Award Year: 2018

Saint Catharine School

301 2nd Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-1808

(732) 449-4424

Mr. Robert Dougherty, Principal at time of Nomination

Diocese of Trenton

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Mission

The mission of St. Catharine School is to foster the spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, creative, and physical strengths of its students.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 96%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
Application
Saint Catharine School students at our monthly school Mass.

Saint Catharine School students at our monthly school Mass.

Saint Catharine School (SCS) is an Advance Education, Inc. (AdvanceED) accredited Catholic elementary school within the Diocese of Trenton, educating students in preschool through grade 8. Approximately 20 years ago, Saint Catharine School adopted "Faith, Knowledge, and Service" as a school motto. These words encapsulate our identity, inspiration, and purpose in providing a high quality learning experience that supports the development of the whole child for all of the students of SCS.

The concepts of Faith, Knowledge, and Service are integral to the Catholic culture of Saint Catharine School on a daily basis through prayer, study, and our actions within a communal dimension of kindness and acceptance and in the paradigm of teaching and learning within this Catholic institution. Further, since its institution in 1931 with 45 students in the basement of St. Margaret's Church, this school was rooted in a long history of academic excellence in the Catholic tradition. Within this same framework today, over 350 students prevail in a technology-rich environment to better scaffold instruction and to sustain excellence through a dedication to spirituality, research, hands-on learning, and service.

Within the pursuit of educational goals and objectives, students learn to embrace knowledge and seek to share their enthusiasm with others by fostering an awareness of care and concern. Through acceptance and awakening, self-efficacy and leadership traits evolve as teachers enrich their instructional lessons with the Gospel message whenever possible. As such, students, parents, and teachers of Saint Catharine School endeavor to communicate and carry out what we uphold as sacred by virtue of our Catholic identity.