School Information

Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

First and Third Wednesday's  from 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Email:   lnawrocki@sjcalic.org

TEN Most Frequently Asked Questions

 (1)     When does school start and end?                                                                                                                             

The academy doors open at 7:45 a.m. each day and all students are required to be a school by 8 a.m.  Dismissal is on a staggered schedule as follows: 2:30 p.m. for nursery, 2:35 p.m. for kindergarten, 2:45 p.m. for first through fourth grades, and 2:50 p.m. for the intermediate level and junior-high.

On the first and third Wednesday of each month, the academy schedule is modified to allow professional development time for the faculty and staff.  Students do not have a lunch period on these Wednesdays, but are given a twenty-minute break for snack.  Student dismissal on modified Wednesdays is a follows: 12:30 p.m. for nursery, 12:35 p.m. for kindergarten, 12:45 for first through fourth grades, and 12:50 p.m. for the intermediate and junior high.

The PRE-K FOR ALL program meets every day from 8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

 (2)    What is the student population and how large are the classes?

The student population is approximately 500 students.  While class sizes may vary, the average class size for kindergarten through eighth grade ranges from 20 to 25 students.   
 

      (3)     What is the curriculum? 

The Academy follows the New York State Teaching and Learning Standards and academic policies of the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens.  The Academy's STREAM curriculum includes Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics.  Students in kindergarten to eighth grade are scheduled for a weekly hands-on lab period in conjunction with the STEM aspects of the STREAM curriculum.

 (4)   Does St. Joseph offer special subjects?

The Academy offers a wide range of co-curricular classes to the students including, oga and mindfulness, art, music, drama, dance, physical education, Spanish, Mandarin, and coding.

 (5)     Is there an extra-curricular program?

 The school offers a variety of co-curricular clubs and activities that include Yearbook, Games Club, Chorus, Languages Club, and Student Council.  The parish CYO programs include a sports program, scouts, and a pre-teen club.

 (6)   Is there a lunch program?
 

Generally, students bring their own lunch and drink from home.  On a limited basis, hot lunch is available for purchase on certain days according to a published menu.

 (7)   How important is technology?

The Academy has wi-fi access throughout all classrooms and non-instructional areas.  All classrooms are equipped with SMARTBoard technology as well.  The Library is equipped with 25 personal computers and students in grades four through eight have access to iPads for instructional purposes.  A portable laptop cart containing 25 laptops is available to teachers to be used with students in kindergarten to third grade.

(8)     Does the school have an Extended Day Program?

An early morning drop-off at 7:10 a.m. is available each day as well as an afternoon program from dismissal to 5:45 p.m. daily.

 (9)     Does the school offer any financial aid?

To parents who qualify based on annual income, the Academy through the Futures in Education Foundation of the diocese as well as the Board of Directors offers tuition assistance to current students.


(10) How can I get more involved at the Academy?

The Academy offers the Working Together Series  - a program of daytime and evening workshops for parents on timely subjects at designated times during the year.  Also, the Home Academy Association is always seeking interested parents to volunteer to assist with special events sponsored by the Association or the Academy.

Our Program

St. Joseph Catholic Academy offers an early childhood program which includes full-day and half-day Nursery Program for three-year olds, and the NYC PRE-K FOR ALL program for four-year olds. The classes from kindergarten through fourth grade are self-contained; grades five through eight are departmentalized. The academy offers an early morning program beginning at 7:15 a.m. and an extended day program from dismissal until 5:45 p.m. daily.

St. Joseph offers a comprehensive instructional program that includes classes in religion, English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, music, art, and physical education.  Latin and Greek roots are studied at all grade levels as a means of providing a strong foundation for English syntax. Global language study is offered in Spanish for kindergarten to seventh grade and in Mandarin for kindergarten to second grade. The course of study in each discipline complies with national and state standards.

The academic program is complemented with yoga and mindfulness classes for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as residency programs in modern dance, film-making and drama for select grade levels.

AIS (Academic Intervention Services) plans that identify students with particular needs are developed each year based upon testing performance and teacher input. Students in grades 5-8 receive enrichment and remediation in ELA and mathematics during the school day as a result of a special schedule created to address academic needs.  Both ELA and math are scheduled to meet six times in five days. Students in one through eight who are identified as needing assistance in reading and math are assigned to Title I remediation services. Resource Room is available to students who have an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) that calls for such services.

The Academy has a newly renovated, well-equipped science lab, and students in first through eighth grades receive lab time in addition to their schedule science classes.  Fios wi-fi connectivity exists throughout the building, and each instructional area is equipped with SMARTBoard technology.  The entire library collection has been computerized and the library contains twenty-four networked computers for group instruction.  Students in Grades 4 through 8 use their own or Academy-leased iPads for instruction.

The Academy has the services of a full-time nurse,  a full-time guidance counselor, and a part-time social worker.

28-46 44th St
Long Island City, NY 11103
Phone: (718) 728-0724
Fax: (718) 728-6142
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