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PK-8
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Burlington, NJ
Students enrolled: 244

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250 James Street
Burlington, NJ 08016

(609) 386-1645
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November 03, 2014
The middle school programming has made it so easy for my child to transition in to what could be such an uncertain time in a child's development. Some highlights include a new Activity Tutorial Period which opens up unconventional opportunities that ncrease learning, interests and motivation to succeed. They have Spanish 3 times per week, PE 3 times per week, art, computers, music and the usuals. The teachers are attentive and responsive to questions - thank you SPS faculty for helping to guide my child through their academics.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
Five stars again this year for SPS! Our test scores continue to improve, more changes are being planned for the middle school math program, and our graduates are excelling in their chosen high schools. St. Paul School is a great place for my children to grwo up.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2014
My youngest child will be graduating in a couple of weeks and I would like to thank the principal, teachers, staff and the families of St. Paul School. My child was a little reckless and unsure of them self when they began in kindergarten. Working with their teachers we were able to guide them out of their comfort zone and were able to grow into intelligent, self aware, compassionate people. All of my children were able to see situations with a lot of common sense as the move toward their future. I would like to Thank the St. Paul Family for making this the Best Possible Place for my children to grow up.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
My children continue to thrive at this school. The spiritual, academic and personal atmosphere make our decision easy to remain enrolled. One of my children has been invited to be a a part of higher level math camp for the summer! Any academic questions I have had throughout the year have been easily addressed by the teacher with follow up and suggestions for carryover at home.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
Small class sizes, yes, because the education is below average and it is basically a waste of money. They have children with special needs mixed in to classrooms with teachers who are not trained to properly educate these children. They say they offer several advanced math levels, which is far from the truth. If you think one awful math teacher "teaching" 3 different math classes at that same time in the same room advanced math then I guess you are getting your money's worth. There is no teaching done in math class at any level the kids are expected to teach themselves, but when you have one teacher teaching 7th grade math, pre algebra and algebra simultaneously what do you expect. There is absolutely no communication with parents at this as school. Several teachers do not respond to r mails, but neither does the principal. I am an alumni of this school and it's sad to see what it has become. It used to be the same teachers there forever, now they have teachers quitting mid year and substitutes who are pure evil. Along with everything else, building itself is falling apart, the cafeteria leaks and most of the food is expired. You have been warned...stay away.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
This school is perfect for my children. It is a caring environment with values of kindness and patience for students of all ages. The little kindergarten students bring a smile to my middle school childrens faces. The changes tot he middle school program are terrific now. The advanced placement math coupled with cross curriculum teaching in ILA and Social Studies are really preparing my children for high school. The science and computer labs are not found in any other catholic school like the labs in our school. These labs provided a perfect environment for focused learning. Who knew this tucked away smaller school could provide such a return on the investment........we are truly pleased

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
St. Paul is a place where your child will thrive. Students are given a great academic foundation, that is well beyond other schools in the area. This community has taught our students about faith and spirituality by working as a community to help other families in our area.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
Our school is a rising star in the Trenton Diocese. Although I have always been proud of our academics and students, I am thrilled with the positive changes we have had in the last year and a half. We have a more rigorous academic program, improved test scores, increased teacher satisfaction and a well-behaved, respectful student body. I am proud to be a part of the St. Paul family.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
Five stars!! St. Paul School gives children a challenging academic environment that fosters their faith and morality. Family is central to the SPS model and our students are cared for by everyone at the school. Oh, and the new uniforms are very nice too!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
I am new staff member at St. Paul's. Last night was the Back to School Night for the 2013-2014 school year. I would like to thank the parents, students and other staff members for making it a wonderful night. I really felt the sense of family that exists for all here.

- submitted by a teacher
March 12, 2013
My family has had children at this school for the last 12 years. I have seen tremendous changes over the years and I must say that it is better now than it has ever been! The principal is fantastic and has brought the academics to a level I have never seen before. The children are challenged and are in a loving and safe environment. The faculty knows each child and I love the interraction with the younger and older children. This school is like a large family, everyone helping eachother and working together. I feel so fortunate that my child is in such a wonderful environment and getting the education that I had always wanted in a private school. Students are definitely prepared for high school, both academically, socially and spiritually. I never doubt that this has been the best place for my family!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
From the moment I walked into the door of St. Paul school, I felt the difference. I have been sending my children to this wonderful school for several years now and have not regretted this decision for a moment. The staff, the Prinicpal and most importantly the fellow students make you feel welcome and loved. Although the school ranges from Prek to 8th grade, every student knows one another and it isn't uncommon to find a preschool student running into the arms of a middle school student for a hug. The older students love having the "little ones" around and the younger students feel special. As a parent in the school, the support system of fellow parents is spectacular. Due to the size of the school, everyone knows one another, their children and truly works together to provide the best for the students. My children are thriving at SPS, socially and academically and it doesn't hurt that morals are incorporated into their daily lessons. SPS is warm and friendly and although I can't put my finger on exactly how is makes you feel inside... It could be all the beautiful smiling faces of the students that I have grown to know and care for.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
The Burlington County Times article contained an error. The school enrollment is 175, not 75. The editors of the paper printed a correction the next day. The preschool, started in 2011, opened with 12 students. It was, from its inception, financially viable. Pretty impressive for a first-year venture. This year preschool has 18 students. In addition, the Parish of St. Katharine Drexel takes up a collection once each month, 10 months out of the year, specifically for the school. This collection has been a significant source of revenue for the school, and has been a support for at least two years now. The school is, and always has been, a great place. The new principal has the right stuff to take this school to the next level.

- submitted by a teacher
July 19, 2011
SPS has great a principal and wonderful teachers! In these economic times the school is having some struggles, but even the public schools are. The school teaches the same values that I am teaching. With society being in a downward slide, parents can use all the help that we can get. My Childrens' education is my responsibility a school is just one of the tools that I use to educate them. It is nice that I have the school on my side. Many have to counter what the schools are teaching. How do you put a price on that?

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
As a parent I take the education of my children very seriously and I could not be happier with my choice of St. Paul's School. The prinicpal and the teachers are focused on providing an exceptional education to the students, including discipline, morals and compassion. Family involvement is encouraged which suits our family since I want a school that understands it takes all of us working together to educate a child. I want to be involved in my childrens' education and have found the teachers, at all levels, to be interactive and responsive. A parent is always welcome in the halls of SPS. I am proud of the graduates of SPS that have gone on to be top of their class in high school and beyond. At SPS, the children get 1 on 1 interaction with their teachers and the other students. Its is a family atmosphere and everyone knows each other and looks out for the children who attend SPS. I know my daughters are reading at a higher level and comprehending math a higher level than those attending other schools. I would highly recommend this school to those who don't want to get lost in the masses and provide their children with exceptional opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
Alot of the comments seem negative toward the academics at Saint Paul's school. I disagree. I have a daughter who is an alumni of SPS. In her middle school years, she was in the John Hopkins program, of which she had an opportunity to take the SAT with other pre college students. Throughout her years at Saint Paul's school, her TERA NOVA testing was always in the upper 90th percentile, and most courses were at 99.. She continued to Holy Cross Highschool, where she was placed in Honors courses. She is now entering her sophmore year of college at Penn State University. I have a son entering his 6th grade year at Saint Paul's school. He too has been in the 90th percentile of his TERA NOVA tests. We do not have an issue with reading, as he is in a challenge reading group. Volunteering is how I give back to the school. It affords me to meet those parents of which my children spend a greater portion of their day interacting in classes and on the playground. Yes, it is hard to afford such an education. However, with prayer, determination to make it work, and alot of sacrifice; I have no regrets and I am proud to say I am parent of a SPS student.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
St Paul's School has been the BEST decision my husband and I have ever made! We have 5 children and I do not work, It is a sacrifice we make every year but we will never regret it in the end. Our children only get one childhood and you cannot replace the terrific education and disipline they recieve at This Catholic school!! The teachers really care about every student and it shows!! They are definatly not there for the pay check. In todays day and age it is a hugh sacrifice to send your children to private school but one you need to make even more because of all the problems in our society today.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
My child has had a wonderful experience at St. Paul School. The formative years of her childhood have been in a school where she is reminded every day to be respectful, honest, faithful, and responsible. What my child has received reminds me of the world I grew up in. You have one chance to raise and educate your children. I believe it takes a community to raise our children. And St. Paul families can say without hesitation that this school is a community. Academics and the quality thereof, relies upon the school and the parents. My child's academic success is exemplary. She will leave St. Paul with all of the tools she needs to enter into high school and succeed.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2011
You never appreciate what you've got until it is gone..... People may have different opinions of "that Nun" who was principal but I never realized how much she did for the school until the New Principal took over. The former principal always fought for the school and children. The new Principal doesn't seem to stand up for the children/school when dealing with the Priest in charge, neither the Principal or Priest responds to parent questions/requests in a timely manner IF AT ALL. There are many rumors the school is closing, to my knowledge it is not but my child is not returning due to the fact that half of the great teachers were let go and the lack of communication from Administration.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
This school is educationally great but expects ALOT out of parents financially! On top of tuition you either must volunteer weekly and on holiday events or pay a large fee. This school has constant fun raisers that they push you to do also. I like my child's teacher but I am wondering how great the education is when I am having to pay for tutoring for reading.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2011
Great school...great teachers...nice enviornment and the new principal does a much better job than the nun that used to be there. The only problem now is that the school secretary has her own agenda and is horrible to deal with. She needed to go with the old regime.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
Bottom line...a Catholic education does not mean a better education then the public school just a different education. I'm currently sending my children to St. Paul's for the faith and not the academic because frankly they are an average school. However, due to the lack of academics I might be sending my kids elsewhere and teach them about God and home (I already do) and go to CCD. I'm sad that I am considering changing over to public school but I really feel in my heart my children will get a better academic education. What they won't get is the faith but we are practicing Catholics anyway so that problem is solved and my children are good and have manners, that does not come from a school, it comes from home. Hummmm, such a decision.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
This past week was Catholic schools week and I visited St.Paul school. What a great community. I was impressed the most by the children and the vibe they all gave to the building itself. My husband attended Catholic school and he insisted we at least check it out. I'm so pleased we did. Registration is this Sunday and we are going after mass. As one person on here put it, you can afford it if you set priorities for your family. A faith based education is becoming our family's priority with the enrollment of our first child a quality that I'm sure will bring her dividends for life. If you are not sure on what you want to do go visit St. Paul and then your public school, it will be easy to decide.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2011
St. Paul has been a tradition in our family for over 3 generations. I was reluctant to send my children to a Catholic school fearing that they could not offer my children what they needed. I was proven wrong. My children were given a quality education in a safe, caring environment and to top it all off, it was faith based. The teachers are qualified, experienced educators who care about and challenge each child and are willing to put in the extra time to meet the needs of each individual. The students respect each other and have formed relationships that will last a life time. Our building may be old, but it was built on faith and character and stands on the hearts and souls of its students, parents, and staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
Yesterday I had to drop something off at the SPS office and was amazed at how orderly the hallways are when the students in the upper grades change classes. They were orderly and held the door for each other. One of the students from the lower grades was getting a drink at the water fountain and the student from the middle school gave a "high five" to the other child. What a nice community to be in all day long! Oh and by the way, I couldn't enter this school without getting buzzed in first. Hooray!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
My children spent 7 years at St paul and i am only sorry that i did not pull them out of that environment sooner. 80%+ of students are not catholic. Bullying happens so much. Even the parents bully the principal and other parents. The janators are allowed to disapline and have contact with the children. (scary) I have personally seen a janator curse at a child. The 6th-8th grade teacher uses curse words daily with the children. The teachers are old and complacent and need to retire.Most children leaving St Pauls have trouble adjusting tothe workload and need tutors to catch up. ST PAULS IS NOT ADVANCED IN ANY WAY. It is averaged that 1/2 of St Paul students are excaping from Willingboro school system.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2010
St. Paul's School provides a safe, warm and faith-based learning environment for children K-8. They are focused not only on excellence in academics but also in developing your child as a person - intellectually, socially, spiritually and emotionally. The staff is caring and dedicated. If you want your child in smaller classes and to be part of a community of educators and families that puts God and learning first - look no further.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2010
St. Paul school should be the standard of all education. My son is learning such advanced material compared to our relatives who go to the township school. I am sending my 2nd son to kindergarden here next year and can not wait. It is a blessing to know that they are being taught morals and our faith under this roof. Any problems I have ever had be it academic, teaching or social issues have always been met and worked out. The school counselor is a God send. This school helps the children grow strong and smart to enter the world. I know many families that have gone on to send their children to Holy Cross or the public school system and all have had sucess. I could not have dreamed this school could be this much better than the public schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
I am counting the days untill i can get my child out of St Paul school. The teachers are old and complacent. Most do not know how to use email. They do not offer parent/teacher conference in person. You have to request a phone conference. Most children end up at the local tutoring center for the reading program is poor. The PE program is a joke. The library is not up to par. The lunchroom does not comply with the state nutrition guidelines. If you are thinking of joing this school please tour the burlington public school. Just compare the library and you will see that the public school has so much more to offer. St Paul is outdated in all academic areas. Just spoke with a 9th grader in HolyCross who stated she left St Paul very unprepared for highschool math.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2010
Class sizes are great. Planning on sending my son in the fall for kindergarten. My oldest child is at least a year to a year and a half ahead of the kids in the public schools in area. You feel like family here and the teachers care about your child.

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August 20, 2009
I just took a peek at the summer reading for the equivelant public school (listed on thier website). My child going into fourth grade at SPS, read the books on that list when she was in second grade!!! Our reading program is light years ahead of the competition! I make sacrifices to pay the tuition but it's worth it. Someone once told me education is expensive but I think ignorance costs even more!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
My children have received a quality education at Saint Paul School. Academics are strong; parent involvement is encouraged. Over the past three years, there has been a consistent effort to meet the needs of all children, regardless of their abilities.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
I have had the privledge to be a part of Saint Paul School for many years. This is an environment that my children have been able to love to learn and learn to love. I feel that many opportunities are made available to the students so that they can be prepared for the future.

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no rating April 14, 2009
One of the best in the county. As a former educator ( 41 years), I see only the best being done at the school. The children are happy, well disciplined and well mannered. What more do you expect from our young people today? Her faculty, her parents and her volunteers work with Sister Peter Damian. It is a joy to walk in the front door of Saint Paul's.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 01, 2009
Saint Paul School is certainly not what it use to be. There are far more non-catholic students and the classes are overcrowded. The staff seems to be increasingly talking down to students, there are social issues with students that have not been handled properly, and the library is in no way up to par. The P.E. classes are a joke, as is the cost of lunches. There is far to much time spent on practicing for the mandatory plays in the spring and fall. The education the children are getting is not up to par with even the local public school. The increasing tuition and added fees are causing many to rethink the 2009-2010. Perhaps next year the classes will not be nearly as overcrowded.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
I think the principal is doing better than average job with the students. My son has been there since Kindergarten and I can't complain. If I had to say anything negative it would be the students get tons of homework and the tuition does go up everyyear which is why regretably we have to leave with the current economic situation they can't justify raising the tution in addition to manadartory Bingo duties for every family.

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no rating January 12, 2009
I agree that this school has gone down hill over the past years. The principal is all about show. I have one child in the school - not sure what type of education she is receiving - she never has any homework. This school is only good for those that fit 'their mold'. They have no patience to deal with those who don't fit the mold. Don't send your child here! my child has one year left --- i can't wait to leave st. Paul behind!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
this school has gone downhill in so many ways, and the tuition keeps going up. some classes have 30+ students. principal is all about show-i def agree with other posts on that. this will be my childs last year there. I have had it.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
1 year in so far; much better than local public schools; although one reviewer said the principal may be all show I have not experienced anything negative so far. Couple of things to improve: Their phys. ed. is only twice a week, but that is standard for all schools -- should really be every day if you ask me! My children are getting a very good education and I love the uniforms.....they do nickel and dime w/ too many fund raisers....puts unnecessary pressure on students. Or simply jack up tuition $50-$100 per student and do away w/ fundraisers. I'm a big advocate on academics, but kids come home w/ WAY too much homework. Teachers need to continue to provide stellar academic instruction inside classroom and let up on homework. Final thought: Provide more HEALTHY choices in lunchroom.....Boost and Choco-tacos are UNACCEPTABLE! Childhood obesity is an epidemic!

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no rating January 27, 2008
3 years in, 10x's better than local public schools... students are taught at a high level... If your want your children to learn respect and be taught to have high morals you need not look any further... Principal is one of the best people I have ever meet... she genuinely cares for each and every child walking through the doors while continuing to maintain the highest level of educational standards...

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Fantastic education and environment. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged in this school and it is very family oriented. I've got a chance to meet many of the teachers and they are top notch. The previous reviewer may think the principal is all about show. However, she has maintained a very successful Catholic school, has been the principal for a couple of decades, and is truly dedicated to the children who go to St. Paul's. We are glad that our children attend St. Paul's

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this principal is all about show - not education the phys. ed in this school is horrible I have 2 children there - if I had to do it again I would move to a better school district

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St Paul Elementary School
250 James Street, Burlington, NJ  08016
(609) 386-1645
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