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St Paul Elementary School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $183,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,040.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 2, 2014

Spirituality, academics, family involvement -it's all I was hoping for and more. Everyone comes together for the good of the children-keeping old traditions fresh and alive while creating new ones. The leadership provided through the staff and principal's modeling provides opportunities for the children that may not be received elsewhere. Friends and their children are surprised that my younger child is learning Spanish and that my older child has been provided leadership opportunities not yet offered to their children in other school districts both in and out of state. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
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Posted 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!
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Posted January 9, 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


Posted 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.
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 51%
Black 21% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
Hispanic 2% 22%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Burlington, NJ 08016
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