St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy exists to provide quality education, rooted in the values of Jesus. This learning community is dedicated to empowering students to work with others to create a just and peaceful society.
St. Francis of Assisi is one of many Catholic schools/academies affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. Our academy educates children from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. Leadership for the academy consists of a two tier Board: the Board of Directors is the governing body and the Member Board is responsible for the spiritual life of the academy.
At this time there are nine directors who meet monthly and serve on one or two of five different committees: Education, Finances, Development, Facilities and Nominating.
The Member Board consists of the Superintendent of Schools, the Moderator of the Curia, and the pastors of three parishes in the vicinity: St. Francis of Assisi/St. Blaise, St. Teresa of Avila, and the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The pastors and parochial vicars serve the children of the academy by presiding at Eucharistic Liturgy, visiting the classrooms and administering the Sacrament of Penance during the academic year.
St. Francis of Assisi School was opened in 1909 and is staffed by the Sisters of Saint Joseph and dedicated lay educators. SFAS was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 2003 and reaccredited in 2010.
During the school year 2008-2009, festive events were held to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the school. Following the plan, “Preserving the Vision”, initiated in 2009, St. Francis of Assisi School transitioned to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy in September, 2012. This process involved 18 months of analysis, and in-depth studies of all academic, financial, and physical aspects of the existing educational institution. This also included demographic and viability studies.
The administrators of our school are Sr. Theresa Scanlon, CSJ and Sr. Barbara Yander, CSJ. School policy is specified in the Parent/Student Handbook and is in compliance with New York State Education Department as applicable to non-public schools. Policies are amended and adapted with consultation of the faculty, staff and parents and approved by the Board of Directors.
The academy is located in the Prospect/Lefferts Garden section of Brooklyn. The first school building, located on Maple Street, was constructed in 1909 and is now the Parish Center and Chapel. The current school building, located on Lincoln Road, was constructed in 1937. The building is well maintained with 15 classrooms, a technology lab, an art room, a library, 5 offices, two bookrooms, a faculty room and a large auditorium/gymnasium.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy is deeply rooted in Christian values and emphasizes the role of the family in the school community. The Board of Directors and the Member Board takes pride in its dedicated faculty and staff, in its students and in the degree to which the parents are involved in the life of the academy.
Students represent all levels of ability, both academically and socially. The school community strives to work together to nurture students who are cooperative, compassionate, kind-hearted, good-natured, respectful and responsible.
As educators, we seek to provide our students with an excellent religious and academic education. We believe that the intellectual, affective, social and physical spheres are woven together in the fabric of the whole person. Through an integrated curriculum, cooperative learning, peace education, and community service, we strive to develop the skills, abilities, talents and attitudes, which will enable our students to become caring, competent individuals with a sense of reverence for Earth and all its inhabitants.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy continues is mission to meet the standards of excellence begun in 1909.
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