St. Anthony School at 270 Diamond Bridge Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506 US - Mission & Philosophy
Mission & Philosophy
The mission of the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Paterson is to develop communities
that are Christ-centered, academically excellent and welcoming, that enable students to be life-
long learners and good citizens of the world.
As members of the Diocese of Paterson, we the school community of St. Anthony, seek
to prepare our students to live according to Catholic values as they strive toward academic
excellence and spiritual growth. With the cooperative efforts of administration, faculty, parents
and parish, we provide a moral foundation of our students by following Jesus’ example in
implementing guiding principles of reason, religion and loving kindness. We are committed to
supplying our children with a solid educational background, the resources they need to achieve,
and the confidence that will lead to their success.
St. Anthony School exists as an integral part of the parish of St. Anthony. We are a Catholic
school community that provides its students with roots and wings: Roots that are firmly planted
in Catholic truths and values; Wings that will take them into a future of academic success and
spiritual growth. We provide a solid groundwork of educational excellence, along with an
environment of respect and responsibility that enables our students to meet the challenges of a
changing world with intellectual, emotional, civic and spiritual conviction.
We take Jesus as our model as we embrace our children’s individuality, developing
their unique skills and personalities. We celebrate not only excellence, but also effort and
achievement as we strive to create a legacy of “life learners” who will cultivate their own
abilities. Basic skills are taught systematically according to the development of the students’
abilities. Student-centered lessons are the cornerstone of classroom instruction that focuses on
developing critical thinkers.
The staff, parents, parish leaders and students work together to create a reassuring family
environment that nurtures the individual child while fostering a spirit of service and community
awareness. Thus, our children are encouraged to live according to the Gospel principles through
cooperation and mutual respect.