St. Joseph Catholic School students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to participate in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles sponsored, Academic Junior High Decathlon. The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6-8. There are ten events. Two are collaborative team efforts – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Roman Catholic doctrine, English, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies, and Fine Arts (Art and Music). Awards are given for individual and team performance, and the winning school team from each geographic diocese competes in a state championship the first Saturday of March.
St. Joseph Catholic School Band
Students in Grades 6-8 are given the opportunity to join the St. Joseph Catholic School Band. They can attend after school practices with our music teacher to receive personalized music instruction for a wide variety of instruments. Students perform together in competitions throughout Southern California. Our band received a Silver Rating at the Forum Music Festival in May 2022!
Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition
St. Joseph Catholic School students in grades 7-8 have the opportunity to compete in the Annual Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition.
The Los Angeles Mock Trial Program is an academic competition in which senior high schools and middle schools compete at the county level. This year, participation is expected to include over 2,000 students in Los Angeles County. The trial itself is a simulation of a criminal case, in which students portray each of the principals in the cast of courtroom characters. Student teams study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research, and receive guidance from volunteer attorneys in courtroom procedures and trial preparation. Students participate as lawyers, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs, thus acquiring a working knowledge of our judicial system. The Mock Trial Program encourages young people to develop their analytical abilities and communication skills while gaining increased self-confidence.
Students in 5th-8th Grade are given the opportunity to play for Catholic Youth Organization sports. Parents are encouraged to assist in coaching and receive training from the Play Like a Champion program. These sports include, but are not limited to: boys and girls volleyball, basketball, track and field, soccer, and flag football.
Students in grades 4-8 are elected to positions such as spokesperson, secretary, publicist, spirit and athletics, religious affairs, or class representative through a school wide voting and election process. Students vote for the five candidates that they believe will uphold the duties and responsibilities of our Student Council. Along with the five main council members, grades 4-8 hold class representative elections where one member from each class is elected to be on the Student Council. Students must uphold being a Disciple of Christ, Tenacious Scholar and 21st Century Learner while being in office. Students also must maintain a 3.0 GPA and Oustanding / Good in Behavior and Work Habits.