Who We Are
Every Voice Matters
We cultivate a community that’s both intentionally small and thoughtfully growing. We’re a school where every child is known, every voice matters, and every family belongs; where we learn from our different experiences, and we welcome—truly, warmly—students and families of all faiths or no faith.
Our faculty and staff nurture strong relationships founded on respect, collaboration, and kindness. Our students form bonds based on both shared experiences and important differences. Our parents are active participants in the life of the school, sharing their histories and cultures and giving their time and energy.
Through a plethora of unique traditions, special events, assemblies, and field trips, our students learn leadership skills, gain a collaborative spirit, and learn how to be their best for themselves and for others.
Belonging, Community, Diversity
Following the example of Jesus in the Gospels and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, the Academy of St. Joseph works to build a community in which all members are respected and valued and to form our students in this vision so they can grow in wisdom of mind, compassion of heart, and moral integrity.
Our community proudly includes students, faculty, and staff that reflect the diversity of New York City. Since we believe that each human person is made in the image and likeness of God, the Academy is enriched by the presence and active participation of all members of this diverse community.
In the education and formation of our students, both inside and outside the classroom:
· We affirm through both word and deed, the value, belonging, and participation of all, despite what makes us different and unique;
· We model the importance of demonstrating respect for those who are different or hold different perspectives and opinions;
· We promote the willingness to forge friendships and to engage in thoughtful dialogue with all members of our community;
· We demonstrate compassion for those who suffer and work for justice and for those who have been wronged.
The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, ethnic origin, family structure, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation in any of its academic, admissions, or employment practices or programs.
A Few Favorite Traditions
Ancient World Festival: Sixth grade festival highlighting ancient artifacts—the culmination of a year of studying ancient civilizations.
Bear Mountain Family Hike: Optional trip to Bear Mountain for a day of hiking.
First Fridays: Monthly event when parents may attend morning classes and learn with their child.
Holiday Program: All-school holiday music performance.
School Musical: Annual Upper School performance showcasing singing, acting, and dancing.
Spring Chorus: Annual Lower School music performance.
Talent Show: Whole-school event where students get to share their hidden talents and passions.
Thankful Gathering: All-school Thanksgiving lunch with all the fixings.