Award Year: 2019

Saint Joseph Regional Catholic School

11011 Montgomery Road
Beltsville, MD, 20705-2815

(301) 937-7154

Dr. Janine Bertolotti, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Washington School District

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The mission of St. Joseph's is to cooperate with families, who are the primary educators, in forming the whole child in the Catholic Christian faith.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 53%
  • White: 14%
  • Hispanic: 19%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 8%
Sharing in the joy of each other at recess.

Sharing in the joy of each other at recess.

Reflecting the ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic diversity of the nation's capital lies St. Joseph Regional Catholic School in Beltsville, Maryland. This small, co-educational Catholic school serves 196 students and their families, enrolled in grades pre-K4 through the 8th grade. The rich diversity of the student population is embraced by a faculty and staff who fundamentally believe that each child is created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, each child is unique and deserving of love, kindness, and mercy.

Through the adoption of a growth mindset philosophy, the staff focuses on progress in all aspects of a child's development and instills high expectations for behavior and achievement. Staff members expect that each student will be self-disciplined and conduct themselves with love based on the understanding that their actions have a direct impact on their individual person and the larger school community. Using data-driven decision making as a tool to maintain high expectations, teachers emphasize progress in academic achievement and, equally as important, the skills necessary for student success. To best support the development of our children, it is our ideology that faculty and staff work collaboratively with parents. Parents and staff are committed to the equal development of all aspects of the child and systematically create and sustain opportunities for growth. Therefore, the faculty and staff, in collaboration with parents, work diligently to foster the self-discipline required by focusing on how children monitor their thoughts, words, and actions so that an environment conducive to learning is maintained.