We, the faculty and staff of Saint James the Apostle School, Springfield, NJ, aware of the enormous responsibilities entrusted to us, welcome and embrace the opportunity to serve our children and young people within the framework of the teachings of the Gospels and Church.
Saint James the Apostle School in Springfield, New Jersey, offers students a Catholic Faith-based education which acknowledges each child's individual ability to achieve their fullest potential academically, socially, and spiritually. We teach students to view themselves as Christians and to live as Jesus taught us through the Gospel. Through daily religious instruction, the children encounter Christ and experience His presence in learning to make healthy decisions based on moral values. The communication of the message of Jesus Christ into every area of the child's curriculum is the ultimate goal of our school.
We encourage the children to become life-long learners. A goal of our academic program is to teach children the art of critical thinking thus enabling them to absorb knowledge through various venues. Working in cooperation with the families of our students, we teach by example and share in the development of the whole child. Limited class size enables the faculty and administrative staff the ability to interact with the entire school community in a nurturing manner.
The school strives to promote a quality education through the presentation of a wide range of subject areas taught in a manner that recognizes the intellectual development of each individual child at different ages. The teachers stimulate an enthusiasm for learning and encourage intellectual curiosity, while developing basic skills as well as an analytical way of thinking.
Peer relationships among students play an important part in their academic experiences. Our educators seek opportunities to provide students with cooperative learning experiences. It is our responsibility to foster healthy competition and encourage teamwork among students.
Teachers aim to understand the needs of individual students and offer support and guidance when needed. The teacher-parent / guardian relationship provides an integral role in the students’ school experience. Parent / guardian involvement is vital in establishing the structure for our total educational philosophy. Recognizing parents and guardians as the primary educators, we maintain an open line of communication throughout the school year.
We believe that:
- Catholic education promotes the spiritual and moral development of students and is an integral part of the Church’s mission to proclaim the Gospel message of Jesus.
- Each child is to model Christ and serve others in the school, home, parish and greater community.
- Each child is to show respect for themselves and others and to make decisions based on moral values.
- The school, together with the parish, parents / guardians, and community, works to help the child realize academic, social, emotional, and spiritual achievements.
- Ongoing review and improvement of the curriculum is essential to improve student learning in our everyday changing world.
- Each child is unique and is to be recognized by the faculty for their individual abilities, self-worth, and dignity.
- Children should be encouraged to become life-long learners, using the skills developed throughout their formative years.
- We provide a safe and stimulating learning environment where cultural and religious diversity is welcomed.