St. Patrick Catholic Academy
In 1863, Father John Tanzer, the pastor of St. Patrick Church, decided to establish a school. Despite the confusion of the Civil War, he opened a small two-story building with three classrooms. Father Tanzer and several volunteers undertook the task of teaching the children of the Irish laborers who had settled in the parish. In 1877, the Sisters of St. Dominic were invited to assume the responsibility for the education of the children of the parish. This was the beginning of Catholic education in Bay Ridge.
We open our doors in September 2013 as St. Patrick Catholic Academy. The Academy model is the future of Catholic education in the Diocese of Brooklyn and much like Father Tanzer and the Dominican Sisters, our Academy Directors, Principal and Faculty are leaders in the future of Catholic education in Bay Ridge.
We will continue, during the 2013-2014 School Year, to implement New York State Common Core Curriculum with a focus on developing our students’ critical thinking skills. The goal of all instructional programs from Nursery through Grade Eight is to prepare our students to successfully meet the challenges of high school, college and the work place. We accomplish this goal with a focus on writing, listening, organization and study skills, as well as project based interdisciplinary learning experiences that promote our students’ ability to analyze, synthesize and apply knowledge across the curriculum.
The arts hold a special focus in our curriculum with vocal music beginning at Nursery level, recorder instruction in Grades 3, 4 and 5, Girls’ and Boys’ Choirs and Student Orchestra. All music instruction is programmed into the school day. Last year our Drama Club’s presentation of The Little Mermaid, Jr. was a huge success; 2013-2014’s production will be Beauty and the Beast, Jr. in the spring.
This year’s school wide interdisciplinary project entitled “Life Skills for Now and the Future” will incorporate all subject areas and provide students with the opportunity to enhance their research, technological and critical thinking skills. Students from Nursery to Grade 8 will employ computers, SMARTBoards and tablets to explore topics that include the history of manners and etiquette in different cultures, economic theory and personal finances, home economics, workplace decorum, and employment applications and interviews.
The 2013-2014 School Year will be filled with exciting and intellectually challenging experiences in a value based leaning environment that promotes our students’ academic development while nurturing their social, emotional and spiritual growth.