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St. Edmund Preparatory High School

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WE ARE A

FAMILY

Contents Our Mission

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Academics

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Faith In Action

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Clubs & Activities

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College Readiness

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Athletics

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Why Choose SEP?

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St. Edmund Prep is much more than a school. We speak about being a family; this ideal is lived out in the relationships that exist at St. Edmund Prep. Our dedicated administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni strive to create an atmosphere that makes students feel at home while receiving a challenging, faith-based education.

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Philosophy & Mission

Our Mission Quick Facts

1932

over 80 years experience

750

enrolled students

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St. Edmund Preparatory High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school for young men and women. Our mission is to instill the Gospel values in our students so as to empower them to become confident and self-disciplined participants in the everchanging global society. We educate according to the needs of each student and challenge each of them to achieve academic excellence through practical learning experiences. Founded in 1932 by the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary of Sparkill, New York, St. Edmund Prep is committed to providing a co-educational, college preparatory, faithbased education. Originally founded as a parochial high school of St. Edmund Parish, we are currently an independent school, governed by a lay board of trustees. The school is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, and accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.

student to faculty ratio

16,000

alumni making a difference in the world

St. Edmund of Canterbury is remembered for his faithful life of love of God. In England, where he was born, St. Edmund is known as a peacemaker and noted professor of math and geometry. Inspired by a dream and trusting in God’s call, he left teaching to enter the priesthood. As Archbishop of Canterbury, he gave away his possessions to feed the poor and care for the sick. This spirit lives on in St. Edmund Prep’s desire to instill in our students a lifelong commitment to learning and the Gospel call to service. ST. EDMUND PREP l 4


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Academics

Our Minds Quick Facts

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elective courses offered

The classroom is at the core of the St. Edmund family. Our faculty create safe, structured learning environments and design lessons which place individual students at the center of the learning process. Students are taught how to learn, how to articulate clearly their own opinions and ideas, and to value the opinions and ideas of their fellow students.

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In order to help each individual student achieve success, our faculty members are available to students before and after school to offer extra help and review material in each subject discipline. This one-to-one level support fosters the strong faculty-student relationships which have become the foundation of the St. Edmund Prep family. These relationships continue throughout their time at the Prep, as our faculty members continue to mentor individual students and help them to navigate the various challenges they face on their journeys to achieve success.

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St. Edmund Prep offers a wide variety of academic programs that meet the needs of students across all grade levels. Students will have the opportunity to partake in courses ranging from those in the honors program to the most demanding Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. All students are encouraged to enroll in the most rigorous classes and take full advantage of the college prep experience.

AP courses in History, English, Math, Science, and Foreign Languages

college credit courses offered in partnership with St. John’s University

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Featured Educational Initiatives • Chinese/Mandarin Language Program • Future Educators Association Program • Robotics STEAM Curriculum • Comprehensive Music Program

• Travel Study • Internships • Sequential Arts Program

students currently enrolled in our Honors Program

Technology is a key part of the 21st Century classroom experience at SEP. We have adopted a 1:1 Device program in which students use Chromebooks in conjunction with the Google Apps for Education in our classrooms and utilize our Wi-Fi network, making information available at their fingertips. Smart Classrooms, Google Classroom and student/faculty portals make learning more accessible to students. Two computer labs with over 70 workstations are available to students. ST. EDMUND PREP l 6


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International Baccalaureate Programme

Our Global Perspective Quick Facts

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IB courses offered

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current juniors/seniors taking at least one IB Course

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IB trained faculty members

2010

Since 2010, all valedictorians and salutatorians have been involved in the IB Programme

We recognize that our family extends worldwide, requiring our students to have a breadth of knowledge and perspectives that extends beyond our local community. As an IB World School, it is our goal to provide a high quality education which encourages the development of skills to live and work with others globally. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a 2 year collegepreparatory curriculum which requires sutdents to study across all disciplines. IB graduates leave the Prep well versed in what it means to be a college student and prepared to meet any challenge they face at the college level. In their Junior and Senior years, IB students are required to take classes and comprehensive exams in six major subject areas inculding English, foreign language, history, science, math, as well as a course called theory of knowledge. In addition, they must independently write an extended research essay and complete 150 hours of service to their school and/or community. Several of our students who have earned the IB Diploma have been granted junior standing in their second year of college. We are currently the only Catholic secondary school in Brooklyn to offer the Programme. The IB Programme is well suited to our family environment, in large part because it requires from students a unique style of learning through which they receive strong support and guidance. IB teachers coach students through their challenges, facilitating the learning process while allowing students to create their own avenues for learning. Our IB teachers provide students with the support that they need to exceed the high expectations of the IB, which include developing superior writing and speaking skills, forming educated hypotheses and defending solid theses, and doing extensive lab work and research.

“Only a global approach to education such as that embodied by the IB Programme can instill the dexterity to learn across cultural, lingual, and political barriers.” Arthur Rozentsvit ‘10 Binghamton University ‘14 IB Diploma Recipient

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Faith in Action

Our Journey of Faith Quick Facts

880

hours of service given by our summer outreach in ‘16

350

pounds of “Stuffing from Heaven” made each year as part of the Street Corner Gourmet

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Emmaus Retreats offered each year

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charitable organizations served by SEP students

“First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth” - Pope Benedict XVI A student’s personal relationship with God is at the heart of our family. As a Catholic school, we invite each student, regardless of religious tradition, to examine the many ways in which God is acting in their lives and challenge them to realize their responsibility to prayer and action. Our Campus Ministry programs help our family to grow in that relationship with God through worship, personal reflection, and service opportunities. Daily morning prayer, community masses, and prayer services help our students to value prayer as a means to personal growth and understanding of themselves. These opportunities help us to celebrate different events of the year including, Advent, Lent, and important feast days in the life of our Church. Students are also afforded the opportunity to receive the Sacraments of Initiation if they have not already received them. Our Emmaus Retreat program provides juniors and seniors with the opportunity to examine their own spirituality and their relationship with God, form a community with fellow classmates, faculty members and alumni, and open their minds and hearts to the experiences, beliefs and feelings of others. The Cleopas Retreat allows our students to minister as leaders to young people in neighboring parishes who are preparing for the reception of Confirmation. As our students grow in their relationship with God, we encourage them to put this faith into action to serve those around them. Street Corner Gourmet engages students to help prepare a part of a Thanksgiving meal for those in need. Our Summer Outreach Project and Cuba Mission are immersive service experiences in Philadelphia and Havana, which calls students to serve the most needy. We engage the community as well to serve local nursing homes, parishes, and other charitable organizations through student service experiences.

“Participating in projects like Street Corner Gourmet and summer outreach were some of the most eyeopening and enriching experiences of my life. It made me appreciate all that I have been given; it helped me to discover a charitable part of me that I never knew existed. It brought out compassion and a desire to give to and help those who need it the most.” Madelin Mule ‘14 ST. EDMUND PREP l 10

“The most important part of our retreat is that it challenges young men and women to take a good hard look at the kind of people they are becoming and the role that other people and God have in making them who they are. In true St. Edmund fashion, the Emmaus Retreat reinforces in us that we should go out into the world as men and women for others. “ Chris LaSalle ‘06


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Clubs & Activities

Our Talents Quick Facts

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student clubs and organizations

15+

fine arts performances each year

88%

of students participate in at least one club activity

60%

students involved in more than one club activity

Our students become well-rounded and invested in their education and their school when they participate in activities which allow them to flourish in areas outside the classroom. In addition to the learning and growing that occurs daily in our classrooms, St. Edmund Prep provides a variety of opportunities for students to develop their mind, body, and spirit outside the traditional school day. Our commitment to this holistic approach allows the individual student to showcase his or her talents in a truly special way that will leave a lasting impression on our school community. Anti-Bullying Club Art Club Book Club Bowling Club Calligraphy Club Chamber Ensemble Chorus Concert Band Cooking Club Emmaus Retreat Team Freshman Mentors Heroes Inklings Interact Club International Students Club Jazz Ensemble Junior Year Committee Literary Magazine – The Equinox Liturgical Choir Math Team

Model Congress Newspaper – The Eagle Pep Band Photography Club Robotics/STEM Club Savings and Investment Club Senior Year Committee SEP Ambassadors SEP News Team Sound Crew Stage Crew Strategy Club Student Council Table Tennis Tech Team Teens Teach Reading Theater Club Video Game Club Yearbook – The Canterburian Yoga Club

A key component to a well-rounded college preparatory education is a commitment to the Fine Arts. Our Fine Arts Department provides opportunities for all students to develop their creative and artistic abilities, whether that is through drawing, design, painting, wood work, architecture, modern and classical dance, or individual and group musical performance. Students with different abilities and experiences are welcomed into any of our programs. This formal instruction is supported by a variety of clubs, such as the Art Club and Theater Club, which serve as a creative outlet for our students. ST. EDMUND PREP l 12


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College Readiness

Our Futures Quick Facts

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million dollars in scholarships earned by the Class of 2016

Our students are focused on the future. Each experience at St. Edmund Prep prepares our students for success at the college of their dreams, in their career, and for life. Our students know that from the first day of freshman year they are forming their college application. We believe that each quiz, assignment, project, game, and extracurricular activity throughout their four years at the Prep is building our students into young men and women ready to begin the next stage of their lives.

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Our Guidance Department blends this family atmosphere with college and career readiness throughout the student’s four years. Each student meets with guidance three times monthly in a group setting to address needs specific to their year. Freshmen focus on the academic transition from elementary school and study skills. In sophomore year, Naviance, a college and career readiness software, is introduced and is expanded upon through senior year.

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Sophomores complete personality and career inventories and evaluate their own report card and academic transcript. As juniors, the college search begins more intently through the use of Naviance. To further the reach of this online program, the Guidance Department organizes college visits, college exploration weekends and the college fair.

attending college upon graduation

college visit weekends each year to major eastern cities

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As seniors, the entire application process continues through the work of small groups and personal interaction with our Guidance Counselors. Seniors are taught tools that will enhance their college application, such as crafting a resume, how to conduct themselves during a college interview and writing an admissions essay.

on site college admissions visits each year

Recent graduates have been accepted to: Adelphi University Boston College Boston University Brown University Canisius College The Catholic University of America Cornell University Dartmouth College Duke University Fairfield University Fordham University

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Georgetown University Harvard University Iona College Johnson and Wales LaSalle University LeMoyne College Long Island University Manhattan College New York University Niagara University Pace University

Ohio State University Penn State University Rutgers University Sacred Heart University Seton Hall University St. Francis College St. John’s University Temple University University of Michigan University of Scranton Villanova University


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Athletics

Our Competitive Spirit Quick Facts

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interscholastic teams offered in 19 sports

43%

of the student body participates in at least one sport

100+

athletes made the honor roll during the ‘15-‘15 academic year

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NYC or Diocesan championships in ‘15-‘16

Not all learning at St. Edmund Prep occurs in the classroom. St. Edmund provides a wide variety of athletic opportunities that are designed to aid in the overall development of our students while being consistent with the mission of the school. Participation in interscholastic athletics provides students with a significant opportunity to become involved with their peers and their coaches in an educational experience that takes place outside of the classroom. Being a participant in Eagle athletics fosters leadership, teamwork, time management, and community responsibility. Our athletic directors and coaches work together, teaching the proper fundamentals of their respective sport as well as endorsing a healthy respect for competition and sportsmanship. Indeed, the Athletic Department encourages our student-athletes to take the lessons they have learned through practice and competition into their lives outside of St. Edmund Prep.

Athletic Teams Girls Sports Volleyball Swimming Tennis Soccer Cross Country Basketball Indoor Track Cheerleaders Boosters Softball Outdoor Track and Field Golf Crew Lacrosse

Boys Sports Soccer Cross Country Swimming Basketball Ice Hockey Indoor Track Baseball Outdoor Track and Field Volleyball Handball Golf Crew

Alumni Scholar Athlete - David Louison ‘11 St. Joseph’s College ‘15 “The Prep instilled in me countless values of discipline, time management, and hard work that have translated well into both the classroom and the office in which I now work today. I learned to be selfless, I learned to be humble, and I learned how to maximize my potential on the basketball court.” David graduated Summa Cum Laude as the Valedictorian of his class. David now works as a paralegal specialist in the civil division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office - Southern District of New York. On the basketball court he excelled, scoring over 1,600 career points at St. Joseph’s, being recognized as USCAA First Team All-American, and was the first Brooklyn studentathlete to receive CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America First Team honors.

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Why Choose St. Edmund Prep?

Our Home “I had heard about the different programs at St. Edmund Prep and they piqued my interest as we were looking at different high schools. I had heard that they treat students differently, better than other places. After being here, I can see that what I heard is true. I feel that St. Edmund Prep is truly helping me to achieve my goals and to become successful.” Tylyn Garvin ‘18

“As a junior, I can look around and say that St. Edmund is a home. I wake up each day proud to be a part of the St. Edmund family. I am challenged each day to learn something new, to test myself, and to work to improve myself. St. Edmund Prep is preparing me in many ways to take on the world and to be successful as a young adult who is about to enter a college classroom.” Wadley Fleurime ‘16

“I came to St. Edmund Prep on a buddy day. I felt welcomed here as soon as I walked in the front door. I just knew this was the place for me. People were so friendly and caring. I had no reason to be scared or nervous. It honestly just felt right.” Michael Maffia ‘18

“In choosing to come to America from my home in Fuzhou, China, I wanted to learn English and learn about western culture. What better place to do that than in New York City! I saw in St. Edmund Prep a true college preparatory school which would challenge me to get into the college on my dreams.” Hong Guang He ‘18

“St. Edmund Prep a special place to me. The teachers and staff are supportive and attentive to my needs as a student and as a young woman. The extracurricular programs have opened up many opportunities for me to try new things, like the cooking club and find other activities that met my interests. I have been encouraged to explore my relationship with God each day. Whether it was through retreat, service opportunities, academics, the examples of others, or in the daily interactions with other students and faculty, my faith has been deepend in so many ways.” Samantha Balloqui ‘15 ST. EDMUND PREP l 18


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Come Join Our Family!

St. Edmund Prep is much more than a school. We are a family. We are prepared to meet the challenges of the collegiate world and of an ever-changing global society.

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We are men and women of faith, with a generosity of spirit, aimed at making a difference in our world. Through our actions we live out our motto “Caritas� responding to the Gospel challenge to love God and one another.

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Admissions Thank you for your interest in St. Edmund Preparatory High School. We hope some of the questions you may have are answered here in this viewbook. For more information about the admissions process, scholarships, tuition, and details about our academic and extracurricular programs please read the supplemental material found in the back of this viewbook or visit our school website, www.stedmundprep.org.

Visit Us The best way to get to know our family is to actually visit our family! Spend some time with us, talk to our faculty and students, take a tour, and see our family in action. Schedule a Buddy Day to experience a full day at the Prep. Spend some time with us at our annual Open House.

Contact Us We would love the opportunity to talk to you further, answer your questions or arrange for you to visit us. You can contact us at: admissions@stedmundprep.org 718-743-6100 x5044 www.stedmundprep.org Follow us on social media @stedmundprep ST. EDMUND PREP l 22


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St. Edmund Preparatory High School 2474 Ocean Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11229 718-743-6100 admissions@stedmundprep.org www.stedmundprep.org

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2016-2017 St. Edmund Prep Viewbook  

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