School Profile

Nestled in the mountains of the New Jersey Skylands Region of Sussex County, Reverend George A. Brown Memorial School has built a strong reputation for academic excellence within a supportive faith-filled learning environment. Founded in 1954, Reverend Brown School offers a comprehensive program for over 515 students from pre-school through seventh grade, all drawn within a radius of twenty-five miles. The secret to the school’s prominence is clear to any visitor that sees the long line of graduation class photos lining the main hallway: generations of teachers, students and parents have dedicated themselves to Reverend Brown and its traditions.

It is the mission of Reverend Brown School to provide a challenging, well-rounded educational program that fosters respect for self, others and our world.  The school’s vision is for its students to be successful learners that possess the curiosity, habits, knowledge, skills and Catholic values to be productive 21st century citizens.  This vision of learning is based on the recognition that students learn in different ways and that student engagement is critical to learning.

The Catholic faith witnessed through practice is the cornerstone of the school life.  While each day begins and ends with prayer, it is the time in between -- when the children learn to model kindness, generosity and service – that makes the school day special.  All of the students and teachers participate in charitable projects and activities throughout the school year including food and toy drives, Jump Rope for Heart and St. Jude’s Math-a-Thon.

Among its many accomplishments, Reverend Brown was awarded the most prestigious recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School for Academic Excellence the fall of 2012.  It was also designated a Star School in 2005 by the Diocese of Paterson for its success in teaching mathematics, science and technology; this award was reaffirmed in 2010.  The Diocese of Paterson has awarded the school two Best Practice Awards as well. Ninety six percent of the students score proficient and/or advanced proficient in math, reading and language on the Terra Nova standardized test. Reverend Brown students have garnered a plethora of awards: first place in the 2011 Academy Physics Competition, first place in the 2011 Sussex County Academic Bowl, a 2011 Track Team Championship, a Geography Bee win, not to mention numerous poetry contests, writing contests, and a national art award.

Recognizing the importance of keeping current with technology as a tool for now and the future, the technology initiative in 2010 has enabled Reverend Brown students to incorporate technology into their every day school lives. With a wireless campus the students are as comfortable with laptops, iPads and electronic readers as they are with pencil and paper.

In conclusion, the students’ successes are truly the result of the efforts of the entire learning community that is Reverend Brown School.  We invite you to visit Reverend Brown to explore the possibilities for your child!