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Assumption Regional Catholic School

Assumption Regional Catholic School is a coeducational private Catholic traditional school for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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Assumption Regional Catholic School is regional grade school offering academic and spiritual education for children from Pre-K through 8th grade. We are accredited by the Middles States Commission on Elementary Schools.

ARCS highlights include: • Partnerships with Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Program and
Rutgers University Project PORTS: Promoting Oyster Restoration through Schools Program. • Transfer grant of $1,500 1st year and $750 2nd year towards tuition (per child) who student transfers to the school in grades 1-7! • Full-time PreK 4 program and Part-time PreK 3 program • Students attend mass monthly • Monthly school community service projects • Licensed certified teaching staff • Religion classes daily including sacramental preparation • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and School • Low Student – Teacher Ratio for Kindergarten – 8th grade • Accelerated Math grades 5 through 8 • Full-time Basic Skills Teacher, part-time Speech Therapy,
On-site Guidance Counselor and full-time Nurse • Student curriculum exceeds the New Jersey standards • After school sports and academic activities • Before (starting at 7am) and after care (ending at 5:30pm) • State-of-the-Art Technology (Smart Boards, Surround Sound, Ipad Cart (30 Ipads) and Remote Individual Response Units) • School security system with video monitoring stations • Transportation from 7 school districts and transportation reimbursement to out of district families.
• Tuition Assistance provided


Assumption Regional Catholic School provides its students with a rigorous program that exceeds the standards of the State of New Jersey and follows the curriculum guidelines of the Diocese of Camden and the National Core Standards.

Instruction is differentiated in the classroom, meeting each learner's needs. The faculty participates in continuous professional development that includes recognizing and delivering instruction that addresses each of the multiple intelligences: verbal/linguistic; visual/spatial; kinesthetic; musical; interpersonal; and intrapersonal. Professional development also includes formative assessment and other current pedagogy.

Literacy Skills

Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts from many periods in many genres and apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, and evaluate texts.

Students adjust their use of spoken, written and visual language to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes. Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions, media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique and discuss print and non- print texts.

Students conduct research by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources to communicate their discoveries in ways to suit their audience and purpose. Mathematics

Students develop the ability to pose and solve mathematical problems in mathematics, other disciplines, and everyday experiences.

Students develop reasoning ability and become self-reliant, independent mathematical thinkers.

Students regularly and routinely use calculators, computers, manipulatives and other mathematical tools to enhance mathematical thinking, understanding and power.

Students develop number sense and an ability to represent numbers in a variety of forms and use numbers in diverse situations.

Students develop spatial sense and an ability to use geometric properties and relationships to solve problems in mathematics and in everyday life.

Students develop an understanding of and use measurement to describe and analyze phenomena.

Students use a variety of estimation strategies and recognize situations where estimation is appropriate.

Students develop an understanding of patterns, relationships and functions and use them to represent and explain real-world phenomena.

Students develop an understanding of statistics and probability and use them to describe sets of data, model situations, and support appropriate inferences and arguments.


Students develop and apply the basic skills necessary for obtaining information, solving problems, investigating, and communicating principals and theories of science.

Students develop and apply rational, creative, and critical thinking skills in all areas of science and technology across the curriculum.

Students develop an appreciation of the nature of science by acquiring the skills necessary for a lifetime of continuous learning and adapting to change through the components of science instruction.

Physical Science

Energy: heat, electrical, nuclear, light, sound, magnetic Motion, machines, forces Property and structure of matter, metric measurements Chemistry Earth Science Space: stars, planets, universe and galaxies Earth: oceanography, earth's resources, rocks & minerals, plate tectonics, pollution, erosion Weather: erosion, earth's changing atmosphere

Life Science

Plants: biomes, classification, life processes, genetics/heredity, evolution/adaption Animals: biomes, classification, life processes, body systems, genetics/heredity, evolution/adaptation Human Body: Life processes, body systems, wellness, genetics/heredity, evolution/adaptation Ecology

Social Studies

Students learn democratic citizenship and how to participate in the constitutional system of government of the United States.

Students acquire historical understanding of political and diplomatic ideas and institutions, societal ideas, economic forces, ideas and institutions and varying cultures throughout the history of New Jersey, the United States, and the world.

Students acquire geographical understanding by studying the world in special terms, human systems in geography, the environment and society.


The young Catholic will be catechized to:

Understand God's plan of loving goodness Understand the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity Grow in their awareness of the experience of God through the gift of Faith See the Church as a community of faith building God's Kingdom Integrate knowledge of the Communion of Saints Embrace the Sacraments Make moral decisions Use a variety of prayer forms Celebrate liturgical feasts and seasons using symbols and sacraments Articulate the relationship between faith and culture Apply the Law of Love in relationships and through service Foster an appreciation of Judaism and other living faiths

Junior High Highlights!

In our Junior High Cohort, our goal is to prepare students so that they are ready for high school. Classes are constructed so that each student has six core subjects taught by six different teachers. These core classes include Religion, Social Studies, Math, Science, and Literature (which is broken into reading and writing). The students also have additional minor subject classes once a week that include Spanish (6-8), Art, Gym, Computers, and Music.

Leveled Math Program

Starting in the 5th grade, Assumption Regional Catholic School qualified students can begin the Accelerated Math Program. The math program is made up of three groups...Accelerated, Standard and Small Group Instruction. The goal for the Accelerated program is to allow students who are in this class to complete freshman level Math by the end of 8th grade. Prior to entering high school, they will have the opportunity to test out of freshman level math. A basic skills teacher is also available for qualified students. All levels of math classes are implemented using the New Jersey Common Core Standards.

Literature Program

We are privileged to have a reading teacher who was a former AP English Literature Teacher at Absegami High School. Our students have been introduced to literature that they will encounter upon entering High School such as Bridge to Terabithia, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth to name a few. This teacher works closely with the Grammar Teacher whose primary focus is writing and grammar. The Grammar Teacher composes vocabulary lists from the classics the students are reading and incorporates the vocabulary into the daily lesson plan. In addition, the Grammar Teacher works with students on their spoken, written and visual language to develop their skills to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes.

Science Program

The Science Program is taught by a former Absegami High School AP Physics Teacher. When the building was constructed this teacher was instrumental in the design of the science lab as it replicates a High School Science lab.
The students’ primary focuses include: Earth Science grade 6 Life Science grade 7 (students dissect frogs) Physical Science grade 8

Social Studies

Students will cover events in history from early civilization to current time. Every day they learn “This Day in History” where they discover historical happenings that occurred on the very same date. They also read a Scholastic magazine every week that keeps them abreast of current events around the world. Ancient Civilization grade 6 American History up until the Civil War grade 7 US Restoration to Vietnam War grade 8


From learning the Beatitudes, through reading the Bible, to learning Church teachings and prayers, our students are immersed in learning about the Catholic Faith. Religion is incorporated into all aspects of student life at Assumption Regional Catholic School. It is also a classroom subject taught to all of our students. Students have made rosaries, collected goods for needy families, performed a reenactment of the Stations of the Cross, and developed relationships that help them grow as young adults. Catholic morals are incorporated into everything that Assumption students do and we pride ourselves on the conscientious choices many students make as a result of their education at Assumption Regional Catholic School.


Assumption Regional Catholic School is currently working with Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC) in implementing their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Program for the ARCS Junior High students. Professors from ACCC bring projects to the classroom that help to enrich the Junior High curriculum through experiences that augment their daily lab experiences.

In its 3rd year, Assumption Regional Catholic School has collaborated with Rutgers University Project PORTS: Promoting Oyster Restoration through Schools program. Project PORTS is an education and community-based oyster restoration program of the Cousteau Center at Bridgeton and the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory of Rutgers University and partner organization the American Littoral Society. The goal of Project PORTS is to: increase awareness and understanding of the oyster as a critical resource of the Bay; to promote a basic understanding of important scientific concepts and stewardship values; and to contribute to the revitalization of Delaware Bay oyster populations. Project PORTS provides activities through a culmination of oyster-focused lessons that the students participate in.

Mission Statement

Our mission at Assumption Regional Catholic School is to CREATE, INSPIRE, and NURTURE an environment that embraces GOSPEL VALUES, and meets the academic needs of each student for the growth of our school community.

Our Philosophy

The aim of Catholic education should be the total child. Assumption Regional Catholic School is committed to living out the message of Christian joy and hope and is dedicated to educate students for Christian service to our community and the world. We seek to integrate gospel values into the lives of the students at Assumption.

The success of our mission can be seen in the lives that we touch — our stakeholders.



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Academic Calendar: Quarter

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 350
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 53
Kindergarten 34
1 39
2 44
3 34
4 25
5 24
6 29
7 42
8 26

Assumption Regional Catholic School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Assumption Regional Catholic School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1
Gender 45% Male / 55% Female
Dress Code Uniform
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 61%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 5%
Multi-racial 5%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 5%
Principal   Mary Ellen Schurtz


Assumption Regional Catholic School, following the guidelines of the Diocese of Camden, provides weekly instruction in these subjects: Physical Education Computer Technology Art Music French (Grades preK4 - 5th) Library Spanish (Grades 6th -7th) Assumption Regional Catholic School provides a variety of extra-curricular activities to enhance the students’ educational experience, to allow for exploration of personal interest, and to develop real-world skills. Clubs are interest-driven, and change frequently. Sports: Basketball (5-8 boys and girls) Little Dribblers (K-4) (Boys Varsity 2013-2014 Cape Atlantic Champions) Cheering Cross Country Track Academic: o Johns Hopkins Talent Search o First Aid and CPR Certification 7th and 8th grade classes o Congressional Youth Leadership Congress o State wide Top Physical Fitness Challenge o Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee, Poster Contest, Essay Contest and Letters to the Seminarians o Elks Lodge Essay Contest o Student Council o Mock UN o Brain Bowl o Atlantic County Poster Contest o Cape Atlantic Conservation District Poster Contest o Science Fair Competition with winners competing in the Jersey Shore Science Fair at Stockton College o St. Joseph’s Hammonton Math Competition o Catholic Daughters of Americas Court Stella Maris #288 o Read Across America Day o 4th Grade New Jersey Drug Free Program poster competition Clubs: Book Club Lego Club WE CARE Peanut Butter & Jelly Club Chess Club Crochet Club Choir Wood Working Club Art Club Stamp/Card Making Club Yearbook Club Drama Club Cup Cake Club Community Involvement: o Donation to the Christina Rush Foundation o Donation of a defibrillator through the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes to local community groups (for the past 4 years) o Operation Christmas Child o Adopt a Family Project o Adopt a Road Program o St. Vincent DePaul food drive o Making and distributing rosaries to local residential living facilities o Honoring our Community Heroes…local EMTs, Fire Departments and Police Departments o Supporting Our Troops o Monthly Peanut Butter & Jelly Club…sandwiches donated to local Rescue Mission o Annual Relay Recess (3 years we have raised almost $65,000 for the American Cancer Society) o Bubbles for Autism o Monarch Butterfly Release Program and official way station sight o Dare to Lesson Poverty…Students participate in the parish annual “Rice Bowl Operation”
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