Reasons You’ll Love Us!

St. Joseph Catholic School in Rice Lake, WI is a place where your entire family can experience Faith-based teaching, a family first environment, excellence in academics and experience the importance of community service. We look forward to welcoming your family!

Experience a tradition that has been the heartbeat of education in the Rice Lake area since 1890!

St. Joseph School is accredited by WRISA – Wisconsin Religious and Independent School Accreditation.

St. Joseph School partners with Rice Lake Public School transportation services. School bus services through the district are available for all students.

2022-2023 State of the School Demographics: 

  • PreK 3- Grade 8 Enrollment: 171 Students
  • Average Class Size: PreK-8: 15, Elementary: 17
  • Faith Demographics: 60% Registered Catholic
  • Teacher Demographics:
    • 90% have been teaching for 5+ years
    • 60% have been teaching for 10+ years
    • 25% of our teachers have a Master’s Degree
  • We are growing! Projecting a 10% enrollment increase for the 2023-2024 school year. This is the 4th consecutive year of enrollment increases.

Top 10 Reasons

Small Class Sizes

Average of 17 students per class.

Strong Teacher/Student Relationships

Because our class sizes are small we are able to work with students on a more personal level ensuring they receive the education that best fits their needs.

Academic Excellence

Our students are consistently on honor roll and are well prepared for high school upon graduation.

Family-First Focused – We let our kids be kids!

We believe that our parents are the first and most important educator of their children. We partner with our parents and we encourage families to be involved in the life of our school. We also believe that students need mental breaks in the form of free time or outside play. Students have two recesses built into their classroom schedules.

United in Faith Student Body

About 40% of our student body is not of the Catholic faith. We welcome all faith backgrounds to experience the gift of a Catholic education.

Excellent Preschool Programs (3K and 4K)

Our teachers love their children and our preschool program gives kids a great start to becoming a life-long learner.

Support Staff

We partner with the Rice Lake School District to bring special education teachers into our school building to work with students who need additional learning/assistance.

Heightened Focus on the Arts

Our music, theatre and art programs provide every student, PreK-8, a chance to learn how to sing, act or play an instrument.

Character Development and Faith Opportunities

All students, K-8, attend Mass on a weekly basis and pray the rosary each month. All students have the opportunity to learn and lead in both. Faith is taught daily in our classrooms.

1:1 Technology

We ensure our students have the right technology at their fingertips.