Head of School Welcome

"I am proud our community is a caring one. Children learn best in a structured environment and thrive when they feel safe--and Mayfield provides both."

~ Joe Sciuto
Founded in 1931, Mayfield Junior School is a Holy Child, Catholic, independent school that educates the whole child as a spiritual, intellectual, creative and athletic person within a challenging academic course of study in a remarkably joyful community. “Whole child education” is not simply trendy buzz words at Mayfield. It is who we are. As a member of the Holy Child Network of Schools, we are inspired by the educational philosophy of Cornelia Connelly, the Society’s founder, who in 1863 wrote her Book of Studies, which covered in detail the solid learning and the moral and spiritual training the students were to receive in her whole child schools while inspiring students through the arts, physical education, moral education as well as academics.

Of course, at Mayfield, we always strive to “meet the wants of the age,” and we are inspired by our school motto of “Actions Not Words,” as we balance tradition and innovation. Students experience a thoughtfully designed, intellectually challenging, and creative program of study that develops a love of learning and academic excellence. Our students are happy and motivated, and our teachers love teaching. We expect our students to reach for their potential and challenge them with leadership opportunities at every grade level. Children learn best in a structured environment and thrive when they feel safe. Mayfield provides both.

Beyond academic excellence and whole child education, Mayfield Junior School’s Mission as a Holy Child Catholic school calls us to support a diverse, inclusive school community. Our Mission drives us to educate students who recognize “the dignity and uniqueness of every person,” and who will work for justice, peace, and compassion. I am proud that our community is a caring one. Interdisciplinary service learning experiences happen at every grade level. Community service is part of our school’s fabric; it is essential to our identity and an expression of our faith in action. 

Please enjoy exploring our website as it provides an introduction to who we are, and I invite you to visit Mayfield to experience our school community firsthand. I love watching our students, faculty, and staff in action. I know you will too!

Joe Sciuto
Head of School

About Joe Sciuto

With over three decades in faith-based and independent school education, Joe became Mayfield's Head of School in 2019 as an experienced and passionate administrator and innovator. Before joining the Mayfield community, Joe served eight years as Head of School at Providence High School in Burbank, a Catholic college preparatory and coeducational school guided by the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Providence. Before Providence, Joe served as Upper School Principal at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks. He began his career in education as a teacher, coach, and eventually dean at Campbell Hall School, a K-12 Episcopal independent day school in Studio City. A Southern California native, Joe received his early education in Catholic schools, earned his bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Northridge and holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Pepperdine University.

Joe’s wife, Marcie, is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit, Calibrate, which provides social emotional support to children and adults in underserved areas of South L.A. and beyond. Marcie and Joe have two sons who both live in Northern California, Vincent, a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and Anthony, a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Joe and Marcie love hiking, the beach, and traveling, and of course, their lives center around the wonderful community of Mayfield Junior School.