Our 4th child is now attending St. James School and we have been very pleased with the education they've all received. Our children have learned three different languages at the school, and all have participated in the academic enrichment program, which offers extra academic involvement for students who excel. Math and science are taken in small-group environment starting in 6th grade, which gives the students greater student-teacher interaction, and is especially helpful during labs. The science curriculum is a bit advanced for some, but teachers offer daily before-school assistance. There are many after-school activities for those who are interested: basketball, softball, cross country, track, art classes, scouts, children's choir, youth ministry program, etc. There are opportunities for parents to be involved, even in the higher grades. Lunch &recess are designed for students to unwind with classmates and enjoy outdoor basketball, playground, grassy areas, kickball, football, etc.. Students are well supervised by teachers and parents during recess. The principal is personable, but firm; kind, but not a pushover. Full time counselor and nurse, academic assistance program.
We chose St. James for its combination of high academic standars, parent and teacher involvement, and emphasis on the core values of the Catholic faith. We have not been disappointed in our choice, but have been increasling pleased and satisfied
We left another school to come to St. James and are so happy we have found this amazing school. Not only is the basic curriculum filled with depth and imagination, but so are the specials such as art, music and computers. My child in kindergarten knows the varies periods in art history because the teacher loves what she does and teaches students how their project ties into the history of art around the world. My 5th grader is already speaking French. The school does a phenomenal job with activities such as the annual science fair, geography bee, presentation of saints, Battle of the Books (where children read books and then participate in a book-reading "bee"), writing workshops, etc. The principal is visible and attentive. Parents are encouraged to be as involved as they can be; the HSA does a great job focusing on fund-raising events that encourage family time, such as Family movie night, Family Game Night, Advent Wreath building, etc. The academics are strong and challenge students to achieve an A. There is a true in-school academic enrichment program for those who excel and need something more. The new cross-country team was a great addition this year and kids loved it.
We have found St. James School to be academically, socially, and most important, spiritually the best school in the Basking Ridge area for our children. St. James has an award winning pre-school, test scores in upper grades exceeding state averages, and a large variety of clubs, sports teams, and academic teams for children and parents to be involved in.
Educational goals are clearly outlined in the beginning of the school year. Progress is noted via powerschool application. Principal is visible, and communicative. Noticible parent involvement in HSA, school activities, trips, etc.
Provides exceptional well rounded education with strong foundation of math, language, foreign language, and use of information technology guided by Catholic principles. Involved parent teacher association; multiple extracurricular activities including sports, academic and service clubs. An incredible preparatory educational environment at a parish school cost.
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