St. Joseph the Carpenter School adheres to the elementary curriculum standards developed by the Archdiocese of Newark. While relevant educational standards, including those proposed by content area experts and the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, are used as a resource in developing the curriculum, it is the expertise and experience of the educators within our schools that determines the content and skills students are expected to master. Curriculum maps for mathematics, language arts, and technology can be found on the Archdiocese of Newark website at https://catholicschoolsnj.org/curriculum-and-testing/curriculum-mapping/.
Our Communication Arts curriculum is a comprehensive, content rich program that incorporates reading, writing, listening, and speaking while building students' knowledge and vocabulary in literature, history, geography, and science. Students focus on decoding, encoding, grammar, handwriting, and the writing process. Instruction includes read-alouds; whole-group, small-group, and partner reading; close reading; literal, inferential, and evaluative comprehension; vocabulary; grammar; writing; and morphology.
Our math curriculum focuses on number sense, addition and subtraction, understanding place value, multiplication, and division. Students learn about telling time, measurement, fractions, and geometry. Teachers engage classes with interactive hands-on activities that allow students to master both essential skills and higher level problem solving.
Our science program is a hands-on spiraling curriculum that provides students with core knowledge in biology, chemistry, Earth science, and physics. Students think like scientists as they learn to make and record observations, develop hypotheses, and design models and experiments in our state-of -the-art science lab.
Our Social Studies program focuses on community, civic mindedness, the role of government, geography, and an exploration of early American History. Students learn to read and interpret maps and to conduct meaningful research.
Our Catholic faith is at the heart of all that we do at St. Joseph School. We live our faith by praying our morning prayers together, being kind to our friends, engaging in service projects, and listening quietly to God’s message through Scripture and the words of the priest. It is a way of living that believes that we, no matter our faith background, are all God’s children and worthy of our respect and interest. Our curriculum in the primary grades is designed to help students understand the church as a family, the meaning of the sacraments, and the Ten Commandments. Preparation for the sacraments of communion and reconciliation is provided for those who wish to receive them.
Literature and Language Arts
Students continue developing their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in middle school. Our content rich program is centered around essential questions that allow students to deeply explore topics in literature, history, civics, and science.. Rather than basals, students engage with authentic literature, informational texts, and a diverse collection of art. Those who qualify may participate in the Gifted and Talented Language Arts program.
In addition to a deeper exploration of basic operations, students concentrate on fractions, decimals, integers, and algebraic equations. They work with ratio, proportion, percent, and data analysis. Students also deepen their knowledge of measurement and geometry concepts and skills. Strong emphasis is placed on higher order thinking and problem solving. Those who qualify may take advanced math classes in seventh and eighth grades.
Our middle school students continue their exploration of biology, chemistry, Earth science, and physics. Our budding scientists engage in hand-on investigations that require them to make predictions, conduct experiments, draw conclusions, and connect their conclusions to prior learning. Strong emphasis is placed on interpreting data, designing solutions, and other science and engineering practices.
Students continue their exploration of Social Studies with American history in grades five, seven, and eight, and world history in grade six. Strong emphasis is placed learning to think like a historian as students engage with a variety of primary sources and historical artifacts.
Our Catholic faith is at the heart of all that we do at St. Joseph School. We live our faith by praying our morning prayers together, being kind to our friends, engaging in service projects, and listening quietly to God’s message through Scripture and the words of the priest. It is a way of living that believes that we, no matter our faith background, are all God’s children and worthy of our respect and interest. Our curriculum in the middle grades is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of the sacraments, early church history, the role of God and Jesus in their lives, and how their faith shapes their own sense of morality. Preparation for the sacrament of confirmation is provided for those who wish to receive it.