St. Joseph Catholic School students’ ITBS scores reflect exceptional learning environment

FT. COLLINS, Colorado – St. Joseph Catholic School students flexed their academic muscle again this year with outstanding scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).

Marianne Aiken - teacher - Saint Joseph Catholic School - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

Marianne Aiken – Science Teacher

“Saint Joseph Catholic School has a big focus on academics – we set the bar high and give all students the support they need to be successful. Our test scores prove it,” said science teacher Marianne Aiken

Each February, students in 2nd – 8th grade take the ITBS. These standardized tests, similar to the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) used in public schools, are used to measure student learning and achievement as well as improve teaching.

As this link to a printable .pdf of ITBS results indicates, Saint Joseph Catholic School provides an exceptional learning experience. When measured against Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Schools and the national norm, our students are consistently top performers.

However, while these test scores are impressive, they fail to tell the whole story of the benefits of a Catholic education.

Sr. Rose Mary Balappa - Principal - Saint Joseph Catholic School - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

Sr. Rose Mary Balappa – Principal

“Academic excellence is only part of our success,” said principal Sister Rose Mary Balappa, S.O.L.M. “Our job is to educate the whole child — mind, body and spirit — in a safe and nurturing environment, which promises to prepare our students to be intelligent, self-possessed leaders after the mind and heart of Jesus Christ.”

Saint Joseph Catholic School, established in 1926, focuses on rigorous academics, reinforced family environment, a nurturing community, and Catholic faith formation. The school is currently enrolling preschool – 8th grade for the 2015-2016 school year. To schedule a tour, call (970) 484-1171.



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About Karin Livingston

Mrs. Livingston taught at Saint Joseph Catholic School with a State of Colorado teaching license for 15 years before moving into the parish-school technology coordinator position in 2006. Mrs. Livingston was instrumental in piloting the technology aspects of the school literacy program, including introduction of the Accelerated Reader reading practice program, and the Student Teacher Assessment of Reading (STAR) program. Mrs. Livingston has been a parishioner at Saint Joseph Catholic Church since 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Science from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Livingston blogs and is the author of the young-adult equestrian novel, Winning Bet.
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