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Academy of St. Joseph


Our children are blessed to be able to attend such a fantastic school. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to make the school year such a terrific experience for them.

- Current parent

We educate individuals

With a 9:1 student-teacher ratio, small classes allow teachers to work closely with each child. Outside the classroom, teachers are also coaches, club facilitators, and advisors, which creates a supportive and friendly relationship between faculty and students.

Our teachers understand the complex needs of young people and help them to discover and develop their individual talents, while providing academic challenge to promote intellectual growth.

Coming here you can feel the enthusiasm for learning. Whether your child is academic or creative, you can find a place.” – Current parent

A balanced education provides the essential extras

While academic challenge is at the core of our program, faith, sports, activities, and community service opportunities are considered an essential part of each student’s life at the Academy.

The Academy of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village is an independent school refreshing the Catholic tradition of service, compassion and academic excellence by inspiring and guiding students through a contemporary and comprehensive humanities-based curriculum. Welcoming students of all faiths in grades Pre -Kindergarten to Eighth, the Academy fosters the intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development, while instilling in them the highest standards of character, competence and compassion.



The Academy of St. Joseph is committed to a set of core beliefs which define and bind the community together to create an enriched, vibrant and balanced educational experience for all students. We believe that by working together we can develop students who will embody our mission as people of character, competence, and compassion.

The nurturing of the whole child is essential to the formation of what it means to be a person of character, of competence, and of compassion.

Our learning environment is one that fosters this mission in every student. Students who uphold this motto can analyze, synthesize and access new information. Students who are able to articulate their ideas with confidence. Students who are able to think outside of the box, have a clear understanding of what they value, discern their individual interests and talents, and have the discipline and commitment to pursue them.

Children thrive in learning environments that meet their developmental needs and that provide a respectful and nurturing environment. Early learning experiences establish the foundation for the acquisition of knowledge, skills and values that will affect later learning and behavior. Teaching is about inspiration. It is oriented to the future and all that is possible. Our teachers are passionate about learning, driven by the privilege to make a difference in the lives of their students. They are patient, encouraging, respectful and enthusiastic. Respect will always be the foundation of all interactions. Our students will live out our school pledge by showing respect to all people, by being responsible for one’s actions, by showing reverence, and by making right choices. A strong family-school partnership is directly correlated with student success.

SCHOOL PLEDGE The Academy of St. Joseph is a community growing in character, competence and compassion. We live this out by showing respect to all people, by being responsible for our actions, by showing reverence, and by making right choices. We begin this today.


Character. Competence. Compassion.

Our Approach The Academy of St. Joseph challenges students through a rigorous and enriched curriculum. Students are asked to become critical thinkers, collaborative problem-solvers, and globally minded leaders through a deep understanding of mathematics, science, and the humanities. In addition to the core academic program, daily instruction is offered in Spanish to all students giving them early exposure to another language. By the end of Eighth Grade Spanish students have mastered beginning conversational, writing, and reading, skills. All students participate in weekly classes in Art and Music, and biweekly Physical Education classes. Students in Lower School receive weekly instruction in Library Science. Students in Kindergarten to Second Grade receive a semester of Chess. Upper School students participate in Breakout Block each Thursday, allowing them to engage in a variety of extended experiential learning opportunities.

Upper School Upper School is a singular place where students refine the things they have learned in Lower School, and prepare themselves for the transition to high school.

Students in grades five to eight have needs that are unique to this important time in their life. The Upper School addresses all their academic and social-emotional needs. Students learn to advocate for themselves, accept responsibility for their choices and to challenge themselves to go beyond what is expected. When the time comes for high school students are prepared to persevere and excel.

The Upper School Program At a Glance • • • • • • •

Learning environments that are engaging, caring, cross-curricular and challenging. Opportunities for critical thinking, research, investigation, analysis and discussion. Teaching that recognizes that students develop and learn at different paces. Departmentalized instruction in the Humanities, Math, Science, Spanish and Religion. Elective instruction in Music, Art, Technology and Physical Education. House/Advisory structure and curriculum that addresses the unique social emotional needs of this age group. Four-Six week experiential and thematic based units that take advantage of the vast resources of New York City producing a culminating portfolio. Each theme includes relevant field trips and work with experts in the respective fields. Themes include immigration, engineering and design, urban green spaces, sustainability, the history of music in New York, finances and banking, law and the judicial system, infrastructure of New York City.

Lower School Early learning has a profound, lifelong effect on social, emotional, moral and academic development, as well as self-esteem.

At the Academy of St. Joseph, we give young children the strongest foundation possible, with a program built upon the following philosophies and educational principles: • Individual children develop at different paces and in different ways. • Children thrive in learning environments that are engaging, caring, developmentally appropriate, integrated, and challenging. • An effective curriculum is interdisciplinary with an emphasis on hands-on learning, providing continual opportunities for children to question, research and analyze. This supports a healthy balance among the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of the individual child. • The learning environment must provide opportunities for children to explore, to play, to investigate, and to communicate their ideas and findings. • Observation and documentation of how each child plans, executes, and completes a task is core to the assessment and future curriculum planning for each child. • Social-emotional intelligence is essential for future life success, thus children have fun developing character, competence and compassion, as well as learning the ins-and-outs of good manners, social grace, etiquette and respect of self and others.

The Academy of Saint Joseph


It is because of the guidance of our Board of Trustees, the dedication of our faculty, the enthusiasm and commitment of our parents and volunteers, that the Academy now celebrates its eleventh year as a school. In this time frame, we have gained provisional membership to the New York State Association of Independent Schools and to the Parents League of New York.

Greenwich Village

We have placed our first graduates in some of the finest high schools in New York City, including: Berkley Carroll School, Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn Latin School, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Dominican Academy, Fordham Preparatory School, Horace Mann School, Leman School, Loyola School, Marymount School of New York, Manhattan/Hunter Science High School, Millennium Brooklyn High School, Notre Dame High School, St. Vincent Ferrer High School, St. John’s Preparatory School, Trevor Day School, United Nations International School, Xavier High School, York Preparatory School.

Enrollment The Academy is accepting applications for half day and full day Pre-Kindergarten for three and four year olds, as well as Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. There are currently 90 students enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year. Rolling admissions is available for some classes.

The Academy of St. Joseph is located at 111 Washington Place in Greenwich Village. It is housed in a newly restored and renovated building. The building is adjacent to the designated New York City Landmark University Parish of St. Joseph on Sixth Avenue between Washington and Waverly Place, one block from Washington Square Park.

Getting to School

The school is accessible by the A, C, E, B, D, F, M and 1 trains.

Affiliations & Partnerships

The Academy is affiliated with National Elementary Honor Society, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Chelsea Piers, Princeton Blairstown Center, and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

Learn More

A warm welcome is extended to you to visit our website to learn more about our diverse and experienced faculty, our exciting curriculum, and all the Academy of St. Joseph has to offer your child.

Student to Teacher Ratio The student to teacher ratio averages 9-to-1, with a maximum student to teacher ratio of 17-to-1. When a class reaches 18, the maximum class size, an Assistant Teacher is provided.




average class size


EXTRACURRICULAR including sports, theatre, music, art, community service, and student leadership

Individualized SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACEMENT with excellent acceptance results

School Hours

The school doors open to students at 8 a.m. The Lower School meets in the assembly hall for daily morning exercises. The Upper School joins with the Lower school each Monday for a school-wide assembly. Pre Kindergarten Threes Half Day Session Early Childhood (Pre K-K) Lower School (1-4) Upper School (5-8)

8:25 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 8:25 a.m.


12:30 p.m. 3:10 p.m. 3:20 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Dress Code

The school uniform is worn with pride. A detailed dress code is provided on the Lands’ End website and on the school website.

After School Programming

After school programming is offered Monday-Friday, from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. Programs currently include: sports, yoga, ballet, chess, soccer, cooking, technology, and private guitar, piano and voice lessons. Students may also attend Scholar’s Haven during this time each day. At Scholar’s Haven students complete their homework while a teacher supervises and assists them.

School Lunch

Students have the option to purchase school lunch from the school’s contracted provider or bring their own lunch from home.

Athletic Program

Lower School and Upper School students participate in athletics enrichment once a month at Chelsea Piers, in addition to twice weekly Physical Education classes. At Chelsea Piers students have the opportunity to explore larger gross motor activities, like skating, gymnastics, and rock climbing.


All classrooms are equipped with Smartboards. Upper School students have one to one assigned laptops for school use. Students in Lower School and Early Childhood have the use of iPad carts. Students in both Lower and Upper School receive weekly instruction in Technology where they code and learn everyday computer skills for students.

Admissions – The How To We welcome your interest in our school and accept applications at all grade levels offered. Class size is limited to eighteen students. Applications are dated and given priority according to: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Current students enrolled at our school. Siblings of current students. Children of staff members. All other applications according to the date received.

Applications may be submitted after Labor Day for the following school year. Step 1 – Request Application Packet An application may be downloaded from our website: www.academyofsaintjoseph.org. The application can be found under the admissions tab. If you need assistance contact the school office at (212) 243-5420. Step 2 – Open House Please join us for one of our Fall Open Houses. Dates are listed on our school website. Step 3 – Submit Application To ensure timely attention to you, we ask that applications be submitted by November 30th. Step 4 – Class Visit Once your application is processed, prospective students are invited to spend a morning in the class of the grade for which they are registering. Step 5 – Parent Interview Parents are invited to come the morning of their child’s visit. The new family will join the current school community for morning assembly at the start of the school day. An interview with the Head of School will be scheduled to follow morning assembly. The interview will take thirty to forty-five minutes. This time provides us with an opportunity to get to know your family better. It also gives you an opportunity to ask any specific questions that you may have about any programs at the Academy. Step 6 – Administrative Meeting Meet with our Director of Admissions to ensure that all paperwork and required documentation is in order and that your application is complete. Step 7 – Testing Formal admission testing is not required. Previous test scores are requested to accompany your child’s previous report cards, if applicable. Step 8 - Questions Please feel welcome to contact our school office and the Director of Admissions with any questions you may have at any time throughout the admissions process.

We look forward to hearing from you! For more information about the Academy of St. Joseph, or to make an appointment to tour our campus and to speak with the Director of Admissions, please contact us at: info@aosj.us 111 Washington Place, New York, New York, 10014 Tel: 212-243-5420 • Fax: 212-414-4526 Office Hours: Monday-Friday • 8:30am-4:30pm

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