Academics

St. Justin School has a proven track record with high academic success, while also being one of the lowest tuition schools in the area.

St. Justin has proven its track record in numerous ways. This year, 100% of 8th grade students have been accepted to Catholic high schools – 22% with honors.
We follow California Standards

From Preschool through 8th Grade, our curriculum follows the California Standards which includes:
Language Arts
Mathematics
Religion (Diocese of San Jose Curriculum)
Science (Next Generation Science Standards)
Social Science
Spanish
Art
Physical Education
Music

Distance Learning

St. Justin School implemented Distance Learning on March 17, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. All of the books, computers, technology and needed supplies were provided to all students. Distance learning has a standard daily schedule including the full curriculum and the daily routines of morning assembly, announcements, and scheduled breaks. The kindergarten through second-grade teachers are using SeeSaw as the platform to deliver content in prerecorded lessons and weekly Zoom class meetings and periodic individual check-ins. The enrichment teachers and reading specialist also record and load their content for music, art, library, PE, Spanish. The 3rd - 8th-grade teachers are using Google Classroom and Zoom to instruct on a standard schedule from 8:30 am to 3 pm.

Standardized Testing

The Department of Education has all Catholic Elementary Schools participate in the Iowa Test of Basic Skills for all children in grades 2-8. These tests are in the areas of reading, mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science. Each year the ITBS testing begins approximately the third Monday in September and runs until the end of the month. Tests are meant to give the student, parents, teachers, and Principal a certain amount of information regarding the educational growth of the student as he/she advances through the elementary grades. The ITBS test results are included with the 1st trimester report card in November.
The primary purpose of these tests is to provide the teachers the information regarding the strengths and weaknesses of individual students as well as the class as a whole.
Please make an effort to have your child in school all day on these days and avoid doctor appointments. The test results are sent home in November with the student’s first report card.

Classrooms

Our classrooms are set up for collaborative learning. We have state of the art technology to allow shared project creation when appropriate. Our mobile furniture enables the movement into groups and circles for sharing. Our students are being prepared for a world where information and ideas are fluid and diverse talents create better outcomes. Our classrooms support the belief that together we come to better solutions. Our world-class science lab and living gardens support the Next Generation Science curriculum and enable hands-on learning. The large and bright gymnasium is home to our athletic teams and a place for many community events. We are blessed to be part of St. Justin Parish and attend Mass in the beautiful church.

Community involvement

Service to others is a central theme of our Catholic faith and is an integral part of our curriculum. We foster community outreach and service beginning in Kindergarten and instill a commitment to service in our students.

Technology

Our educational philosophy is that technology supports learning and is to be used when it aides the educational process. Our classrooms are internet enabled and have state of the art technology. Each classroom has a set of iPads and/or laptops for every student. Our internet usage is monitored and limited as needed to ensure appropriate usage.