At St. John the Apostle School we believe children learn best when they challenge themselves with their imaginations, through positive interaction with other children in a stimulating environment. Our curriculum provides a balance of age-appropriate activities and lessons that stimulate social, emotional and physical skills. We promote creative thinking, problem-solving and the love of learning. The middle school curriculum follows guidelines adopted by the Archdiocese of Newark.
The middle school curriculum of Saint John the Apostle School is driven by curriculum mapping as designed by the Archdiocese of Newark and the needs of the students in the 6th-8th grades. As such, it is adapted on an on-going basis. Each year, students’ strengths and weaknesses are measured through teachers’ observations, standardized testing and various assessment methodology. Students are academically tracked in the 7th and 8th grades in Math/Science and Reading/Language Arts to further prepare them for high school. Significant focus is established in the development of the “whole” student, where emphasis is placed on the strengthening of spirituality, morals and values. Students are continually encouraged to pursue interests in school-wide community service programs as well as joining clubs and activities throughout the school year.