St. Mary’s Prep incorporates the Common Core Curriculum Standards of the State of New Jersey and is based on the guidelines of the Diocese of Paterson. The goal is to develop the student’s ability to gather, analyze, and interpret information and make appropriate choices that are consistent with Christian values. St. Mary’s Prep is a S.T.E.M School in the Paterson Diocese. The curriculum includes Religion, Language Arts (Reading, Spelling, English, Penmanship, Spanish), Mathematics, Science/Health, Social Studies, Music Theory/Singing, Physical Education, Computer Education, and Art, as well as character education.
The Physical Education classes at St. Mary’s Prep are off to an excellent start of the school year. Each class, from Pre-K-3 through Eighth Grade, is involved in exercise and age-appropriate physical activities.
The Pre-K through Grade 2 students are currently working on locomotor skill development, eye/hand coordination, eye/foot coordination, gross motor skills, jumping and landing, along with chasing, fleeing, and dodging skills.
Grades 3 through 8 are currently developing an understanding of team sport and lead-up activities.
Spanish instruction is offered once a week in grades, 5 through 8. Emphasis is on pronunciation, oral communication and vocabulary development through activities and games. Textbook: Exprésate 1 and Workbook.
St. Mary’s Prep is equipped with a 24 work station computer lab. All students PK3 through 8th grade visit the lab once a week. The classroom is equipped with an interactive Smartboard and a 3D printer.
Students in PK3 through Transitional Kindergarten are taught how to use the mouse and navigate the desktop. Keyboarding skills are taught to students in grades Kindergarten and up. Students are also taught to use: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. They are also introduced to coding, 3D printing and Google Docs. Learning how to research is also an integral part of our lessons.
St. Mary’s Prep students in grades PK3-4th have library classes once a week. Students are read stories and then do an activity pertaining to the story. They are also taught basic library skills. Students in grades TK and up may take out one book at a time. There are no late fees for overdue books but if a book is lost or damaged, a replacement book or payment is required. We always welcome guest readers or helpers!
In our Spanish class K-4th grade we begin with our prayers and the sign of the cross in Spanish. During the school year we celebrate traditional Spanish Holidays such as; El Día de Los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo, and Feliz Navidad.
Our students are taught in Spanish to learn how to recite; the alphabet, days of the week, weather conditions, and numbers up to 31. Parents will be delighted to hear their children singing our greeting song “¡Buenos Dias! ¿Comó Estás?” as well as the Christmas songs, “Cascabel” and “Feliz Navidad”.
The LEAD program, which means Law Enforcement Against Drugs is part of the fifth grade curriculum. It is presented by a police officer from Denville.