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About

Welcome to St. Joachim School

Founded by the Benedictine sisters in 1958, St. Joachim School has provided a quality Catholic Education for children in Hayward and San Lorenzo. We are a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school committed to excellence in 21st century Catholic education. As you visit our web site and learn about St. Joachim School there are three things I call to your attention.

Accessibility is key to any Catholic school.  We want to make sure that St. Joachim School is open to all who desire a high quality Catholic education regardless of your station in life. One of our most enduring strengths is our great diversity. We are home to many different cultures, families from varying socio-economic positions and to those who do not share the Catholic faith. All are welcome! As a Catholic school we celebrate our catholicity with all who enter our doors.

Affordability may be a stumbling block for those choosing a non-public school. At St. Joachim School we are determined to open our doors to all who desire a Catholic education for their child. For those who qualify, there are several sources of tuition assistance available. First, the school itself makes grants available to qualifying families through our Tuition Assistance Program, known as TAP. Through our Annual Appeal we raise approximately $60,000 each year to fund this program and many families benefit from it. There are also two main outside sources of assistance as well, the BASIC Fund available to all new families and FACE, Family Aid for Catholic Education made available by the Oakland Diocese. All tuition assistance programs are needs based and a fully 20% of our families qualify for some level of assistance.

Finally, and most importantly, we are an excellent academic institution committed to 21st century education. We believe that our students must be prepared for the world in which they live and that is why we create a collaborative, technology rich curriculum that challenges our students to reach beyond their potential. As of the 2009-2010 school year we have fully implemented our one to one laptop program in the middle school grades. Each student in grades 6, 7, and 8 is given a computer for use at school AND at home. In 2013, St. Joachim became a 1:1 school, students in grades K-8 have a personal device to use at school- K-2 (iPads), 3-7(Chromebooks), 8 (Macbook Airs). While students in K-5 are not currently able to take devices home, they are able to take full advantage of the many resources and benefits that technology offers.

Please feel free to contact me for a personal tour of the school. I would love to meet you and tell you much more about St. Joachim School!

Armond Seishas (’71)
Principal

Our Mission

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland educate children in the Catholic faith and nurture their minds, bodies, and souls, inspiring them to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, achieve their highest academic and creative potential, and actively serve and enrich the community.

Philosophy

St. Joachim School and Parish recognize parents and guardians as their children´s primary educators. Together, we endeavor to educate the whole student. Based upon a firm foundation of Christian values and beliefs, we strive to achieve this goal by challenging the student spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally.

St. Joachim serves students from many different cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. We foster an appreciation and respect for diversity that contributes to the development of community. We aspire to develop self- aware individuals who recognize their unique gifts and who use their talents for the good of others.

We provide a solid academic curriculum and religious instruction that is rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the traditions of the Catholic Church. As facilitators of learning, we prepare students to become lifelong learners and to be faith-filled people who actively participate in their church, in their communities, and in the world.