Our parents and student take pride in SMP. Please read in their words, why St. Mary's Prep is a special place.
“What I love about St. Mary’s Prep Catholic School is that we get a great education, we get to make friends with many different people, and that we can all be ourselves in our own ways!”
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 thing I like about St. Mary’s Prep is that the 7th and 8th Grade have a Beta Club and they raise money for good causes like Cancer Awareness and STOP Hunger. I think that is very nice because they think about other people before them. We do dress downs to raise the money and I know some others schools do not raise money to help other people in need.”
The Beta Club is organized to offer opportunities to students and teachers to discuss and carry out plans for improvement of school life. The Beta Club will assist the principal in organizing, maintaining, and expanding school activities.
“St. Mary’s is special because we are able to have computer class. Also our school has fun activities.”
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.
“The thing I like about SMP is how the teachers help me learn fun things and learn a lot about God in Church. The teachers also help us study and learn right from wrong. I love SMP!!”
Each day starts with prayer in the gymnasium. All children from Trans-K through 8 have Religion classes regularly. Each class helps to develop the child’s understanding of the Roman Catholic faith and traditions. Christian values, as well as a deepening faith in Scripture and Doctrine, are central to the curriculum.
“The thing I like about SMP is that we have fun events. One fun event is Fun Day and another is the SMP 5K.”
St. Mary’s Prep holds an annual 5K Run/Walk in September. HSA is responsible to raise $110,500 through various fundraisers; Super Cash Raffles, Cash Card Program, Tricky Tray, Designer Bingo, Spirit Wear, Box Tops, Scholastic Book Fairs, and 5K Run.
“I like Show and Tell!”
The Center for Early Childhood Education at St. Mary's Prep provides a safe, friendly, nurturing environment which supports a child's wants and needs. We offer an opportunity to develop their natural creativity and a love of learning. Each day is balanced with opportunities for discovery and generous outdoor playtime.
“I like recess, gym class, and you get to go to our classes together with our friends.”
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, and gross motor skills. Grades 3 through 8 are currently developing an understanding of team sport and lead-up activities.