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St. Cassian Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 220 students

 

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4 stars

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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 9, 2014

Saint Cassian School provides a unique learning environment that encompasses all a parent would want in a small, private, Catholic school environment. With the addition of the new principal this year the school has taken on an entirely new standard of excellence. This school went from a good school to a great school. Faculty and staff are dedicated and provide extra help on a regular basis. Parents are respected and "heard". Students are exposed to a wonderful array of special programs including model congress, annual science fairs, musical programs (band, chamber music through Lincoln Center, bell choir, musical theater, dance and the fabulous addition of the new organist from the church providing weekly music class). Technology is current and the plans for expansion of the technology program are fabulous. Office staff warmly welcome parents and students each day and help to set the tone of a close family environment. If you are looking for a school for your child, walk amidst the halls and witness the sense of real pride among the students of St. Cassian School. You will want your child to be a part of this "treasure" in the heart of Upper Montclair.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

I am very happy with the school! The new principal is making great improvements. Glad my children go here. The academic, arts, and sports programs are of superior quality. Love the family-centered atmosphere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2013

St. Cassian School is fantastic. They got a new middle school team this year--new Science, Math, Social Studies teachers--and it has really made a difference. Each one of them has a Master's Degree and is passionate about their field of study. They are enthusiastic and fresh, just what the school needed. They are all up-to-date with all the technology, and every classroom has a SmartBoard. The principal is very weak, I agree with other comments posted here. They are getting a new principal in the fall, so hopefully that will make the school even better. Glad I sent my children here. Look forward to next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

This school is strong academically and has many extracurricular activities compared to other schools it's size. It would get 5 stars from me but the principal is very weak - not up on latest technologies and innovations. She is not open to any suggestions and her method of disciple is non-existent. Parents can be as involved as they want and most are - it is a friendly family environment. Every class has smart boards. I think with new leadership coming in it will be equivalent to the much higher priced private schools nearby.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

Teachers are excellent. Parents are involved. Students are polite and respectful. Principal is very weak and does not bring out the best in the school. some of the classes are way too big - heading toward 30 kids in one small room. I find the academics very good, and the teachers do extra help sessions for advanced students after hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

This school is great. It is a very welcoming environment. I have been a student here for nine years and literally have a school family. Everyone knows each other and helps one another. The teachers and principals have great techniques and are very approachable. The parents are involved and the kids look forward to annual school activities. The sports and extra-curricular activities are eye opening. About once a month we go to Church and the whole school gets together every morning for a prayer service. I'm in eighth grade and I think the class privileges are evenly distributed. This school would be a perfect pick for your young child.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2009

Excellent faculty! This school has a great environment and my son loves going there. All the 8th graders have been accepted to private high schools including private schools in Manhatten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2006

Small school with a young faculty. Conservative religious, traditional family oriented school. Needs stronger enrichment and less helicopter parents. In flux with the new principal....hope the new principal is hands-on but a strong leader
—Submitted by a teacher


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 51%
Black 14% 16%
Hispanic 7% 22%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Newark
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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190 Lorraine Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
Phone: (973) 746-1636

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