Who We Are

St. Joseph Central Catholic High School Profile (2015-2016)

School Description:
St. Joseph Central Catholic High School (SJHS) is a private secondary school, grades 9 – 12, offering an advanced college preparatory curriculum.  Located in the heart of downtown Huntington, West Virginia, SJHS is one of six high schools in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and is supported by the local Catholic parishes, family tuition and third-source income.  SJHS is dedicated to serving a diverse student population and, as such, provides an environment that nurtures the whole person by integrating faith and life.  Consistent with our Catholic tradition, SJHS seeks to develop leaders who are rooted in Gospel values and committed to meeting the challenges of building a just society.

The current enrollment of SJHS is 160 students.  This averages 40 students per grade with a student to teacher ratio of 11:1 in our instructional classes.  Approximately 43% of students are Catholic.  Students attend from the tri-state area (West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky) and from around the world (Belgium, Canada, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, United Kingdom and Nigeria).

As a central Catholic high school, SJHS differs from the traditional parochial school model in that the school is not affiliated with one parish.  Instead, it serves students from all parishes within our tri-state area.  We have two feeder middle schools in our Diocese – Our Lady of Fatima Parish School and St. Joseph Catholic School.

Accreditation and Memberships:

  • North Central Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
  • West Virginia Board of Education (Policy 2330)
  • National Catholic Education Association
  • West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission

Academic Year:
2 semesters; 180 school days per year; 45 minute classes daily; 8 classes per day

63% hold master’s degrees; average teaching experience is 13 years; 87% are club sponsors and/or coaches, many in more than one capacity. Student-teacher ratio is 11:1.

Student Activities:
Life at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School includes a variety of activities and service opportunities.  Participation in clubs, activities, and athletic teams is quite high, typically involving over 90% of the student body.


  • Boys’ and girls’ cross country, soccer, cheerleading, basketball, swimming, track, tennis, golf
  • Boys’ baseball
  • Girls’ volleyball and softball
  • Huntington Prep Basketball

Activities and Clubs:

  • Book Club
  • Dead Theologians Society
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Key Club
  • Latin Club
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • Music Ministry
  • National Honor Society
  • Outdoor Recreation Society
  • Pro – Life Ministry
  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Science Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Spirit Club
  • Student Council

100%  of students are involved in volunteer service in our community.  Each year students contribute over 3,000 hours of service to the community outside of the school day.

Where Do Our Graduates Go?
44 graduates of the class of 2016 were offered $5,386,724 in scholarship money.  They are attending: Marshall University, West Virginia University, Morehead State University, Michigan State University, Belmont University, Tri-State Barber College, Washington and Lee University, University of Akron, Ohio State University , College of Central Florida, Middle Tennessee State University, Indiana University, Christopher Newport University, Berea College, Carson Newman University, Ohio University, University of Southern Indiana, West Virginia Wesleyan, University of Kentucky, Concord University, Bluefield State University, Wilmington College, University of Maryland, Florida International University, Bethany College, Wheeling Jesuit University.

Online School Day (OSD) Program:
The winter and spring months of the year bring school closings and make-up days that have proved disruptive to the school calendar and instructional programs for students.  Unscheduled closings compromise the quality of the learning process that we carefully and deliberately plan and prepare for our students.  Make-up days impact school-sponsored and personal activities, including planned vacations, faculty professional development programs, graduation, etc.

To maintain consistence in our curriculum and eliminate the need to extend school into the summer or cancel holidays or programs that are currently scheduled, we have implemented an Online School Day (OSD) program.  An OSD will count as a full school day, one of the 180 required by the State of West Virginia.

Class Rank and GPAs:
At St. Joseph Central Catholic High School all students follow a college preparatory curriculum.  All courses are included in the computation of the GPA.  Honors and Advanced Placement courses are weighted.   Placement in all courses is based on achievement, aptitude, and motivation.

 Grading Scale:

  • A = 93 – 100
  • B = 85 – 92
  • C = 77 – 84
  • D = 69 – 76
  • F = below 69

Academic Assessment:

  • 100% of seniors continuing to a college/university take the SAT and/or ACT
  • 100% of sophomores and juniors take the PSAT
  • 100% of freshmen and sophomores take the PLAN
  • 100% of freshmen and sophomores take the Terra Nova

Advanced Placement Scores:

  • Spring 2016 – % of SJHS students scoring 3, 4, or 5
    • AB Calculus – 83.3%
    • BC Calculus – 100%
    • Chemistry – 26%
    • Physics – 0%
  • Spring 2016 – % of students worldwide scoring 3, 4, or 5
    • AB Calculus – 59.5%
    • BC Calculus – 81.1%
    • Chemistry – 53.6%
    • Physics – 39.8%

Dual Credit Courses – Marshall University:
SJHS offers over 50 hours of dual credit courses.   The following courses are available to junior an senior students to take as dual credit, which means they receive college credit through Marshall University at the same time they are receiving high school credit:  MIS 200,  CMM 103/213, HST 102/103/230/231, MTH 122/127/225, BIO 104/105, ENG 101/102  PSY 201/204, MUS 142

Courses and Graduation Requirements:
28 Credits are needed for graduation (Courses in bold are required):

  • Theology: (4 credits) Faith & Revelation/The Blessed Trinity, Mystery of Redemption/The Church, The Sacraments/Our Moral Life in Christ, Understanding the Scriptures/History of the Church
  • English: (5 credits) English 101 (9), English 102 (10), English 103 (11), English 104 (12), Speech/Public Speaking, Creative Writing, Journalism
  • Mathematics: (4 credits – 4 years) Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Analytical Math, Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, College Algebra/College Trigonometry, Statistics/Data Analysis, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC
  • Science: (4 credits) Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, Advanced Biology, Advanced Principles in Science, Environmental Science
  • History/Social Studies: (4 credits) World History to 1850, American History to 1877, American History 1877 to Present, 20th Century History and Civics, Current Events, Political Science
  • Foreign Language: (3 credits) Spanish or Latin (each offered through level IV), English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Others: (4 credits) Physical Education, Health, Computers, Fine Arts (Art, Band/Choral), Business Law, Study Skills, Psychology, Yearbook/Photography

ACT Scores (Five Year Trends):

Class of           SJHS           WV          Nation
2012                  23.5              20.6          21.1
2013                  22.7              20.6          20.9
2014                  24.9              20.6          21.0
2015                  22.9              20.8          21.0
2016                  23.0              20.7          20.8