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St. Anastasia School

School Information

A 2007 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

Mission Statement - Saint Anastasia School affirms its commitment to prepare our students to lead lives of service to God and neighbor, lives that will proclaim the message of Jesus Christ throughout the community. We commit ourselves to excellence in Catholic education, the process of peacemaking, and the integration of Christian values with all curriculum areas. We believe that each child is a unique gift from God, and we celebrate each child's talents and abilities in educating the whole child.
Accreditation - by The Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools April 2005 to May 2015.

Student Body Enrollment (2012-2013) - 652 Students Preschool - Grade 8

Student Achievement - Our students on average score better than 82% of students nationwide on standardized tests. Our 8th graders score on average higher than 84% of students nationwide. On average, 33% of our graduating class goes on to private high schools. Following graduation from elementary school our students go on to excel at their chosen high schools, often holding rankings in the top 10 places in their class.

Technology - We offer school Wide Network/Internet access in every classroom, filtered educational access, weekly skill lessons, small group instruction, 24 mobile wireless laptops, ceiling mounted projectors in all classrooms K-8, and a computerized student information management and grading system. Our technology program features integration in technology in instruction across all curricular areas. Additionally, our administrators, faculty, and staff use email to communicate with parents and parents have access to all members of the school faculty through email.
Campus - Through the generosity of many, especially the parishioners of Saint Anastasia Church, the opening of a new school building took place in September 2004 followed by the dedication of the building by Archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali in October 2004.
Students from preschool through eighth grade now attend classes in a state of the art learning facility all under one roof. The new facility includes a cafeteria, a fully equipped science laboratory, an honors math classroom, in-house resources areas for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, an activity center, one conference room, a networked computer lab, a media center, special use preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms, a tot lot, art room, music room, a full gymnasium, administrative offices, and 27 homerooms.
The campus once contained a one story brick building referred to as the Lower School that housed kindergarten classrooms, three first grade classrooms, two second grade classrooms, three third grade classrooms, a library, the health room, a faculty lunch room, a teacher work room, and two administrative offices. The Lower School building was in use for over 50 years.
Choral Music - Choral music is offered in Grades 3-8. Students meet during their lunch recess with our music teacher. Students perform at school functions throughout the year. Emphasis is on support, diction, and pitch awareness. Performance material is based in a variety of styles and origins. Performance opportunities give students the ability to measure their musical growth.

Field Trips - The purpose of every class trip is to broaden the intellectual, cultural, and social experiences of each child. There will be no overnight field trips or activities that the School deems to be high risk. Each student's parent(s)/guardian(s) must provide written permission for each trip in order for the student to participate. A field trip parent consent form must be signed by the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the student.

A class trip is a privilege, which can be taken away if a teacher deems it appropriate. If a parent/guardian does not wish a child to attend the trip for any reasons, he/she should notify the School. The child must attend school on the day of the trip or be marked absent.
Field Day - Students in grades 1 through 7 participate in Field Day at the end of each school year. Students participate in various outdoor games including relay, sack races, spoon races, and the list goes on.

The games and teams are arranged so all students can participate regardless of their athletic ability. Snacks are provided to all students at the end of Field Day.

Instrumental Music - Instrumental music instruction is offered weekly for parents/guardians who wish to enroll their children in Grades 4 through 8. Instruction is given during the school day. Band practice is held before school. Band members perform Christmas and Spring concerts.

Student Council - The Student Council functions as an advisory group as well as a service group for the school. Members of Student Council are elected from grades 4-8 to serve as classroom representatives. Eighth graders are eligible to serve as officers and are elected by a vote of the eighth graders in September. Representatives from grades 4-7 are elected within their homerooms. Two teachers serve as Student Council advisors.

The Student Council Officers meet regularly with the principal to determine needs of the student body, activities, service projects and concerns. Following the administrative meeting, the Student Council meets to plan for upcoming activities, etc.

Some of the projects implemented by Student Council include service to local shelters, food kitchens, and nursing homes. Activities sponsored by Student Council within the school include, homecoming game day activities for younger students, pumpkin decorating contest, prayer-partner decorating of the Christmas Tree and ornament craft and preparation of several liturgies throughout the school year.

Student Service Corp - The Saint Anastasia Student Service Corps is an organization comprised of over 100 students in grades 4 through 8. As we enter our fifth year, the mission of the Service Corps remains the same: to foster an awareness of the needs of others and to provide opportunities to be of service. The Corps accomplishes this mission in a variety of ways.

The students have had many opportunities to reach out to others in our community. They have visited the elderly in local nursing homes, participated in Special Olympics, served dinner at a soup kitchen, assisted in the St. Vincent DePaul clothing drive, played basketball with the guys at Don Guanella, helped to care for our church and surrounding grounds and visited with our local police and firemen to show their appreciation. Students have also participated in a stream clean-up as part of Earth Day activities and distributed program books in the July 4th parade.

At our meetings, the students have an opportunity to discuss their experiences and help plan future activities. The students are very enthusiastic and committed to helping others. They have seen that they can make a valuable contribution to their Community.

The Service Corps meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the school cafeteria (unless otherwise noted) from 3:15 PM to 3:30 PM.

Theater Arts - Our Theater Arts Program gives students in grades 5 through 8 the opportunity to participate in an annual play or musical. The students take part in all aspects of the production. After school and summer rehearsals are scheduled to familiarize students with the various aspects of the theater.
Student Support Services - Auxiliary services are provided by Marple Educational Services through the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. These services include diagnostic evaluation, remedial reading and math (funded through Title I), speech and language evaluation, psychological evaluation, and counseling.