Award Year: 2016

Saint Joseph School, Fullerton

8416 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD, 21236-0319

(410) 256-8026

Mrs. Phyllis Karko, Principal at time of Nomination

Kenneth Pipkin, Current Principal

Archdiocese of Baltimore

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Saint Joseph School educates children in the Catholic tradition, providing a positive learning environment where every child is challenged to full potential: academically, spiritually, and morally.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 62%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 24%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
As a family we celebrate mass to remain spiritually focused.

As a family we celebrate mass to remain spiritually focused.

St. Joseph School was founded in 1877 by the Sisters of St. Francis whose mission and vision of St. Francis of Assisi continues to be embodied by a dedicated faculty who make St. Joseph's more than just a school, but a home for all. With various ethnic and economic backgrounds the school serves as a beacon for what a diverse learning community truly means. We hold expectations and standards for all that are not only set high, but reached, which promotes the growth in size due to our commitment to learning. Our school holds a long lasting tradition of rigorous learning for all. This is accomplished through the love and understanding of our entire staff, a close knit community, and the families with the underlying focus of a Christ centered environment, which exists in all aspects of the school. Our teachers are hard-working and continuously reviewing data as well as seeking ways to include creativity, generate participation, and promote active and engaged learners. This analysis translates into lessons and activities that are designed for each student allowing them to reach their full potential.

St. Joseph School applied to be recognized as a "National Blue Ribbon School" because of our belief in academic excellence and our goal to continuously close achievement gaps as a school as well as on an individual student basis. We feel that we have succeeded in this educationally but also in a way "that those that do not know God, but know us, know God through us".