment teacher for high-achieving students, a combination unprecedented in the Diocese of Harrisburg.

A parish school committed to serving all families, Saint Joseph provides financial aid for 30% of the school’s students. With parents, the primary educators of children, Saint Joseph faculty and staff develop integrity, morals, independent thinking, and acceptance of personal responsibility in all students. Children develop their academic gifts using state-of-the-art technology. A diverse curriculum focuses on core subjects of math and language arts while offering a full array of special classes, including two foreign languages for all students beginning in preschool.

The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Enrichment opportunities abound, especially in music and the arts, and students participate in band, strings, liturgy choir, and handbell programs. Saint Joseph School believes the gifts and talents of children come from God and lead to God. Students practice their faith through weekly liturgies, school-wide devotions, and seasonal service projects. Within the school building and in the larger community, Saint Joseph School faculty, staff, and families remember the words of the Master Teacher: “Whatever you did for the least among you, you did for me.”