St. Patrick (Chatham)
St. Patrick School             
45 Chatham Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
(973) 635-4623
Principal: Mrs. Marian Hobbie

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Saint Patrick School Mission Statement

The faculty, staff, students, and families of Saint Patrick School live our F.A.I.T.H. Family Centered, Advanced Academics, Integrity, Trust in God, High Achievement


The major subjects consist of religion, reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Twice a week instruction in Spanish occurs for grades Pre-K to 8 and Latin word study for grade 6. Weekly instruction occurs in computer, art, music, physical education, and library. Additional programs include:  instrumental band, drama, family life, drug prevention, A.I.D.S. awareness, Child Assault Prevention, and peer relationships.

Our religious education program fosters the development of the child’s spiritual life through scripture,

Catholic doctrine, Christian values, daily prayer, weekly liturgy, and outreach activities.  Students participate in a program of Christian Service that includes: Christmas-in-a-Box, Easter Basket Collection, Adopt a Grandparent, St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon, Jump Rope for Heart, food collections, Children Helping Children, and Big Buddies.

Schools Within a School

Our early childhood program is designed to develop the child’s interest in the natural and social world around him or her and facilitates achievement of reading, language, and math skills.  The child’s creativity is cultivated through art, music, dance, and drama. The promotion of social skills, individual choices, and suitable religious experiences are continually incorporated into the curriculum.  Learning experiences are conscientiously devised to be developmentally appropriate, meaningful, and concrete. 

Our elementary program is designed to integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing in order to communicate by using clear, concise language and correct grammar and to advance in mathematical operations and problem solving skills. Concepts, such as geography, history, economics, culture, and government are developed through social studies. The scientific method is practiced throughout the exploration of life, earth, and physical sciences.  Through the study of religion, students come to recognize the importance of living our lives as Catholics.

Our middle school program is designed so that our students learn in an accelerated program of analysis of literature, algebra I, Latin word study, research, scientific inquiry, Spanish I, robotics, and CAD design.  Religious and biblical studies provide the students with an in depth examination of the Scriptures, Church History, and contemporary Catholic morality. Our students graduate with the experience of using high school level materials.   Students learn leadership skills through Leadership Teams and a mentoring program as well as classroom and extracurricular activities. 

Extra-curricular Activities

Saint Patrick School offers a competitive Sports Program of Cross Country, Basketball, Volleyball, and Track. Extracurricular activities include Student Council, Forensics, Builders Club, Yearbook, Technology Club, Virtual Newspaper, Open Gyms, Homework Club, and Snack and Study.


On-line computers, projectors, Smart Boards, and audio systems are available and used in every classroom. We also have a lab of thirteen desktops and twelve laptops, a cart of twenty laptops in our middle school, three touch screen computers in our pre-school, Study Island, Writing Roadmap, and educational software. 

Saint Patrick School History

The school was opened in 1872, and the present elementary building was constructed in 1931. The physical plant was expanded in 1952, 1962, 1989, 1990, and 2000 to accommodate programs and growth in enrollment.  

Saint Patrick School Awards

In 2003, the school was declared a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.  In 2004, the Home and School Association won an award from the National Catholic Education Association. In 2006, the school was selected as a Green Flag School by Green Faith, an environmental group. In 2011, the school was declared a Star School by the Diocese of Paterson.

In 2003, one of our first grade teachers won the National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2004, the principal was awarded the National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Principal Award and was declared a National Distinguished Principal. In 2007, one of our fourth grade teachers won the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Teacher of the Year. 

Thirteen staff members have earned one or more Masters degrees. One staff member is presently enrolled in a Masters program. Two staff members have earned Doctorates.

Every year, graduates from Saint Patrick School have been awarded scholarships to Catholic high schools and are placed in honors classes. The majority of students have earned the Presidential Academic Excellence Award. Saint Patrick School students have received awards in the John Hopkins Talent Search, robotics, leadership, sports, and forensics. 


Parents and the school communicate in a variety of ways: Honeywell Instant Alert system for urgent telephone calls and informational e-mail; PowerSchool with on-line grades for grades 3 to 8; a web-site; teacher/staff e-mails; telephone calls; a weekly virtual family envelope, monthly family envelope, calendars, and newsletters; and face-to-face communication.

Parent Involvement

Parents are expected to be involved in the school through many opportunities for volunteerism. The Home and School Association promotes the ideals of Catholic education and fosters the mutual educational responsibility of administration, faculty, and parents. The Education Council advises on school policy that is approved by the pastor and implemented by the principal. The Athletic Association coordinates the school competitive athletic programs and clinics.


Tuition for Parishioners is a “Fair Share Policy” which is based on the annual family income and the number of children in the school in grades K to grade 8. Pre-K tuition depends on the program selected. Participation in the fall sale and spring Basket Bonanza is required.

State and Federal Entitlement Funds    
NJ State Sponsored Programs $45,453.00
Federally Sponsored Programs $69,585.00
Safe Environment Information    
Criminal History Background Checks
Percentage of Employees completed 100%
Percentage of Volunteers completed 100%
Virtus Protecting God's Children Training for Adults
Percentage of Employees completed 100%
Percentage of Volunteers completed 100%
Financial Information    
Total cost to educate per student $6,844.00
Base tuition charge - single student $6,844.00
Catholic Identity    
Percentage of students involved in civic or social outreach 100%
Number of liturgical and para-liturgical events held each month 7
Percentage of faculty who are Catholic 98%
Percentage of students who are Catholic 99%
Enrollment and Demographics    
Total enrollment (all grades) 366
Total school capacity (all grades) 435
Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 Enrollment 41
Percent of students returning from previous school year 87%
Class of 2010: Graduate Followup    
Number of graduates in the Class of 2010 39
Number of Class of 2010 graduates who began their education in this school 36
Percent of teachers holding NJ Teaching Certification 100%
Percent of teachers holding advanced degrees (Masters or higher) 48%
Student to teacher ratio (Students to 1 teacher) 17
Percent of returning Teachers from previous year (June 2010 to September 2010) 97%
Academic Performance (Terra Nova)    
(Based on Spring 2010 Testing)
This chart presents data for all students in the school as a single group. Click the link next to the subject to see performance by grade level in each subject area. Below
Average Above
Reading - click here for performance by grade 2.1% 32.8% 65.1%
Language - click here for performance by grade 2.6% 34.7% 62.6%
Mathematics - click here for performance by grade 1.6% 37.4% 61.1%
Science - click here for performance by grade 1.1% 42.1% 56.8%
Social Studies - click here for performance by grade 2.1% 30.0% 67.9%
Academic Growth (Terra Nova)    
(Based on Spring 2009 and Spring 2010 Testing)
This chart presents data for all students in the school as a single group. Click the link next to the subject to see information by grade level in each subject area. Percentage of Students Showing At Least One Year of Academic Growth
Reading - click here for information by grade


Language - click here for information by grade


Mathematics - click here for information by grade


Science - click here for information by grade


Social Studies - click here for information by grade


School website address
Student to Computer ratio 5 to 1 computer
Per pupil expenditure for technology $38.25


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