Early Drop Off
Students may join our supervised Early Bird service that begins at 7:20 a.m. This program involves a nominal separate fee per day for any child / family enrolled in the Early Bird service. There is no prior registration and parents may use the service as needed.
After School Program
The fee-based After School program operates on Monday through Friday from dismissal until 5:45 p.m. In After School, children work on homework and may participate in physical activities. Pre-registration is required for this program. A sign up application is available in the school office. Any change in the After School days attended must be reported to the office in writing or billing will be based on the original application sign up days.
Pre-K For All (UPK)
UPK is a free, high quality early education program that runs on a full day schedule five days per week from September though June. The program is designed to support children in the way they learn and develop most effectively. Instruction is focused on the NYS Pre-K Foundation for the Common Core and classes are full of discovery, learning, inquiry and participation. Applications are available from January 25 – March 4, 2016 by visiting nyc.gov/prek, by telephone at 718-935-2067, or by visiting a Family Welcome Center (nyc.gov/prek) . For more information, you may call the school office at 718-857-2559.
The Student Council members are the voice of the student body, raising community concerns and awareness. Student Council members participate fully in the activities they help run throughout the year and help to raise funds for various worth-while projects. Its members demonstrate leadership and responsibility as they work together to achieve the goals they’ve set for projects that benefit both the academy and the community, including:
- Raising funds for Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude’s Hospital, Covenant House, Preservation of Rain Forests, St. Andre Parish School in Haiti
- Donating food and time for the Homeless through CHIPS (Christian Help In Park Slope)
- Collecting food for the neighborhood needy through the Thanksgiving Drive
- Assisting in social activities such as the Catholic School Week Carnival, Family dance, and the Christmas activities
- Serving as academy ambassadors for visitor tours
The Aquinas Society was formed by the Diocese of Brooklyn to provide select students with an opportunity to work beyond the curriculum. This program is intended to serve as an enrichment program for self-motivated students in grades 6 – 8. Student eligibility criteria include a 90% report card average, recommendations from two faculty members, and being an independent learner. The students must also be articulate and able to work well within a group. Towards the end of the academic year, students present their projects at the Aquinas Expos in Brooklyn and Queens. During the 2014-15 the Aquinas project featured an analysis of the stock market and the 2015-16 project is focused on the question “What Is News?” This program is an exciting one that stretches students in ways that are rewarding and enhances the quality of their educational experiences.
As this year’s 7th graders study the history of the Brooklyn Bridge, they are working in partnership with Brooklyn’s Central Library. The library staff supports the students in both the classroom and in the public library as they develop the skills needed to conduct independent research using both primary and secondary sources. At the end of this project, students will demonstrate their learning and skills through Power Point presentations that focus on the unique features of the bridge and its history. This annual program offers the students invaluable instruction in the library skills that will be needed throughout their educational careers.
Students can extend their school day through After School Clubs that offer fun and creative enrichment activities. With two annual sign up periods and led by SFXCA teachers, the sessions are conducted from October – February and again from February – May. These clubs are free of charge, but may involve a nominal fee for supplies. The clubs range from Music & Movement and Puppetry for the Pre-K 3 and Kindergarten to Little Artists focusing on NYC for the younger elementary students to Poetry, Cooking, Chess and Legos for the older students.
This year, a new fee-based 10 week club has been added for students in grades 5-8 who are interested in robotics. In this club, the students experience challenging and creative opportunities to apply their analytical thinking, logical reasoning, and teamwork skills as they work together to build a variety of robots, each requiring different motorized modules and programming expertise. And best of all, they have a great time doing it.