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St John The Apostle School

Private | PK-8 | 479 students


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Posted October 9, 2013

As a former student, parent of students (3), past School Board and PFG President and current School Advisory Board Member, I feel that I am qualifed to rate this school. I am very impressed how St. John's has grown over the years to keep up with the times. Middle States accrediated and Blue Ribbon School is not something many schools can brag about. The principle and staff of St. Johns strive for excellence and they have succeeded. Sending your children to this school is one of the best moves a parent can make.

Posted October 9, 2013

Having graduated St John the Apostle School and being able to maintain friendships throughout the years, and knowing that I had such a strong connection to the school and its standards, made the decision easy that it would be the the school I would send my own children. The sense of faith, family and the highest academic standards strengthened my children from the very start. They LOVED the school, became highly engaged in the many extracurricular activities available to them and were extremely well prepared for high school. The tuition is very fair and the return on your investment worth every penny spent! I encourage you to visit the school for yourself and see how dedicated the principal (Sr Donna Marie O'Brien) and her faculty/staff are to your child's success!

Posted October 9, 2013

As a parent of 3 sons who have attended St. John's beginning with the Pre-k program, I am happy to warmly endorse this school. Our "boys" are now in college, high school and 8th grade. While each one has varying abilities, they have grown into well rounded young men, with St. John's helping to provide the academic, social and moral guidence. The faculty is dedicated to the students and the dedication begins with Sr. Donna Marie, the school's principal, who knows each child by name. Several members of the faculty have been rcognized as outstanding educators. This dedication & high academic standards has led the school to be recognized by the US Dept. of Education with a Blue Ribbon designation. St. John's also offers many extracurricular activities, including a robust athletic program that includes a cross country and track and field team as well CYO sports including basketball, baseball and cheerleading. I often refer to St. John's as a family, and that is truly the most appropriate word. As our youngest child graduates this year, I am somewhat sad to see our St. John's years end, but know that he will be ready for any challenges that he will face I high school and beyond.
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Posted October 8, 2013

I am VERY HAPPY with Saint John the Apostle School. The level of education can not be matched. The dedication of the teachers is incredible. Sister Donna Marie leads this school of more than 350 students. She runs a tight ship and knows most of her students by name. The academics are superior to any of the other schools in Clark and the surrounding towns. The Blue Ribbon status says it all.
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Posted October 7, 2013

St. John the Apostle school is a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School. Its Teachers and Principal are top notch. The school has a Track & Field team, a cross country team, an award winning choir, a robotics club and many other groups and clubs for the students to take part in. I you are looking for a school I strongly recommend this school be your first choice.
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Posted August 2, 2013

St. John's is a great school for above average to very bright, completely neurotypical children. These children will graduate over-prepared for high school, to the extent that they may be bored in freshman year. If your child is outside of this mold, he or she may have a difficult time, especially in the middle school years. Some, not all, teachers and the administration are unwilling to adapt teaching styles to account for students who may have learning difficulties. It's a wonderful school for those students who have an above average intelligence or who are strong and motivated enough to work harder than everyone else. If your child has any special needs, you would do best taking him or her elsewhere.
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Posted July 17, 2012

Wondeful school - just the right size and everything you are looking for (musical instruments, sports, new technology in the classrooms) and a principal & faculty that are like a family. Highly recommended!
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Posted March 31, 2011

Unfortunately, the "Terms of Use" of this review platform doesn't allow us parents to give a fair and accurate review. Interesting how only the students and parents with good experiences post reviews isn't it? The "Terms of Use" in posting a review pretty much prohibits parents and students who have had bad and disturbing experiences at this school to post a review.
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Posted April 11, 2010

This is the best school I have ever been to. This school is very fun with all the activities it has. That is the reason it is a five star school.
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Posted November 23, 2009

The teachers and Principal at St. Johns are wonderful. This school is small enough that no child gets lost in the crowd, yet large enough to have all the latest technology. Students here receive a great education in all subjects from religon and language arts to math and science. The students that graduate from here are well prepared to excel in high school.
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Posted July 21, 2009

Very disappointed. Waste of money. Teachers are not professional-I don t know who evaluates them! Even if you are good and ambitious, if they don t like you they put you down.
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Posted January 26, 2009

Some of my greatest memories were made at Saint John the Apostle. SJA's teachers helped me through every difficulty I had when I was there, and greatly helped me for High School. I would never trade my eight years at SJA, they were some of my best times I had in my entire life.
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Posted October 26, 2007

I love this school. The teachers inforce behavior, but also are very caring. The school also has a great athletic association.
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Posted June 28, 2007

This school is wonderful. Teachers and principal are hands on with all the students. They know how to combine the right amount of discipline with the right amount of caring. I had my doubts about sending my child to a private school but thanks to this school, I will not have her go any where else. Mrs. Panico is one of the best Kindergarten teachers there is!
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Posted May 5, 2006

This school excel's in academics and the teachers and principal take a personal approach to teaching each child. The middle school curriculum is excellent, they are doing 8th grade level work in 7th and are very prepared for high school. The lower grades are good too and most teachers unlike other catholic schools have been in the school for many years which helps in conformity.
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Posted October 3, 2005

An excellant parochial school. The school is small with an attention towards academics. Discipline is enforced and all are expected to comply. Because it is a relatively small school the teachers know all the students and parents quite well. No one gets lost in the shuffle. The student body is diverse and all are made welcome. I would highly recommend it to anyone considering a parochial school in Union County.
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Posted February 23, 2004

Our child is very happy at St. John the Apostle. It is a safe environment and from the teachers and entire staff our experience there is wonderful. The education, appropriate discipline and spiritual learning has become a blessing to us.
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Posted August 26, 2003

I found this school have all the ingredients necessary for your child development academically as well as socially and spiritually.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 51%
Hispanic 14% 22%
Black 13% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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