Our History

  • "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
    -- Winston Churchill

    In 2007, the Archdiocese of New York, under the direction of Cardinal Edward Egan and Dr. Catherine Hickey, Secretary for Education, resolved there should be a private independent Catholic school within the archdiocese.  The founders of the Academy of St. Joseph valued excellence in academics as supported by the humanities, the rich traditions of the church and the wisdom of the ages.

    In April 2007, renovations began on the historic six-story building located in Greenwich Village, only blocks away from New York University and Washington Square.  The school would house ten classrooms, a beautiful assembly hall, a dining hall, an art studio, library, science lab and rooftop playground.

    In May 2007, the Academy's founding Head of School was hired.  Ms. Angela Coombs brings to the academy over thirty years of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and national speaker.

    In August 2007, the founding faculty and staff were in place.  The school would open their doors with two classroom teachers,  part-time Art, French and Music teachers, an administrative assistant and a plant supervisor.  The school would open with programs offered in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.  Additional classes would be added each year until the school offered programs from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.  The student/teacher ratio was established as 18:1.