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The CPS Advantage

Sociologists often refer to the Catholic school advantage. This advantage includes a range of outcomes that can be measured by higher graduation rates, improved academic achievement, character development, and long term, increased civic engagement. Research shows that this advantage is particularly profound in urban neighborhoods.

The success of the current Catholic Partnership Schools is evident – 99% of Catholic Partnership Schools students graduate from high school, compared to 66% from Camden public schools. In addition, more than 80% of our alumni go on to college, the military, or a trade immediately after high school.

  • Chief Academic Officer

  • Instructional Coach support for each teacher at each school

  • Study Island, IXL Learning, and Raz Kids provide supplemental learning experiences

  • Online technologies and coaching to differentiate instruction and enhance individualized attention for every student

  • An integrated focus on reading and math literacy in every school

  • Personal student assessments and learning plans to monitor educational growth and instruction

  • Arts & Music  - Learn more about our programs in the Arts & Music section

Students receive in-school instruction in art and music, and benefit from partnerships with local arts organizations such as Perkins Center for the Arts, Rutgers Center for the Arts, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphony in C, and Sister Cities Girlchoir both during the school day and in afterschool and summer programs.
  • All CPS Middle School students take at least one Coding course

  • All CPS middle school students will take an Intro to Careers course by 8th grade 

  • Middle School Digital Art and Design is offered at several of our schools

  • After-School Programs for Kindergarten – 8th Grade

  • Summer SOAR, an academic enrichment programming for rising K-8th

  • Transportation to co-curricular programs

  • Aviation Adventures Club

  • STEM/Robotics Club

  • Boat Building Club

  • Drama Club

  • Partnership-wide Choir

  • Partnership-wide Orchestra

  • Instrument Lessons for 4th-8th grade students in conjunction with Symphony in C

  • Free and reduced breakfast, lunch, and snack for all eligible students

  • Licensed after school programs that accept NJ Cares for Kids child care vouchers as payment for eligible families

  • Counseling services for students and families

  • VEN (Volunteers Engaging Neighbors) program

  • Graduate/Family Support for students transitioning to high school

  • High School admissions prep for students and families

  • Individual and Small Group Tutoring

  • Bi-lingual Family Support Workers

  • One to one Chromebook environment

  • SmartBoards in every classroom

  • School-wide high-speed Wi-Fi access

  • School provided touch screen laptops for classroom use

  • Assistive technologies for English-language acquisition

  • Catholic Partnership Schools teachers hold 4-year college degrees
  • Teachers receive on-going professional development and classroom-based teaching support
  • Teachers receive regular training on best practices for integrating technology into the classroom
  • Middle States Accreditation
  • Member of National Council for Teachers of Mathematics
  • Student Scholarships
  • Catholic Partnerships Camden-based schools are licensed child care providers through the state of New Jersey

Scholarships are available to Catholic Partnership School graduates for the following high schools through the Domenica Foundation, Langan Nadell Scholars Program, Chic Saile Legacy Scholarship, and Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation.

  • Camden Catholic High School
  • St. Paul VI High School
  • Cristo Rey, Philadelphia
  • Gloucester Catholic High School
  • Holy Cross Prep Academy