29 Second Avenue, Raritan, NJ 08869
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  • ABOUT >

    Enter and learn. leave and serve.

    St. Ann School is a Catholic Elementary School founded in Raritan, New Jersey. Co-educational from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8, St. Ann School is under the general supervision of the Metuchen Diocesan Superintendent of Schools. Locally it is under the direction of the Pastor of St. Ann Parish and the community of the Religious Teachers Filippini, whose Motherhouse is in Morristown, New Jersey. The goal of our Religious and Lay Faculty, as dedicated educators, is to create a Catholic Christian environment. We believe that "Catholic schools which realize the threefold purpose of Christian education, to teach doctrine, to build community, and to serve, are the most effective means available to the Church for the education of children and young people."


    what we do

    We, the Administration, Faculty and Staff of St. Ann School believe that our primary mission as Catholic Educators is to nurture in our school family a personal relationship with our Triune God. In partnership with the Parents, we are committed to developing the spiritual, academic, social, physical and cultural dimensions of all students, enabling them to live responsibly and creatively in a global environment. Therefore, we are called to:

    See each child as a continuation of God's creation.
    Create an atmosphere of prayer within the school. Commit ourselves to academic excellence.
    Celebrate the potential of each child to develop physically and learn social graces.
    Provide each child with an educational environment that embraces compassion for all people.
    Give witness by our lives that God is the Lord of our lives.


    what we follow

    The single most important goal of St. Ann School is to develop the whole child – spiritually, academically, physically, socially and culturally – in order for the child to have an appreciation of God, self and society. The school has a religious purpose and an academic purpose that are two aspects of a single environment based in Roman Catholic Tradition.

    St. Ann School is a community of learning committed to the teachings of Jesus. Our teachers strive to develop the children's spiritual life through an intimate relationship between God and our students in all aspects of their lives. Philosophy We build on the foundation of morals and values begun at home. The tenets of our faith are not simply taught; they become a reality to be lived as we serve God and one another.

    The academic purpose of our school is achieved through a well-rounded curriculum. The priority of St. Ann School is placed on basic skills achieved through multi-faceted programs of traditional teaching methods integrated with technology, higher level thinking skills and problem solving techniques. Furthermore, each student is looked upon as a unique individual with strengths to be recognized and developed. Our school instills pride and respect for each child's physical and human nature. We emphasize the belief that God dwells within us. Therefore, we raise a conscious awareness of each child's physical needs through reinforcement of proper health habits: proper nourishment, cleanliness, exercise and appropriate time to relax and rest. Since man lives in community, children need to be instilled with positive patterns of social behavior. The students are made aware of their social responsibilities to themselves and to others, not only through pre-existent values, but also through the example of the adults who present these values to them. A supportive, positive attitude is encouraged in student relationships. Our students are taught to accept, understand and respect the differences in the various cultures present in our school and in our world. They also participate in programs that enhance their appreciation of the music and the visual art of the different cultures. The Saint Ann School Community takes pride in its family spirit. Professional educators work cooperatively to affirm each other through mutual respect. There is also a rapport between teacher and student which goes beyond the academic. Priests, principal, teachers and parents support each other with an openness that focuses on communications and the awareness of each other's responsibility: a happy, educated and functional child. At Saint Ann School, we incorporate the philosophy of the Catholic Church into our school. Faith, knowledge, love and respect are the foundation of the child and the school.


On Monday, April 30 in honor of Arbor Day, St. Ann School's after school Drama Club performed a play on the importance of trees and keeping our environment clean. The Drama Club is a mix of our fifth through eighth grade students under the direction of Mrs. Maccia, our Science Teacher. We also would like to thank Shoprite of Flemington for donating seeds for the entire school.

Barnes & Noble sponsored an essay contest for the middle school and high school students to write about “My Favorite Teacher”. Out of hundreds of essays, the winner wrote about one of our very own – Roseann Palladino. The essay was written by a former student who was in Mrs. Palladino’s second grade class at St. Ann School and is currently an eighth grade student at Bridgewater schools. Mrs. Palladino was honored Sunday, April 22nd, at 9:45 am at the Barnes & Noble location, 319 US Hwy 202/206, Bridgewater, NJ at a special awards ceremony. We thank all families and staff who came and honored Mrs. Palladino at the ceremony.

Kate Kinst, President of the NJHS at St. Ann School, has shown us that five young adults can make a difference one dress at a time. Kate had a vision of designing and sewing sundresses for those in Ethiopia who are in desperate need for food, clothing and basic necessities. Kate asked her fellow eighth grade NJHS members to help her make a difference. Kate’s mother brought in her machine and showed these five industrious young men and women how to run an electronic sewing machine and how to design a dress from a pillowcase using STREAM principles as a guide. These dedicated five spent more than 30 hours of their own time creating these dresses which will not only clothe people in need but will make someone smile with their beautiful patterns and designs. We all deserve to smile and these five are doing just that one dress at a time.

About the principal

Sr. Margaret Mary Hanlon, M.P.F


  • Graduate of Villa Victoria Academy, West Trenton, N.J.

    Bachelors Degree - College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.

    Masters in Administration and Supervision - Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.

    Certifications in Reading, Elementary Education, Administration and Supervision.

    Administrator and Teacher in all four (Arch) Dioceses in N.J.

    Taught Religion in Grades 3-7 at St. Bernadette's in Brooklyn, N.Y. for the past 5 years.

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents,

As the month of August is upon you I am excited to report that we are receiving a new roof on the school from an anonymous donor. We thank him and wish him the best in all his business endeavors. We are very blessed here to have the Oratorians of St. Philip Neri serve as our priests of the parish. We thank Fr. John Rozembajgier for his year of service to St. Ann’s Parish and School. We wish him the best in all his future undertakings. We look forward to a wonderful new school year. We look to see you on the first day of school at our Morning Prayer Services at 8:00 am in the school cafeteria. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer with family and friends.

God Bless,

Sr. Margaret Mary Hanlon, M.P.F.

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