St. Joseph School excels in developing self-confident, articulate students. They have demonstrated their abilities in leading liturgies, taking top prizes in area forensics competitions and mind bowls, and winning awards in writing contests such as What Prejudice Means to Me. They also participate in many challenging Gifted and Talented Activities such as The Workshop on the Arts and Math Marathons.
On all grade levels, St. Joseph School students consistently score in the top quartiles on standardized tests. The Terra Nova, the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills is administered in March to grades two through seven. In addition, eighth graders take theCooperative Exam. An individualized reading and language assessment is administered to children in grade one.
St. Joseph School also excels in developing students’ social conscience. Through their faith-based Catholic education, students actively engage in service and community projects. Learning how to make decisions based on morals and values is an integral part of their education. Some of our service projects are initiated by the students themselves. In recent years, students have raised money for the Market Street Mission, a local charitable organization, collected needed supplies for our service men and women in Afghanistan, and provided Christmas gifts to the families of a Paterson Pre-School. In addition, through the Student Volunteer Program, food is prepared for soup kitchens and crafts are made with the elderly at a local nursing home. Students help a variety of community organizations that assist the poor and the elderly.
Another strength of St. Joseph School is the commitment of the parents to support the school’s mission. The vast majority of parents volunteer in a long list of activities to provide assistance to the staff, to enhance the educational program, and to raise funds to provide materials and equipment to expand the program. Volunteers can be found on a daily basis in the school. They prepare parent communication folders, volunteer in the cafeteria and on the playground, make presentations in the class, and assist teachers with spiritual and academic projects. In addition, volunteers assist with circulation, book selection, and story reading in the library, arrange and chaperone trips, coach sports, direct plays, and engage in several fund-raising activities, including a highly successful golf outing and auction.