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Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Private | PK-8 | 235 students

Middle States Accredited.
 
 

 

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted June 16, 2014

The Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament is a wonderful place to be! The administration, faculty, parents, and most importantly the students all make the school special.


Posted June 10, 2014

I wish to respond to the post of June 6th. There is not going to be any replacement of any member of our administration. There are 2 teachers that are retiring after more than 20 years of dedicated service. We apologize for the misinformation given by a disgruntled parent and appreciate the parents that brought this to our attention. Any questions or concerns will be welcomed by any member of our staff or by the Principal. We apologize to the parents that were upset by this post.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 6, 2014

All of the negative reviews are true. I'm guessing most have been there for years and years ago the school was great. Let's see what happens with the exidous of the old regime and see who replaces her. It is time....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

I responded to a post and it came up as Principal's point of view. I was commenting as a parent and employee.


Posted March 17, 2014

The academic program has massive gaps. Some of the teachers are great. But some of the teachers are stuck in their ways and thin-skinned. They are behind on the latest ways to teach certain subjects. They need to start talking with parents, not talking AT them. "Do as I say" doesn t fly anymore. The new teachers are eager, but usually brand-new to teaching and don't have a clue. They struggle with basic classroom management, never mind teaching the subject at hand. Overall, the teachers seem miserable working here. Not sure what is going on. Maybe it's the principal. I gave it two stars on parental involvement because the school does not treat parents like partners, beyond seeing them as sources of fundraising and volunteer hours. I guess as a summary I would say that it has been a very uneven experience in terms of academics, dependent on the teacher. On a positive note, the school is small, the children seem happy and the families are nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2014

I have been attending this school since I was 5. I am now in 8th grade. All the teachers are really care about you as a student. The academics are fantastic! If you ever have a problem with a topic the teachers always offer to stay after school to help you out. Even though you have to work hard to get good grades it's worry it because it gives you the work ethic to do well for the rest of your life. This school offers so many leadership roles. Almost every school has a student council but this school offers more than just that. To teach the middle school religion the students get split up in to what we call houses. These "houses" are named after different saints. The students don't get split up by grade level though. There are about 6 kids from each grade in each of the 4 houses. The leadership role you can have in the houses is called house leader. You are basically in charge or the house. You say all the prayers and lead the other students. I feel this program helps you become friends with other students and that is great. There is also a lot of technology in this school. We have iPads, laptops for each student and teacher and even robots! This is the best place!


Posted January 14, 2014

Our child had been attending since Kindergarten and is now in first grade at AMBS. I usually don't feel the need to go online to do reviews, but the review stating that teachers are not accredited (the proper language would be "certified") is simply not true. Over 50% have their masters degrees in education. Also, AMBS is accredited by Middle States Association -- the same group that public/private schools / colleges/ universities earn accreditation from. Our child came into Kindergarten reading and AMBS put him in an advanced reading group doing actual 1st grade work. Not just extra work or reading - started the first grade curric in kindergarten, and now, midway through first grade, beginning the 2nd grade reading/writing curriculum. This is not your "mother and father's" Catholic school. Lot's of technology, personal attention, differentiation, sports, extra currics and kids moving on to top high schools - all the Catholics but also including schools like Bergen Academies, Dwight Englewood etc. Worth taking a look by all means. As I said, I usually don't feel the need to gush online in areas such as this, but the info was just wrong. Go visit and good luck! : )
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

Not sure what the previous poster is talking about. Maybe her child didn't do well, but my child is doing great. 99th percentile Terra Nova scores to prove it and she comes home happy every day. Anyway, hope her child is doing better academically wherever he or she is now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

I had my children in public school, so this review is a bit of a comparison. The teachers at AMBS are excellent, but they were good in the public school too. So what makes AMBS special? The principal, Ms. Mathews, is super smart and kind. She pours her heart, mind and and soul into AMBS, as do the teachers. AMBS is on the small side, you will never be a number here. The fact it is a K through eight school is a plus. No transition to a middle school at that rough age, just a seamless transition into AMBS's own middle school program. The school offers advanced classes and many extracurriculars. High level of parent involvement, opportunities to help in the school. You can volunteer as much or as little as you can. The children learn about the faith, which is the reason for the school. Public schools can't offer that and I don't fault them for that. But I see how nice it is to be in a school where faith is woven into the daily fabric, such as putting on a Christmas pageant, going to Mass, learning about the faith, and praying during the day. Your child will be well-cared for and well-educated at AMBS. As a parent, you will be treated as a partner and with the highest respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

Great school, great enviroment! Pre-k classes are held in seperate cottages instead of mixing with the older children. Very structured day for the little ones, great parent envolvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Exceptional school many children come out of the school with scholarships. child ratio in class is low for better learning. The school is now an academy. There are no church demands. But they like parent participation.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 51%
Two or more races 13% 1%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Black 1% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:50 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. JoAnn Mathews
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (201) 847-9227

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
235
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
300

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
FACTS

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Immaculate Heart Academy
Don Bosco Prep
Bergen Academies
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785 Franklin Lakes Road
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
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Phone: (201) 891-4250

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