St. Joseph Catholic Academy
St. Joseph Catholic Academy is our Deanery School. It is located at 28-46 44th St. Astoria, NY 11103 phone : (718) 728 0724
St. Joseph is committed to the development of students of diverse backgrounds and faiths from nursery through eighth grade by providing a well-rounded foundation for future learning and life.
Our partnership between school and home utilizes the Gospel message as well as the latest advances in technology and learning to empower students to serve God and each other by being well-mannered, well-educated, responsible, and compassionate citizens of the global community.
The academy doors open at 7:45 a.m. each day and all students are required to be at 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 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 as follows: 12:30 p.m. for nursery, 12:35 p.m. for kindergarten, 12:45 p.m. 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.
The academy office is open for ordinary business each weekday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. – except on the first Wednesday of each month when the office is closed for business at 1:30 p.m. Please contact the office at 718-728-0724 to arrange an appointment if your business cannot be conducted during regular business hours.
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 eighth grade and in Mandarin for kindergarten to fourth 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.
Qualifying 8th grade students participate in regents classes in Earth Science and Integrated Algebra at Monsignor McClancy H.S.
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 STEM lab, and students in first through eighth grades receive lab time in addition to their scheduled 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 K 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.