Mission Statement

Resurrection Ascension is a Catholic school which provides students with a well-rounded, excellent academic education rooted in the gospel message of Jesus. We offer a rich and varied curriculum in a caring environment which respects the dignity and uniqueness of each child. Our diverse population allows our students to develop an appreciation of other cultures while celebrating what unites us - our faith in God. Through service to each other and to the world outside our doors, the students develop a sense of responsibility that prepares them to be future leaders in our community and in our Church.

School Philosophy

Resurrection Ascension School, a community of God's people, seeks to provide a well-rounded Christian education consistent with the mission of the Catholic Church: to teach as Jesus did. It is our purpose to be aware of the spiritual, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional and social needs of our students. It is our hope that our students will become life-long learners and future leaders in our Church and in our society.

Our focus is always on the growth and development of the whole child. Through the use of various teaching strategies, our children are challenged to increase their knowledge, to develop their imagination and to think critically. By encouraging a positive self-image, the school helps develop confidence so that each student can succeed in both academic and personal areas. Many Christian service projects, both within the school and outside its walls, encourage our students to think of others. The spiritual life of our students is enhanced by participation in liturgies and para-liturgical celebrations. Students are encouraged to emulate the lives of the saints. Students pray together daily.

The faculty and staff of Resurrection Ascension School are educated professionals who are dedicated to providing students with a quality Christian education. The students know that when they walk through our doors, they are in a place where they are safe and they are loved. The relationship between student and teacher is one of mutual respect. The teacher is a role model for students, exemplifying the Christian way of life. Teachers often collaborate to provide the students with new and interesting ways to learn. Together with parents, who are the primary educators of the children, teachers strive to do what is best for each child.

Resurrection Ascension school follows state and diocesan guidelines with regard to curriculum. Curriculum development is an unending process. To this end, our faculty attends many graduate classes and professional development workshops to enhance their skills and inspire new ideas. The principal, in conjunction with the faculty, annually evaluates the academic program. Through self-study, new goals are formed and action plans are developed to provide for any educational needs. Students and teachers are both evaluated by a variety of methods, both formal and informal.

Resurrection Ascension School is a faith community comprised of students, teachers, staff, parents and priests. Together we bring the word of God to life, and echo the gospel of Matthew: "Let the children come to me, for the kingdom of God belongs to them."

School History

In 1939, the Ascension School (later to be renamed Resurrection Ascension School) opened its doors to a changing and growing Queens county. The school was built to serve several parishes of Queens until other local parish schools could be built. Sister Miriam Constance, the first principal laid the groundwork for academic excellence assisted by many other nuns for grades 1-5. In 1943, the first graduating class entered high school. In 1945, Sister Mary Angelus became the next principal. The two wings of the school were complete and enrollment consisted of 1,500 students and a teaching staff of 32 Sisters of Charity.

The name of the school changed to Resurrection Ascension School in 1951. Also, Marist Brothers arrived to teach boys in grades 6 through 8. This decade has been termed the "Golden Age of Catholic Education". Religious education was a priority among Catholics and enrollments were at their peak. This led to the building of new schools such as the Ascension School, Our Lady of Hope and Our Lady of the Angelus Schools. During these years, Sister Louis Marie, Sister Agnes Camilla and Sister Mary Trinita served as principals.

During the 1960's, there was a lot of change to the structure of the Catholic Church with the era of Vatican II. There was an exodus of many Religious people and the school welcomed additional lay teachers. Our Lady of Mercy opened its school and Resurrection Ascension lost the last of other parish students. Resurrection Ascension School remained one of the best schools in the area under the principalships of Sisters Catherine Theresa and Rita Angela.

The Marist Brothers withdrew from the school in 1970 and the Sisters of Charity once again taught coed classes from Grades 1-8. Also in the 1970's the school opened its Kindergarten classes. The two principals of this time were Sisters Miriam Clare and Virginia Therese.

During the 1980's only two teaching Sisters of Charity remained in the school, Sisters Ann Eugene and Mary Theresa. Sister Maria Wittenborn, the principal, began Pre-Kindergarten, computer and spanish classes. Sister Margaret Sweeney, a Sister of St. Joseph, became principal in 1989 until 2002.

During the 1990's and 2000's there have been many changes to Resurrection Ascension School. The Library was enlarged by removing the wall between two classrooms. A state-of the art Science Lab, Art Studio, Music Room and Math Lab were also built. The Prayer Room was added to provide a place for quiet reflection and for small group para-liturgies. In 2002, Mrs. Joann Heppt became our first lay principal.

Two important programs were also added to our school. The After School Program was created to meet the needs of the increased number of working parents. A Fine Arts Program, funded in part through the Diocese of Brooklyn Futures in Education, was established to bring excellent art & music classes to the curriculum.

Today, the children of Resurrection Ascension School come from countries all over the world. Nearly 60% of them speak one of 27 different languages at home. This wonderful diversity is celebrated in class projects, presentations, celebrations, church liturgies and gatherings.

In 2004, Resurrection Ascension school was once again reaccredited by the Middle States Association and our school started a Nursery Program for three-year-olds. Today, our school enrollment of approximately 265 serves students from Nursery through 8th Grade.

85-25 61st Rd.
Rego Park, NY 11374
Phone: (718) 426-4963
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