St. Joseph's Elementary School

Nestled in a wooded landscape, St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary in Chemainus offers faith-enriched education to children from preschool through grade 7. The school’s skilled educators provide a safe and caring environment, and nourish each student academically, physically, spiritually and artistically. St. Joseph’s offers music and band programming, PE, and a Hul’qu’umin’um culture, as well as French language programs.

St. Joseph’s is an inclusive school, welcoming students of all backgrounds and abilities. Outdoor learning is an important component at all grade levels. Preschool and childcare is available on a part or full-time basis. Before and after school care is also offered for older children.

Please call 250.246.3191 for more information, or to arrange for a tour of St. Joseph’s school.

Summer Information

St. Joseph's School office will be closed Saturday, July 8th - August 28th and will re-open Tuesday, August 29th, 8:30am - 4:00pm.  Emails will be checked regularly, phone messages and mail will be checked weekly on Fridays. If you are interested in registering your child at St. Joseph's School for the 2017/18 school year, please email us at  See below for our school's grade availability.

Grade availability:

K/1 ~ Waitlist

2/3 ~ Waitlist

4/5 ~ Waitlist

6/7 ~ Limited Space

Open House - Thursday, August 31st, 10am-1pm

First day of School:  Tuesday September 5th, 8:50am - early dismissal at 10:30am, the bus will be running that day and stop times will reflect the early dismissal.  All Parents and Guardians are invited to a Meet and Greet in the gymnasium from 9am-10:30am - coffee and muffins will be served. Sponsored by the Parent Auxiliary.

Have a wonderful summer!

When you enter the doors of St. Joseph's you just know your children are in a loving and nurturing place.
Cathy Tompkins Parent
My time at St. Joseph's School helped instill the moral, ethical, spiritual and family values that I have drawn on throughout my life.
Dr.Anthony St. Denis, PhD Alumnus
My favourite place in Chemainus is my school. I like the school (St. Joseph's) because it is a safe and caring environment. Kids in my school go on to do great things because of the loving and caring people who teach there.
L. Street Student