Saint Joseph Regional High School, under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Newark, is a college preparatory school for young men. The school strives to develop – mind, body, and soul – the full potential of all its students in a nurturing Christian environment in the tradition of the Xaverian Brothers, as informed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In realizing this mission, we graduate the Vir Fidelis, the “Faithful Man,” who thinks critically, acts responsibly, leads ethically, serves generously, and emulates humbly the example of our patron, St. Joseph.
At Saint Joseph Regional High School, we believe that the following principles lie at the heart of the school’s mission:
Statement of Philosophy
St. Joseph Regional High School is faithful to the charism of the Xaverian Brothers, the religious order which administered the school from its inception in 1962 until 1997. Founded by Theodore James Ryken in 1839, the Xaverian Brothers are a teaching order whose mission has been to bring the Word of God to young people, through missionary work and education.
St. Joseph Regional High School is an academic community where students further develop a sense of their inherent dignity through the affirmation of their gifts and talents. St. Joe’s educates students of various academic abilities and fosters a culture where all are challenged to reach their full potential. The school provides its students with a foundation for success through a rigorous college preparatory program that emphasizes a disciplined work ethic and a commitment to life-long learning.
Essential to its mission as a Catholic school, St. Joseph Regional High School acknowledges a responsibility to pass on to its students
the richness of our spiritual and liturgical traditions so as to aid them in their formation as individuals, husbands, fathers, and future care-takers of our Deposit of Faith. Specifically, it is through a rich tradition of Catholic education, community service, and retreats that the students are provided with a variety of opportunities to explore and serve the Church, the community, and one other.
Essential to its mission as a college preparatory institution, St. Joseph Regional High School provides a safe, structured environment where students, through the efforts of a concerned, dedicated, and experienced faculty, are both encouraged and challenged to grow intellectually. The school develops in each student the capacity for critical thinking and the confidence and skills necessary to communicate effectively. St. Joe’s educates its students in the responsible use of the technology they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
Above all else, St. Joseph Regional High School is an institution where the values of family and community are paramount. This emphasis on family is an appropriate reflection of the school’s patron, St. Joseph. Just as Joseph, the head of the Holy Family, nurtured and protected Mary and his son, Jesus, so too does the school seek to cultivate its graduates as true men of faith, its Vir Fidelis, whose dignity and selflessness are worthy of the respect of others. These faithful men should bear witness to Jesus Christ as practicing Catholics, uphold the values of freedom and the responsibilities of citizenship in their community, contribute to the betterment of their fellow man through the utilization of their education, and demonstrate the true generosity of the Gospel message by committing themselves to the service of others.
It is our hope that, as a result of his education at St. Joseph Regional High School, a graduate will:
…live his Catholic faith by:
…demonstrate the quality of his education by:
…exhibit the attributes of a good citizen by:
…commit himself to family by:
…embody the morals of the Vir Fidelis by: