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we are

We are a Catholic parochial elementary school founded in 1953, influenced by the tradition of the Presentation Sisters that offers opportunities of both academic and personal growth through adult/student interactions, modeling, and cooperative learning. We are committed to the Catholic faith, personal integrity, high academic skills and respect and service to all God's people.

 
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Our Philosophy


                                                                                                                             

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Our Philosophy


                                                                                                                             

Philosophy of St. Andrew the Apostle School

To teach by word and example is both the religious and academic purpose of St. Andrew the Apostle School.  Believing in the benefits of sharing the responsibility of education among home, school and parish, students are offered the gospel message in the Catholic tradition where faith practices are learned and celebrated.

 

The academic philosophy allows all students to acquire knowledge, critical thinking skills, and experiences that will enable them to adapt to and succeed in a changing world according to their individual potentials.  Curriculum is guided by the Paterson Diocesan Schools Curriculum Guidelines, which are aligned with Core Curriculum Content Standards.  Evaluation of students is based on daily interaction between students and teacher, as well as documented exams and standardized testing.  An expectation that students will work to their potential promotes self-confidence and joy in learning.

 

A sense of justice and peaceful interaction is instilled and promoted throughout the school community.  Students are given opportunities to work together in areas that foster a spirit of cooperation, healthy competition and teamwork.  Students’ self esteem is important and balanced with an appreciation of concern for others.

 

We recognize the whole child and aim to identify and nurture God-given talents and personal gifts.  Teachers are supportive of students’ diverse backgrounds and are sensitive to their needs.  We realize that school-life has an effect not only on students, but on families as well.  Regular communication between parents and teachers avert crisis situations in a child’s educational and social development.  Building a rapport with parents as educational partners broadens the teacher’s view of a child and sometimes offers that parent an opportunity to share expertise with the class.

 

Teachers, aware of their influence on the students, value their own professional growth and personal talents.  Together with the principal, they explore their spiritual and educational advancement through conferences, study and practice.  Professional supervision enables teachers to be coached and plan their own growth experiences.  The study and selection of teaching materials and new technology, aid the teachers in working in an educational environment that is strong and current for themselves, as well as their students.  School policy is based on administrative guidelines of the Paterson Diocesan Schools Office and implemented by the principal and pastor with input from faculty and parents.

 

The combination of teachers, who are positive role models, parents who communicate with the school and a parish that values the presence of a Catholic school, result in a school culture that enriches the community and offers children an environment to grow into persons of integrity and wisdom.

 
 
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Thank You


Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your child’s education

 

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Thank You


Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your child’s education

 

At St.Andrew the Apostle, parents and teachers are partners in teaching values to the students. Involvement of parents in the education of their children is one of the essential ways of maintaining this partnership, so that we can work together as a community to help each student develop a healthy self concept.