The kindergarten curriculum is delivered in a full day program that runs from 7:30 AM to 2:15 PM and includes lunch and recess. It is conducted by a full-time certified teacher who is assisted by an aide. The program is developmentally appropriate and challenges students of all abilities. Many hands-on activities are provided to enhance student learning. There is much emphasis placed on integrated literacy experiences, and children are encouraged to engage in self-expression. There is also a curriculum of mathematics, science, and social studies. The goals and objectives for religion are in the Catholic tradition and help form the foundation for spiritual development. These objectives are often integrated with the academic objectives.
St. Joseph School follows the curriculum guidelines outlined by the Diocese of Paterson and based on the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. The kindergarten program is enriched with separate classes in library, music, art, physical education, and conversational Spanish provided by specialists. The field trip program enhances the basic program with a variety of enriching experiences. Portfolios of students’ work are used to assess progress in kindergarten, and the results are shared with parents in individual conferences.