Saint Jerome Catholic School located in Philadelphia is a Middle States accredited school. It was re-accredited in the Spring of 1999. The goal of our Middle States Project was to strengthen our Catholic Identity within the school and the families of our school community. There is a strong emphasis on prayer and spirituality. All students attend mass at least twice a month. The students serve in our liturgies as altar servers, lector, cantors and in the presentation of the gifts. Once a week a different grade receives the sacrament of Reconciliation. We are dedicated to teaching and practicing the traditions of our faith. A variety of prayer services are experienced throughout the year. As a school we begin each day with prayer via our closed circuit TV system. This prayer is lead by two students. As a concrete means of fostering a knowledge of religion we instituted a Religion Bowl. This began as a competition within our school. In the Spring of 1999 this evolved into a District Seven Religion Bowl. All the Catholic Schools in our district are invited to the competition. One of the greatest assets of our religious program is our pastor, Reverend Joseph Graham. He provides the sacramental experiences for our students. Weekly he teaches a religion class in the sixth, seventh and eighth grade. His support, guidance and example are commendable. The present enrollment at Saint Jerome School is approximately 605 students. An all-day Pre-K program is available for 4 year olds. This program runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Though parents may opt to send their 4 year olds for a half session - 8:30 - 11:30 AM - most choose the full day program. There are three full-day kindergartens. Throughout the school there are three classes per grade and the average class size is 25. We have a music/art teacher who helps give the students an appreciation for the fine arts. We also have a full time physical education teacher. Our students also have the opportunity to develop musical skills and participate in a band. Music lessons are provided for a variety of instruments. We also have a Youth Choir and a Hand Bell Choir. Both groups add to our liturgies on special school occasions and at parish masses on holidays and special occasions. Each Spring, a Creative Arts Festival is held. The students art work is displayed and the different musical groups have the opportunity to entertain their families and friends. We are proud to be a part of the Archdiocese Honors Math Program. This allows those students who meet the necessary criteria to be more challenged and accelerate in the area of mathematics. This also provides some of our students with the opportunity to test out of algebra I in high school. Under the direction of several faculty members, our Athletes students are afforded the opportunity to sharpen their curricular and non-curricular areas of Math. Several students have won and placed in Archdiocese and regional competitions.