Saint John the Apostle Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

CLARK — Saint John the Apostle School, on the border of Clark and Linden, has been “Inspiring Mind and Soul” for over 60 years, offering a Catholic education with high academic standards and a program of strong moral values. Families are invited to visit the campus and see what the school has to offer during Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 30 – Feb. 4.

Saint John the Apostle School is Middle States Accredited, and serves the Union and Middlesex county communities.  The school offers a strong academic program immersed in Catholic values and tradition.  The school’s mission is to fulfill the spiritual, moral and social needs of students and their families.  Every student is treated as an individual and encouraged to reach his or her potential.


A challenging academic program emphasizes age appropriate educational experiences as taught by certified teachers.   Students participate in a foundational educational program, including a reading curriculum combining the benefits of whole language with a phonics background.  The school has specialized teachers in music, art, world language, physical education, health and technology.  Students access the latest technology in both the laboratory and internet-enabled classrooms. The world language program begins in kindergarten and continues through eighth grade.  To further the development of students, the school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities.

Saint John the Apostle School has full day kindergarten along with an outstanding pre-school program.  The pre-school program offers three and four year olds a variety of educational experiences that foster a lifelong love of learning.  Recognizing the unique development needs of older students, the school has a progressive middle school program for its sixth, seventh and eighth graders.  This includes an integrated laptop computer program and Smart Boards.

Many St. John students in grades 3-8 score at the 95th percent or higher on a national standard test in various subject areas and are eligible to participate in the Johns Hopkins University Center Talent Search.  In this year’s 2010 Scholastic Olympics held at Roselle Catholic High School, the school’s eighth grade students placed second out of 15 area grammar schools.

St. John’s 2010 graduates earned $255,800 in regional Catholic High School scholarships and 90% of the school’s students who apply to the highly competitive Union County Magnet Schools were accepted. St. John the Apostle School has been identified by CAPE (Council of Advanced Private Education) as a nominee to the U.S. Department of Education as a highly qualified Blue Ribbon School for the 2011 Blue Ribbon Award.  The final selection will be made by the U.S. Department of Education in the fall.  St. John the Apostle offers extended before and after care programs for students in grade K-8.  There is bus transportation or reimbursement available for those who qualify.

Some of the special activities for Catholic Schools Week are:

Sunday, January 30

9:00am –  Catholic Schools Week Mass

10:00-1:00    Open House & Registration For New Students, Grs. Pre-K-7

Monday, January 31

9:00-10:00    Franklin Institute Grs. K-4

11:00-12:00    Franklin Institute Grs. 5-8

1:00-2:00    Forensics Introduction

Tuesday, February 1

9:00-10:00    Open House & Registration

1:00-2:00    Spelling Bee (Grades 2-5)

6:00-8:00    Book Fair

Wednesday, February 2

10:00-12:00    Kindergarten Nursery Rhymes – Auditorium

1:00-2:00    2nd Grade Cultural Heritage

1:00-2:00    Registration – New Students

Thursday, February 3

1:00-2:00    SJA Olympics Grs. 3, 4 & 5

1:00-2:00    Annex A+ for Reading

Friday, February 4

10:30         Volley Ball Game- students and faculty

St. John the Apostle will be hosting a book fair starting on Sunday, Jan. 30, after the Masses, Monday through Wednesday from 9:00-2:00, and on Thursday from 9:00-12:00. Information regarding open house and registration times can be found by visiting or by calling 1-732-388-1360.

Students in the seventh grade in Mrs. Osnato’s class at St. John the Apostle School create Microsoft PowerPoint book reviews of classic literature during their Writer’s Workshop period of language arts last week.  As each classroom at St. John the Apostle School is Wi-Fi capable, the use of state-of-the-art laptops is integrated in many lessons throughout the school.  These students will later present their book reviews to the class using the SmartBoard technology available in the classroom. (Photo courtesy of St. John the Apostle School)

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