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St. Matthew School

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Posted October 3, 2014

I am a member of St. Matthew the Apostle Parish and am currently serving on the School Advisory Council. Prior to being on the Council, I really didn't know much about St. Matthew School. Since I've been on the Council, I have learned a lot. For example, the Terra Nova (standardized test) scores from 2014 placed St. Matthew School first in Reading, second in Mathematics, and third in Reading of all the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Metuchen. Performances from past years have been similar. Although too much weight is placed on standardized test scores, it is a fact of life and important to know that St. Matthew School produces students that score very well on these tests. Small class size and the familial, welcoming atmosphere at St. Matthew School are very attractive features one should be looking for in a school for their children. St. Matthew School produces well-rounded students, grounded in faith, morals, and good citizenship. I am proud to be a member of the St. Matthew School Advisory Council.


Posted October 1, 2014

Saint Matthew School is a nurturing environment where students are encouraged and challenged to learn on a daily basis. The teachers care greatly for the students. The personalized class and teaching styles of the teachers help each and every student, regardless of their level. The family atmosphere is second to none. We are beyond happy with the education our 3rd grader gets!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

St. Matthew School is the best kept secret in Edison. In this school children from PreK through 8th grade grow and learn in an environment that promotes respect, cooperation, and academic excellence. Each child is taught everyone is unique and can achieve their personal best by working hard and having fun learning and developing together. Each staff member, beginning with the principal, leads by example and continues to steer the students toward achieving their goals academically, socially and spiritually. I recommend St. Matthew's wholeheartedly and speak from experience as both of my children attended this school from preK through 8th grade. They are now successfully attending private high schools in all honors classes and they credit much of their success to the foundation they received at St. Matthew's. It's a wonderful school and a great choice for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

We started at St. Matthews in Kindergarten when the public schools went to 1/2 day. We felt like we needed a full day classroom environment for my daughter and this school was close and affordable. At the time we thought we would do 1 year and then consider the public school system again. After the first year we made friends and were active in the school community. The teachers are great and my daughter has enjoyed every year so far and is doing very well. The school is a bit behind some of the others when it comes to technology but that is what I do for a living so she gets plenty of that at home. Overall my wife and I really enjoy the school and being part of a vibrant community of parents and kids that surround it. I rated parent involvement high but that is for the parents of the grade my daughter is in now. I do know that some of the other grades do not have the same level of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2012

Not a Catholic population. As practicing Catholics, my sons were the minority in each class. Education was sub par. I did a lot of 1:1 instruction with my boys to compensate. Few of us paid full tuition while others "need based" ( unemployed by choice) went for free. Tough call as the schools in Edison are so undesirable. Best advice is to move out of town. We did. Much happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2010

I love St. Matthew School because is a safe, loving, caring environment where the theachers motivate students to do better. The students are happy and eager to go to school. My daughter transfer in second grade and from he very first day she felt happy and welcomed. There is great parent involvement and we all want to make the school a better place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

St Matthews is a great place to send your children. The new principal has done a nice job this year enhancing programs and continuing to build Christian values. The education provided is top notch. My daughter who now is in high school outperforms her peers in math do to the great foundation provided at St Matthews. The school and campus have plenty of room and are well maintained. There is a balance throughout the year of high work levels and fun activities for the children. The access via the computer to homework and grades is wonderful. My son returns home every day with the correct amount of homework and activities. Both of my children have developed a network of long life friends. When my daughter returns to visit she is literally welcomed with open arms
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

St. Matthew's is the gem in an area of mediocre schools. It has a long history of success (just talk to any alumni) and with the new administration the academics are even more challenging. Still, the faculty continues the nurturing environment Catholic schools are known for. The area public schools are subpar - Edison High School has been threatened with a State Takeover because of low standardized test scores. Some negative comments on this board come from parents who were asked to leave (check their spelling and grammar!) You won't find a better education in central New Jersey than at St. Matthew's!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2009

I am glad that I am taking my child out of the school. My son hardly learned anything! Besides they have way too many holidays & half days throughout the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2008

St. Matthews is a great school. In fact it's a high school prep school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2008

st matthew school is the worst. my kids are learning more in public school..im glad i took them out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

St. Matthews School is truly a ondersful school and provides a solid elementary education. Our family has been very pleased with the teachers, the principal and the administration. Our children learn a lot and participate in a wide variety of activities/projects. The children work on many projects that help the community and inspire creativity. Being a part of this school provides a sense of community like we are one family. The school mission of St Matthew School is to prepare each child, Nursery through grade 8, to achieve his or her full moral, spiritual and intellectual potential in a safe and nurturing Catholic environment.. The large campus is not cramped and there is ample parking. Please come take a tour of our school and you will see what sets us apart from all of the rest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2007

I used to be in Saint Matthew School, and now am in a public school. I moved because the teachers really don't teach you anything and they hardly give any homework or tests! There is no compition on the school work.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2007

The sense of community at St. Matthew School is unsurpassed. Students do not need to be Catholic to attend the school, nor do teachers, yet all are given the opportunity to pray openly. Sharing special intentions within the classroom setting is a great way for students to gain insight into each other's lives and gives students an outlet to pray for the things that are on their minds within a supportive environment. The purpose of the school is not to force religion on anyone, it is a place where Jesus is simply provided as an example. As in any school academics are of utmost importance, teachers are highly qualified without the pressures of standardized tests and state funding. Finally, music and art are cherished and safe from the threat of losing funding or support.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 9, 2006

I have been reading, in our local news, about overcrowded public schools, classes conducted in closets and lunch in classrooms. It made me think about the luxuries my children and I take for granted at St. Matthew School in Edison: pep rallies in the gymnasium, home cooked type meals in the cafeteria, an Art and Music classroom with piano, state of the art Computer Room, and many more amenities. St. Matthew s is a safe, bully-free school, where faith and Christian values are integrated in all areas of learning. The school s academic excellence is unsurpassed. So, I invite you to consider St. Matthew School, and learn what it can offer your children. We are so pleased with St. Matthew School. You might be, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2003

The academic curriculum is very good but the real bonus is that my child is more like part of a family at St.Matthew School. She is allowed to pray and express feelings of care, and emotion for others without ever being ridiculed or told it's not allowed. She is taught the importance of being a good person and the ability to make a difference in the lives of others by the way she behaves toward them, just as Jesus had done. There is no other school that extends such focus in the classroom on the important values we teach at home! Parental involvement of families with similar values and school support is tremendous in this school!
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
Asian 43% 8%
White 43% 52%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Two or more races 4% 1%
Black 3% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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100 Seymour Ave
Edison, NJ 08817
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