Catholic School Directory
Catholic schools in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties welcome Catholic and non-Catholic students from many different cultural backgrounds. Find a Catholic school near you.
Strong in Catholic Identity
Catholic schools in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties welcome Catholic and non-Catholic students from many different cultural backgrounds. Parents, as the primary educators of their children, work in partnership with teachers to develop their children's potential in becoming life-long learners. In a faith-centered, child-sensitive environment, students are taught respect and to value individual differences in others. Our schools' Catholic identity integrates spirituality, collegiality, social justice and academic development as students proclaim the faith in all learning activities.
Catholic identity is integral to every concept of the Catholic school and not an added component. It is expressed in the daily experiences and interaction of students, faculty, and administrators. It permeates the spirit and climate of each Catholic school. It is through daily prayer, school liturgies, the integration of morals and values, and service to others that the school expresses its identity and reflects Jesus' message of love. The school's mission statement emanates the basic philosophy for the school's existence. It is the mission statement that gives form to all decision-making and interaction. Rooted in the Gospel, it exemplifies the identity of the Catholic school.
Our schools are first and foremost Catholic with the school culture mirroring the teachings of the Gospel. The curriculum is based on National Standards, New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, diocesan expectations, and educational research. It is important that our students have the educational opportunities that allow them to prepare for a wide array of future careers in the 21st century. Our curriculum opens the door to a teaching /learning process that strives to meet the individual needs of students, offers technology education for the digital age, and literacy for life in reading, writing and mathematics.
Our elementary students score higher than the national average in reading, language arts and math. The mean of the national percentile falls into the top quartile scoring results. As college prep schools, 98% of secondary school students take the SAT tests for admission to college and universities.
As part of the larger Catholic community, our schools have a wide range of financial support. Tuition assistance provides funding to supplement a student's tuition. Parish support, as well as tuition assistance funding from the Bishop's Annual Appeal, the Foundation of Student Achievement and co-sponsorship (funds paid by parishes which do not have schools of their own), augment students' tuition.
School boards have been established in schools with members of the broader community using their gifts and talents to maintain high quality institutes of learning for our children. With over 85 years of service, the PTA provides educational programs and fund-raising activities to support schools. Through the Continuing Education Grant, the PTA provides financial assistance to teachers pursuing coursework in professional improvement or school administration.
The New Jersey Network of Catholic School Families, functioning under the auspices of the New Jersey Catholic Conference exists to educate and mobilize individuals and organizations to advocate public policies on behalf of families whose children attend the Catholic schools in New Jersey. The Network's current focus is on The Opportunity Scholarship Bill that will provide school choice for low income families in New Jersey.
The Foundation for Student Achievement was established in 2007 to provide tuition assistance to students from families experiencing financial constraints; to offer innovative and creative opportunities for teaching and learning; and to organize private sector involvement with the Catholic schools under the auspices of the Diocese of Trenton.